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2019 Best Value College

Our affordability and the quality of our academic programs are just two reasons the University of Houston was named one of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance's "Best Value Colleges." UH happens to be in the top 3% of universities that made the list, which includes only three other Texas public schools. 

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Tuition & Fees for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Resident Non-Resident
Tuition $10,856 $26,096
Required Fees $1,014 $1,014
Total $11,870 $27,110

Tuition and fees are based on two 15-hour semesters in the 2021-2022 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 $9,962 $4,409* $9,404*
Books & Supplies $1,367* $1,367* $1,367*

*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 the Apply Texas Application or The Common Application. 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.
Scholarship Award Apply by Criteria for Consideration* Freshman Transfer
Academic Excellence Scholarship Up to $6,000 per year; renewable up to four years Nov. 1, 2021 Varies from year-to-year.
For Fall 2021, the average awardee had
a 1350 SAT or 29 ACT and top 11% class rank
National Merit Scholarship Full tuition and fees each year
+ research/study abroad stipend eligibility
Nov. 1, 2021 National Merit Finalists
Tier One Scholarship Full tuition and fees up to four years
+ two years of on-campus housing and meal plan
+ research/study abroad stipend eligibility
Nov. 1, 2021 Varies from year-to-year.
For Fall 2021, the average awardee had
a 1474 SAT or 33 ACT and top 10% class rank.
Includes an additional selection process.
Cullen Leadership Scholarship $1,000 per year Nov. 1, 2021 Competitive academic profile and demonstrated leadership skills
Transfer Excellence Scholarship $1,000 per year June 30, 2022 3.0 transfer GPA; 48+ transferable hours
from a regionally accepted U.S. institution

*We've gone 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. 

Work Study

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