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Explanation of Fees

To meet the demands for a quality education in its broadest sense, required expenses for Tarleton students are kept low. Comparisons reveal that Tarleton's total cost of about $15,198.28 for two regular semesters is among the lowest of any public Texas university. Total cost includes tuition, meals, room, and all other fees. An additional $4,085 for personal expenses makes the cost of a school year at Tarleton approximately $19,283.00.

2013-2014 Regular Session Fees (Fall, Spring & Summer Semesters)

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Tuition Fee
Texas Resident - Undergraduate¹ $153.97 per hour
Texas Resident - Graduate¹ $183.97 per hour
Nonresident¹ $507.97 per hour

Tuition for Texas resident undergraduate students is $153.97 per semester credit hour. Tuition for Texas resident graduate students is $183.97 per semester credit hour. Tuition for non resident students, including those who are not U.S. citizens, is $507.97 per semester credit hour. See "Determination of Residence for Tuition Purposes" in this section for more information.

¹Includes State Tuition Rate of $50 per semester credit hour for Undergraduates/$80.00 per semester credit hour for Graduates/$401 per semester credit hour for non-resident plus $103.97 per semester credit hour for Designated Tuition. Previously, a General Use Fee was assessed for all students. The General Use Fee has been reclassified as Designated Tuition as per the acts of the 75th Texas Legislature. Reference Texas Education Code §54.0512 and §54.0513.
Student Services Fee
Stephenville campus: $19.80 per semester credit hour with $237.60 maximum

This fee of $19.80 per semester credit hour, with a $237.60 maximum per regular semester and $11.78 per semester credit hour, with a $237.60 maximum per summer semester, is for support of student activities. It includes a subscription to the J-TAC (the student newspaper), admission to all athletic events, including intramural athletics, fees for the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, and student discounts for all special events performances in the Fine Arts Center. The fee also supports student government, student organizations, student travel, student counseling, rodeo activities, the cheerleaders, and Texan Stars. This fee is assessed on Stephenville courses.
Academic Support & Advising Fee
$4.00 per semester credit hour

This fee of $4.00 per semester credit hour is used to cover costs of providing academic support programs and academic advising services.
Computer Processing Fee
$10.93 per hour semester credit hour

This fee of $10.93 per semester credit hour is used to cover costs of providing computing access to the students and computing services for administrative and instructional purposes.
Differential Tuition

College of Business Administration - $19 per hour

Nursing & Health Professions - $30 per hour

Engineering and Technology - $30 per hour

This fee is assessed by semester credit hour to courses under the College of Business Administration, Nursing and Health Professions and Engineering and Technology.  The fee is used to enhance the academic programs under the College and/or Department.

Distance Education Degree Program Course Fees
$300-$360 per course

This fee, with a range of $300-$360 per course based on the degree program associated with the course, will allow for delivery and ensure the quality of the university's Distance/Distributed Education Programs.
Distance Learning Fee
$40.00 per semester credit hour

This fee of $40 per semester credit hour is assessed on all online courses to provide web-based student services support.
Endowment Scholarship Fee
$1.00 per semester credit hour

This fee of $1 per semester credit hour is to create additional scholarship funds to assist students with their college education. This fee is assessed on Stephenville courses.
Excessive Hours Fee
$100.00 per semester credit hour

This fee of $100 per semester credit hour is charged to students with excessive semester credit hours towards a degree program. Reference Texas Education code § 54.014 which provides a limit on the number of hours an undergraduate Texas resident may attempt while paying in-state tuition. For more information, please visit www.tarleton.edu/~registrar .
First Year Experience Fee

$125.00 - 1st semester

This one-time fee of $125, charged the first semester to all new and transfer students with less than 30 semester credit hours, is used to cover costs associated with the Freshman Year Experience Program.This fee is assessed to the Stephenville Campus only.

General Property Deposit
$10.00 - 1st semester

Students must have a general deposit (breakage deposit) of $10 on file. Fee is charged to all new and transfer students the first semester at Tarleton.  The fee is refundable upon request when no longer attending Tarleton State University.
Health Service Fee
$4.91 per semester credit hour

This fee of $4.91 per semester credit hour is used to cover costs of the Student Health Center. This fee is assessed on Stephenville courses.
Identification System Fee
$10.00 per semester

This fee is $10 for each semester. It is not a purchase fee. A permanent ID Card is issued to incoming students to be used for their entire enrollment at Tarleton. A $10 replacement fee will be charged for replacement of lost or damaged cards.
Instructional Equipment Fee
$2.40 per semester credit hour

This fee of $2.40 per semester credit hour is used to maintain and upgrade equipment used directly in student instruction.
Intercollegiate Athletics Fee
$16.00 per hour w/$208.00 max

This fee of $16 per semester credit hour, with a $208 maximum per semester, is used to support intercollegiate athletics at Tarleton State University. This fee is assessed on Stephenville courses.
International Education Fee
$4.00 per semester

This fee of $4 per semester is used to assist students participating in international student exchange or study programs.
International Student Program Fee
$40.00 per semester

