In 2022, tuition for full-time students at University of Houston-Clear Lake was $9,460 a year for in-state students and $25,870 a year for out-of-state students.
Usually, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.
If this information makes going to college sound impossible, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students find the actual cost of college is a lot less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Additionally, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay out of pocket feel more doable until after graduation.
Tuition for international students at University of Houston-Clear Lake is $25,870 per year.
University of Houston-Clear Lake is a public, state institution, which means it offers a reduced tuition rate of $9,460 for students who qualify as state residents and attend full-time. For students who are not considered Texas-residents, out-of-state tuition is $25,870 a year.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public insitutions often offer a lower cost of attendance for those who qualify as Texas residents.
Choosing a college where you are eligible for the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan save significant money on the cost of tuition, as well as loans and interest owed. Don't forget to verify your state's eligibility criteria for in-state tuition. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria as well, depending on where you live.
UHCL has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
International students at University of Houston-Clear Lake usually pay around $25,870 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.
Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but may be eligible for private or UHCL-specific aid and scholarships.
International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships.
In addition to the cost of tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at UHCL.
Housing and campus dining at UHCL costs $9,440 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a dining plan that allows you to eat all or some of your meals the UHCL's on-campus cafeterias and dining halls. Students who live off campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can opt-in for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $12,909.
Board costs vary based on on the numnber of meals you intend to eat on-campus
The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.
The majority of colleges charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.
There may be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Many schools offer ways so that those with financial need to get help covering these costs.
The total cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school? Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus small enough that you can easily walk from class-to-class?? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these factors can drastically impact your transportation budget. At UHCL, freshman are allowed to park on campus.
A school's location can also have a big effect on the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, transportation in a city is sometimes expensive, but cities may offer more trains, busses or affordable flights to actually get to school. The University of Houston-Clear Lake campus is located in a suburban setting in Texas, not far from Houston.
When you're planning for college, don’t forget to take into account personal expenses, like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.
Now, let’s go over all of the costs we've covered, to get a better idea of how much students can expect to shell out for UHCL.
What will the cost of attending UHCL be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$9,440|
The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.
Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
In 2022, 2,508 of the 6,679 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. UHCL meets 52% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $1,302 a year. Around 43.75% of UHCL undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. UHCL graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $22,737 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Most Common Loans for UHCL Students|
Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on UHCL financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.
In 2022, UHCL awarded 1,743 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $18.9 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $7.13 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.
The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.
Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for UHCL students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.
When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.
The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at UHCL was $1,302 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of UHCL seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
|Net In-state, Off-campus||$18,001|
What will attending UHCL really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.
As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the UHCL's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
UHCL offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.
Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some schools offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.
UHCL has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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