Frequently Asked Questions

How will the money generated by increased tuition benefit students?

The additional funds will primarily be used to support student success programs, covering needs such as advising, technology, and the First-Year Experience program among others. Additional money will also be allocated to financial aid, ensuring that our neediest students are able to pursue a UTSA education and to fill gaps in aid packages for low and middle-income students. Faculty excellence and recruitment will also be supported, which in turn will improve faculty-student ratios and reduce class sizes. A portion of the funds will go toward campus sustainability efforts started under the former Green Fund.

 

Why is UTSA requesting a tuition increase?

Every two years, all University of Texas institutions are given the opportunity to submit tuition and fee proposals to the U.T. System Board of Regents. UTSA is requesting a tuition increases over the next two academic years in order to provide sustainable funding for student success programs and financial aid, among other priorities.

Who was involved in putting together the tuition proposal?

A Tuition and Fees Committee-comprised of faculty, staff and 30 students from across disciplines-consulted on the development of the proposal through a series of open meetings last fall. The office of the Vice President of Business Affairs coordinated the development of the proposal document.

Who decides if UTSA's tuition proposal is accepted?

The University of Texas System Board of Regents will make the final decision on our tuition proposal. They will hear proposals from all U.T. institutions at their meeting on February 27, and will make a final decision by vote on March 9.

Give me the bottom line - how much will my tuition go up if the proposal is accepted?

Undergraduates in the traditional tuition plan:

  • Fall 2018
    • Increase of 0.9% (resident)
    • Increase of 1.9% (non-resident)
  • Fall 2019
    • Increase of 1.8% (resident)
    • Increase of 2.5% (non-resident)

Graduate students in the traditional tuition plan:

  • Fall 2018
    • Increase of 1.9% (resident)
    • Increase of 2.2% (non-resident)
  • Fall 2019
    • Decrease of 0.8% (resident)
    • Increase of 1.5% (non-resident)

Undergraduates in the guaranteed tuition plan:

  • Fall 2018
    • Decrease of 0.8% (resident)
    • Decrease of 0.3% (non-resident)
  • Fall 2019
    • Decrease of 1.1% (resident)
    • Increase of 0.6%(non-resident)

UTSA does not offer a guaranteed tuition plan for graduate students.

Differential tuition rates apply to students in the College of Engineering or College of Business taking upper division courses. See the overview of proposed tuition increases for an overview of those rates.

Note that the tuition rates listed here are different from those originally submitted to the Board of Regents in early January. The numbers here do not include the Athletics and Transportation Fee increases, which were voted down by students during the week of February 5 and will not proceed as part of UTSA’s Academic Tuition and Fee proposal to the Board of Regents.

Why does the proposal include higher tuition rates for students in the Colleges of Business and Engineering?

The higher rates reflect the fact that it costs UTSA more money to hire instructors for courses in the Colleges of Business and Engineering than for the other colleges. The differential tuition rates will only be applied to those students taking upper division undergraduate and graduate courses in those colleges.

To offset the financial impact on students, average course fees will be reduced for College of Business students, and omitted entirely for College of Engineering students. Additionally, 15% of the additional revenues will be put toward financial aid for students in business and engineering.

Differential tuition in the College of Business will fund initiatives to enhance course availability, relieve scheduling bottlenecks, and increase students’ flexibility in course scheduling, provide assistance in quantitative and technical problem solving, increase undergraduate internship opportunities, and enhance active learning spaces.

In the College of Engineering, differential tuition will allow for enhanced student success programs. The primary use of these funds will be for technician positions that work directly with students. The technicians will create safety policies, maintain safety in all teaching labs, maintain all laboratory equipment, provide training for proper operations of equipment, and provide continuity in lab instruction over the years.

Note that differential tuition rates will not be implemented until Fall 2019.

What about the proposed additional fees?

UTSA's proposal included recommended increases in four student fees: the Athletics Fee, the Transportation Fee, the Student Services Fee and the Automated Services Fee.

The Athletics and Transportation fees were put to a referendum student vote on February 6-7. Neither fee passed, which means that these fees will not move forward to the Board of Regents and will not be implemented at UTSA.

A separate committee-comprised of nine students, one faculty member, one staff member, plus ex-officio staff members-was formed to consider the Student Services Fee, which according to Texas Education Code 54.503 does not require a student vote. The committee voted unanimously to approve/recommend a 2.5 percent increase in the Student Services Fee for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. The fee supports a wide array of academic support services on campus, including those provided by the Counseling Center, One-Stop Enrollment Center, Enrollment Services, Student Activities, Career Center, Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring Services and Testing Center, among others.

Additionally, UTSA's proposal recommends an increase in the Automated Service Fee that supports network maintenance and upgrades, student success technology and software, and additional technology support for early morning, late night and weekend classes. The Automated Service Fee is authorized under Texas Education Code 55.16 and does not require a student vote. The Office of Information Technology meets regularly with the Student Government Association to gather feedback on student technology needs and uses of the Automated Services Fee revenue.