Beginning in 1997, the Regents have had the ability to implement differential tuition programs. Differential tuition is an amount charged on top of base tuition to support additional services and programming for students at a particular institution. Differential tuition can be charged to all students enrolled at a particular institution; to a particular category of students, such as all undergraduates; or only to students enrolled in certain programs.

By Board policy, students shall be advised and consulted of all planned differential tuition initiatives before proposals are submitted to the Board of Regents.  For more information, please see Regent Policy Document 32-7: Student Involvement in Differential Tuition Initiatives.

Program-specific differential tuitions are usually charged for programs that have high operating costs such as the health sciences and engineering. A differential tuition may be set at a dollar amount or as a percentage of base tuition.

Additional revenues generated by a differential tuition are retained by the campus or program where they are generated.