Cost & Aid - University of Houston
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2023 Best Value College

Our affordability and the quality of our academic programs are just two reasons the University of Houston was named one of The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges." 

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Tuition & Fees for 2023-24 Academic Year

Resident Non-Resident
Tuition $10,856 $26,456
Required Fees $1,026 $1,026
Total $11,882 $27,482

Tuition and fees are based on two 15-hour semesters in the 2023-24 academic year. This is an estimate as costs may vary based on your academic college. Check out our tuition and fee calculator.

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Other Costs

On-Campus Living at Home Off-Campus
Room & Board $10,830* $5,020* $11,022*
Books & Supplies $1,556* $1,556* $1,556*

*Indirect expenses, not paid to the University of Houston, will vary based on individual choices.

Financial Aid


UH has several scholarships for freshmen and transfer students. Scholarship criteria varies from one scholarship to another, but most scholarships are based on academic credentials like class rank, GPA and/or standardized test scores. Here's what you need to do to be eligible for a university-funded scholarship:

  • Complete the University of Houston application for admission using either ApplyTexas or the Common App. Submit just one application.
  • Complete your application for admission by the priority scholarship deadline. Scholarships may continue to be awarded after the priority deadline as long as funds are available.
ScholarshipAwardApply byCriteria for Consideration*FreshmanTransfer
Academic Excellence Scholarship Competitive merit scholarships; renewableNov. 1, 2023Varies from year-to-year.
For fall 2022, the average awardee had
a 1287 SAT or 27 ACT and top 11% class rank
National Merit ScholarshipFull tuition and fees each year
+ research/study abroad stipend eligibility
Nov. 1, 2023National Merit Finalists
Tier One ScholarshipFull tuition and fees up to four years
+ two years of on-campus housing and meal plan
+ research/study abroad stipend eligibility
Nov. 1, 2023Varies from year-to-year.
For fall 2022, the average awardee had
a 1489 SAT or 33 ACT and top 3% class rank.
Includes an additional selection process.
Cullen Leadership Scholarship$1,000 per yearNov. 1, 2023Competitive academic profile and demonstrated leadership skills
Transfer Excellence Scholarship$2,000 per yearMay 15, 20243.0 transfer GPA; 48+ transferable hours
from a regionally accepted U.S. institution

*We're test optional. For admission and scholarship consideration, our calculated unweighted GPA will be used in lieu of test scores.


Grants are financial awards that don't need to be repaid. In other words, it's free money! Grants are typically awarded based on financial need — unlike scholarships, which are usually based on merit.


Educational loans come from a variety of sources. The federal government, for example, provides several loan programs that offer below-market interest rates and other beneficial features. Other loan options, such as private bank loans, provide valuable help to students who need additional funding or may not qualify for federal loans. 


Through the work-study program, students with demonstrated financial need work a part-time job, on- or off-campus to earn money toward their college expenses (and gain valuable job skills, too!). Most students work 12 to 20 hours each week during the academic year. Students who wish to be considered for Work-Study should indicate interest on the FAFSA or contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

UH's Federal School Code: 003652