Tuition and Fee Proposal Process
The Tuition and Fee Proposal is a biennial process for setting deregulated tuition and fees. UTSA appoints a group of students and faculty to review and discuss the tuition and fee rates proposed for the upcoming two year period.
The Tuition and Fee Proposal is initiated by the Board of Regents and the process is governed by five operating assumptions:
- Consultative. The campus community should be involved throughout the process- this includes students and parents.
- Open and transparent. Interested parties should have access to the information used in determining Tuition and Fee rates.
- Comprehensive. Proposals must take into account deregulated tuition and mandatory fees, including average course and program fees, so students can predict the cost of attendance.
- Strategic. Proposals must be in alignment with strategic campus and system goals.
- Frugal. Proposals should take into consideration cost saving initiatives to keep tuition and fee rates affordable.
While the tuition and fee setting process can take on different strategies, there are five core principles the proposals must reflect:
- Cost savings are critically important to keeping tuition and fee charges affordable.
- Any proposed increases in tuition and fees should be limited to the amounts set forth by the Board of Regents.
- Tuition and fee policies should emphasize predictability; students and parents should have as much information as possible to estimate costs over a four-year undergraduate education.
- Proposals must show how tuition and fee policies relate to and support other strategic campus and System goals.
- Proposals must include an overview of financial aid services available to assist students.