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Invest in Your Future

UAT is a small, private technology University that develops skills far beyond ordinary colleges, but it is also surprisingly affordable, more so than most private colleges or out-of-state tuition at state schools. But more importantly—you can graduate much sooner.

A superior, private education can also be surprisingly attainable when your student is dedicated to their journey. In fact, when comparing the range of educational opportunities and their costs, UAT tuition is 28% less than the average private tuition, and 3% less than the average out-of-state public university.*

At UAT, students learn more efficiently in smaller classes with professors who know each student’s strengths and nurture their development. They often graduate earlier and earn their way sooner. Alumni are welcome to audit classes online or on campus for life. Your investment in an education at UAT is an investment in a lifetime of education.

As an institution, we diligently work to ensure that a UAT education represents a clearly affordable alternative when compared to many other private four-year colleges or, to the cost of out-of-state tuition at a public college. There is no in-state or out-of-state cost difference at UAT. Tuition is a flat rate.

*Source: The College Board, Trends in College Pricing, 2013-2014. Median costs per academic year are based on two semesters per year. Most UAT students elect to attend three semesters per academic year. Costs included in figures are: tuition and fees, transportation, books and supplies, and room and board.

The UAT Tuition Guarantee

At UAT, our commitment to your family planning offers students and families a tuition lock guarantee to ensure the annual cost for tuition will not increase between the first year a student is enrolled at UAT and the student’s senior year. We understand how much of a challenge the uncertainty of annual tuition increases can be for students and their families—it’s hard enough for technology students to become leading innovators in an area of study without adding the mystery of what your actual expenses will be from year to year. UAT students who enroll and make the commitment to UAT will have the commitment returned by the University with the UAT Tuition Guarantee.

Some costs cannot be guaranteed. Tuition accounts for approximately 80% of college costs for a residential student. At UAT, those charges will remain constant for students. Most of the remaining costs are room and meal options. Students may see a change to these costs during their four years on campus.

How do I qualify for the UAT Tuition Guarantee?

As soon as students are accepted at UAT and make their deposit they are covered by the UAT Tuition Guarantee.

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Our commitment to EACH student and THEIR family

We’ll freeze your tuition at the rate you sign up under with our UAT Tuition Guarantee.

Does the UAT Tuition Guarantee Cover My Entire Four Years of Undergraduate

If a student takes a leave of absence from UAT for only one semester, the student can return to campus and continue to be locked into the same tuition determined in your initial enrollment year.

If a student takes more than a semester-long leave of absence, he or she will be required to enroll at the new, higher rate for tuition determined for the semester the student is re-enrolling. Most UAT students graduate within four years and this policy is designed as an additional effort to meet your family’s four-year degree completion goals. UAT student policies are created to ensure the student’s ability to soar within the industry, drive innovation and provide the student the foundation for lifelong education as well as an essential way for families to control and predict the cost of a technology education from a respected technology University.

UAT encourages students and families to measure the burden of unchecked increasing costs of other universities that do not provide the commitment to the student and guarantee to lock in their tuition rates for four years. This one policy alone could mean enough resources to earn a master’s degree for the same costs as other universities charge to earn a bachelor's degree.

UAT students graduate one year earlier on average through our Synchronic Learning model. That means one year less of tuition costs and one step closer to your first professional paycheck, a year earlier. The combination of those two attributes from UAT can make an education much more affordable for your family. A superior education can be a deep investment for most families but that doesn’t mean college costs have to be unpredictable.

In addition, after graduation UAT alumni have the unique opportunity to stay current in their industries and audit classes FOREVER. Alumni are responsible for any required resources and materials. Only classes on the current schedule with free spaces are available. College credits are not earned in audited classes.

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Value of Your Investment

Not only is technology a great field, it’s a solid investment.

Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields, are some of the hottest fields to be in today and experts for the foreseeable future. As a college that offers 100% STEM degrees, UAT prepares graduates for many of these great careers. “A bachelor’s degree can earn you 60% more than a high school diploma” (College Trends in Higher Education), but jobs in technology lead virtually all other fields in earning power and new job creation (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). In fact, a job in many of the tech fields can earn you over $4,000,000 more throughout your lifetime. That is a great return on your investment.

Talking About Jobs

UAT is educating students for leading tech careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Technology jobs are among the highest paying and fastest growing in the U.S. They report: “The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200.” 


*Source: USA Today 
May or may not be representative of UAT grads.

