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What is differential tuition for engineering students?

Differential tuition is an additional charge that pays for enhancements to the learning experience of undergraduate students in engineering. These enhancements include extra sections of overfull courses, new computers and equipment, and professors of Practice.

Why does the College of Engineering charge differential tuition?

Technology changes so fast these days. To provide relevant engineering education and prepare you for entering the workforce, we have to make sure our equipment and laboratories keep pace with these advancing technologies.

And it’s not just at Texas A&M. Seven of nine public institutions with undergraduate engineering programs ranked higher than or equal to Texas A&M Engineering charge differential tuition. So in 2010, the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System approved differential tuition to help make sure that we can keep up with our peers in terms of resources available to our students.

Who pays differential tuition?

All undergraduate students majoring in engineering.

How will my differential tuition dollars be spent?

All money raised through differential tuition will fund on enhancing undergraduate education, including:

  • Financial aid and targeted scholarships
  • Laboratory upgrades
  • Enrichment of targeted programs (including Study Abroad, the Undergraduate Summer Research Grant Program, student design projects, and others)
  • Hiring of Professors of Practice

Will funds be spent on technologies/equipment specific to each department?

The differential tuition funds are allocated to departments, for which the Department Heads will make strategic decisions on how to utilize these funds consistent with their vision and departmental goals.

Is this a one-time fee? Will it continue to apply to each new class? Will the fee increase again in the coming years?

Differential tuition is charged as tuition and not a fee. There are no plans to increase differential tuition for the next four years.

How will the differential tuition funds be spent after the first year? 

Many of the proposed commitments recur annually and will continue being supported with these funds.  Continually enhancement to labs, equipment, software, hardware, etc.  will also continue being addressed each year to secure our ability to provide the most up-to-date technology to our students.

Do graduate students pay differential tuition?

No, the differential tuition is only paid by undergraduate students. However, as of fall 2018, graduate students will pay a graduate program fee.

Are Professors of Practice full time?

Some Professors of Practice are full time and some are part-time. Professors of practice are non-tenure track faculty.  All faculty, including Professors of Practice, are evaluated annually.