This fee, assessed only to international students at a rate of $40 per semester, funds expenses directly associated with the International Education Program.
Library Access Fee
$9.00 per semester credit hour

This fee of $9.00 per semester credit hour is used to purchase materials and equipment and to support the operations of the Dick Smith Library.
Off-Campus Program Delivery Fee
$40.00 per semester credit hour

This fee of $40 per semester credit hour is used to cover additional expenses associated with the cost of delivering off campus programs.
Parking Fee
$25.00 per semester

Students who wish to park a vehicle on any part of Tarleton property will pay a parking fee of $25 for each regular semester and $10 per summer semester.
Records Fee
$15.00 per semester

This fee of $15 per semester is used to cover the cost of maintaining academic records.
Recreational Sports Fee
$100.00 per semester

This fee of $100 per regular semester and $50 per summer semester is used to fund debt service requirements and operational costs of the facility. This fee is assessed to the Stephenville Campus.
Repeated Courses Fee
$100.00 per semester credit hour

(3-PEAT) This additional course fee will be charged at a rate of $100 per semester credit hour to those students who have attempted the same course for a third time since Fall 2002.This provision is described in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules (Chapter 13, Subchapter B, §13.25). For additional information please visit www.tarleton.edu/~registrar.
Room Reservation & Damage Deposit
$100.00 (NOT payable on an installment basis.)

This deposit is required for students applying to live in the resident halls.
Room & Meal Charges
All students living in the residence halls are required to pay for meals, in addition to room-rent fees. Meals are provided in modified cafeteria style during specific meal hours. Evening meals will not be served on days preceding holidays and end of semester or summer sessions. Room and meal rates and meal times are published in pamphlets available from Student Life and Business Services. Meal fees include state sales tax. No deductions will be made from charges for meals and room rent when students move into the residence hall within ten days after the opening of a semester, nor will refunds be made when students withdraw during the last ten days of a semester or the last ten days for which payment has been made.
Student Center Facility Fee
$3.96 per semester credit hour with $39.60 maximum

This fee of $3.96 per semester credit hour, with a $39.60 maximum per regular semester and $19.80 maximum per summer semester, is used for operating, maintaining, improving, and equipping the Barry B. Thompson Student Center. This fee is assessed on Stephenville courses.
Testing Fee

$30.00 - 1st semester

A testing fee of $30 for freshmen and transfer students will be assessed to cover required institutional testing, such as for Math and English placement, writing proficiency, or achievement.  It is charged on first enrollment for a fall or spring semester and covers all institutional testing while the student is enrolled.

Yearbook Fee
$25.00 - Spring semester only

A fee of $25 for the Tarleton yearbook, The Grassburr, is charged each Spring semester to undergraduate students enrolled in courses at the Stephenville Campus.This fee is used to cover publication costs of the yearbook.
Graduation Fee
$35.00 per application

This fee of $35.00 is charged to students who are eligible and filing for graduation.  The fee is used to cover expenses associated with the commencement process.
Agricultural Facilities Fee
$17.00 per course

This fee of $17 per course is charged to all students who register for agriculture courses and is used by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to provide agricultural facilities to support the agricultural degree programs and courses.
College Instructional Enhancement Fee
The rate of the fee varies per college as follows:  College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences - $9 per semester credit hour; College of Liberal & Fine Arts - $1 per semester credit hour; College of Business Administration - $2 per semester credit hour; College of Science & Technology - $9 per semester credit hour; College of Education - $2 per semester credit hour.  This fee is used to provide funding for department/college operations, equipment needs and maintenance/repair of associated equipment.
Laboratory Fee
A fee of not less than $2 and not more than $30 for each laboratory course may be charged for materials and supplies.
Late Registration Fee
Students who do not register or make initial payment on days set aside for that purpose will pay a late fee of $25.
Late Payment Fee
Students not making an installment payment by the due date will be charged a late payment fee of $10.  Students who are delinquent more than five days may be prohibited from registering for classes and may be blocked from all University services.
Writing Intensive Course Fee
$20.00 per course

This fee of $20 per course is charged to courses identified as writing intensive courses.  The fee is used to provide funds to support expenses related to the delivery of these courses.

Note: The fees provided above are based on the 2013-2014 fee schedule approved by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents at its May 2013 meeting. The Tuition/Fee information is an estimate and is subject to change based on Board action and Legislative requirements.

The above fees are required of all students, regardless of classification (undergraduate or graduate) or type of housing (on- or off-campus) with the exception of fees designated by campus: Tuition, Student Services (Stephenville), Student Center Facility (Stephenville), Academic Advising & Support, Computer Processing, Endowment Scholarship (Stephenville), HealthService (Stephenville), Identification System, Records, Library Access, Intercollegiate Athletics (Stephenville), Instructional Equipment, International Education, Recreational Sports Fee (Stephenville) and General Property Deposit.  Off Campus Program Delivery Fee, Distance Learning Fee, and Distance Ed Degree Program Fees are assessed to off-campus courses, on-line courses and Distance Ed Degree Programs courses respectively.