Costs and Payment

The orientation charge may be automatically deferred for students who qualify based on financial need. You will see a notification in the registration system if your charge has been deferred. If you receive a financial aid award, your payment will be deducted from your award. If your award does not have sufficient funds, you will have until the first day of classes to complete the payment.

Please note that a deferment means that the balance is due at a late date, and the balance will show on your What I Owe account until your financial aid award is disbursed at the start of the semester or you complete payment. There is no waiver for orientation fees.

An Admissions waiver does not automatically qualify you for an orientation registration deferment. 

Session Costs

Freshman Orientation (June/July sessions) 
*2 nights on-campus lodging and meals
August Orientation$175
Spring Orientation 2024TBD
Summer Term Orientation 2024


What is included in the cost for orientation?
Orientation fees are determined by many different factors, including housing and meals, operational costs, software, student personnel, and swag distributed to students.


Cancellations and Refunds

Orientation space is limited, so it is important to try to attend the session you sign up to participate in. However, if you are unable to participate in your scheduled session, you must cancel at least two Thursdays (see cancellation deadlines below) before to receive a refund (at least six days for Summer Term Orientation).

Summer Orientation SessionCancellation Deadline
Session 1May 18
Session 2May 25
Session 3June 1
Session 4June 8
Session 5June 15
Session 6June 29
Session 7July 6

Please note that if you cancel your orientation session, a $25 non-refundable charge will be assessed, which will be deducted from your refund amount if you have already paid for your session. You will receive a refund check in the mail within two to four weeks of cancellation. If you do not cancel by the required deadline, you will not receive a refund.

If you register to attend a June or July orientation and fail to attend (no show), the fees are non-refundable and can only be transferred to an August Orientation session. 

*You must register to attend August Orientation if you do not attend orientation in June or July. There are no cancellations or refunds for August Orientation. All students, including deferred, are responsible for any outstanding orientation charges.

IMPORTANT: If you’ve decided not to attend UT Austin, you will need to formally cancel your admission, and you will need to also cancel your orientation. Your orientation will NOT be automatically canceled if you cancel your admission. You will still be liable for any outstanding balance (this includes deferments) if you do not cancel your orientation by your orientation’s cancellation deadline.