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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog
University of Houston
   
 
  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Tuition and Fees



General Information

Tuition

The Texas Educational Code requires the university to collect tuition and fees at the rates in effect at the time of enrollment (registration).

Changes

The University of Houston reserves the right to change the provisions of this catalog, including, but not limited to, degree requirements, course offerings, tuition and fee charges, and listings in the calendar as necessitated by university or legislative action.

Note: The tuition and fee information provided is not intended to be comprehensive and is subject to change pending action taken by the Texas Legislature or University of Houston Board of Regents. Changes become effective on the date of enactment. The following information should be used only as a guide for estimating tuition and fee charges.

Tuition and Fees

The most current tuition and fee rates are available on the Student Financial Services Web site (www.uh.edu/sfs/). Schedules of charges reflect tuition as determined by residence status, curriculum of choice, and number of hours taken. Students should be aware that other fees, such as laboratory fees, course fees, parking decals, etc., are not included on the schedule of charges. The university reserves the right to change tuition and other charges without notice as necessitated by university or legislative action.

It is recommended that students print a copy of the detailed provisions relevant to billing, payment dates, payment methods, refunds, and other important information from the most recent online class listings at myUH.

Note: Effective summer 2014 all students are required to acknowledge the payment obligation via myUH.

Explanation of Fees

Laboratory/Course Fees

The University of Houston System Board of Regents may have authorized fees associated with specific courses. Students should check the class listings to determine if additional charges are associated with course offerings.

Parking

Students who park a motor vehicle on campus are required to pay a parking fee either annually or each semester or summer session.

Any vehicle not properly displaying a current university decal or temporary permit will be ticketed. Visitors may use parking meters or the hotel garage. Vehicles illegally parked on campus will receive tickets and may also be subject to towing.

A service fee will be charged for replacement decals. Refer to the University of Houston parking and traffic regulations for fee schedule and regulations. The Office of Parking and Transportation Services is in Room 112B, Welcome Center.

Language and Culture Center

International students enrolling (registering) for noncredit English language courses at the Language and Culture Center will pay certain fees.

These fees are subject to change. Refunds for these course fees will be given only when students drop these courses prior to the end of the first week of class. It is recommended that you contact the Language and Cultural Center for more information.

Room and Board

The campus has various housing facilities for single graduate and undergraduate students. Married students and those with children can reside on campus in the Cambridge Oaks Apartments (contact Cambridge Oaks directly at 713-748-2606). New housing is now available at the Cullen Oaks Apartments (713-743-6017). Housing assignments for new residents are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Room contracts are offered in the late spring with reservations being made upon receipt of the signed contract and the initial room payment.

For further information call or write:

University of Houston
Residential Housing
4161 Wheeler Room 105
Houston, Texas 77004
Attention: Room Assignments
713-743-6000 or
1-800-247-7184

Miscellaneous Fees

“Miscellaneous Fees” may be viewed by accessing the Student Financial Services Web site at www.uh.edu/sfs. Once there, click on “Fee Schedule” and “Miscellaneous Fees.”

Course Auditing

Approval to audit, or visit, a course is sometimes granted to qualified students by the dean of the college in which the course is offered. Such approval conveys only the privilege of observing and does not include submitting papers, taking tests, or participating in laboratories or field work.

Students may obtain audit application forms from the office of the appropriate dean.

The Bursar’s Office will assess the fees.

Students wishing to audit may enroll (register) only after late enrollment (registration).

Credit is not given for an audited course, nor may a change to credit status be made after students have enrolled (registered).

Students auditing courses will pay the regular tuition and fees.

Students 65 years of age or older may audit any course offered by the university without payment of a fee if space is available. These students should first obtain audit application forms from the office of the appropriate dean.

Installment Payment Plans

The University of Houston offers an installment payment plan for students to pay their tuition and fees in the fall and spring semesters (summer sessions must be paid in full at the time of fee payment). This plan allows students to pay in four installments. The plan allows for the installment payment of many current charges. Past due balances and certain current charges such as parking and library fines are due in the first installment. Students may select the plan by paying the minimum amount due on the bill. There is a $20.00 setup fee for being placed on the Installment Pay Plan. The due dates are published at the following Web site: http://www.uh.edu/financial/payment/ under the Billing Due Dates section. Additionally, they may be found in the student financial section of your PeopleSoft account.