Five Highest Paying Degrees of 2015*

Highest paying degrees of 2015

Projected Average Salary

Begin Earning Revenue Sooner

Consider what graduating faster can mean to your finances and your career. At UAT not only can you graduate faster, but more importantly, enter your career field much sooner. Average time to begin revenue is 2.67 years* at UAT vs. 4.7 years*† at a state college. That means you can be earning a salary and moving up the company ladder while your peers are still in state schools paying for tuition, books and room & board.

Yes, UAT is an investment in college education, but it’s much more – more than facts and textbook learning. It’s about the skills, behaviors, attitudes and qualities that affords for the potential of a great career. It all adds up to UAT being a great start.

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* Standard UAT semesters include 15 credit hours. UAT students attend 3 semesters per year. Standard credit completion pace equals 45 credit hours in 1 calendar year. 45 credit hours x 2.67 years = 120 credit hours required for graduation.

*† Complete College America reported in 2011 that the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is 4.7 years.

True Value Compared to Actual Cost

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Tuition Assistance

UAT makes every attempt to ensure that all qualified students can attend with the help of financial aid, scholarships and grants.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. At UAT, like at all accredited institutions of higher education, students must apply for financial aid each year. Changes in family income, family size, and the number of family members in college are just a few of the drivers that affect the amount of aid students receive. Financial aid can be complex and daunting when you first start to look at your options. UAT’s financial aid staff will always work hard to simplify it for students and their families and help guide you through the path to a superior technology education that will pay dividends to you for a lifetime.

UAT understands how important financial aid is to the majority of our students, and we are aware that every family situation is different. Our Admissions Advisors will help you explore your options. Set up a private consultation with one of our Admissions Advisors by calling 877.828.4335 or emailing admissions@uat.edu. You can set up a private consultation at your leisure to learn more about how we can help your passionate technology student realize their dream and provide them with the head start they need to become a technologist and industry innovator.

Students seeking financial aid at UAT must meet the following general requirements:

  • Be accepted to a UAT Associate, Bachelor’s or Master’s program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (undergraduate: at least 6 hours, graduate: at least 3 hours)
  • Not owe a refund of a federal grant or be in default on an existing federal student loan
  • Have earned a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if you are male and 18-25 years of age)
  • Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while receiving federal student aid
  • Please include the UAT school code 017188 on your FAFSA


University of Advancing Technology:
» Flexible Payment Options
» UAT Scholarships
» Discovery Scholarship

» Employer Reimbursement
» Private/3rd Party Scholarships
» Private Loans
» Savings
» Student Employment (on campus and off campus)

» 529 Plan
» Private Loans
» Savings
» Tax Credits

Federal Government:
» Pell Grant
» PLUS Loans for Parents
» William D. Ford Direct Loan for Students
» Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
» Work-Study

US Armed Forces:
» Active Duty - Tuition assistance - Ch 30 and Ch 33
» MGIB - Ch 30
» Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon - Ch 33
» Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) - Ch 1607
» Selected Reserves - Ch 1606

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Source: *The College Board, Trends in College Pricing, 2013-2014. Median costs per academic year are based on 2 semesters per year. Most UAT students elect to attend three semesters per academic year. Costs included in figures are: tuition and fees, transportation, books and supplies, and room and board.

Scholarships and Grants

A variety of scholarships are available for students attending on campus. Scholarship recipients must maintain at least Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at UAT, stay continuously enrolled at the University and abide by the University Code of Conduct and act with ethics above reproach. The recipients must make satisfactory progress towards completion of UAT degree objectives. Progress will be monitored by UAT and the award may be revoked if recipient is not meeting expectations and requirements outlined in the university catalog.

Scholarship amounts vary and range, with the maximum range applied over eight semesters, and are determined at application for admission. Scholarships are for undergraduate and on-campus students only, with the exception of the Continuation Scholarship.

For all current information regarding UAT scholarships, please see the UAT Catalog

UAT Offers Several Types of Scholarships

Merit Scholarship
Murphy's Robotics Scholarship
Dancers of Ballet Arizona Scholarship
Warriors Heart Veteran Scholarship
Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale Community Scholarship
Alma Mater Pride Scholarship
Continuation Scholarship
Yellow Ribbon Scholarship


At UAT, your son or daughter will receive a well-rounded technology college education focused on learning how to think and how to work collaboratively. They will possess a deep and comprehensive understanding of advancing technology; not just how to best work with contemporary technology, but how to adapt and utilize technology as it advances and transforms. They will be prepared to create, innovate and provide leadership in their chosen field.

