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Tuition and Fee Plans

Students have choice in tuition and fee plans. Resident undergraduate students entering Tarleton State University must choose between a guaranteed tuition and fee rate plan for the first four years of their time at Tarleton, or a variable plan that will increase annually.

The guaranteed and variable rate plans for 2017-2018 do not affect undergraduates who are already enrolled, as they are on an existing guaranteed plan. The only exception will be those students whose rate is expiring, in which case they will be moved to a new rate plan based on the terms of their guarantee.

Students may be tempted to choose the less expensive variable rate. However, because that rate will increase each year based on the Higher Education Price Index (similar to the Consumer Price Index of goods) and other Board approved increases, the guaranteed rate could yield a lesser overall cost. This is particularly true for students who will complete their degree in less than four years. Last year, the increase was 2.2 percent. In the following example, the only rate change shown is the 2.2 percent for last year’s HEPI increase. In all likelihood, these rates will vary year over year. Additional detail may be found on the Guaranteed Tuition Plans page. The state also offers a $1,000 tuition rebate for students completing their undergraduate degree within four years. For more information on the tuition rebate, visit the Registrar's website.

Students will be able to choose their plan when they first register. A selection box will appear requesting their choice. Once that occurs, they will then be asked to confirm acceptance of various financial notices, and then they will move to registration. At the time of selection, an option is available to review the explanatory document on the Guaranteed Tuition Plans page. If a student chooses to change their tuition plan after they register, they can do so until Financial Aid is disbursed for the University. In the case of Fall 2017, the last date to make a change in tuition plan choice is August 15, 2017.

Guaranteed Rate Plan

  • Based on a fixed charge that is provided whenever a Resident Non-Graduate Student registers for the first time.
  • Fixed for the duration of their four year term. After the four year term, the student rates will change and will increase.
  • Not offered for non-resident students or for any type of graduate students.
  • An example guaranteed tuition and University Service Fee rate for an entering freshman or transfer student is $251.49 per credit hour for a Texas resident. A typical 15 credit hour schedule would cost $4,271.60 in tuition and fees.

Variable Rate Plan

  • Costs may vary slightly, based on actual courses enrolled and degree program chosen.
  • Location-specific fees are not covered by these plans and are subject to change with Board of Regents approval.
  • Most attractive for those students who plan to attend for two terms or less, and do not plan to attend for the full four year graduation cycle.
  • Adjustments to the Variable Rate is based primarily on the Higher Education Price Index, which varies from year to year generally based on inflation.
  • There are other factors that may cause the rate increase to be higher than the initial HEPI change. These may include Board Approved Tuition Rate changes or changes to other Fees charged by the university.
  • Although, for this year, the Variable Rate is less than the Guaranteed Rate, over time it will increase based on the index and other decisions. As it increases, it may surpass the Guaranteed Rate that was available for that student at the time of initial registration.

Visual Summary of Tuition Plan

Tuition Rates (Based on 15 Hours per Semester)
  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total
Guaranteed $3,841 $3,841 $3,841 $3,841 $15,364
Variable $3,710 $3,787 $3,870 $3,955 $15,321
Rate Change Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total
Guaranteed 0 0 0 0 0
Variable 0.00% 2.20% 2.20% 2.20% 6.60%
Hourly Tuition and Fees Charge Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total
Guaranteed $256 $256 $256 $256  
Variable $247 $252 $258 $264  
Variance Year over Year
GTP +/- VTP Amount $131 $54 ($29) ($114) $43
GTP +/- VTP Percentage 3.41% 1.41% -0.75% -2.97% $0