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Differential Tuition

All current tuition and fees for USU are provided in the 2019-20 Tuition and Fee Schedule. Differential tuition is charged per credit hour.

  • Undergraduate lower division (1000 & 2000-level courses) - $2.04 per credit hour
  • Undergraduate upper division (3000, 4000 & 5000-level courses) - $160.17 per credit hour
  • Graduate (6000 & 7000-level courses) - $478.46 per credit hour

Question 1 - What is Differential Tuition?

Differential tuition is additional tuition above the tuition charged by the university. At USU, six of the seven colleges charge differential tuition.

Question 2 - Why does the Huntsman School charge differential tuition?

Almost 80 percent of differential tuition funds are used to cover salary costs for faculty and staff. This is mainly due to ever increasing demand for business faculty. According to the 2017-18 Faculty in Higher Education Survey conducted by The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), the average salary of a new assistant professor for all disciplines at a research institution is $84,345, whereas the average salary of a new assistant professor for Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Services is $140,000.

Without additional resources to recruit and retain top faculty, the quality of a USU business degree is threatened. With rising enrollment, we must find ways to pay for more faculty members and staff to serve our students effectively. Increases in enrollment will also result in a comparable increase in department, program, and infrastructure expenses. Assuming existing funding support from the legislature and from university sources continues at similar levels that we currently experience, differential tuition is critical in meeting these additional expenses.

Question 3 - How is the money collected from differential tuition used?

As per the approved use of differential tuition by the State of Utah Board of Regents, differential tuition is used to cover costs associated with the following:

  • Salaries for Huntsman School faculty and staff
  • New and existing student experiential programs
  • Administrative infrastructure and operating expenses

Salaries and benefits: The vast majority of differential tuition funds go to pay faculty and staff. For FY20, 65 faculty and staff members are fully or partially funded by differential tuition. Many of the faculty and staff supported through differential tuition are instrumental in our aspiration to become a top-tier business and economics program. Without them, we could not teach the number of courses nor offer program support in our student advising, career development, entrepreneurship, study abroad, or graduate programs as we do today.

New and existing programs: We believe that “outside-the-classroom” learning is as important as “inside-the-classroom” learning and provide our students with a variety of experiential opportunities to further their understanding of contemporary business methods. Our goal is to develop these programs with funding from the school, with a clear objective for the programs to become self-funded within a set time frame. Differential tuition helps to cover costs associated with our international and entrepreneurship programs, as well as our career development services. It also includes support for academic departments, visiting faculty, and curriculum development.

Administrative infrastructure: Administrative Infrastructure category includes primarily faculty research and development, including software and research databases, branding and marketing for the Huntsman School, and student wages.

Question 4 - How have differential tuition funds been spent?

The Utah State Board of Regents provided authority to use differential tuition for faculty and staff salaries, to support programs that benefit all students, and for administrative infrastructure. The below table details the allocation of resources per those categories for the past fiscal year (FY). Please note that all financial data is independently audited annually through the USU Office of Budget & Finance.

Program Support category includes support for academic departments, visiting faculty, curriculum development, career & student services, entrepreneurship, international, and graduate programs. Administrative Infrastructure category includes faculty research and development, including software and research databases, branding and marketing for the Huntsman School, and student wages.

Differential Tuition Expeses FY 2019

Question 5 - How are differential tuition funds allocated?

The Dean directs the use of these funds with recommendations from the Huntsman School Differential Tuition Advisory Board, an advisory committee which is comprised of students, faculty, and staff representing each of the departments in the School. The actions of the committee and dean are governed by a charter for the Huntsman School Differential Tuition Advisory Board.

Question 6 - Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

You may contact the USUSA Business Senator at or Huntsman School Associate Dean Dave Patel at