TUITION AND PAYMENT
The tuition fees per graduate credit are established by the Board of Trustees of the University of Puerto Rico. Certification 60 (2006-2007) of the Board of Trustees governs the policy on tuition fees at UPR and establishes the rates of increase for tuition for each incoming undergraduate and graduate class, from the 2007 – 08 academic year onward. For more information about tuition fees, please refer to the section on study costs.
Rules of Payment
All fees must be paid in full on or before the day of registration unless an extension is requested.
Any graduate student who is enrolled in at least three credits and lacks the resources to pay the total amount of their tuition and fees may request an extension for making payments at the time of registration. Details can be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students. This extension will apply only to tuition and laboratory fees; all other charges shall be payable at the time of registration.
Late payment of Tuition and Fees
Students who have fallen behind on their payments to the University will not be granted an extension of the payment period or be eligible to receive university services with or without pay, or be issued any official document relating to their academic work. Any services that they are receiving will be suspended by means of a written notice until they have paid off their debts or are complying with a payment plan. A written notice will be sent to the student’s most recent address indicating that if not answered within five working days, all services will be suspended as indicated above.
Withdrawals and Refunds
Students who have withdrawn during the first two weeks of any semester or during the first week of the summer session may reclaim 50 per cent of credit fees paid. The refund request must be approved by the dean of the college or school concerned and by the Registrar and filed within five days following approval by the Bursar’s Office. Students who have withdrawn are not considered as enrolled in the University. To pursue further studies, they must apply for readmission under the procedures already mentioned.
Honors enrollment exempts the student from paying tuition fees. The policy applying to honors enrollment is the following:
- First-year graduate students will not be awarded with honors enrollment.
- Second-year students and onward will enjoy exemption from registration if their grade point average falls within the top 5 percent of their class and if their grade point average is 3.5 or higher. In order to be considered regular students, masters-level students must meet a minimum of 8 credits, or at the PhD level, the minimum number of credits indicated by the program in which they are enrolled.
- Graduate students enrolled on a dissertation or thesis who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 and are within the top 5 per cent of their class will be entitled to honors enrollment. The privilege of honors enrollment will be discontinued if any semester ends with a study program of under 8 credits (excluding summer sessions).
- Second-year students and onward who are readmitted after interrupting their studies for more than a semester are entitled to the honors if they have grade point average of 3.5 points or higher, are within the top 5 percent of their class, and completed a minimum of eight credits in graduate studies in the last semester in which they were enrolled.
Teaching assistants and research assistants, university employees, and their spouses and children are exempt from paying tuition.
Graduate Studies for University Employees
All regular non-teaching staff members may enroll in a maximum of six credits per semester with the permission of the director of their unit. For more details, consult with the Office of Human Resources.
The Registrar is the custodian of the documents provided for students and enrollment procedures. In order for student study programs to be considered valid, they must be approved by the Registrar. Students must enroll by the date specified on the academic calendar, but in exceptional cases late registration is permitted.
For new students to enroll in courses, they are required to submit the letter of admission to the University. The registration procedure is completed once payment of tuition and other fees has been made.