Truth in Tuition 2021

The University of Utah holds its annual Truth in Tuition hearing every year between the end of the Utah legislative session and the Board of Trustees’ approval of tuition rates for the upcoming school year in order to be transparent and to gather feedback from students to be shared with the Board of Trustees.

This year, those events coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to keep our students, faculty and staff safe, and to be in line with state limits on large gatherings, this year’s Truth in Tuition hearing will take place online in a webinar on March 8 from 2-3 p.m.

The University of Utah is proposing to increase tuition by up to a maximum of 2.5% for the 2021-22 school year, while also slightly decreasing mandatory student fees. The additional funding will support increased online course offerings, salaries for faculty and staff, sustainability efforts and updated technology.

Students may submit questions and feedback to svpaa@utah.edu through 5 p.m. on March 1, and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will respond to those inquiries. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the proposed tuition increase at a meeting in mid-March.


After delaying tuition increases for two semesters due the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Utah is proposing increasing tuition by up to 2.5% for the 2021-22 school year. At the same time, the university will cut mandatory student fees slightly.

Together, the proposed increase in tuition and reduction in student fees add up to an overall increase in tuition and fees for a full-time, resident undergraduate student of 1.8%, or $75.22 per semester.

The tuition increase means a full-time resident student taking 15 credit hours would pay approximately $105.22 more per semester. Full-time undergraduate tuition is currently $4,208.96 per semester. A tuition increase of 2.5% would raise that tuition to $4,314.18 per semester.

At the same time, the university intends to reduce student fees by $29.50. The fee decrease means a resident undergraduate student enrolled full-time (15 credit hours), would pay $594.24 per semester.

The additional funding will support increased online course offerings, sustainability efforts and updated technology.

The Pac-12 and Big-10 tuition comparisons.

“We recognize that this is a time of great transition and adjustment for our students and faculty, and we are sensitive to the ways this global health crisis has transformed the college experience,” said Mark Winter, associate vice president for budget and finance. “We have worked over the past year to find efficiencies and target our CARES Act funding to alleviate some of those pressures and maximize the education we provide.”

This year the university was ranked No. 25 in the nation by The Wall Street Journal for providing the best higher education value. The U has the lowest tuition among all Pac-12 and Big 10 institutions (based on 2020-21 total tuition and fees for a full-time resident undergraduate). It also has the highest graduation rate and highest average starting salary for graduates of all public, four-year institutions in Utah.

Those who register for the Truth in Tuition webinar on March 8 will have a chance to hear university administrators answer questions and discuss university operations, including student services, financial aid and education innovations.