Future Students & Residents | Academic Programs

Tuition & Financial Aid

Texas resident tuition is $591.85* per semester credit hour. Non-resident tuition is $1,081.85* per semester credit hour. Tuition and mandatory fees for the first year of study for Texas residents total $23,674*; for non-residents & international students, $43,274*. Additional expenses are incurred for equipment, books, living expenses, parking & optional health insurance. *(source: UH Office of Student Business Services)

To learn what the requirements are for paying in-state tuition or other Residency questions please visit University of Houston's Texas Residency FAQs

Tuition and fees are subject to change as required by university or state legislative action. Information regarding financial assistance is available by contacting the UHCO Financial Aid Advisor:

Scott L. Parker Financial Aid Advisor II College of Pharmacy & Optometry Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (832) 842-9024 Sparke2@central.uh.edu

Grants, Loans & Scholarships

  • Texas Public Education Grant
  • Graduate Tuition Grant
  • Federal Direct loan
  • Federal Direct GradPlus Loan
  • Non-Resident Competitive Tuition Waiver (Awarded by UHCO Scholarship Committee)
  • Non-Resident Service Contract Tuition Waiver (MS, NE Residents only)
  • UHCO Academic Scholarship
  • Military Health Professions Scholarships

The Scholarships and Financial Aid Committee of the College of Optometry works closely with the university's financial aid office. More than 30 optometric scholarships are available to outstanding students. Additionally, emergency short-term loans for tuition and fees are available on the University's Enrollment Services Website.


The optometry curriculum requires a major commitment of time and concentration. It is recommended that first- and second-year students develop a financial plan that does not require employment. Part-time work with local optometrists as well as work-study positions and a number of teaching assistant/tutoring positions are available to upper-level students with excellent academic records.

Living Expenses

Besides being an exceptionally liveable city with many amenities, Houston's living expenses are very reasonable. To see information on the City of Houston cost of living and additional expenses, please visit the Greater Houston Partnership.


On-Campus Housing

Cougar Place is a residence complex designed for single graduate and professional students. Cougar Place has 400 partially furnished units with private entrances, telephones and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Summer plans are available.

Cambridge Oaks is a residence complex designed for married, graduate and upper level students, and faculty. Efficiency, one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences are available for 12-month leases. Advance reservations are accepted.

Calhoun Lofts provides urban loft living dedicated to graduate and professional students at the University of Houston. Calhoun lofts will have a variety of choices including efficiencies, one bedroom and two bedroom loft units. Amenities include a theater room, community room, fitness center, floor laundries, coffee bar, catering kitchen, study rooms and retail stores.

A variety of on-campus meal service plans are also available. For more information on UH housing and meal plans contact:

University of Houston Director of Residential Life and Housing

4161 Wheeler, RM 105
Houston, TX 77004

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING For information on housing in the city of Houston, check Houston's apartment locating agencies or the classified section of the Houston Chronicle.