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While there are many different costs associated with attending college, the Business Office is primarily responsible for building and maintaining the billing tables for registration charges which are broken down into two categories:  Tuition and Fees.  The tuition & fees listed on this page are mandatory for all students who attend WT based on their classification and major.  There are other fees associated with specific classes that are not described on this page such as lab fees or course fees that can be found in the individual course descriptions in the University’s Catalog.  Other charges that might be a part of the student's statement might be for housing and meals, and more information about those costs can be found by reaching out to Residential Living.

TYPES OF TUITION

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 taking classes in 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. 
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences

Graduate Tuition - Graduate 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.    

 Graduate Designated Tuition - Graduate designated tuition rates are set by the University, and revenue generated is utilized for operations of the University, state-mandated set-asides for graduate need-based scholarships, and building upkeep and improvement for graduate programs. Graduate 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.    


Texas Education Code 56.014 requires that a portion of a Texas Resident student's designated and differential tuition be set aside as scholarship funds to provide financial assistance for students enrolled with the University. Texas residents are notified by Buff email of the specific amount of their billed designated and differential tuition that has been set aside each semester they are enrolled. This notification is not a bill for amounts due, nor is it a promise of scholarship funds to be awarded to that student.  Each student must apply for and meet eligibility requirements for any scholarships they desire in order to be awarded.


MANDATORY FEES

Beginning Fall of 2020, students who are not already on a previous guaranteed tuition plan rate and who are enrolled in online courses only (no campus or satellite campus courses) will have waived the following three fees:  Rec Sports, Health, and Athletic. These fees will be replaced by a Distance Education Fee of $56 per semester credit hour and will be automatically calculated based on a student's enrollment status (online only or traditional/mixed) and without regard to the student's address.  Students who are deemed to be online and are not billed these fees will not have free access to the campus medical services, the Activities Center & rec sports programs, or free admission to sporting events. 

While all of these fees are considered mandatory for students attending classes at WT, some exemptions for special State-approved admission statuses allow for some or all fee exemption. Please see the list of approved State of Texas waivers for further information.

University Services 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.

Declared Major Enhancement Fees -  A 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.
  • Art - all classifications, all semesters beginning 2020 Fall
  • Theatre - all classifications, all semesters begining 2020 FAll
  • Dance - all classifications, all semesters beginning 2020 Fall

Undergraduate Academic Enhancement Fee - Assessed per semester credit hour to undergraduate students who do not already have differential tuition or other enhancement fees assigned.

Health Fee - A flat fee per semester for the operation of Student Medical Services, an on campus medical clinic open to students during semesters the student is enrolled. 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 and is applied to all students regardless of this status.

Student Service 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 - 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 flat fee per semester 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 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. This fee also allows students free admission to all regular season home games with a valid Buff Gold card.

International Insurance Premium - Assessed by the Texas A&M System to all international students so that they can utilize local medical facilities outside of West Texas A&M University in the event of a serious medical situation. Students with approved insurance through their home countries will have the fee removed after the census date as per the International Student Office.

International Student Fee - A fee of $75.00 assessed by the International Student Office at West Texas A&M University to support the funding of assisting students with visa and immigration documents. This fee is monitored by the International Student Office.

Distance Education Fee - **BEGINNING FALL 2020** Assessed per semester credit hour to new students who are online only and who do not pay the Health, Rec Sports, or Athletic Fees; this fee covers costs attributable to the resources necessary for the development, delivery, and enhancement of online education. This fee and its associated waivers will not apply to students who are already on a previous guaranteed tuition rate plan prior to 2020 Fall.

Deferred Maintenance Fee - **BEGINNING FALL 2020** A flat fee per semester used to help finance repairs and/or renovation of physical facilities that are necessary due to physical defects or physical deterioration over time; or building deficiencies due to the failure to meet life safety standards that have changed since initial construction. This fee will not apply to students who are already on a previous guaranteed tuition rate plan prior to 2020 Fall.


For details of cost by residency (Texas/Border County resident, Out of State resident, and International resident) by semester credit hour, please visit the Cost of Attendance page.