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Differential Tuition


Engineering Course Fee Brochure

What is differential tuition?

  • Differential tuition, sometimes referred to as supplemental tuition or a tuition surcharge, is an additional tuition charge above a base amount that the university charges. The funds support the additional costs associated with an engineering program. Revenue from differential tuition is used to maintain the high level of academic programs at the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

How much is differential tuition?

  • $2,000 per year

Will the cost for out-of-state students be higher?

  • The cost for all students, both in state and out of state, is $2,000 per year.

How will the money be used?

  • Differential tuition is used to ensure academic excellence and foster an environment for student success. Students and faculty need the best resources and support to realize their full intellectual potential. This includes laboratories, equipment, libraries, academic advising, research experiences, and more. To keep up with technological changes and prepare students to enter the workforce, we have to make sure our equipment and laboratories keep pace with industry advancements. Funds raised by this fee help attract and retain world-class faculty members by offering competitive compensation in a market where private industry salaries for engineers is very high.

Do other colleges charge differential tuition?

  • A growing number of colleges and universities use differential tuition to help pay for the higher costs of some academic programs. The supplemental fee is most often applied to business, engineering, nursing, and architecture programs.

How will students benefit from differential tuition?

  • Funds from differential tuition will benefit students’ daily educational experience enabling them to have access to state-of-the-art equipment, top faculty, high-quality, hands-on learning experiences, and outstanding academic and career support services.

Will the Virginia Prepaid Tuition Plan (VPEP) cover the cost of differential tuition?

  • According to UVA's Student Financial Services Office, VPEP's contract states that it covers only the lowest undergraduate cost of tuition at the institution. Thus, the differential amount is considered out of pocket for VPEP purposes, but it does qualify for need-based aid.

    The School of Engineering and Applied Science continues to support AccessUVA, the University’s financial aid program, by allocating a fair portion of annual tuition revenues generated from differential tuition to the program on a per-student basis, determined across the entire undergraduate population.