Cost of Attending
Each year the Financial Aid office determines an estimate of the cost of attendance for students which includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and other related expenses. This does
not include costs not directly associated with school attendance, such as a car or
credit card debt.
Tuition costs(fees) vary based on the number of hours a student is taking, their field of study,
and whether or not they are considered an in state or out of state student (residency status). Living expenses will or can be affected by where the student lives, how much they
eat, and other personal habits. You can expect that each year the cost of tuition, housing, and food will increase.
Financial Aid Office
Whether students are living in the residence halls or not, they will need spending
money. How much they need depends on how often they buy clothes, go to movies and
concerts, eat in restaurants, buy gas, etc.
Parents can probably count on a student spending around $50 a week if he or she is
not extravagant. Keeping track of expenses for a few weeks is one way for students
to determine exactly how much they need. Common expenses are: phone bills, snacks,
laundry, entertainment, gas, toiletries, etc.We suggest that parents give their students
a monthly or semester allowance to allow them to learn how to budget their money.
Financial Aid Awards and Scholarships
Financial aid is coordinated through the Financial Aid Office. To receive financial aid, qualified students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must be a U.S. citizen to receive financial aid. The FAFSA must be completed each year to determine financial aid eligibility. If your
student is entering or continuing school, complete the FAFSA early in order to meet
the priority deadline. The priority deadline for Fall is February 1 and the priority
deadline for Spring is October 1.
Financial Aid Office
The Undergraduate Scholarship Office awards hundreds of academic scholarships each year to entering freshmen. All scholarships
are awarded for the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). Scholarships are awarded
based on information submitted on the University of Memphis admissions application.
A separate scholarship application is not required unless noted. The deadline for admission to the University of Memphis for scholarship consideration
is February 1.
Most University of Memphis scholarship program awards are based on a combination of
ACT/SAT scores and cumulative high school grade point average. These scholarships
are four year, renewable scholarships if GPA and full time enrollment are maintained.
Early application to The University of Memphis is strongly encouraged as scholarship
awards are limited.
Scholarships are also available to continuing students, through the student’s major
department or through other offices. A list of scholarships is available on the Scholarship Office website.
Undergraduate Scholarship Office
Students eligible for the State of Tennessee HOPE Scholarship Program (Lottery Scholarship) must complete
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as specified by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). For more details
regarding the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship Program, please go to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) HOPE Lottery Scholarship Web Site .
Undergraduate Scholarship Office
Paying the Bill
The University of Memphis does not mail statements, instead statements are available
to students through myMemphis, the University’s student database system. Students are sent e-mail reminders to check myMemphis for their statement before
each semester for which they are enrolled. Students are responsible for payments by the due date and they vary by semester. Students have two options in paying their bill. They can pay in full prior to the deadline or they can sign up for the installment payment plan.
Students can sign up to give others (parents, employers, etc.) the ability to access
their account information in the TigerXpress system. Authorized users may view student account balance and make payments. For more
information on how your student can sign you up, please click here.
Fee Payment Methods
Payments may be made by credit card and electronic check through the TigerXpress system, by mail to the University of Memphis lockbox, and in person at the Bursar’s Office in Room 115 of Wilder Tower.
The University of Memphis
P.O. Box 1000, Department 313
Memphis, Tennessee 38148-0313
Below is a list of typical charges that are found on a student’s statement. For a detailed list of fees that cover most student situations, please click here. Please note that fees are subject to change without notice.
- Tuition: The amount a student owes for tuition and fees depends on the number of credit hours
enrolled in, school or college enrolled in, residency status, and the classes a student
elects to take.
- Housing: If a student lives in a University residence hall, housing charges will appear on
the student account.
- Special Course Fee: If a student is registered for a certain course, they may be charged an additional
fee. Examples include music courses, Fine Art courses, and Engineering courses.
- Material Fees: If a student is registered for a course that requires certain materials, they will
be charged an additional fee. Examples include some chemistry, biology, and theatre courses.
- Dining Dollar$: All full time undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in the Dining Dollar$
plan. Each semester (fall and spring), student’s accounts will be charged $300 for them
to use at campus dining facilities and in vending machines.
Banking and Credit Cards
While some entering college students have been responsible for their personal finances
for some time, others have never handled their own money or developed a budget for
themselves. Wherever your son or daughter is along this continuum, prior to the start
of the first semester, and from time-to-time throughout the college years, we suggest
that you initiate an open, candid conversation with your student about his or her
financial and budgetary issues.
There are a variety of financial institutions with branches on or near campus. First South Credit Union has a branch on campus. It is located above the bookstore in the V. Lane Rawlins Service Court. Services
and fees at banks vary, and students should shop around for the bank that meets their
A student’s identification card is used as a student ID, as a library card, to gain access to
University facilities, for meal plans, and to receive health services at the Student
Health Center. Funds can also be added to a student’s Tiger Fund account. These funds can be used at dining facilities, vending machines, and even in the bookstore.
Many students open credit card accounts when they arrive on campus. Teach your student
about the benefits and pitfalls of credit cards. Explain how to accurately compare
credit card offers, how to read the fine print, and how to act responsibly when it
comes to debt management.
Every student pays a mandatory Health Service fee as part of his or her tuition. This
fee covers most services available at Student Health Services. Although Student Health
Services can serve many of your son or daughter's routine health care needs, there
may be an occasion where your son or daughter needs additional services (such as emergency
treatment, prescriptions, etc). For this reason, we strongly encourage students to
have health insurance. Students who do not have health insurance will be responsible
for medical costs that are not covered by the health service fee. The Tennessee Board
of Regents approved vendor for student health insurance is Pearce & Pearce. In addition, the Tennessee Board of Regents requires that F and J- visa students purchase the official school insurance through
the Bursar’s Office for every semester that the student is enrolled for classes.
Student Health Services
International Student Office (ISO)
Before your son or daughter arrives on campus, it is a good idea to check with your
insurance company to determine if your student's property will be covered by your
insurance while he or she is away from your permanent home. Some homeowners' insurance
policies have riders that allow for personal possessions away from the insured home
to be covered and others do not. If your insurance does not cover your son or daughter's possessions while he or she is
on campus, encourage your son or daughter to contact an insurance company about renter's
insurance. There are many insurance companies in Memphis that offer relatively low
cost renter’s insurance.