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Differential Tuition

Differential Tuition is a course fee equivalent charge per credit hour that helps the College of Engineering (CoE) fully foster a diverse and creative learning environment that will empower students and faculty with the necessary knowledge and facilities to be national and international leaders.

In March 2015, the Board of Trustees approved Differential Tuition for the CoE. Prior to Fall 2015, $2 per credit was charged for open access computer maintenance and upgrades.
The primary goal of differential tuition funds is to provide comprehensive learning environment with modern facilities and personnel resources to both undergraduate and graduate students. Differential Tuition allows the college to invest in adequate teaching faculty and teaching assistants to help with classroom activities including homework/project help, provide state-of-the art laboratory equipment and software, provide opportunities for outreach activities such as participation in student-driven competition and programs, and provide networking opportunities to help prepare students for the modern workplace.

All engineering courses above course number 2999, except for thesis or dissertation courses, have differential tuition charged. Courses that are cross-listed with other colleges, but taught by engineering faculty also have differential tuition charged. All lower level courses (less than 2999) may have course-specific course fees to fulfill costs.  

School Year

Lower Division Courses

Cost Per Credit Hour (less than 2999)

Upper Division Courses Cost Per Credit Hour (higher than 2999)

Graduate Level Courses

Cost Per Credit Hour

2015-2016

$2

$19

$28

2016-2017

$2

$34

$48

2017-2018

$2

$48

$69

2018 +

Increase linked to Tier 1 tuition increases

At the undergraduate level, differential tuition will be used to:

  • Support more timely degree completion by offering more required course sections
  • Improve learning by reducing class sizes
  • Maintain and upgrade labs with state-of-the equipment
  • Enrich senior design and other programs
  • Hire more student-peer mentors, teaching assistants, and graders
  • Support out-of-classroom experiences such as field trips and guest lecturers
  • Provide resources for student-driven outreach activities.
  • Where needed, hire teaching-only faculty.

At the graduate level, differential tuition will be used for:

  • Graduate students who need bridging-to-completion funds
  • Graduate student travel to conferences and other professional development opportunities
  • Support for specialized equipment
  • Resources for projects identified by graduate students.

No differential tuition funds will be used to hire or increase salaries of tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Differential Tuition Summary for the 2015-2016 School Year (updated Feb. 2017)


Uses of differential tuition

Differential Tuition received for the 2015-2016 school year was used to support the following:

  • Replace needed lab equipment
  • Fund field trips
  • Purchase course supplies
  • Fund grader positions for 10,134 hours
  • Fund teaching assistant positions for 3,381 hours.

Undergraduate differential tuition

$2 per credit was allocated to the ENGR Computer Labs. The remaining differential tuition funds were allocated to the academic departments based on student credit hour enrollment.

Undergraduate differential tuition received for the 2015-2016 school year:

                Fall 2015                     $141,846

                Spring 2016                 $134,441

                Total                            $276,287

UG Diff Tuition


Graduate differential tuition

$2 per credit was allocated to the ENGR Computer Labs. The remaining differential tuition funds were allocated to the academic departments based on student credit hour enrollment.

Graduate differential tuition received for the 2015-2016 school year:

                Fall 2015                      $38,037

                Spring 2016                 $35,322

                Total                            $73,359

Grad Diff Tuition