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Traditional MPA Tuition and Financial Aid

There are numerous ways to offset the cost of tuition, including scholarships, loans, teaching assistantships, and residency.

MPA TUITION COST

The total cost of enrollment is determined by the student's residency status, program length, and number of credit hours taken. The traditional MPA program ranges from 31 to 43 semester credit hours, depending on the number of waivers granted for previous coursework completed. Approximate tuition and fees are based on the 2022-2023 academic year. Tuition and fees are approximate and subject to change.

ESTIMATED TUITION COST: RESIDENT

The nature and length of a student's program may vary based on his or her background, special interests, internship and coursework opportunities, CPA examination plans, and other factors.

 

43-Hour Program

  
Summer 2022 $7,065 (based on 6 hours)
Fall 2022 $12,401 (based on 13 hours)
Spring 2023 $12,027 (based on 12 hours)
Summer 2023 $10,223 (based on 12 hours)
TOTAL $41,716  

 

31-Hour Program*

  
Fall 2022 $13,633 (based on 16 hours)
Spring 2023 $13,263 (based on 15 hours)
TOTAL $26,896  

 

*Students who participate in employment recruiting in the fall are encouraged to balance their schedule by completing 13 hours in the fall, 15 hours in the spring, and 3 hours in the summer for an estimated total tuition cost (31 hours) of $30,514 for TX residents.

 Please refer to the UT tuition charts [Professional tuition chart/MPA] and the cost of attendance web page for additional details. 

ESTIMATED TUITION COST: NON-RESIDENT

The nature and length of a student's program may vary based on his or her background, special interests, internship and coursework opportunities, CPA examination plans, and other factors.

 

43-Hour Program

  
Summer 2022 $10,236 (based on 6 hours)
Fall 2022 $20,758 (based on 13 hours)
Spring 2023 $19,513 (based on 12 hours)
Summer 2023 $16,586 (based on 12 hours)
TOTAL $67,093  

 

31-Hour Program*

  
Fall 2022 $24,063 (based on 16 hours)
Spring 2023 $22,618 (based on 15 hours)
TOTAL $46,681  

 

*Students who participate in employment recruiting in the fall are encouraged to balance their schedule by completing 13 hours in the fall, 15 hours in the spring, and 3 hours in the summer for an estimated total tuition cost (31 hours) of $49,907 for non-residents.

 Please refer to the UT tuition charts [Professional tuition chart/MPA] and the cost of attendance web page for additional details. 

FINANCE YOUR DEGREE

There are a number of ways to get help financing your Texas McCombs MPA degree:

LOANS: Federal loan programs provide a primary source of financial aid to domestic graduate business students. To be eligible to apply for federal financial aid, a student must be admitted to the MPA program, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be enrolled full-time for each semester that aid is received, and be in good scholastic standing (3.0 or better grade point average). 


To be eligible for federal aid, students must also have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.

Questions? Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS: New MPA students are eligible for the following scholarships:

  • MPA MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS AND TUITION WAIVERS - All admitted U.S. applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships; a scholarship application is not required. Recipients are notified prior to their admissions response deadlines. In addition, out-of-state tuition waivers are awarded each year to high-achieving non-Texas residents.
  • TERRI L. HOLBROOK SCHOLARSHIP IN ACCOUNTING - The Terri L. Holbrook Scholarship in Accounting is given to MPA students who pursue the taxation track and have plans for a career in tax accounting. Average award: $10,000. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement.
  • FIFTH YEAR ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIPS - Administered by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, the Fifth Year Accounting Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria: Texas residency, financial need, grade point average, and a commitment to take the CPA exam in Texas.
  • OTHER ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIPS - Many organizations offer scholarships to encourage the pursuit of an accounting education. For example, the AICPA website provides a listing of several scholarship opportunities.
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  • Teaching Assistants

    TAs help accounting professors with course instruction, grading homework, proctoring exams, holding office hours, and leading review sessions. Appointments are usually 10 hours per week and available to admitted MPA applicants and current students (assistantships do not qualify non-Texas residents for in-state tuition). Additionally, there are employment opportunities through UT's Graduate School.
  • Texas Residency Questions

    More info on residency can be found on UT's Admissions website. You may also contact the Residency Office at the Graduate and International Admissions Center: residency@austin.utexas.edu or 512-475-7391
  • Financial Aid for International Students

    International students are not eligible for federal loans or McCombs scholarships. Students who are not U.S. citizens should be prepared to use expenses from their own resources. Find out more below.