Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Houston Downtown tuition is $5,304 per year for in-state residents. This is 25% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 66% cheaper than the average Texas tuition of $15,399 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 18th in Texas amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 75th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $15,264 which represents a 188% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,166 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,470.

Housing Costs

University of Houston Downtown doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Houston area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $8,806.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,210.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $6,988 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Texas residents to go to University of Houston-Downtown is $23,474 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Texas residence can expect a one year cost of $33,434. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $14,668.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for University of Houston Downtown and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Houston Downtown
Estimated Budgets
Texas Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$23,474
   In-State Tuition$5,304
   Other Fees$1,166
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$8,806
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,988
   Books and Supplies$1,210
Texas Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$14,668
   In-State Tuition$5,304
   Other Fees$1,166
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,988
   Books and Supplies$1,210
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$33,434
   Out-of-State Tuition$15,264
   Other Fees$1,166
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$8,806
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,988
   Books and Supplies$1,210


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 $23,474 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-Downtown net price for in-state students is $7,436* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

82% of University of Houston Downtown students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,356. 64 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 $4,743. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Houston Downtown, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Houston Downtown
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,436*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid82%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,356
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants64%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,743

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$5,769
$30,001 to $48,000$6,103
$48,001 to $75,000$10,481
$75,001 to $110,000$14,099

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,474 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,474. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 51% - $8,356

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

Federal Loans

 28% - $4,589

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

Out of Pocket

 21% -  $3,541

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 Downtown
Prairie View A & M University17.2% more expensive
Mississippi Valley State University20.7% more expensive
Sul Ross State University11.4% more 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 Downtown.

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-Downtown is $93,896 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 $8,218 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $32,872**

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 $117,370 or $41,090 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 Downtown.

Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,652
Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,737
Non-Texas Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,632
Non-Texas Resident Total Cost Per Semester$16,717

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 Downtown 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 Downtown
Price per credit hour for Texas residents$212
Cost for one class for Texas residents (3 credit hours)$636
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$627
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,881
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,508


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. 24% of University of Houston Downtown students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,589. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $19,440.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Houston Downtown? 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 $32,872, 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 $40,786.61. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Houston Downtown. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 82% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,218. 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 Downtown 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 Downtown Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$339.89
Amount Borrowed$32,872.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$7,914.61
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$40,786.61

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of Houston-Downtown? 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 Downtown, 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 $40,786.61 would be needed to afford a $339.89 monthly payment in the example $32,872.00 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 Downtown in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,900 to $5,304. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.2%. 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 $93,896.00. 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 Downtown.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$32,282$129,129
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$41,201$164,805
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $52,584$210,337
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $60,873$243,492

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 Downtown 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 373 17% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 320 10% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 281 20% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 200 10% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 191 2% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 172 17% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 144 3% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 92 11% cheaper
Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 78 14% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 78 9% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 68 19% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 61 8% cheaper
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management Bachelor's Degree 50 8% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 40 17% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 40 20% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 34 18% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 32 17% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 29 9% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 27 19% cheaper
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 27 1% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 24 13% cheaper
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 22 4% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 21 17% cheaper
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing Bachelor's Degree 16 14% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 13 22% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 12 26% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 10 26% cheaper
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 9 18% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 15% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 22% cheaper
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 20% cheaper
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 6 8% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 6 20% cheaper
Visual and Performing Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 18% cheaper
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 2 11% cheaper
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper


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About University of Houston Downtown

University of Houston Downtown is a four year public college located in Houston, Texas.  Full time enrollment is 6,415 and part time is 7,836.  University of Houston Downtown has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about University of Houston Downtown at CollegeSimply.

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

University of Houston Downtown
1 Main Street
Houston, Texas

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Houston Downtown 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 Downtown cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=225432 IPEDS survey data.