Cost, Financial Aid and Residency Requirements

Cost of the Program

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. Current rates can be found at cost-of-attendance.

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 School 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 , School of Education Director of Student Relations, at 281-283-3600 or

Graduate Assistantships (GAs)

For students in the EdD 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 discuss this interest with Dr. Gary Schumacher to determine possible availability and work assignments. Formal applications include (a) an application form, (b) one-page letter outlining why you are pursuing a GA position and (c) a current résumé or curriculum vitae. Request/send information to: Dr. Gary Schumacher, Chair, EDLS EdD Program, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 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 1st for the following academic year.

Residency Requirements

Every doctoral program must provide opportunities for regular interaction between students and faculty as well as among students. To achieve this goal, the THECB requires that doctoral students fulfill a Residency Requirement. Doctoral students are considered as being "in residence" if they are taking 9 or more hours of doctoral courses from their program. To satisfy the Residency Requirement, doctoral students must be in residence for

  • two consecutive long terms,
  • two full summer terms and one of the intervening long terms, or
  • three full summer terms.
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