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Question #89141 posted on 03/28/2017 5:14 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

*Apologies in advance if my questions seem to already be answered. I had difficulty in looking for them in the archives of the board and decided to rather post my question here instead.

I'm extremely confused as to how the BYU tuition system works. Credit hours, semesters, maximum credit limits, all things I cannot seem to comprehend. How much would a newly admitted undergraduate be expected to pay in a year? On the cost of attendance page of BYU [url="https://financialaid.byu.edu/cost-of-attendance"] it says that annual LDS tuition can be expected to be $5,460. Does that mean for both Fall and Winter semester only or does that include Spring and Summer? Does Fall and Winter constitute one "annual" tuition or is it all 4 seasons? Sorry for the questions if they seem to be scattered here and there. I am extremely confused on all aspects of ordering credit hours for college. Both my parents haven't gone to college and can only minimally speak English so I'm kind of left out here to fend for myself. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

-Confused and panicking

A:

Dear you,

A full-time student takes between 12 and 18 credit hours each semester. A student on a scholarship needs to take 14 to 18 hours per semester.

Assuming you're a full-time LDS student, each semester for the upcoming school year costs $2,730. For Fall and Winter, that adds up to your $5,460 figure. Fall and Winter constitutes the "annual" tuition cost because most students only attend classes during Fall/Winter.

Spring/summer counts as one semester, so that would be another $2,730.

Academic scholarships are awarded separately for fall and winter together, or spring and summer together. You can get scholarships for both, but they are considered and awarded separately. Because of this, it's possible that you could end up with a situation where you get a half tuition scholarship for fall/winter, but full tuition for spring/summer (assuming you decide to attend spring/summer; it's not required and many students choose to work full time). It's typically easier to get scholarships for spring/summer because fewer students attend.

If you are planning on taking less than twelve credits and are having trouble figuring out this table, feel free to ask another question. I just don't want to include extra information and have that be confusing.

Congrats on starting college! Best of luck, and feel free to contact us with additional questions.

-Zedability