Annual Total Cost

The total sticker academic price and living expense for in-state Texas residents to go to University of Houston is $19,908 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $31,668.

Undergraduate Student Fees

University of Houston tuition is $7,805 per year for in-state residents. This is 18% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,614. The cost is 47% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $14,813 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 40th in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 69th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $19,565 which represents a 151% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $954 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,759.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,849 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Houston should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,300.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Houston
Budget Item Cost
Texas Resident Total Cost $19,908
   In-State Tuition$7,805
   Other Fees$954
   Room and Board$9,849
   Books and Supplies$1,300
Non-Resident Total Cost $31,668
   Out-of-State Tuition$19,565
   Other Fees$954
   Room and Board$9,849
   Books and Supplies$1,300


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $19,908 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported University of Houston net price for in-state students $12,618* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

74% of University of Houston students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $10,448. 40 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,510. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Houston, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Houston
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,618*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid74%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,448
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants40%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,510

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$9,421
$30,001 to $48,000$10,501
$48,001 to $75,000$14,489
$75,001 to $110,000$18,819

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,908 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,908. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 52% - $10,448

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of Houston or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 26% - $5,143

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 22% -  $4,317

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Houston
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma34.7% less expensive
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus45% less expensive
Oklahoma State University Main Campus40.8% less expensive
Texas Tech University32.4% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of Houston.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at University of Houston is $79,632 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $11,609 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $46,436**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $99,540 or $58,045 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at University of Houston.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,902
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,954
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$9,782
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$15,834

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at University of Houston are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at University of Houston
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$325
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$975
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$815
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,445
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,260

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 34% of University of Houston students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,143. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $18,244.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Houston? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $46,436, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $57,188.22. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Houston. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 74% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $11,609. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Houston student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of Houston Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$476.57
Amount Borrowed$46,436.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,752.22
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$57,188.22

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Houston? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of Houston, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $57,188.22 would be needed to afford a $476.57 monthly payment in the example $46,436.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of Houston in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,173 to $7,805. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 12.7%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $79,632.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of Houston.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022$27,378$109,513
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027$34,942$139,769
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032 $44,596$178,384
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035 $51,626$206,502

Tuition History

What was tuition at University of Houston five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$6,921$13,569 4%
2009$6,658$13,402 9.4%
2008$6,084$12,756 7.7%
2007$5,648$12,248 6.6%
2006$5,296$11,920 29.7%
2005$4,082$10,274 25.3%
2004$3,258$8,922 18%
2003$2,760$7,992 5.5%
2002$2,616$7,680 5.7%
2001$2,476$7,636 5.9%
2000$2,338$7,522 13.7%
1999$2,057$7,169 5.8%
1998$1,945$7,081 8.7%
1997$1,789$6,925 26.5%
1996$1,414$6,022 3.8%
1995$1,362$4,794 4.6%
1994$1,302$4,566 8%
1993$1,206$4,518 21.6%
1992$992$3,584 8.4%
1991$915$3,382 3.7%
1990$882$3,348 7.7%
1989$819$3,315 3.4%
1988$792$3,232 6.5%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Houston to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 413 16% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 393 10% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 275 14% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 256 17% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 251 19% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 247 10% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 163 19% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 162 15% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 151 8% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 128 13% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 127 25% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 105 18% cheaper
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 103 2% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 100 2% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 95 13% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 86 9% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 80 16% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 79 29% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 78 21% cheaper
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Bachelor's Degree 78 15% costlier
Human Nutrition Bachelor's Degree 75 19% cheaper
Health and Wellness, General Bachelor's Degree 75 8% cheaper
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Bachelor's Degree 73 9% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 71 13% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 58 3% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 57 28% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 56 18% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 53 20% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 52 18% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 52 11% cheaper
Business/Corporate Communications Bachelor's Degree 50 17% cheaper
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 48 27% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 43 2% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Bachelor's Degree 43 21% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 42 21% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 42 19% cheaper
Organizational Leadership Bachelor's Degree 42 10% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 41 9% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 41 26% cheaper
Environmental Design/Architecture Bachelor's Degree 39 19% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 39 1% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 38 25% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 37 18% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 36 19% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 34 14% cheaper
Pharmaceutical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 28 23% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 27 22% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 27 10% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 17% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 26 16% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 26 31% cheaper
Painting Bachelor's Degree 25 24% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 24 7% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 22 16% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 21 15% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 20 21% cheaper
Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree 19 21% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 19 12% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 9% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 16 25% cheaper
Photography Bachelor's Degree 15 25% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 14 10% cheaper
Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree 14 30% cheaper
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 13 22% cheaper
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 12 11% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 34% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 13% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 23% cheaper
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 8 28% cheaper
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 7 32% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 6 26% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 5 21% cheaper
Surveying Technology/Surveying Bachelor's Degree 5 7% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 5 14% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 4 28% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 27% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 4 20% cheaper
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 4 17% cheaper
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 35% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 16% cheaper
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 37% cheaper
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 36% cheaper
Health Communication Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Computer Graphics Bachelor's Degree 2 2% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 28% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Human Resources Development Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
German Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 39% cheaper


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About University of Houston

University of Houston is a four year public college located in Houston, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 29,743 and part time is 11,171.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 17,328 applicants. 10,915 were admitted and 4,048 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

University of Houston
212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Houston is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

University of Houston cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=225511 IPEDS survey data.

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