Your Tuition at Work
UTSA is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and the second largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a premier public research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
UTSA serves more than 29,100 students in 64 bachelor's, 48 master's and 21 doctoral degree programs. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.
While growth can be challenging, thanks to the State Legislature's approval of tuition flexibility in 2003, UTSA has been able to meet the challenge. A flexible tuition policy has helped UTSA serve students better in a multitude of ways, to include:
More financial aid
While much has been said about the increased cost of a college education, maintaining affordability is one of UTSA's highest priorities and 70 percent of our students are eligible for financial aid.
UTSA sets aside more funds for financial aid for need based scholarships, grants and work-study than what is required by Texas state law (20-percent). An additional $500,000 is provided to assist middle income students who may not be eligible for need-based financial aid.
As UTSA’s student body increases, more faculty are being hired to keep the student faculty ratio at the lowest level possible.
Since Fall 2004, designated tuition revenue has been used to hire new faculty and improve the student to faculty ratio from 24.7-to-1 to 22.1–to-1. Whereas enrollment over the past five years has increased by 9 percent, the number of full time equivalent faculty has increased by 22 percent, or 161.
More student services
The UTSA Graduation Initiative staff work with the colleges to increase retention and graduation rates by overcoming specific barriers to graduation. The Graduation Incentive Award provides funding to students to help reduce their need to work outside the university, increase their focus on coursework and allow for a more timely graduation.
Sophomore Reclamation Outreach to freshman students who have not registered for their second year is conducted each summer. The Welcome Back program locates and assists students who have previously left UTSA without a degree and helps them obtain their degree. The University Graduate Instructors program provides mentorship to undergraduate students. All of these programs are made possible through the revenue generated by designated tuition.
Designated tuition revenue allows UTSA to pay much-needed infrastructure costs that include debt on buildings at the Downtown Campus and the Main Campus Thermal Energy plant. This funding also covers deferred maintenance, renovation and utilities for all educational and general buildings.
UTSA is dedicated to providing access and opportunity for all Texans. UTSA’s tuition and fees will not fully provide for all needs, but they address the most pressing institutional and student needs within the availability of finite resources.