Research shows that college students who complete 15 credits per semester during the first two years of studies are more likely to graduate with a baccalaureate degree in four to six years than students who do not. In order to graduate in four years, a student needs to complete at least 30 credits by the end of their second semester, 60 credits by the end of their fourth semester, etc. Challenges occur that can make it difficult to achieve these crucial 30-credit-hour milestones every year. TU’s summer pricing policy is designed to help students persist to the point of graduation. This is accomplished by providing zero tuition pricing for qualifying first- and second-year students.
Zero Tuition Summer Pricing Policy
- The student must be classified as a first-time, full-time undergraduate.
- First time status – The student entered TU as a freshman. Zero tuition does not apply to transfer students or to students who start full-time enrollment at TU in a spring semester.
- Full-time status – Full-time status requires enrollment in at least 12 credits through the end of the third week of classes (the last day to drop a course without academic penalty) during fall and spring semesters at TU.
- The student must be completing their first or second year at TU. First-year students started at TU in fall 2018. Second-year students started at TU in fall 2017.
- Zero Tuition does not apply to: Transfer students, students who start full-time enrollment at TU in a spring semester, NCAA student-athletes or study abroad coursework.
Determination of the number of credits available
- Fall 2018 entrants will be allowed to take up to 9 credits as needed to accumulate a total of 30 TU credits* by the start of the 2019 fall semester. The 30-credit calculation will be based on the total number of TU credits completed by the end of the fall 2018 semester (including summer 2018 and fall 2018) plus the number of credits the student is enrolled in at the end of the 12th week of the spring 2019 semester (the last day to withdraw from a class). Any additional classes will be billed at the full tuition rate.
- Fall 2017 entrants will be allowed to take up to 9 credits as needed to accumulate a total of 60 TU credits* by the start of the 2019 fall semester. The 60-credit calculation will be based on the total number of TU credits completed by the end of the fall 2018 semester (including summer 2017 through fall 2018) plus the number of credits the student is enrolled in at the end of the 12th week of the spring 2019 semester (the last day to withdraw from a class). Any additional classes will be billed at the full tuition rate.
NOTE: E-statements are typically issued prior to the end of the spring semester. E-statements will be adjusted to remove all credits eligible for zero tuition prior to the start of the first summer session.
*Eligibility in the zero tuition summer pricing program is based solely on credits earned at TU, including delayed proficiency credit. Credits completed through International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement or transfer credits from another accredited institution (i.e. credits earned through concurrent enrollment while in high school) are not included in the 30/60 completed TU credit hour calculations.
Additional Information and Conditions
- Grades of Incomplete (I) and D will be included in the 30/60 completed TU credit-hour calculations. Grades of F will not be included in the calculations.
- Courses covered by this policy include undergraduate-level courses offered by TU (on-campus and online) taken by undergraduate students. Internships taken for credit are typically completed by upperclassmen; as such, internships will be billed at the full tuition rate, but not the zero tuition policy.
- Courses not affected by this policy include postgraduate, law and study abroad.
- Charges for a course will not be split between zero tuition and the full tuition rate. For example, a student with 58 credits would be eligible to take a 3-hour course at zero tuition; they will not be billed for the 1-hour “overage” that extends beyond the 60 credit calculation.
- Academic policies apply regardless of the number of zero tuition credits for which a student may be eligible. For example, conditions of academic probation dictate the number of credits a student can take during the summer.
- Unused zero tuition credits are not transferrable to past or future semesters and cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
- All other fees apply.
Full Tuition Policy
- Undergraduate students who do not meet the qualifications of the zero tuition summer pricing option will be charged this rate.
- First-year and second-year students who wish to take credits in excess of those that qualify for zero tuition will be charged this rate.
- Undergraduate-level students from other colleges/universities who are taking courses during the summer to transfer to another institution will be charged this rate.
- High school students seeking college credit will be charged this rate.
- Incoming freshmen for the 2019-20 academic year who wish to take summer classes in advance of the fall 2019 semester will be charged this rate.
The zero tuition program was piloted during the 2018 summer term. Continuation of this program, or a similar program in following years, will be dependent upon numerous factors. The university does not guarantee that every course that a student may want to take will be offered.
For more information or to enroll in these specially priced summer courses, students should contact their adviser in March 2019.