A college education is one of the best investments you can make in your future. Costs vary each semester depending on course load. The cost calculator links on this page can help you determine an estimated cost of tuition and fees. Students also should budget money for textbooks each semester and for room and board, whether they plan to live on or off campus.
Numerous resources are available to help you invest in an education at Lamar University. Types of assistance in paying for college fall into three broad categories – scholarships, financial aid, and waivers and exemptions.
Financial aid includes grants, loans and the federal work-study program. The first step in determining eligibility for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Lamar University’s code (003581). The FAFSA will be used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). LU’s Financial Aid Office will use this information to determine your eligibility for grants (which do not have to be repaid), loans (which do have to be repaid), and work-study (which allows you to earn money with an on-campus job). For priority consideration, apply for financial aid no later than March 31 each year. For more information, visit the LU Financial Aid page.
Most Lamar University scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement. Extra-curricular activities such as marching band and athletics also may be considered in awarding some Lamar University scholarships. More information on Lamar University scholarships may be found on the Scholarships page. Students should research scholarship opportunities offered by outside groups and organizations as well. Learn more
Waivers and Exemptions
Waivers and exemptions cover the cost of tuition and some fees for certain students attending public universities in Texas such as Lamar University. Students eligible for these waivers and exemptions include former foster children, blind and deaf students, and military veterans from Texas. For more information on waivers and exemptions, visit the College for All Texans page.
Tuition costs are lower for Texas residents. Residents of states bordering Texas (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma) pay in-state tuition rates plus $30 per credit hour. Residents of other U.S. states and other countries pay out-of-state tuition.
Residency is determined prior to enrollment using rules and regulations established by state officials. The Core Residency Form may be downloaded here, completed and mailed to:
Lamar University Admissions
P.O. Box 10009
Beaumont, TX 77710