After the initial fee payment, accounts not paid to a current status by the installment or bill due date will be assessed a $25 late fee and a financial stop will be placed on the account.

See specific loan programs under Scholarships and Financial Aid for impact on installment payment plans.

Payment Schedule:

All due dates are published online in the self service area as well as being published at the following Web site: http://www.uh.edu/financial/payment/billing-due-dates/index.php.

Refunds Under Payment Plans

Dropping courses or withdrawing from the university does not relieve a student of the responsibility for unmet financial obligations to the university. Students enrolled in an installment payment plan will be required to continue making payments until the nonrefundable portion of their account is paid in full.

Refunds are based on the percentage of tuition and fees charged, not on the percentage of tuition and fees paid. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for more information. Students who are withdrawn for financial reasons must contact the Office of Student Financial Services.

Students who are enrolled in their first semester at the University of Houston and have received federal funds through the Federal Family Education Loan Programs, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, or Federal State Student Incentive Grant and withdrew during that semester may receive a prorated refund through the first 60 percent of the semester. Prorated refunds are determined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Deferment

Two other Payment Plans are offered to assist students who are unable to pay the full amount of their tuition and fees. These plans are referred to as the Emergency Deferment Plan & Short Term Deferment Plan. These plans may be used to defer payment until a later date in the semester.

The Emergency Deferment defers the payment of the current semester’s tuition and mandatory fees. This deferment is due no later than either the 90th calendar day of the semester or by the last class day, whichever comes first. This deferment does not cover in room and board fees or any prior semester balances.

The Short Term Tuition Deferment covers 100% of all current semester tuition and fees, as well as room and board charges. This deferment is due by the 45th calendar day of the semester or by the last class day, whichever comes first. This deferment does not cover any prior semester balances.

Book loans are available and can only be obtained after a student has either paid their account in full or selected one of the offered Payment Plans. It is available through the 20th class day and must be used during the first 20 calendar of the semester. The Book Loan is for $400.00 during the fall or spring semester and $200.00 during the summer session.

The Emergency Deferment, Short Term Tuition Deferment, and the Book Loan are only available online in the self service area of online services. For more information please visit the following Web site: www.uh.edu/sfs or speak to a Customer Service Representative at the Welcome Center.

Tuition and Fees Exemptions and Residency Waivers

The University of Houston extends to students any waivers and exemptions for which they qualify. The university reserves the right to evaluate each individual waiver and exemption for compliance with existing regulations and will base any decision on the merit of such review.

Effective fall 2014, all Texas public institutions of higher education must comply with new legislation passed by the Texas Legislature that has been added to the Texas Education Code Section 54.2001 Continued Receipt of Exemptions or Waivers. In order to continue receiving certain waivers and exemptions, graduate and undergraduate students must now meet the University’s grade point average requirement for making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate, in accordance with the institution’s policy regarding eligibility for financial aid. In addition, hours considered excessive under Texas Education Code, Section 54.014 Tuition for Repeated or Excessive Hours, may not be eligible for exemption.

The following waivers represent the most common available to students. For a more complete list of statutory waivers available to students, visit the Student Financial Service Web site at www.uh.edu/sfs. Once there, click on “Waivers.”

Tuition and Fees Refunds Refund Policy

Dropped Courses

Students who drop courses but maintain enrollment for that academic term (i.e., do not drop all their courses) may be given a refund for the dropped courses(s) according to the following schedule. Students who withdraw from the University may owe the University if withdrawal occurs after the first class day. (Students should read Refunds Under Installment Payment Plans in this section for additional information.) Please visit: www.uh.edu/financial/payment/refunds/ for the University of Houston refund schedule.

Note: Administrative offices are not open on weekends. If the percentage of refund due to a withdrawal changes over a weekend, the student must submit his withdrawal to the Office of the University Registrar by 5 p.m. the Friday before that weekend in order to obtain the higher percentage of refund, or withdraw via myUH.

The effective date recorded for drops or withdrawals will be the date the student drops the course(s) through myUH or the date the drop form or written request is received by the Office of the University Registrar, 128 Welcome Center.

