Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fees rates are available on the Student Business Services website.

The university reserves the right to change fees in keeping with the acts of the Texas Legislature and the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System. 


Tuition for Excessive Undergraduate Hours

Texas Education Code §54.014 specifies a maximum number of semester credit hours an undergraduate student may attempt while paying Texas resident tuition. Students who exceed the maximum hour limitations will be charged the non-resident tuition rate.

Maximum Hour Limitations:

  • First term in Texas public institution prior to fall 1999 - Exempt
  • First term in Texas public institution from fall 1999 to summer 2006 - 45 hours over degree program
  • First term in Texas public institution from fall 2006 to the present date - 30 hours over degree program

Students should meet with their academic advisor regarding their excessive hours status. For additional information, please visit the Undergraduate Excessive Hours page. 

Tuition Rebate Program

Under Texas Education Code §54.0065, qualified students will receive up to a $1,000 tuition rebate upon graduation from Texas State. Submit the Tuition Rebate Application to your college academic advising center no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Monday immediately following your commencement. If you do not graduate because you did not meet the graduation requirements, you will need to complete another form for the next semester in which you are eligible. To earn the rebate, it is particularly important to follow the advice and counsel of the academic advisors.

Students must consult with their academic advisor to assure they meet all requirements to qualify for this program. For additional information, including the Tuition Rebate Application form, please visit the Tuition Rebate Information page. 

Special Fees and Charges

Admission Application Fee (mandatory & non-refundable) $75.00
Admissions Application & Evaluation Fee for International Applicants (mandatory & non-refundable) $90.00
Auditing Fee same as if course were taken for credit
Certificate Fee (payable when applying for teacher certification)
Texas Standard Certificate
Deficiency Plan Fees (for students seeking teacher certification)
First Plan
Additional Plans (each)
Late Payment Fee $65.00
Electronic Course Fee $50.00/semester credit hour
Evaluation of Foreign Credentials (for domestic applicants) $15.00
Payment Plan Enrollment Fee (for handling & other processing) $30.00
Late Registration Fee
Prior to initial payment deadline
1st 7 class days - fall/spring
1st 2 class days - summer
8th - 12th class day - fall/spring
3rd-4th class days - summer
Off-Campus Course Fee $30.00/semester credit hour
Fresh Orientation Fee $115.00
Transfer, International, and Other Types Orientation Fee $60.00
Physical Therapy Application Fee $50.00
Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Intern Application Fee $500.00
Returned Item Fee (for handling and other processing) $30.00
Transcript Fee (official copy) $5.00

Auditing Fees 

Where auditing of a course is permitted, all fees will be the same as if the course were taken for credit, Eligible senior citizens, 65 or older, may audit courses without payment of a fee if space is available. For additional information, please visit the Auditing a Course page.

Campus Parking/Vehicle Registration Fee

Every faculty or staff member, or student, who operates or parks a vehicle on campus must:

  • register the vehicle at Parking Services;
  • purchase a permit;
  • properly display  a Texas State physical or virtual parking permit anytime the vehicle is parked on campus; and
  • become familiar with and abide by the traffic and parking rules which are enforced at all times throughout the year.

Fees for vehicle registration will be published each year in the Schedule of Classes and in the official rules and regulations. The purchase of a permit and registration of the vehicle does not guarantee a parking space.

 The online vehicle registration process can be accessed through the Parking Services portal at or via Catsweb.  Everyone must register online and in advance of bringing a vehicle to campus. Additional information concerning the purchase and issuance of parking permits may be obtained by contacting Parking Services at 512-245-2887.

Course Repeat Fee

The Texas Legislature eliminated funding to higher education for courses that are attempted three or more times. An attempted course is defined as any course in which a grade is earned on the transcript, including repeated courses and courses dropped with a grade of "W". For additional information, please visit the Course Repeat Fee page.

International Student Operations Fee

All international students with an immigration status of “F-1” or “J-1” will be charged $60.00 per semester for the maintenance of records, compliance with government regulations, and other services.

Laboratory Fees

The amount of lab fees varies on a per course basis. See the Schedule of Classes for current lab fees.

Late Registration Fees

A late fee will be charged if a student registers during the late registration period.

Testing Fees

Administration fees will be charged for Proctoring Exam Services for Texas State Students and Non-Texas State students who wish to take a course exam at the Testing, Evaluation, and Measurement Center (TEMC) in San Marcos, or the Round Rock Campus Testing Center. The charge is $40.00 per test for exams two hours or less. The fee amount will vary with longer time limits. This fee also applies to students who wish take a course exam through the TEMC rather than at the times offered as part of distance education courses. Students who request make-up exams allowed by Texas State faculty will also be charged $40.00 per test for exams two hours or less.

Varying fees will also be charged for:

  • Exams for credit
    • CLEP
    • Departmental
    • ACTFL-OP
  • Placement and college readiness tests
    • Accuplacer/Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA)
    • Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA)
  • Upper-level barrier exams
    • Punctuation, Usage, and Grammar (PUG)

Visit for specific fees, additional services, and information.

Room and Board Rates

Information regarding room and board rates for a specific semester may be obtained at Room and board is billed on a semester basis and may be paid in full at registration or in installments. All residence halls will be closed between semesters; however, Texas State may choose to keep some of the halls open during the break for an additional room charge.

