Money matters

Is a college education worth the expense?

Students in class.

Research shows that a college graduate will earn about $1 million more than a high school graduate over their adult working lives. Although college is not free, it’s an excellent investment in the future. As our economy becomes more dependent on technology, many jobs are requiring at least a bachelor’s degree. Getting a degree at a public university saves money. In addition, UNT has been named to America’s 100 Best College Buys® for 18 consecutive years. Learn more.

I want my child to have the benefit of attending a comprehensive university like UNT, but I’m not sure I can afford it. Is help available?

It may be a relief to know that many parents feel exactly the same way. UNT offers need-based financial aid such as federal and state grants, loans and work-study jobs, plus scholarships and loans that are not based on demonstrated need. The majority of UNT students attend college with some financial aid, and many have jobs on or off campus while they are enrolled. Other options include payment plans for tuition and housing. We recommend that you apply as early as possible, since funds are limited. Learn more about financial aid and scholarships online, or call 877-881-1014.

The University of North Texas Emerald Eagle Scholars Program is an initiative that provides guaranteed tuition and fees to academically talented students from economically challenged families.

Encouraging your child to take 15 hours or more each semester under UNT’s Timely Graduation Tuition Plan can lead to big savings over time and ensure your child graduates on time. The plan allows all full-time undergraduate students to pay about the same tuition and fee rates regardless of how many hours they take. This helps students graduate earlier and earn more money sooner. Learn more about tuition and fees.

When and how should my son apply for financial aid?

The best time to apply for financial aid is in January or February of that enrollment year — for example, January 2009 to enroll in Fall 2009. That may sound very early but the process is lengthy. It is recommended to apply early to ensure plenty of time for application processing and to receive first consideration of awards. The fastest, most efficient way to apply for financial aid is to complete the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Paper copies also are available. Learn more online.

What does it cost to attend UNT?

The 2009-10 costs for an undergraduate student enrolled in 15 semester credit hours for the fall and spring semester are:

Tuition and fees: $7,300

(out-of-state students: $15,700)

Residence hall room and board: $6,326

(Rates are current at the time of printing but are subject to change.)

How much will textbooks cost?

We estimate that books and supplies will cost $1,250 per year, but this varies by major. For example, physics textbooks can be more expensive than philosophy textbooks, and an art student’s supplies will cost more than those of an English major. Many students save money by purchasing used textbooks and selling them back at the end of the semester. You can reserve textbooks for the upcoming semester at the UNT Bookstore.

Should I fill out the financial aid forms for my child?

To avoid problems and frustration, we recommend that your child lead the application process. You will certainly need to assist, but we’ve found that students should be involved from the beginning because they are responsible for understanding and monitoring their financial aid once they receive it. Because the financial aid process continues throughout the college years, it makes sense for students to be involved from the start.

Will financial aid transfer from another college to UNT?

Financial aid cannot be transferred between schools. Students need to contact their current financial aid office and lender to have any pending aid canceled and then have their FAFSA information sent to UNT. Awards will be determined by UNT based on our institutional criteria. For details, call the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office at 877-881-1014.

How can my child qualify for the state of Texas’ $1,000 tuition rebate?

The state offers the rebate as an incentive for students to complete their bachelor’s degree without taking extra courses. Texas allows the rebate for students who have always been eligible for in-state tuition and who graduate with no more than 3 hours attempted over the minimum number of hours required for their degree.

Are immunizations required?

Effective January 1, 2010 all students who are newly enrolled at the University of North Texas and who will reside in on-campus housing, including greek housing, must provide evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis or must qualify for one of the two permissible exemptions prior to moving into on-campus housing. Vaccinations must be administered no fewer than 10 days prior to the student's move in date. Exemption will only be permitted based on evidence that the vaccine would be injurious to a student's health based on the professional opinion of a medical practitioner or if the student has refused the vaccination based on a conscientious objection, including religion.

UNT also requires all incoming International and Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) students who are considered to be at high risk for tubercular disease, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to be screened and tested for tuberculosis (TB).

The university recommends that all students have current immunizations for polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, rubella, mumps, and measles. Consideration should also be given to vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and varicella.

Most vaccines are available at the Student Health and Wellness Center. Additional information, immunization record and exemption affidavit forms are available online.

Can my child apply for housing before being accepted for admission?

Yes. In fact, we recommend it because of the high demand for residence hall space. Applying for housing is a separate application process from admission. Residence halls have been filled to capacity for the past few years. Students are encouraged to submit their housing deposit early. UNT residence halls offer several living-learning communities. Learn more about UNT housing.