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UTSA Comparison

At UTSA, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer high-quality education at lower rates than other Texas universities. Students gain a top-tier education, while avoiding or limiting debt. 

Commitment to Affordability

We are committed to minimizing student debt, keeping college affordable, and supporting need-based students.

  • Over the last five years, we reduced the average debt of UTSA graduates by $2,997 (11%).
  • Between 2015-2016 and 2020-2021 (Common Data Set), UTSA has the second highest reduction in average student debt among aspirant peer institutions and emerging research universities, and the second highest among UT System Institutions.
  • 44% of UTSA students are First Generation.
  • 43% of UTSA undergraduates were awarded Pell grants.

Over the past five years among UT System research universities, UTSA has had the second lowest:

  • dollar increase in tuition and fees
  • percentage change in tuition and fees
  • annual growth rate in tuition and fees

Among the eight Texas universities designated by the state as Emerging Research Universities (ERUs), UTSA has had:

  • The lowest tuition and fees
  • The second lowest dollar increase in tuition and fees
  • The third lowest annual growth rate in tuition and fees  

UTSA’s tuition & fee increases are consistent with inflation.

U.S. Inflation Rate (CPI) 2.6%
South/City Inflation Rate (CPI) 2.5%
Higher Education Inflation Rate 2.6%
UTSA’s annual growth rate 2.7%
  2020-2021 5-Year $ Change 5-Year Compound Annual Growth Rate
University of Texas at Dallas $13,992 $2,800 5.7%
University of Texas at Austin $11,448 $1,356 3.2%
University of Texas at Arlington $11,378 $1,762 4.3%
University of Texas at El Paso $9,250 $1,902 5.9%
University of Texas at Tyler $9,060 $1,508 4.7%
University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley $8,917 $1,479 4.6%
UTSA $8,566 $866 2.7%
UT Permian Basin $4,836 -$938 -4.3%
2020-2021 5-Year $ Change 5-Year Compound Annual Growth Rate
University of Texas at Dallas $13,992 $2,800 5.7%
Texas Tech University $11,600 $3,172 8.3%
University of Texas at Arlington $11,378 $1,762 4.3%
University of North Texas $11,090 $937 2.2%
Texas State University $10,855 $1,250 3.1%
University of Houston $9,457 -$62 -.02%
University of Texas at El Paso $9,250 $1,902 5.9%
UTSA $8,566 $866 2.7%