UTLA

Semester in LA

  • The UTLA Center, 3800 Barham Blvd., #103, Los Angeles, CA 90068
  • Ph: 323-512-9200, 877-UTLA111
  • Fax: 323-512-0096

Costs

UT-Austin Students | Non-UT Students

A detailed payment timeline for your semester of participation is available on the "Before You Go" section of the website.

UT Austin Students

Students of The University of Texas at Austin pay three sets of charges to participate in the Semester in Los Angeles program: UT tuition/fees, a program fee and a housing fee.

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2013/2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
  Avg. 17 wks Avg. 17 wks Avg. 11 wks
UT TUITION & FEES*      
Estimated tuition, (Based on Undergrad TX Resident in Moody College of Communication) $4,958 $4,958 $3,369
SEMESTER IN LA PROGRAM FEE      
Program Fee $3,915 $3,915 $2,995
SEMESTER IN LA HOUSING FEE      
Furnished Housing at Oakwood Apts. (2bed/2bath - 4 Students) $4,246 $4,510 $2,905
Furnished Housing at Oakwood Apts. (1bed/1bath - 2 Students)      
Furnished Housing at Oakwood Apts (Studio/1bath - 1 Student )      
TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES      
     Transportation to and from LA (Driving own car) $800 $800 $800
     Gasoline in LA ($110/week) $1,870 $1,870 $1,210
     Oil & Filter Change ($35 ea.) $70 $70 $35
MEALS      
     Personal Meal - 1 meal out per week @ $20/meal $340 $340 $220
     Business Meal - 1 meal out per week @ $50/meal $850 $850 $550
GROCERIES      
     $50/week per person $850 $850 $550
ENTERTAINMENT      
     $250/month per person $1,063 $1,063 $688
MISCELLANEOUS      
     $100/month per person $425 $425 $275
TOTAL (based on 2bed/2bath apt. selection) $19,387 $19,651 $13,047

*The UT tuition and fees displayed in this table are based on full-time enrollment for resident undergraduate  students in the Moody College of Communication and will vary based on a student's status and semester of participation.

NOTE: All fees are subject to change.

UT Tuition and Fees

All participants are billed for UT tuition and fees in accordance with the policy found on The University of Texas at Austin course schedule. Please consult the schedule of UT tuition and fees to calculate tuition and fees for the semester of participation based on your status at UT. Undergraduate participants are required to register for 12 hours in the fall/spring or 9 hours in the summer. Flat rate tuition applies for undergraduate students. Graduate students are required to register for 9 hours during a long semester, 6 hours in the summer. Graduate students are billed per credit hour. Tuition and fees are paid in accordance with The University of Texas at Austin published payment policies and schedules.  To pay your Semester in Los Angeles registration bill, go to “What I Owe” on UT Direct.

Program Fee

The program fee includes a $500 non-refundable, non-transferable enrollment deposit, payable within 5 days of acceptance to the program, which reserves a place in the program. Final acceptance in the program is subject to satisfactory completion of course pre-requisites, GPA requirements and other pre-departure requirements. Enrollment deposits are deducted from the total program fee. Payments for the Semester in Los Angeles program fee are made online through the “What I Owe” feature of UT Direct.

Housing Fee

All students participating in the Semester in Los Angeles program are required to live in apartments contracted by the University with The Oakwood – Toluca Hills Corporate Housing. Students may choose from three housing options at the Oakwood Apartments.

How to Pay: Pay online by the published deadlines via the “What I Owe” feature of UT Direct. Payment can be made with Electronic Funds Transfer, E-check (no cost), MasterCard or Discover.

Non-UT Austin Students

Participants from other universities pay three sets of charges to participate in the Semester in Los Angeles program: University Extension course fees, a program fee and a housing fee.

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2013/2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
  Avg. 17 wks Avg. 17 wks Avg. 11 wks
UNIVERSITY EXTENSION COURSE FEES      
    Based on full-time enrollment      
PROGRAM FEE $7,313 $7,313 $6,390
HOUSING EXPENSES*      
Furnished Housing at Oakwood Apts. (2bed/2bath - 4 Students) $4,246 $4,510 $2,905
Furnished Housing at Oakwood Apts. (1bed/1bath - 2 Students)      
Furnished Housing at Oakwood Apts. (Studio/1bath 1 Student)      
TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES      
     Transportation to and from LA (Driving own car) $800 $800 $800
     Gasoline in LA ($110/week) $1,870 $1,870 $1,210
     Oil & Filter Change ($35 ea.) $70 $70 $35
MEALS      
     Personal Meal - 1 meal out per week @ $20/meal $340 $340 $220
     Business Meal - 1 meal out per week @ $50/meal $850 $850 $550
GROCERIES      
     $50/week per person $850 $850 $550
ENTERTAINMENT      
     $250/month per person $1,063 $1,063 $688
MISCELLANEOUS      
     $100/month per person $425 $425 $275
TOTAL (based on 2bed/2ba apt. selection)       

NOTE: All fees are subject to change.

