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The University of Houston is committed to creating an educational environment where students thrive. The University is equally dedicated to offering a world-class education without breaking the bank. The UHin4 program was created to simplify the process for students to earn both a high quality and affordable education.

The UHin4 program is a partnership between the University and students to support graduation within 4 years. The program provides a comprehensive plan to help students navigate their 4-year college experience.

Graduating in 4 years saves families time and money by helping students enter the workforce or begin their graduate studies as quickly as possible.

Are you an Incoming Freshman?

You are eligible to participate in UHin4 through the Four-Year Graduation Plan and the Fixed Rate Tuition Plan.

Are you a Transfer Student?

You are eligible to participate in UHin4 through the Fixed Rate Tuition Plan for Transfer Students.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

Download the 2016 Freshman
Four-Year Graduation Plan

For Graduation Plans from past years: Past Graduation PLans

The deadline for you to sign up for the Four-Year Graduation Plan is September 7, 2016.

The University of Houston is committed to creating an educational environment in which student success can be ensured. In support of this goal, we strive to provide students with tools and resources needed to facilitate degree completion. This graduation plan has been developed as a mechanism to help students identify and pursue clear paths for completing their undergraduate degree in a timely manner. Graduation within four academic years of initial fall enrollment the University of Houston is ensured conditioned upon the satisfaction of student eligibility requirements as outlined below.

Student Eligibility and Responsibilities

To be eligible for the 2016 Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan, the student must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Enroll at the University of Houston for the first time as a freshman during the Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 semester. 
  2. Be admitted to an eligible major or as an undeclared student at the time of enrollment for the Fall 2016 semester.  Enrollment in non-degree, non-academic professional and public programs or other off-campus programs does not qualify.
  3. Enroll in at least 15 semester credit hours at the University of Houston in the Fall 2016 semester.  Developmental courses are not counted toward the 15 credit requirement.

To remain eligible for the 2016 Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan, the student must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Successfully declare an eligible major by the first day of the Fall 2017 semester if initially admitted to the University of Houston as an undeclared student.
  2. Successfully complete a minimum of one quarter of the applicable credits for the selected eligible degree program each academic year.  Most University of Houston undergraduate degree programs consist of 120 total credit hours requiring successful completion of at least 15 applicable credit hours per semester or 30 credit hours per academic year for continued plan eligibility. A list of mimimum semester or annual credit hours for eligible majors can be here.
  3. Continuous enrollment  each fall and spring during the term of the plan.  Summer enrollment is not required but credits completed during the summer can be used toward the minimum credits required for the selected eligible major.  Any other interruptions of attendance, with the exception of participation in a University sponsored cooperative employment/learning experience, may result in disqualification from the plan.
  4. Remain in good academic standing each semester during the term of the four-year agreement. 
  5. Meet applicable university, college and department academic requirements pertaining to course and degree progress.
  6. Resolve issues such as advising holds and financial holds that may delay timely enrollment. 
  7. Meet with an academic advisor prior to the designated enrollment appointment each semester to discuss course selection and progress toward graduation.
  8. Students participating in UHin4 receive priority enrollment which helps ensure access to needed courses. Enroll for each semester within 48 hours of the start of the designated enrollment appointment.
  9. Enroll in courses consistent with the four-year academic map for the selected eligible major. 
  10. Enroll in additional minors, majors or certificates or change majors only if, at the time of change, the additional requirements can be met within the original four-year period.
  11. Monitor degree progress and act on advice provided by academic advisors to remain on track for four-year graduation.
  12. Submit annual applications for financial assistance in a timely manner, if applicable.
  13. Notify the University that graduation may be delayed due to course unavailability through needaclass@uh.edu during the enrollment period prior to the term when an unavailable course is needed.

University of Houston Responsibilities

As part of the 2016 Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan, the University of Houston will:

  1. Provide a four-year academic map for eligible majors. 
  2. Provide academic advising during the initial enrollment period during New Student Orientation and before registration each subsequent semester to review course selections from the recommended four-year map provided by the academic department.
  3. Ensure the availability of courses to enable eligible students to complete the 2016 Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan.
  4. Provide students with tools including an academic planner and online degree audit to assist with monitoring degree progress.
  5. Provide students with an annual evaluation of degree progress, determining compliance with the 2016 Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan and steps needed to continue or restore compliance if appropriate.

If the student meets all the conditions of the 2016 Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan but is unable to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four consecutive academic years due to course unavailability, the appropriate department(s) and college(s) will first try to substitute an equivalent course(s) or an independent study assignment(s), or to waive the requirement(s) to be met by the unavailable course(s). If the Dean(s) of the college(s) determines that none of these adjustments is academically acceptable, the appropriate academic college(s) at the University of Houston will pay the tuition for the student to take the course(s) required for degree completion within the next academic year at the University of Houston.  

