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Graduate director's blog for the Technical Communication and Rhetoric Program at Texas Tech University

Fees vs. Tuition for non-resident online doctoral students

Posted by Joyce on May 26, 2009

To whom it may concern,

Students in Texas Tech’s online doctoral program who are non-Texas residents are billed a particular way, and this way was dictated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) when the program was approved in 2004. Instead of tuition, which the THECB wants to apply to in-state students and on-campus non-resident students, these online non-residents are billed a special instruction fee called Distance Ed Instruction Fee for more or less the amount of out-of-state tuition. At the same time, these students’ out-of-state tuition is waived so that the net effect is a fee bill that looks exactly the same as any other non-resident doctoral student attending classes on-campus without other fee or tuition waivers.

Regardless of what the fee bill itemized line says, this special instruction fee should be treated as tuition for these students. If you have any questions about this program or its fees and tuition, please don’t hesitate to write or call 806.742.2500 #237.

Sincerely yours,
Joyce Locke Carter, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies, TCR
Texas Tech University
Box 43091
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091
ph: (806) 742-2501 #247 fax: 806-742-0989
program information:

One Response to “Fees vs. Tuition for non-resident online doctoral students”

  1. […] second group are the online doctoral students who are non-Texas residents. Through agreement with various powers that be, this group of students pays no tuition, but pays instead a special […]

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