 

University Extension Course Fees

Students register for their courses through The University of Texas at Austin Division of Continuing & Extended Education, University Extension. Students are required to maintain full-time enrollment status while participating in the Semester in Los Angeles Program. For undergraduate students this means a minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) during fall or spring semester, and 3 courses (9 hours) during the summer. For graduate students, this means 3 courses (9 hours) during fall or spring semesters, and 2 courses (6 hours) during the summer. All program participants are required to enroll in the COM350L course. Please note that in addition to their course fees, non-UT students must pay a $40 library fee to University Extension, which entitles them to use proprietary databases.

How to Pay: The course fees are payable to the UT-Austin Division of Continuing Education, University Extension. You can pay by check, cash, or credit/debit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover only).

Program Fee

The program fee includes an $800 (non-refundable) enrollment deposit, payable within 5 days of acceptance, which confirms a place in the program subject to satisfactory completion of course pre-requisite and GPA requirements. Enrollment deposits are deducted from the total program fee.

How to Pay: The UTLA program fee is payable to the UT-Austin Division of Continuing Education, University Extension. You can pay by check, cash, or credit/debit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover only).

Housing Fee

All students participating in the Semester in Los Angeles program are required to live in apartments contracted by the University with The Oakwood – Toluca Hills Corporate Housing. Students may choose from three housing options at the Oakwood Apartments.

How to Pay: Pay online by the published deadlines via the “What I Owe” feature of UT Direct. Payment can be made with Electronic Funds Transfer, E-check (no cost), MasterCard or Discover.

Financial Aid (UT Students)

Students of The University of Texas at Austin who receive financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Services may apply their awards toward the cost of participating in the Semester in Los Angeles program. Students not currently using financial aid who are interested in applying for it, are encouraged to do so. 

Students are also strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships through the University, individual colleges and academic departments to help defray costs associated with participation in the UTLA program. A special Wofford Denius Scholarship is available to students in the Moody College of Communication who are participating in the Semester in LA Program each semester. For summer semesters, students may apply for the Sheryl Levine Guterman Scholarship. Finally, students who are interested in pursuing an internship related to the music industry may also be eligible to apply for a Wofford Denius Music Industry Internship Grant (applies to summer semester only). 

Financial Aid & Scholarships (Other Students)

If you are currently receiving and/or planning to seek financial aid to help finance your Semester in Los Angeles program with The University of Texas, you should contact a financial aid officer at your home campus immediately to determine what aid will apply to this program. All forms of aid must be processed through your home campus financial aid office. University Extension at The University of Texas at Austin will confirm your participation in a full-time program of study in the Semester in Los Angeles program.

Covered expenses

  • Guaranteed student housing in the Oakwood apartment complex, within walking distance of the UTLA Center;
  • On-site orientation shortly after arrival in Los Angeles;
  • Welcome and closing events/meals;
  • UTLA handbook;
  • Most course materials;
  • Around the clock access to program staff in case of emergencies;
  • Access to UTLA center resources, computer lab and online entertainment resources;
  • Permanent access to a database of employers and an electronic job/internship updates;
  • Program-related visits in the LA area;
  • Administrative and instructional costs associated with offering a program off campus.

Not Included

  • Transportation to and from Los Angeles;
  • Local transportation;
  • Books (calculated at $50, as most course materials are included);
  • Meals, entertainment and incidentals. The estimate provided is a high-end
    estimate, but this varies by student;
  • Health insurance. All participants are required to have health insurance coverage
    for the duration of the semester of participation.

FAQ

I've never received financial aid before; am I eligible?

Don't be discouraged about participating in the program due to financial reasons. Consider external scholarships, and investigate the possibility of a student loan. Even if you have not previously received financial aid, you may be eligible. For more information, visit your financial aid office.