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Differential Tuition

Students taking business courses are charged differential tuition beyond USU tuition. This tuition is approved by the President of Utah State University, the USU Board of Trustees, and the State of Utah Board of Regents.

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 - 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 2018-2019 Faculty in Higher Education Survey conducted by The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, average salaries for faculty in business disciplines are 74% higher than for faculty outside of business disciplines.

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 2 - How are differential tuition funds used?

As authorized 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. 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.

The use of differential tuition is governed by the same rules and oversight from the university controller’s office as regular tuition. The below table details the allocation of funds 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.

Differential Tuition Expeses FY 2019

Question 3 - What is the allocation process for differential tuition funds?

The Dean of the School directs the use of differential tuition funds in accordance with permitted use and in consultation with department and unit leaders. An advisory committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff from the Huntsman School also meets to discuss needs, use, and to provide recommendations. The actions of the committee and dean are governed by a charter for the Huntsman School Differential Tuition Advisory Board. Meeting minutes of this group are provided here:

Question 4 - Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

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