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Tuition and Mandatory Fees

The Texas Education Code, Chapter 54, states that no institution of higher education may collect from students attending the institution any tuition fee or charge of any kind except as permitted by law.

Note:To view Texas Education Code Title 3, Chapter 54: Tuition and Fees in its entirety, click here.

Statutory Tuition - Section 54.051

Tuition Rates

(c) Unless a different rate is specified by this section, tuition for a resident student at a general academic teaching institution is $50 per semester credit hour.

(d) Unless a different rate is specified by this section, tuition for a nonresident student at a general academic teaching institution or medical and dental unit is an amount per semester credit hour equal to the average of the nonresident undergraduate tuition charged to a resident of this state at a public state university in each of the five most populous states other than this state, as computed by the coordinating board under this subsection. The coordinating board shall set the tuition rate provided by this subsection for each academic year and report that rate to each appropriate institution not later than January 1 of the calendar year in which the academic year begins, or as soon after that January 1 as practicable. In computing the tuition rate, the coordinating board shall use the nonresident tuition rates for the other states in effect for the academic year in progress when the board makes the computation.

Designated Tuition - Section 54.0513

Designation Tuition

(a) In addition to amounts that a governing board of an institution of higher education is authorized to charge as tuition under the other provisions of this chapter, the governing board, under the terms the governing board considers appropriate, may charge any student an amount designated as tuition that the governing board considers necessary for the effective operation of the institution.
(b) A governing board may set a different tuition rate for each program and course level offered by each institution of higher education. A governing board may set a different tuition rate as the governing board considers appropriate to increase graduation rates, encourage efficient use of facilities, or enhance employee performance.
(c) Amounts collected by an institution of higher education under this section are institutional funds as defined by Section 51.009 of this code and shall be accounted for as designated funds. These funds shall not be accounted for in a general appropriations act in such a way as to reduce the general revenue appropriation to a particular institution.
(d) A governing board may waive all or part of the tuition charged to a student under this section if it finds that the payment of such tuition would cause an undue economic hardship on the student.
(e) Section 56.033 of this code requiring certain percentage amounts of tuition to be set aside for grants and scholarships does not apply to tuition collected under this section.
(f) A governing board of an institution of higher education may continue to charge as tuition under this section the amount that it charged as the building use fee at that institution in the 1996-1997 academic year without holding a public hearing, but may not increase tuition under this section above that amount without holding a public hearing.

Athletics Fee - Section 54.5322

Intercollegiate Athletics Fee; The University of Texas at San Antonio

Impose a mandatory fee not to exceed $7 per semester credit hour for each regular session with a cap of $84 per semester - unless the amount is increased by the board; the board may not increase the amount of the fee in any academic year unless the increase is approved by a majority vote of the students participating in a general student election held for that purpose; may prorate the amount of the fee for a summer session.

Automated Services Fee - Section 54.504

Incidental Fees

(a) The governing board of an institution of higher education may fix the rate of incidental fees to be paid to an institution under its governance by students and prospective students and may make rules for the collection of the fees and for the distribution of the funds, such funds to be accounted for as other designated funds. The rate of an incidental fee must reasonably reflect the actual cost to the university of the materials or services for which the fee is collected. In fixing such rate, the governing board may consult with a student fee advisory committee which the governing board may establish if such student committee does not presently exist.
(b) The board shall publish in the general catalog of the university a description of the amount of each fee to be charged.
(c) In this section, ""incidental fees"" includes, without limitation, such fees as late registration fees, library fines, microfilming fees, thesis or doctoral manuscript reproduction or filing fees, bad check charges, application processing fees, and laboratory breakage charges, but does not include a fee for which a governing board makes a charge under the authority of any other provision of law.

Energy Fee - Section 54.504

Incidental Fees

(a) The governing board of an institution of higher education may fix the rate of incidental fees to be paid to an institution under its governance by students and prospective students and may make rules for the collection of the fees and for the distribution of the funds, such funds to be accounted for as other designated funds. The rate of an incidental fee must reasonably reflect the actual cost to the university of the materials or services for which the fee is collected. In fixing such rate, the governing board may consult with a student fee advisory committee which the governing board may establish if such student committee does not presently exist.
(b) The board shall publish in the general catalog of the university a description of the amount of each fee to be charged.
(c) In this section, ""incidental fees"" includes, without limitation, such fees as late registration fees, library fines, microfilming fees, thesis or doctoral manuscript reproduction or filing fees, bad check charges, application processing fees, and laboratory breakage charges, but does not include a fee for which a governing board makes a charge under the authority of any other provision of law.

