Costs and Payment

Session Costs

After you select your orientation session and complete the registration form, your seat for orientation will be reserved. Your orientation registration is not complete until payment is received. You will be automatically dropped from your session if payment is not received by 11:59 PM CT the day you register. Your registration will be confirmed once you have paid via What I Owe.

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.

A deferment means that the balance is due at a later 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. Please note, an Admissions waiver does not automatically qualify you for an orientation registration deferment. 

If your orientation charge is not deferred, you will need to complete the payment to confirm your orientation registration.

New Student Orientation


Summer Term Orientation 2024


Transfer Orientation (June/July sessions) 2024

Virtual: $65

Hybrid: $150

August Orientation 2024


Spring Orientation 2025


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


Cancellations and Refunds

Orientation space is limited, so it is important to try and keep the session that you signed up to participate in. However, if you are unable to participate in your scheduled June or July session, you must cancel by the registration close date, at least two Sundays prior to the start of the session to receive a refund. 

You will receive a refund check in the mail within two to four weeks of cancellation. If you do not cancel by the required cancellation deadline, you will not receive a refund. Students who register to attend and cancel their hybrid orientation after the required cancellation deadline or fail to attend (no show) may also be subjected to a University Housing and Dining $75 cancellation fee, in addition to their orientation fee.

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 August Orientation. 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.