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2018 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 2018-2019 Academic Year

Resident Non-Resident
Tuition $9,888 $25,338
Required Fees $1,002 $1,002
Total $10,890 $26,340

Tuition and fees are based on 15 hours per semester for undergraduate enrollment.

See if you qualify as a Texas resident.

Other Costs

On-Campus Living at Home Off-Campus
Housing $5,224 N/A* $5,355*
Meal Plan/Food $3,880 $4,194* $4,194*
Books and Supplies $1,300* $1,300* $1,300*
Transportation $1,204* $2,150* $2,150*
Other Expenses $2,704* $2,704* $2,704*
Total $14,312* $10,348* $15,703*

*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 credintials 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 date. Scholarships may continue to be awarded after the priority deadline as long as funds are available.


Scholarship Award Apply By Competitive Profile Freshman Transfer
Academic Excellence Scholarship Minimum $1,000; up to $8,000 per year Nov. 15, 2018 1260 SAT (or 26 ACT) and top 20% class rank*
Cullen Leadership Scholarship $1,000 per year Nov. 15, 2018 Competitive academic profile and demonstrated leadership skills
National Merit Scholarship Full tuition and fees each year + eligible for $1,000 research stipend and $2,000 study abroad stipend Nov. 15, 2018 National Merit Finalists
Tier One Scholarship Full tuition and fees each year + two years of on-campus housing and meal plan + eligible for $1,000 research stipend and 2,000 study abroad stiped Nov. 15, 2018 1400 SAT (or 30 ACT) and top 10% class rank*
Transfer Excellence Scholarship $1,000 per year Jun. 28, 2019 3.0 transfer GPA; 15+ transferable hours from a regionally accepted U.S. institution

*Students with no class rank: Students without a class rank can still be considered for Academic Excellence Scholarships. In this case, the University determines scholarship eligibility based on the standing of applicants with similar academic credentials. In general, if a student is in the top 20 percent of their class, it's in their best interest to provide that information to the University. If a student can't provide a class rank on an official transcript, UH will take a statement of rank from a school administrator. The statement of rank should include the student's name, UH ID and a confirmation as to whether the student would fall in the top 10 percent, top 20 percent, etc., of their respective graduating class.


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