Tuition and Cost to Attend University of Houston

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Texas residents to go to University of Houston is $18,513 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $27,009.

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Houston tuition is $7,483 per year for in-state residents. This is 20% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,256. The cost is $6,715 and 47% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $14,198 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 37th in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 72nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $15,979 which represents a 114% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $918 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,401.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $8,912 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 $1,200.

Costs and Tuition for University of Houston
Expenditure Price
Texas Resident Total Cost $18,513
   In-State Tuition$7,483
   Other Fees$918
   Room and Board$8,912
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Cost $27,009
   Out-of-State Tuition$15,979
   Other Fees$918
   Room and Board$8,912
   Books and Supplies$1,200

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.


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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 $18,513 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 $12,262* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

54% of University of Houston students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $6,049. 38 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $3,989. 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$12,262*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid54%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,049
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants38%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,989

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 reported for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$9,648
$30,001 to $48,000$10,620
$48,001 to $75,000$14,908
$75,001 to $110,000$17,816

Average Financial Aid Mix - $18,513 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $18,513. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $6,049

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

 41% - $7,530

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

Out of Pocket

 27% -  $4,934

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 2011-2012 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 New Orleans23.5% less expensive
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma50.6% less expensive
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus47.1% less expensive
Oklahoma State University Main Campus40.9% less expensive
Mississippi State University9.5% 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 $74,052 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 $92,565 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 2011-2012 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$3,742
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,256
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,990
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,504

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$216
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$648
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$529
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,587
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,116

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. 43% of University of Houston students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $7,530. 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 $58,181.38. 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 54% 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$484.84
Amount Borrowed$46,436.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,745.38
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$58,181.38

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 $58,181.38 would be needed to afford a $484.84 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 five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,648 to $7,513. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.6%. 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 $74,052.00. 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 2020$25,460$101,839
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025$32,494$129,975
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030 $41,471$165,885
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033 $48,008$192,032

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 24% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 393 18% cheaper
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 275 23% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 256 25% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 251 27% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 247 19% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 163 27% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 162 23% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 151 17% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 128 21% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 127 31% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 105 25% cheaper
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 103 8% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 100 12% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 95 21% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 86 17% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 80 24% cheaper
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 79 36% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 78 28% cheaper
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Bachelor's Degree 78 2% costlier
Human Nutrition Bachelor's Degree 75 26% cheaper
Health and Wellness, General Bachelor's Degree 75 17% cheaper
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Bachelor's Degree 73 14% cheaper
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 71 21% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 58 13% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 57 34% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 56 26% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 53 28% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 52 26% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 52 19% cheaper
Business/Corporate Communications Bachelor's Degree 50 24% cheaper
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 48 34% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 43 8% cheaper
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Bachelor's Degree 43 28% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 42 28% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 42 27% cheaper
Organizational Leadership Bachelor's Degree 42 19% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 41 19% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 41 33% cheaper
Environmental Design/Architecture Bachelor's Degree 39 26% cheaper
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 39 10% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 38 32% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 37 26% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 36 26% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 34 22% cheaper
Pharmaceutical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 28 30% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 27 29% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 27 2% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 26 24% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 26 38% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 26 24% cheaper
Painting Bachelor's Degree 25 31% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 24 16% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 22 23% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 21 23% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 20 28% cheaper
Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree 19 28% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 19 22% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 17% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 16 32% cheaper
Photography Bachelor's Degree 15 32% cheaper
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 14 18% cheaper
Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree 14 36% cheaper
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 13 29% cheaper
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 12 19% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 12 40% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 20% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 30% cheaper
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 8 35% cheaper
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 7 38% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 6 33% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 5 28% cheaper
Surveying Technology/Surveying Bachelor's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 5 22% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 4 35% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 33% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 4 28% cheaper
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 4 24% cheaper
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 41% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 24% cheaper
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 42% cheaper
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 3 21% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 42% cheaper
Health Communication Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Computer Graphics Bachelor's Degree 2 12% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 35% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Human Resources Development Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
German Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 44% 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 28,836 and part time is 10,984.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 17,019 applicants. 9,565 were admitted and 3,492 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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