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Tuition Costs


  • Undergraduate tuition: $12,475 per semester
  • Graduate tuition: $8,750 per semester
  • UAT-Online tuition: $6,500 (9 credits) per semester

2022-2023 (Effective May 1, 2022)

  • Undergraduate tuition: $12,950
  • Graduate tuition: $9,100
  • UAT-Online tuition: $6,950 per 9 credit semester

The tuition rate for modality transfer students will be the published rate for the semester at the time the student transitions. If a modality transfer student moves into the dorms (or already lives in UAT housing) any applicable scholarships will be evaluated and applied to the student's account.

Meal Plans

Pricing per semester:


  • Rookie Meal Plan 180 meals/term (~11 meals/week) + $250 in cafe credit - $2,200
  • Expert Meal Plan 220 meals/term (~14 meals/week) + $300 in cafe credit - $2,300
  • Grand Master Meal Plan Unlimited meals/week + $350 in cafe credit + 5 late nite meals/week - $2,400

2022-23 (Effective September 2022)

  • Rookie Meal Plan 180 meals/term (~11 meals/week) + $250 in cafe credit - $2,275
  • Expert Meal Plan 220 meals/term (~14 meals/week) + $300 in cafe credit - $2,375
  • Grand Master Meal Plan Unlimited meals/week + $350 in cafe credit + 5 late nite meals/week - $2,450


Pricing per individual meals (for those without a meal plan):

  • Breakfast - $11.00 plus tax
  • Lunch - $13.00 plus tax
  • Dinner - $13.00 plus tax
  • Brunch - $13.00 plus tax


UAT First Year Resident students living in Founder’s Hall will be required to subscribe to at least one of the above meal plans.

Commuter meal plans are available to students who are not living in Founder’s Hall, but would like to eat in the UAT Cafe when they are on campus. The commuter plans are offered at the following levels:


  • 25 meals per term + $50 in cafe credit: $275
  • 55 meals per term + $100 in cafe credit: $600
  • 70 meals per term + $155 in cafe credit: $725
  • 100 meals per term + $210 in cafe credit: $1025


  • 25 meals per term + $50 in cafe credit: $325
  • 55 meals per term + $100 in cafe credit: $625
  • 70 meals per term + $155 in cafe credit: $775
  • 100 meals per term + $210 in cafe credit: $1040

Miscellaneous Fees

The non-refundable seat deposit for U.S. Residents is $250 to accompany the enrollment agreement for graduate and undergraduate programs.

The processing fee for non-U.S. Residents is $250 to accompany the enrollment agreement for the graduate and undergraduate programs.

The transfer credit fee is $100.

When required, use of textbooks and electronic textbooks for the duration of your courses are provided at no cost. If you wish to permanently own your textbooks, you may purchase them on your own.

View a list of UAT textbooks for the current semester.

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Effective September 2022, resource fees for all modalities are $375.

Housing Costs

A deposit of $550 is required to reserve your space. $400 of the deposit is refundable if all move-out procedures are followed per Housing Contract. $150 is a non-refundable administrative fee. An additional fee is added if student is own Guarantor.

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Monthly payments are due on the first of each month. Semesterly Payments are due on day 1 of each term. Full payments are due on day one of the lease term. For detailed payment options, please refer to the Founder’s Lease.

The payment schedules are for one (1) bed in a room with a roommate in either Unit A (private bath) or Unit B (shared bath).

Monthly Payments

2021-2022 costs
(effective September 2021)
  • Unit A: $840 per month
  • Unit B: $700 per month
2022-2023 costs
(effective September 2022)
  • Unit A: $875 per month
  • Unit B: $775 per month

Semesterly Payments

2021-2022 costs
(effective September 2021)
  • Unit A: $3,360 per semester
  • Unit B: $2,800 per semester
2022-2023 costs
(effective September 2022)
  • Unit A: $3,500 per semester
  • Unit B: $3,100 per semester

Annual leases paid in full at the time of move in receive a 5% concession. To speak to a Founder's Hall staff member about this option reach out to Zach Dixon at zdixon@livefoundershall.com or call 480-351-7929.


Students sign a one-year lease, which includes coverage over university breaks and all three academic terms. Please refer to the UAT License Agreement for information about our Cancellation Policy. You can speak with your New Student Advisor for additional information, terms and conditions.