Differential Tuition Overview

What is Differential Tuition?

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Differential Tuition is a flexible tuition model that relates the tuition rate to the cost of delivery for the instruction based on the College providing the course. Unlike some Differential Tuition models at other institutions, Texas Tech University will charge based on the course rather than a student's major. This will ensure no students are charged different costs for the same course.

Why is Texas Tech implementing this?

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This model will allow Texas Tech University to continue its strategic growth and academic quality, while remaining an affordable option for every student who wishes to attend.

Do other schools charge Differential Tuition?

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Yes. A growing number of schools charge differential tuition, specifically research institutions like Texas Tech.

When does Differential Tuition go into effect?

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Differential Tuition will begin in the Fall semester of 2016.

Is this plan going to affect all students?

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Both graduate and undergraduate students will be charged the new tuition rates as adjusted for amounts formerly assessed as course or ADIA (Academic Department Instruction Assessment) fees. Additional supplemental differential tuition will only apply to students taking undergraduate courses in Business or Engineering.

How does Differential Tuition effect how much I have to pay to attend Texas Tech?

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While the tuition rate for each college is being adjusted for the cost of delivery – other mandatory student fees have been reduced to offset these increases. For example, a student taking 12 hours in the College of Arts & Sciences (by far our largest college) would actually see a 1.6% decrease ($60.00/semester) in their total tuition and fees under the new tuition model. Students taking 12 hours in one of our colleges charging supplemental differential tuition (Business & Engineering) could expect up to a 4-6% increase in their total bill ($275.00/semester). This includes a one-year 50% discount of the supplemental differential tuition rate for all currently enrolled TTU students (all students enrolled prior to Fall, 2016 term).

What are the funds from supplemental differential tuition being used for?

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Both the Rawls College of Business and Whitacre College of Engineering plan to focus on hiring additional faculty members to reduce their current undergraduate student-to-faculty ratios.

Will Differential Tuition affect my financial aid package?

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It is possible that Differential Tuition will increase the specific aid eligibility of each student as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How soon might the tuition rates change again?

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Tuition and fees are set for a two academic years, with only a HEPI (Higher Education Price Index) increase to tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year. There is no increase in supplemental differential tuition or mandatory student fees for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is approximately a 1.4% increase to the total tuition and fee bill for most students.

Where can I find more information?

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The Student Government Association as well as multiple departments on campus are working to make additional specific information available in the coming months, leading up to registration for Fall 2016. Links to this information will be found here.