Differential Tuition

Supplemental tuition information for business, engineering and computer science majors.

Differential tuition applies only to students who have achieved 60+ credits, representing Junior or Senior class standing. Differential tuition is not charged in the first year of enrollment.

Students who are enrolled in the Robert H. Smith School of Business and Management, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, or who are declared majors in the Department of Computer Science, will be charged differential tuition beginning in Fall 2015. In order to allow students and their families to prepare for this additional expense, the differential will be phased in over three years, ending with full implementation in Fall 2017 at the rate of $1,400 per semester. 

The breakdown of the full-time differential tuition charges is as follows:

  • Fall 2015 & Spring 2016: $700 in 2015-2016 or $350 per semester
  • Fall 2016 & Spring 2017: $1,400 or $700.00 per semester
  • Fall 2017 & Spring 2018: $2,800 or $1,400.00 per semester


Regular, full-time students will be charged for no more than four semesters of undergraduate differential tuition (at the prevailing per semester rate in effect for each semester).

Part-time students will be charged on a per-credit basis but, cumulatively, will not be charged for more than the equivalent of four full-time semesters of undergraduate tuition.

Students who major in two or more of these programs will be charged differential tuition for only one program, not to exceed four full-time semesters, at the prevailing per semester rate in effect at the time.

Students who decide to change their major during the schedule adjustment period to a major outside of the Schools of Business, Engineering, and the Department of Computer Science, will receive a 100% refund of the differential tuition charge on their account. Differential tuition charges will not be refunded after the schedule adjustment period.

Students who are eligible for Financial Aid, or who receive full-time university merit scholarships, should consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if assistance will be available with respect to the differential tuition charges. Students are also encouraged to review the Office of Student Fiancial Aid’s Diffferential Tuition FAQs

For the most current information about tuition and fees, please see the Office of the Bursar.

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