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Engineering Student Fees

What are fees for engineering students?

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is deeply committed to providing high quality, student-centered education programs and professional development experiences to our students. Additional fees are required by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering to support enhancements to the learning experience of undergraduate students enrolled in engineering programs. The fees help pay for additional faculty and instructors, student services and computer and laboratory equipment. The outcomes include:

  • Decrease in class sizes
  • Increase in course offerings
  • Upgraded and better maintained laboratories
  • More student services such as advising, internship and career assistance, study abroad opportunities, and student projects and organizations support

Some peer universities or programs refer to the additional charge as a “fee” and others refer to it as “differential tuition.”

Who pays the fees and at what amounts?

All undergraduate students enrolled and majoring in engineering or computer science programs must pay the engineering student fees. 

For academic year 2020-2021 (Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021), the fee is $431 per semester for freshmen and $753 per semester for sophomores, juniors and seniors. For academic year 2019-2020 (Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020), the fee is $420 per semester for freshmen and $735 per semester for sophomores, juniors and seniors.

The fee cannot be prorated, adjusted or waived. The fee amount is not based on the number or type of courses, the number of credit hours, or full- or part-time status. The fee is assessed during summer terms for students enrolled and taking courses. Students who change to a major outside of the College of Engineering must do so by the 15th day of class of a semester to be considered for a fee refund for that semester. The fee is not assessed during co-operative education work terms, unless the student is also enrolled in courses.

The fees were proposed by the dean of the College of Engineering, endorsed by the provost and the president, then formally approved by the Auburn University Board of Trustees on April 8, 2016. Effective fall 2017 for academic year 2017-18, the fee was $400 per semester for freshmen and $700 per semester for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Effective fall 2018 and thereafter, each fee level is adjusted in proportion to any percentage increase that may be necessary in undergraduate tuition, such that a 1% increase in tuition would correspond to a 1% increase in engineering student fees.

Why are fees being charged?

Fees are being charged because additional funding is necessary to provide a student-centered engineering education at the level of excellence consistent with our high standards. Engineering education is costly, particularly because it is most effective with smaller class sizes and with equipment and laboratories that are at the forefront of technology. Furthermore, the professional development and preparation that happens outside of the course schedule is more and more important in preparing engineers for the workforce or study for advanced degrees. 

Many other programs at Auburn University charge student fees, including the Harbert College of Business and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

A large number of excellent engineering programs at peer institutions charge fees or differential tuition for engineering students. These include the University of Tennessee, Texas A&M, the University of Missouri, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Alabama, among many others.

How are engineering fees spent?

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Student Fees Pie Chart

All funds raised from fees are used to enhance undergraduate engineering education, including:

  • Hiring and retaining additional faculty members and instructors to offer more sections and courses with reduced class sizes (68 percent)
  • Providing additional GTAs for core engineering courses (10 percent)
  • Upgrading and maintaining hands-on and computer teaching laboratories, including the elimination of bottleneck courses that currently limit enrollment because of facilities (15 percent)
  • Adding advisers, career counselors, tutors and academic support staff; and enriching targeted student experience programs, including student projects, student organizations and teams, and professional and leadership development, and internship placement (7 percent)

Note: the percentages provided represent the proportion of FY19 Engineering Fees expended in each of the listed categories.

An engineering fee oversight committee advises the dean on effective use of the fees. The committee includes representation from faculty, staff, students and alumni. 

Will additional financial aid be available to assist with the cost of the engineering fee?

Yes. Additional resources will be available through the student financial aid office to assist accessibility.

How do I obtain additional information regarding the engineering fee?

All information regarding the engineering fee will be posted to this page as it becomes available. For further information, contact   

The following is a statement from the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs:

The amount that students pay in tuition and required fees represents a sizable and important investment in their future. However, student payments alone do not cover the full cost of providing any of Auburn’s educational programs. Even after state appropriations are included, some programs require supplemental tuition or student fees in order to provide the high-quality learning environment that students expect. Like the basic tuition and fees, these additional amounts help to cover not only the direct costs of providing instruction and advising in these programs but also indirect costs associated with Auburn’s role as a comprehensive center of higher education for the state.