15-4: Our New Tuition Model
The 15-4 Tuition Model takes effect in fall 2013.
Who Does it Impact?
All new in-state (Tennessee residents) and out-of-state freshmen (class of 2017) and transfer students and readmitted students who enroll or re-enroll as full-time undergraduates for fall 2013, spring 2014 and summer 2014.
Students who are currently enrolled, or those who enroll before fall 2013, will not be affected and will continue to pay the full-time undergraduate rate based on 12 credit hours.
How Does it Work?
Students, who enroll as full-time undergraduates between fall 2013 and summer 2014, will pay for 15 credit hours, regardless of how many hours they take per semester. Whether they enroll in 12 credit hours or 18 credit hours, their tuition will be the same and is based on 15 credit hours.
This group of students can expect no more than a 3 percent increase in tuition each year for the next four years, unless significant unforeseen circumstances occur.
All students who take longer than four years to graduate will begin paying the prevailing rate, with some exceptions for five-year programs and other special circumstances.
Why is UT Making This Change?
All students need to enroll for least 15 hours a semester in order to graduate in four years. Adding just one year to a student’s time at UT adds $24,000 more in overall cost for their degree. Many scholarships end in four years too.
We are making this change to charge students for the number of hours they need to take. We are investing the resources in instruction and advising so we can help students enroll in the courses and get the support they need to complete their degree in four years.
So What Will Tuition be Next Year?
Fall 2013 — $9,780
Out of State
Fall 2013 — $27,970
Projecting Your Overall Cost
Tuition is only part of the cost of attending UT. It is, however, the largest part of your academic costs.
All students also pay other mandatory fees and some specific program and course fees. The UT Board considers across-the-board and other program-specific fees on an annual basis, so some may change from year to year. This is why only tuition totals can be projected for this group of students for the next four years.
What about Out-of-State Students?
This change will impact out-of-state undergraduate students who enroll full-time between fall 2013 and summer 2014 by increasing the maintenance portion of their tuition bill.
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