Cincinnati Tuition Guarantee Policy


UC’s Cincinnati Tuition Guarantee (CTG) is a cohort–based, guaranteed undergraduate degree–seeking tuition initiative that establishes a “frozen” tuition rate particular to each academic year.

Undergraduate tuition, fees, and room and board charges for each academic year’s cohort are set by UC’s Board of Trustees. Tuition, fees and room and board charges approved by UC’s Board of Trustees for that academic year are guaranteed to that academic year’s entering degree–seeking student cohort for four or five academic years, dependent on the student’s degree program.

CTG applies to all new degree–seeking undergraduate students and new degree–seeking transfer students enrolling for the first time in Fall Semester 2019 or later terms at the uptown campus, regional campuses, and Cincinnati Online.

New first–year students are assigned to a cohort based on the semester for which the student first enrolls as a degree–seeking student.

Each CTG cohort is comprised of that academic year’s fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Any new degree–seeking, undergraduate student who is registered for at least one class as of the last day of the fall, spring, or summer semesters will be assigned to that cohort year for purposes of determining undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board for the four or five academic years (12 or 15 consecutive semesters) covered by the guaranteed cohort rate.

UC’s Cincinnati Tuition Guarantee Does Not Apply to These Populations

  • Undergraduate students (including transfers) who enrolled at University of Cincinnati prior to Summer Semester 2019
  • Graduate students
  • Professional–degree students (i.e., College of Law, College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy);
  • College Credit Plus high school students
  • Incoming exchange students


Fees Included in UC’s Cincinnati Tuition Guarantee

  • Campus Life / Distance–Learning Fee
  • General Fee
  • Information Technology and Instructional Equipment Fees
  • Instructional Fee
  • Housing and Meal Plan Charges (see the section below for details)





Duration of UC’s Cincinnati Tuition Guarantee

The tuition rate for a given academic year’s cohort is guaranteed for four years or five years, dependent on the undergraduate degree–seeking student’s degree program.

Four–year academic programs = four years comprised of 12 consecutive semesters.

Five–year academic programs (i.e., cooperative education programs) = five years comprised of 15 consecutive semesters.

The consecutive semesters of guaranteed tuition apply if the student’s enrollment status is full–time, part–time, or not-enrolled for a given semester.

Within their cohort period, students may complete as many undergraduate degrees, majors, minors, and/or certificates in conjunction with the undergraduate degree, as they choose.



Overload Charges and Part–Time Student Tuition



Student Classifications Under the UC CTG Policy