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Tuition & Financial Aid

Texas resident tuition (including consolidated fees) is $612.72* per semester credit hour. Non-resident tuition (including consolidated fees) is $1,127.72* per semester credit hour. Tuition and consolidated fees for the first year of study for Texas residents total $24,897*; for non-residents & international students, $44,155*. Additional expenses are incurred for equipment, books, student service organization dues, class dues, 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 (LA 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.

For information on UHCO’s vendor awards, endowments, and scholarships, please visit https://www.opt.uh.edu/current-students/academic-resources/scholarships/.


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.

Housing and Meal Plans

For information regarding University of Houston on-campus housing and/or meal plan options, please visit UH Student Housing & Residence Life at: https://www.uh.edu/housing/. For Off-Campus housing opportunities, please contact Apartment Directions, Inc., at https://www.ahpca.com/ or other apartment locater services found throughout Houston.