How to Sign Up

The deadline for you to sign up for the Four-Year Graduation Plan and Fixed Rate Tuition Option is September 7, 2016.

Need help signing up to participate in UHin4? Follow the instructions below to access and apply for the plan.

Instructions

1. Navigate to the UH website: Log in to AccessUH

2. Click on the myUH (PeopleSoft) Login tab.



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3. Enter your PeopleSoft Login ID and password. Click on the Login to AccessUH button.

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4. Click on the UH Self-Service Link.

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5. Click on the UHin4 Graduation Plan Link

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6. To view information about the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan, click on the View Plan button.

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7. Make your selection and click on the Submit button. If you choose to decline or remain undecided, you will have another opportunity to make a selection prior to the submission deadline.

Based on your selection, you will receive a confirmation message. The message below is for those that have opted to participate in the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan.

8. To participate in the Fixed Rate Tuition Plan, click on the Fixed Rate Tuition button.

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9. Scroll down to view all information about the Fixed Rate Tuition Plan. Make your selection and click the Submit button.

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A confirmation message will appear at the bottom of the page based on your selection.

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Congratulations!

Congratulations on your decision to take charge of your academic future by signing up for UHin4.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan and the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option?

The Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan has been developed as a mechanism to help students identify and pursue clear paths for completing their undergraduate degree in a timely manner. Graduation within four academic years of initial fall enrollment the University of Houston is ensured conditioned upon the satisfaction of student eligibility requirements.

The Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option is offered to any eligible student who elects to participate in the University of Houston Freshman Four-Year Gradation Plan as a budgeting tool to help students and parents accurately prepare their educational budget by establishing the same tuition rate for four years.

2. If I am in the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan, do I have to participate in the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option?

No, students in the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan have the option to choose from the variable tuition rate which is established by the State of Texas each year or the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option. Students may not, however, participate in the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option without being in the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan.

3. Is there a difference for Texas residents and non-Texas residents in the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option?

Yes, tuition charges will be based upon residency status but remain locked-in rates for eligible students through four consecutive academic years beginning in fall of their first academic year and remaining in effect through summer of their fourth year contingent upon continuing student eligibility and plan participation. Learn more about the Fixed Tuition Plans.

4. What does the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option cover?

The guaranteed fixed tuition rate in effect during this term for Texas residents is per semester for an unlimited number of credit hours at the University of Houston. In summer during this term, students will pay only a state imposed statutory tuition rate per credit hour.

The fixed rate includes all mandatory tuition and academic fees associated with enrollment. It does not cover any other charges associated with attendance at the University.

5. If I join the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan and the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option, can I opt out at any time?

Yes, anyone can opt out at any time. However, you cannot opt out of the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan and remain in the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option. Once you opt out of the either the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan or the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option, you cannot opt back into either program following the deadline of August 24, 2015.

6. If I opt out of the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option, what are the consequences? Do I have to pay back tuition?

The Freshman Fixed Four-Year rate covers unlimited course enrollment hours for the fall and spring. This means you will pay the same fixed rate regardless if you take 15 or 18 hours. If you opt into the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option in the beginning of your first fall enrollment semester and then opt out of the fixed rate, either in the same semester or a future semester, you will begin paying the variable tuition rate. You will not pay back tuition from when you had the fixed rate. 

If the enrollment of the student is canceled for any reason (including withdrawal, suspension, or expulsion), the amount of the refund shall be in accordance with the general refund policy of the University. The University reserves the right to offset any amounts refundable hereunder against any amounts owed by the student.

7. If I am in the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan and the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option and graduate in less than four years, what are the consequences?

If you opted into the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan and graduate in less than four years there is no expectation that you pay for a fourth year. The Graduation Plan and the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option have been created to assist you towards timely degree completion, not penalize you for early degree completion.

8. How do I maintain eligibility from year to year?

A complete list of student eligibility responsibilities can be found here: List of Student Eligibility Responsibilities

As a general overview, you are responsible for managing eligibility from year to year by: declaring an eligible major by the end of your first academic year; successfully complete a minimum of one quarter of the applicable credits for the selected eligible degree program each academic year; maintaining continuous enrollment each fall and spring during the term of the plan; remain in good academic standing; resolving holds which may delay timely enrollment; maintain communication with your academic advisor, meeting with your advisor prior to enrollment and enrolling in courses within 48 hours of the start of your designated enrollment appointment

9. What I am bringing in transfer credits/AP graduated from an Early College High School?

All students are required to Enroll in at least 15 semester credit hours in the first fall semester of enrollment.  Developmental courses are not counted toward the 15 credit requirement. If you have a degree from an Early College High School or are bringing in AP/transfer credits this does not exempt you from the 15 hours enrollment require during your first fall semester requirement.

