Utah Code, Title 53B grants the Board of Regents with the authority to set tuition and fees for each USHE institution. Decisions on tuition and fees are based on recommendations from the USHE institution presidents as well as student and public feedback. Each year following the legislative session, the Board of Regents hears proposals from institutional presidents and determines the amount of additional tuition necessary to meet the operating budget needs and help fulfill the mission of each Utah public college or university. Proposed fee increases are approved by the Board after evaluating each proposal. This calculator includes the Board’s action on tuition and fees for the 2019-20 academic year.
*Note: these calculations are estimates and do not include program fees or differential tuition rates charged for some specific programs.
Tuition and Fees Calculator
Plateau – or “banded” tuition – is a set tuition price for all undergraduate students earning college credits within a set range of credits. In other words, at almost all USHE institutions, it is the same tuition and fees for students to take 15 credits as it is to take 12 in a semester. The interactive below calculates the 2018-19 undergraduate tuition and fees for a USHE institution, by credit hours. The calculator also estimates the additional cost, if any, of taking one additional 3-credit course (the typical credit load for most general education courses). More information on estimating the cost to attend a USHE institution is available at the green arrow links at the bottom of the calculator.
Plateau tuition can be an incentive for full-time students to take a slightly heavier credit load to complete a degree sooner – all for the same price. A student who takes 12 credits each semester during college will take a full year longer to graduate with a bachelor’s degree than a student who takes 15 credits per semester.