Research shows that 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 complete a baccalaureate degree 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 which can make it difficult to achieve these crucial 30 credit hour milestones every year. This 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, and reduced tuition for all other undergraduates.
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.
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 both the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.
- The student must be completing their first or second year at TU.
First year students started at TU in fall 2017.
Second year students started at TU in fall 2016.
Determination of the number of credits available
Fall 2017 entrants: Fall 2017 entrants will be allowed to take as many credits (up to 9) as needed to accumulate a total of 30 TU credits by the start of the 2018 fall semester. The 30 credit calculation will be based on the total number of TU credits completed by the end of the fall 2017 semester (including summer 2017 and fall 2017) plus the number of credits the student is enrolled in at the end of the twelfth week of the spring 2018 semester (the last day to withdraw from a class).
Fall 2016 entrants: Fall 2016 entrants will be allowed to take as many credits (up to 9) as needed to accumulate a total of 60 TU credits by the start of the 2018 fall semester. The 60 hour calculation will be based on the total number of TU credits completed by the end of the fall 2017 semester (including summer 2016 through fall 2017) plus the number of credits the student is enrolled in at the end of the twelfth week of the spring 2018 semester (the last day to withdraw from a class).
Any additional classes will be billed at the reduced summer tuition rate discussed below.
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.
Additional Information and Conditions
- 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.
- Grades – 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 would be covered by the reduced tuition pricing policy mentioned below, but not the zero tuition policy.
- Courses not affected by this policy include postgraduate, law, study abroad.
- Charges for a course will not be split between zero tuition and the reduced summer tuition rate. For example, a student with 58 credits would be eligible to take a 3-hour course at zero tuition.
- 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.
Reduced Summer Tuition Policy
Undergraduate courses will be offered at the reduced rate of $726/credit hour (50% of the per credit hour price during the preceding academic year 2017-18). All other fees apply.
- All 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 back to their institution will be charged this rate.
- Current high school students seeking college credit will be charged this rate.
- Incoming freshmen for the 2018-19 academic year who wish to take summer classes in advance of the fall 2018 semester will be charged this rate.
The zero tuition program is being 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.