Green Fee - Section 54.5041

Environmental Science Fee

(a) The governing board of an institution of higher education may charge each student enrolled at the institution an environmental service fee, if the fee has been approved by a majority vote of the students enrolled at the institution who participate in a general student election called for that purpose.
(b) Unless increased in accordance with Subsection (d), the amount of the fee may not exceed:

1. $5 for each regular semester or summer term of more than six weeks; or

2. $2.50 for each summer session of six weeks or less.

(c) The fee may be used only to:     

1. Provide environmental improvements at the institution through services related to recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy, transportation, employment, product purchasing, planning and maintenance, or irrigation; or     

2. Provide matching funds for grants to obtain environmental improvements described by Subdivision (1).       

(d) The amount of the fee may not be increased unless the increase has been approved by a majority vote of the students enrolled at the institution who participate in a general student election called for that purpose. The fee may not be increased under this subsection if the increase would result in a fee under this section in an amount that exceeds:

  1. $10 for each regular semester or summer term of more than six weeks; or
  2. $5 for each summer session of six weeks or less.

(e) An institution that imposes the environmental service fee may not use the revenue generated by the fee to reduce or replace other money allocated by the institution for environmental projects.
(f) Any fee revenue that exceeds the amount necessary to cover current operating expenses for environmental services and any interest generated from that revenue may be used only for purposes provided under Subsection (c).
(g) The fee is not considered in determining the maximum amount of student services fees that an institution of higher education may charge.
(h) The fee may not be charged after the fifth academic year in which the fee is first charged unless, before the end of that academic year, the institution has issued bonds payable in whole or in part from the fee, in which event the fee may not be charged after the academic year in which all such bonds, including refunding bonds for those bonds, have been fully paid.


Identification Card - Section 54.504

Incidental Fees

(a) The governing board of an institution of higher education may fix the rate of incidental fees to be paid to an institution under its governance by students and prospective students and may make rules for the collection of the fees and for the distribution of the funds, such funds to be accounted for as other designated funds. The rate of an incidental fee must reasonably reflect the actual cost to the university of the materials or services for which the fee is collected. In fixing such rate, the governing board may consult with a student fee advisory committee which the governing board may establish if such student committee does not presently exist.
(b) The board shall publish in the general catalog of the university a description of the amount of each fee to be charged.
(c) In this section, ""incidental fees"" includes, without limitation, such fees as late registration fees, library fines, microfilming fees, thesis or doctoral manuscript reproduction or filing fees, bad check charges, application processing fees, and laboratory breakage charges, but does not include a fee for which a governing board makes a charge under the authority of any other provision of law.

International Education Fee - Section 54.5132

International Education Fee

Not less than $1 and not more than $4 for each semester or summer session; fee may be increased only if approved by a majority vote of the students participating in an election called for that purpose.

Library Resources Charge - Section 54.504

Incidental Fees

(a) The governing board of an institution of higher education may fix the rate of incidental fees to be paid to an institution under its governance by students and prospective students and may make rules for the collection of the fees and for the distribution of the funds, such funds to be accounted for as other designated funds. The rate of an incidental fee must reasonably reflect the actual cost to the university of the materials or services for which the fee is collected. In fixing such rate, the governing board may consult with a student fee advisory committee which the governing board may establish if such student committee does not presently exist.
(b) The board shall publish in the general catalog of the university a description of the amount of each fee to be charged.
(c) In this section, ""incidental fees"" includes, without limitation, such fees as late registration fees, library fines, microfilming fees, thesis or doctoral manuscript reproduction or filing fees, bad check charges, application processing fees, and laboratory breakage charges, but does not include a fee for which a governing board makes a charge under the authority of any other provision of law.

