Completing a doctoral program represents a significant commitment of time and resources. Total costs for the program will vary considerably depending on a variety of factors, such as tuition and fee rates, pace at which a student completes the program, books and other materials, childcare, transportation, etc. Applicants should consider carefully the time and resources that will be required to complete the program.

Typically, the most significant expense associated with program completion is tuition and fees. Tuition and fees rates are approved by the University of Houston System Board of Regents in the spring of each year, to take effect the following fall. Since these rates change from year to year, it is not possible to specify what rates will be in the future.

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Financial Aid

Students in need of financial aid information should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid by phone at 281-283-2480 or by email Be sure to let them know that you are applying to or enrolled in the doctoral program. The deadline for applying for priority financial aid from the university is April 1.

There are scholarships available specifically for new and continuing students in the doctoral program. The College of Education will provide scholarship information to all students admitted to the program. Continuing students must apply for doctoral scholarships by April 1. For more information about doctoral program scholarships, contact David Benz, College of Education, Director of Student Relations, at 281-283-3600 or

Graduate Assistantships

For students in the Doctor of Education program, graduate assistantships may be available during the yearlong academic period from September to August. Graduate students work an average of 15 hours/week on teaching, research, and service assignments for $16,000/year (not benefits qualified). Those interested should speak with Dr. Kent Divoll, EDCI program coordinator, to determine possible availability and work assignments. Formal applications include (a) an application form, (b) one-page letter outlining why you are pursuing a graduate assistant position and (c) a current résumé or curriculum vitae. Request/send information to: Dr Kent Divoll, EDCI program coordinator, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Box 55, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058-1098. Email address is If selected for a graduate assistantship position, other UHCL forms will need to be completed. Information must be received by June 1 for the following academic year.