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
Criteria for qualification in the program
A student must meet both of the following criteria in order to qualify for the Zero Tuition Summer Pricing Policy. A qualifying student:
- Entered TU as a first-time undergraduate freshman (i.e., non-transfer) in either fall 2018 or fall 2019.
- Remained enrolled full-time (i.e. in at least 12 credits) through the end of the third week of classes during all fall and spring semesters at TU.
Calculation used to determine the eligible credit hours in the program
If a student meets the Criteria for Qualification in the Zero Tuition Summer Pricing Policy program, the following computation is used to determine the number of credit hours the student is eligible to take through the program during the summer 2020 term.
- Eligible credit hours are 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 calculations below.
Fall 2019 entrants
Qualifying fall 2019 entrants will be allowed to take up to 9 credits as needed to accumulate a total of 30 TU credits based on the following computation: 30 – [TU credits completed summer 2019 + fall 2019 + credits enrolled spring 2020 as of April 3, 2020 (the last day to withdraw from a class)].
Example: # eligible credits = 30 – (0 SU19 + 13 FA19 + 14 SP20)
# eligible credits = 3 credits, or 1 course
Fall 2018 entrants
Qualifying fall 2018 entrants will be allowed to take up to 9 credits as needed to accumulate a total of 60 TU credits based on the following computation: 60 – [TU credits completed summer 2018 + fall 2018 + spring 2019 + summer 2019 + fall 2019 + credits enrolled spring 2020 as of April 3, 2020 (the last day to withdraw from a class)].
Example: # eligible credits = 60 – (0 SU18 + 13 FA18 + 14 SP19 + 3 SU19 + 15 FA19 + 12 SP20)
# eligible credits = 3 credits, or 1 course
- Eligible credit hours are not based on the cumulative number of credit hours completed by the end of the spring 2020 semester.
Qualifying students will receive an email confirming their eligibility to participate in the program prior to summer school starting.
Additional information and conditions
- Grades of Incomplete (I) and D will be included in the 30/60 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 through 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.
- E-statements are typically issued prior to the end of the spring semester, so qualifying students who enroll in summer 2020 classes during March or April will receive a bill that includes summer tuition. A scholarship will be posted to the qualifying student’s account to reduce tuition charges for the courses eligible for zero tuition. E-statements will be corrected to remove eligible zero tuition charges prior to the start of the summer session.
- Housing charges are not included in the Zero Tuition Summer Pricing Policy.
Full Tuition Summer Pricing Policy
- Undergraduate students who do not meet the qualifications of the zero tuition summer pricing option will be charged the full tuition summer rate.
- First-year and second-year students who wish to take credits in excess of those that qualify for zero tuition will be charged the full tuition summer rate.
- Undergraduate-level students from other colleges/universities who are taking courses during the summer to transfer to another institution will be charged the full tuition summer rate.
- High school students seeking college credit will be charged the full tuition summer rate.
- Incoming freshmen for the 2020-21 academic year who wish to take summer classes in advance of the fall 2020 semester will be charged the full tuition summer rate.
The Zero Tuition Summer Pricing policy 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.
Qualifying students will receive an email confirming their eligibility to participate in the program prior to the beginning of summer school For more information about the program, please contact either Sheila Givens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your academic collegiate advisor after May 10, 2020