Refund of Room and Board Fees

Any student who withdraws officially from Texas State may receive a refund on the unused portion of the room and board payment. Room and board charges will continue until the student has officially moved from university housing and has received written clearance from the director of Housing and Residential Life. Any refund due will be applied to any unpaid financial obligation with Texas State.

Students' Financial Obligations

Tuition and fees are to be paid in full before the beginning of the semester or paid under an installment plan with an initial payment due before the beginning of the semester. Students are expected to meet their financial obligations to Texas State within the designated time allowed. For additional information, please visit the Student Business Services website.

As consequences for the student's failure to meet financial obligations, the university may:

  1. ​withhold official transcripts;
  2. deny registration and payment confirmation of subsequent semesters;
  3. assess additional fees for delinquent payments and returned items as detailed on the Student Business Services website;
  4. report unpaid university obligations to credit agencies;
  5. cease university-provided services; and
  6. place warrant holds with the State Comptroller's Office stopping state payment to the individual owning the debt.

Payment of Fees

Please visit the Payment Options and Payment Methods pages of the Student Business Services website for information regarding payment of tuition, fees, room and board.

Please note the following:

  • A 2.85% convenience fee with a minimum $3 per transaction fee is applied to credit/debit card payments (effective 9/2012). The convenience fee is not collected by the university and is therefore non-refundable.
  • Mailed payments must be RECEIVED, not postmarked, BY THE DUE DATE. You must make allowances for any postal delays. Please include the student ID number.

Financial Aid and Tuition Adjustment Recipients:

Students receiving financial aid and/or a tuition adjustment, should check their student account by logging in to the Payment Portal on the Student Business Services website to ensure that credit was applied.  

  • Approved tuition adjustments will apply to the student account once received and processed. The Billing and Payment site does take 24 hours to update with this information. 
  • Students with a financial aid credit or tuition adjustment that covers 100% tuition, fees, and room and board do not need to take action.
  • If the financial aid or tuition adjustment is not sufficient to cover 100% of the charges, the student must pay the total balance due or enroll in a payment plan to avoid course cancellation.

Installment Payments

Students are responsible for making their installment payments by the due date. The installment due dates are listed on the Important Dates page of the Student Business Services website. Students can check their balance, installment amounts and make payments online by visiting the Student Business Services website.

Late Payment Fees

A delinquent charge of $65 will be assessed the first business day after the final payment due date of the semester. Under Texas Education Code §54.007, a student who fails to make full payment of tuition and fees, including any incidental fees, by the due date may be prohibited from registering for classes until full payment is made. See the Student Financial Obligation section for more details.

Returned Checks

If a check or EFT is returned unpaid for any reason other than the admitted error of the bank, the student must pay for the returned check with cash, cashier's check, money order or credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover, Diners Club or American Express) immediately. A $30.00 service fee is assessed for each returned check. Until the check is paid, the student will be on "Cash Only" status. Cash Only status is a denial of check cashing privileges on campus. 

Individuals who have three returned checks or EFT within a 12-month period, will be placed on Cash Only status.

Stopping payment on a check for fees or allowing the check to be returned unpaid by the bank for any reason does not constitute official withdrawal. Failure to follow procedures for withdrawing from Texas State may result in financial penalties and delays with future enrollment at the university.


Please refer to the Refund Information page of the Students Business Services website for detailed information of the University's refund policy. Please note: Withdrawing and dropping a class are two different actions and are defined below. These actions have separate refund policies.

Any refund due will be applied to any unpaid financial obligation with Texas State. If the refund exceeds any unpaid balance, a refund will be processed within 30 days. Payments made by credit card are refunded back to the card. Other payment types will be deposited to the student's bank account if they have signed up for direct deposit (eRefund) or issued as a check and mailed to the appropriate address on file. Mailing addresses for refunds are selected in the following priority: (1) Mailing (2) Local (3) Permanent. Students may update their addresses as needed on Catsweb.

Withdrawal: Reducing semester credit hours to zero is considered a withdrawal. You MUST do this through the Office of the University Registrar.

Students must withdraw from ALL courses to be considered as withdrawn for the semester.  Withdrawals are initiated in the Office of the University Registrar. Please refer to the Academic Calendar or Refund Information page of the Student Business Service website for semester/term specific deadlines for withdrawal refunds. Withdrawal Information is available on the Office of the University Registrar website.

*Please note: Summer semester have several different terms within the semester. Please contact Student Business Services for specific withdrawal dates for summer. Additionally, during the summer, please allow a minimum of 10 business days waiting period for billing account adjustments to be processed.

Dropping a class: Removing one or more classes from your schedule, while remaining enrolled in at least one course.

IMPORTANT: Dropping credit hours or withdrawing from the semester may affect your financial aid award. Students receiving financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office before dropping or withdrawing. If you have dropped hours or withdrawn from the University, the term balance may not reflect the necessary adjustments. Please allow a minimum 10 business day waiting period for award adjustments to be processed.

Dropping a course or courses means that there is at least one other course left in the registered schedule for a semester/term.  Refer to the Academic Calendar or the Refund Information page of the Student Business Services website for semester/term specific deadlines for drop refunds.

*Please note: Summer semesters have several different terms within the semester. Please contact Student Business Services if you have questions regarding drop dates for summer.