Medical Services Fee - Section 54.50891

Medical Services Fee; The University of Texas System Components

May charge fee not to exceed $55 for each semester or term; if approved by majority vote of student participating in general election for that purpose, maximum amount may be increased - not to exceed $75 for each semester or term.

 

Record Processing Fee - Section 54.504

Incidental Fees

(a) The governing board of an institution of higher education may fix the rate of incidental fees to be paid to an institution under its governance by students and prospective students and may make rules for the collection of the fees and for the distribution of the funds, such funds to be accounted for as other designated funds. The rate of an incidental fee must reasonably reflect the actual cost to the university of the materials or services for which the fee is collected. In fixing such rate, the governing board may consult with a student fee advisory committee which the governing board may establish if such student committee does not presently exist.
(b) The board shall publish in the general catalog of the university a description of the amount of each fee to be charged.
(c) In this section, ""incidental fees"" includes, without limitation, such fees as late registration fees, library fines, microfilming fees, thesis or doctoral manuscript reproduction or filing fees, bad check charges, application processing fees, and laboratory breakage charges, but does not include a fee for which a governing board makes a charge under the authority of any other provision of law.

Recreation Center Fee - Section 54.543

Recreational Facility Fee; The University of Texas at San Antonio

Fee not to exceed $150 for a term or semester of more than six weeks or $75 for a term or semester of six weeks or less; increases must be approved by a majority vote of the students participating in a general student election held for that purpose.

Student Services Fee - Section 54.503

Student Services Fees
The total of all compulsory student service fees collected for any one semester or summer session shall not exceed $250; all fees shall be assessed in proportion to number of semester credit hours for which student registers; no portion may be expended for parking facilities or services, except as related to providing shuttle bus services; an election authorizing a fee increase must be held before the fee can be increased by more than 10 percent.

TEAM Center Support Charge - Section 54.504

Incidental Fees

(a) The governing board of an institution of higher education may fix the rate of incidental fees to be paid to an institution under its governance by students and prospective students and may make rules for the collection of the fees and for the distribution of the funds, such funds to be accounted for as other designated funds. The rate of an incidental fee must reasonably reflect the actual cost to the university of the materials or services for which the fee is collected. In fixing such rate, the governing board may consult with a student fee advisory committee which the governing board may establish if such student committee does not presently exist.
(b) The board shall publish in the general catalog of the university a description of the amount of each fee to be charged.
(c) In this section, ""incidental fees"" includes, without limitation, such fees as late registration fees, library fines, microfilming fees, thesis or doctoral manuscript reproduction or filing fees, bad check charges, application processing fees, and laboratory breakage charges, but does not include a fee for which a governing board makes a charge under the authority of any other provision of law.

Transportation Fee - Section 54.5321

Transportation Fee; The University of Texas at San Antonio
May impose on each student a fee not to exceed $50 for each regular semester and not to exceed $25 for each term of summer session; may not be imposed unless approved by majority vote of students participating in general student election held for that purpose; any increases must be approved by a majority vote of students participating in general student election held for that purpose.

University Center Fee - Section 54.532

Student Union Building Fees; The University of Texas at San Antonio
A fee of not less than $20 or more than $150 for each semester or summer session, assessed in proportion on the number of credit hours for which a student registers; any increase must be approved by a majority of students voting in an election held for that purpose AND by a majority of the student government.

University Publications Fee - Section 54.504

Incidental Fees

(a) The governing board of an institution of higher education may fix the rate of incidental fees to be paid to an institution under its governance by students and prospective students and may make rules for the collection of the fees and for the distribution of the funds, such funds to be accounted for as other designated funds. The rate of an incidental fee must reasonably reflect the actual cost to the university of the materials or services for which the fee is collected. In fixing such rate, the governing board may consult with a student fee advisory committee which the governing board may establish if such student committee does not presently exist.
(b) The board shall publish in the general catalog of the university a description of the amount of each fee to be charged.
(c) In this section, ""incidental fees"" includes, without limitation, such fees as late registration fees, library fines, microfilming fees, thesis or doctoral manuscript reproduction or filing fees, bad check charges, application processing fees, and laboratory breakage charges, but does not include a fee for which a governing board makes a charge under the authority of any other provision of law.

 


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