Note: Any refund of charges calculated on dropped (or withdrawn) courses is determined by the drop (or withdrawn) dates on record. Refund percentages are found at: www.uh.edu/financial/payment/refunds/. Payments applied to an account will be subtracted from the total “remaining charges.” When payments received exceed the “remaining charges,” the excess will be returned to the student.

Note: If a credit balance is the result of dropped or withdrawn courses, or due to an overpayment, or due to credit(s) issued on an account, and no financial aid has been received, then a refund will be issued only upon a specific request that such refund be generated. To do so, access myUH and request a refund.

If a credit balance is the result of the application of excess financial aid to an account, and eligibility for financial aid is maintained with the existing class load, then a refund will automatically be generated to the student. It is not necessary to access myUH in this situation to request a refund.

Optional fee refunds for such items as parking, yearbooks, etc., are processed in the respective offices or departments. Students who have paid optional fees may apply for refunds at the respective offices.

Health Insurance
100 Health Center (by 20th class day)

The Houstonian
1 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building (by 20th class day)

Parking
112B Welcome Center (by 20th class day)

Students must withdraw from school or drop classes at the Office of the University Registrar, 128 Welcome Center, for these transactions to be recognized as valid. Students who have received financial aid may also be required to repay to the university a portion of their aid upon withdrawal.

Refunds Under Installment Payment Plans

Dropping courses or withdrawing from the university does not relieve a student of the responsibility for unmet financial obligations to the university. Students enrolled in installment payment plans must continue making payments until the nonrefundable portions of their accounts are paid in full.

Contact the Bursar’s Office for more information.

Undergraduate Tuition Rebate

As a Texas public baccalaureate-granting general academic university, UH is required to offer rebates to eligible students. UH shall rebate up to $1,000.00, pursuant to the procedures described in the Manual of Administrative Policies and Procedures, to those eligible undergraduate students who meet the criteria established within Section 54.0065 of The Texas Education Code.

For complete information on this policy see the Manual of Administrative Policies and Procedures document at this Web site www.uh.edu/mapp/05/050304.pdf.

Students must apply to their colleges for the rebates prior to receiving their baccalaureate degrees. Forms are available at the college of the student’s major, the Office of the University Registrar, Scholarship and Financial Aid, Academic Affairs, and the Dean of Students Office. Students must keep the institution apprised of their addresses for at least 60 days after their graduation date.

Undergraduate Enrollment Limit

Enrollment Cap

The Texas State Education Code (54.014, Tuition for Repeated or Excessive Undergraduate Hours) applies only to undergraduate students who are Texas residents paying resident tuition and who enrolled for the first time in a Texas college or university in Fall semester 1999 or after.

This code authorizes a limit on the number of hours those students may attempt while paying in-state tuition.

  • Students who initially enrolled in or after Fall 1999 and before Fall 2006 are allowed to attempt only the number of hours necessary to complete a degree in their approved major plus 45 hours.
  • Students who initially enrolled in or after Fall 2006 are allowed to attempt only the number of hours necessary to complete a degree in their approved major plus 30 hours.

Students who have not chosen a major are considered, by state law, to have degree requirements of 120 hours.

Attempted hours are calculated for courses in which a student is enrolled on the Official Reporting Day (ORD) (typically twelfth class day or fourth class day in summer), not by the courses in which a student receives a grade (passing, failing, or W).

When students to whom this law applies enroll (register) for courses that exceed this limit, state law authorizes the university to charge additional fees up to a maximum of the out-of-state tuition rates. If you stop attending a class with the intent to drop, be sure you drop on or before the Official Reporting Day (ORD) (typically twelfth class day or fourth class day in summer) or these hours will count toward your in-state tuition limit. See your advisor if you have questions about this policy.

Course Cap

The State of Texas authorizes institutions to charge a premium tuition rate for courses attempted three or more times. An additional $100 per semester credit hour over the Texas resident rate for those hours.

Attempted hours are calculated for courses in which a student is enrolled on the Official Reporting Day (ORD) (typically twelfth class day or fourth class day in summer), not by the courses in which a student receives a grade (passing, failing, or W). This provision is effective for the Spring 2004 semester for credit students and for Third Quarter 2004 for continuing education students.