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Tuition and Fees

WTAMU has implemented a guaranteed tuition and fee plan for all undergraduate students, commencing Fall Semester 2014.  This plan encompasses statutory tuition, designated tuition, differential tuition, and mandatory fees.  Although certain mandatory fees may be changed by student referendum, the increase in those fees will not be assessed until the expiration of the guaranteed plan for those currently enrolled.  Each year a new guaranteed tuition and fee plan will be applied to incoming students not previously enrolled.  The plan will include four-year, three-year, two-year, and one-year rates for freshman through senior students based on the student's completed semester credit hours.  Upon the expiration date of the assigned plan, if the student has not completed the degree requirements, tuition and fees will be charged at the optional 1 year rate in effect for the next academic year.  The guaranteed plan is based  upon a continuous clock that starts when the student first enrolls and expires at the end of the guaranteed time period.  A waiver process for the assigned plan end date will be established for students who are enrolled in programs that require more than 120 credit hours for graduation, and for unexpected withdrawals due to illness or catastrophic events.


Statutory Tuition - Statutory tuition rates are set by the Texas Legislature. The rate for Texas residents is $50 per semester credit hour. The Non-Resident, Out of State rate is $80 per semester credit hour with the TEC 54.0601 waiver granted the student's first semester. Non-Resident, Out of State undergraduate students that fall below a 2.0 grade point average, and Non-Resident, Out of State graduate students that fall below a 3.0 grade point average are billed at a rate of $465.00 per semester credit hour. Non-Resident, International students are billed at a rate of $465.00 per semester credit hour.

Designated Tuition - Designated tuition rates are set by the University, and revenue generated is utilized for operations of the University, state mandated set-asides for need-based scholarships, and building upkeep and improvement.  Designated tuition is charged per semester credit hour up to 12 hours, is a fixed amount for 12 to 18 hours, and is charged per semester credit hours for hours above 18 per term.

Differential Tuition - Differential tuition is a separate tuition charged per semester credit hour to students who have been admitted into the following programs:

  • Nursing program with a declared major of nursing
  • College of Business with a declared major in any business program
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science with a declared major in engineering, engineering technology, or computer science. 

The differential tuition charge is assessed only when the student has matriculated from pre-nursing, pre-business, or pre-engineering/computer science. 

Texas Education Code 56.014 requires that a portion of a Texas Resident student's designated and differential tuition are set aside to provide financial assistance for students enrolled with the University as scholarship funds. Texas residents are notified by Buff email of the specific amount set aside each semester they are enrolled.                                                                     

Mandatory Fees:       

University Services Fee - A mandatory fee, assessed per semester credit hour; these fees are used to support the operations of the following programs/services:  Student Advising Services, international education, library, records, technology, traffic and safety, transportation, and Washington, D.C. interns.

Enhancement Fees -  A mandatory flat fee assigned for specific majors: 

  • Accreditation enhancement fee for students admitted into the undergraduate and graduate Education, (Teacher prep)
  • Accreditation enhancement fee for students admitted into the undergraduate and graduate Social Work programs
  • Music Program Enhancement  Fee for students with a declared major in Music
  • Music Voice Program Enhancement Fee for students enrolling in Voice courses.  These fees vary and are assessed per term, and are not a guaranteed rate.

Undergraduate Academic Enhancement Fee - A mandatory fee that applies undergraduate students who do not have differential tuition or other enhancement fees assigned as these students are exempt from the undergraduate academic enhancement fee. This fee is assessed per semester credit hour.

Health Fee - A mandatory flat fee for the operation of Student Medical Services, an on campus medical clinic open to students during semesters the student is enrolled in course work. Staffing includes family medical physician, two family nurse practitioners, one licensed clinical social worker, one consulting psychiatrist, x-ray technician and two registered nurses. Student Medical Services accepts students with and without medical insurance.

Student Service Fee - A mandatory fee, assessed per semester credit hour for all enrolled students; these fees are distributed by the Campus Student Fee Committee for various campus services and organizations.

Student Center Complex Fee - A mandatory fee, assessed per semester credit hour; this fee is used for operation and maintenance of student centers across both the Canyon and Amarillo campuses for all learning spaces such as classrooms, lecture rooms, social centers, and research areas.

Rec Sports Fee - A mandatory flat fee used to help to finance, construct, operate, maintain and improve recreational sports facilities and programs open to all enrolled students who are not members of competing NCAA teams in specified sports. For example, members of the basketball team may not participate on Rec Sports basketball teams, but may compete in other sports such as flag football and softball.

Intercollegiate Athletic Fee - A mandatory fee distributed by the University for debt service on the recreational/sports complex and by the Athletic Director for all Intercollegiate Athletic activities and scholarships recognized by the NCAA.


For details of cost by residency (Texas/border county resident, border state resident, and out-of-state, non-resident and international) by semester credit hour, please check Cost of Attendance.

Education on Demand Courses are not included in the guaranteed tuition and fee plan. These course billings are located on View Account and Make Payments on Buff Advisor, though they are billed at a flat rate and do not include tuition and mandatory fees. These courses also have a different completion time table than standard semester enrollment courses.