To remain eligible in UHin4 you must successfully complete a minimum of one quarter of the applicable credits for the selected eligible degree program each academic year. If you have AP/transfer credit or graduated from an Early College High School you will have surplus of hours at the end of your first academic year and this will allow you greater flexibility in enrollment for future semesters. For specific questions related to your hours please email uhin4@uh.edu

10. How do I know if I am in an eligible major?

A complete list of eligible majors and degree plans can be found among our Academic Maps, found online here: UHin4 Academic Maps ; non-eligible majors include degree plans that cannot be completed within 4 years. An example of a non-eligible degree plan is the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture offers a Bachelor of Architecture, which enables students to pursue licensure after completing degree requirements. The Bachelor of Architecture is a five-year professional degree.

11. What if my degree plan is an eligible major and has more than 120 course hours? Can I still finish in 4 years?

Yes, you can! You may take summer course and use winter and mini-mesters to remain on track towards timely degree completion. If you are participating in the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option then you are able to take winter and mini-mesters at no additional cost, the hours are included in your spring semester credit hour total. If you are an in-state students and are participating in the fixed rate tuition option then you can take summer courses at the University Of Houston at the state rate, which is often less expensive than taking courses at a local community college. Students also have the option of participating in online courses offered during all enrollment terms.

12. How do I sign up?

To sign up for UHin4, log into your myUH account and navigate to the main menu. Select the UHin4 option and follow the on-screen instructions to request participation. You will receive an email automatically letting you know if you are in an eligible major or if your current major precludes you from participation. If you are in an eligible major then you will be reviewed by your college to determine if you meet the initial requirements for participation. You will be notified via email if you are eligible for participation. If you are not in an eligible major but would like to participate in UHin4, please email uhin4@uh.edu

Regardless of your decision, be informed. Meet with your advisor in advance of any enrollment to ensure the hours you attempt fit towards your degree plan, are not courses you already have credit for and are transferable.

13. How do I know if I am a Texas resident?

Residency is an important topic for many students and their families because it determines whether you pay resident (in state) or non-resident tuition and fees. Independent students who have resided and established domicile in the state of Texas for 12 consecutive months may be eligible for Residency Reclassification. Dependent students may base residency on a parent or court-appointed legal guardian. The parent or court-appointed legal guardian, however, must have resided and established domicile in Texas for 12 consecutive months. Residency for tuition purposes may not be based on a spouse. Marriage in Texas, if maintained for 12 consecutive months, may be used as support when submitted with documentation to support that spouse is a domiciliary of Texas.

14. If I change my class schedule before the last day to add/drop courses and after I paid all the tuition fee for next semester, will I have to pay extra changes? Will the change affect my tuition and fees?

If you are in the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan and in the Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option rate covers unlimited course enrollment hours for the fall and spring then you will pay the same fixed rate regardless if you take 15 or 18 hours. There is no change to your tuition and academic fees but the fixed rate option does not include late registration fees, drop/add fees, examination/testing fees – depending on your timing.

If you are paying the variable tuition rate then you may see a change in your tuition and academic fees. It is always in your best interest to visit with the Student Business Services and Student Financial Aid, if applicable, before making changes to your account.

If the enrollment of the student is canceled for any reason (including withdrawal, suspension, or expulsion), the amount of the refund shall be in accordance with the general refund policy of the University. The University reserves the right to offset any amounts refundable hereunder against any amounts owed by the student.

15. What benefits do I get from being in UHin4?

In addition to receiving the Fixed 4-Year Tuition Option, you can enjoy perks such as priority enrollment and solutions for unavailable courses should your graduation plan come into jeopardy due to class scheduling conflicts. You also have access to programs, resources, and services designed for your timely degree completion.

16. To remain in the Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan and the Freshman Fixed Four-Year Tuition Option each semester, do you have to take 15 hours every semester or is that just for the first semester?

One eligibility requirement for UHin4 is that you enroll in at least 15 semester credit hours in your first fall enrollment semester.  Developmental courses are not counted toward the 15 credit requirement. To maintain eligibility, you must successfully complete a minimum of one quarter of the applicable credits for the selected eligible degree program each academic year.  Most University of Houston undergraduate degree programs consist of 120 total credit hours requiring successful completion of at least 15 applicable credit hours per semester or 30 credit hours per academic year for continued plan eligibility. You must have 30 completed hours towards your degree, not just completed hours but 30 hours that apply towards your degree.