Locked Rate/Variable Rate Tuition Plans

All incoming undergraduate students (residents and non-residents) will have to select a tuition rate code in Howdy before being allowed to register for classes for the first time.

All incoming freshmen, beginning Fall 2016, will have a choice of opting into either:

  • The four-year locked rate, which is a compounded four-year average based on the current Higher Ed. Price Index, or
  • The variable rate, which will adjust each year based on that year’s Higher Ed. Price Index

All transfer and re-admit students, beginning Fall 2016, will have a choice of opting into:

  • The current four-year locked rate, which is a compounded four-year average based on the current Higher Ed. Price Index, or
  • The locked-rate that corresponds with the calculated remaining years since their first enrolled term after high school (possibly less per hour, but shorter duration before expiration), or
  • The variable rate, which will adjust each year based on that year’s Higher Ed. Price Index

Locked rates are guaranteed for a period of time based on their college and/or major:

  • All majors in the College of Engineering:  4.5 years from the time they first enter college after high school
  • Landscape Architecture:  5 years from the time they first enter college after high school
  • All Other Majors:  4 years from the time they first enter college after high school

Example costs of tuition and fees by tuition rate code:

Example costs per semester of 2017-2018 tuition and fees for a student in the College of Liberal Arts paying in-state tuition and registered for 12 or more hours:

First Entered College Locked or Variable

Tuition Rate Code 

In Howdy

Tuition Calculator 

Rate Selection

Potentially Expires

Liberal Arts

In-state Tuition

12 or more hours

2014-2015 Locked TLR_1415 Locked 2014-2015 Summer 2018 $4,677.66
2015-2016 Locked TLR_1516 Locked 2015-2016 Summer 2019 $4,803.40
2016-2017 Locked TLR_1617 Locked 2016-2017 Summer 2020 $5,109.75
2017-2018 Locked TLR_1718 Locked 2017-2018 Summer 2021 $5,201.70
2017-2018 Variable TLR_VARI Variable 2017-2018 only $5,034.48

To view tuition and fee rates for other colleges within Texas A&M University, please visit the Tuition Calculator on the Student Business Services website.

Please click here for additional information on the Admissions website.

Per Section 54.017 of the Texas Education Code, effective Fall 2014, Texas A&M moved to a locked tuition rate for undergraduate resident students. Beginning Fall 2016, incoming undergraduate students will no longer be automatically put into a locked-rate plan. There will be a new variable option, and all incoming students must choose one or the other before their first term of registration.

The locked plan is a compounded four-year average based on the current Higher Education Price Index, allowing for a per semester fixed rate of required tuition and fees for twelve consecutive full semesters, or four consecutive years, from the time of first enrollment in any institution of higher education after high school. After the expiration of four years, students will pay the current year's variable rates each term until completion.

The variable plan will adjust each year, based on that year’s Higher Education Price Index.

The Higher Education Price Index can be found here.

Non-Resident Students

House Bill 29 passed by the 83rd legislature on June 14, 2013 mandated that "public state colleges" offer a fixed tuition price plan. The intent of the legislature was to ensure that students who reside in the State of Texas are able to take advantage of a locked-in rate of tuition over the course of 4 years.

The State of Texas funds a portion of each resident student's tuition, and therefore governs how state institutions bill tuition for those students. The State, however, does not fund "non-resident" tuition, so mandates issued by the state for the fixed-rate tuition plan do not apply to non-resident students as mentioned by the above statute.

Non-resident students are charged two types of tuition, state tuition and non-resident tuition. The state portion of tuition is assessed at a locked rate over time, whereas the "non-resident" tuition will increase each year as designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Required fees and a portion of tuition will remain fixed over the course of 4 years for undergraduate non-resident students who choose the locked-rate tuition plan.

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