The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

CA+P Differential Tuition Report (FY2020-2021)


The College of Architecture and Planning offers specialized, professional graduate education and offers the only accredited degrees in both architecture and planning in the state. Both professions have become increasingly technologically intense during this 21st century while simultaneously economic pressures common to higher education in the nation challenge the resource needs for offering the signature pedagogy of studio/workshop in these professions. These critical issues have been recognized by the College and its constituents and is addressed in numerous ways including a differential tuition paid by students.

This entire academic year was impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Specifically in regard to differential tuition expenses, significant increases occurred in terms of facilities, student:faculty ratios, and student success.  Additional facility expenses were associated with getting our learning spaces COVID-ready: increased digital technology (e.g. cameras, displays) and changes in furniture (e.g. moving tables out, increasing white boards).  Due to the recognition that online learning requires additional teaching preparation and the remuneration paid to adjunct faculty was not commensurate with the time demanded, funding for the student:faculty ratio increased. Lastly, to assist students with the economic impact of COVID, increased scholarships were available, thereby increasing student success expenditures.  As predicted, COVID-19 actually placed demands on the College’s Differential Tuition resulting in a net loss for the year.


The following chart outlines the revenues and expenditures regarding differential tuition in FY 20-21.








Student:Faculty Ratios

High-impact Learning Experiences
Student Success








The above revenues and expenditures results in a net loss of ($86,135) for the year which will need to be accounted for moving forward.  We would like to come back to balance over the next three years.  Working against this are several factors: 1) on the revenue side, Architecture is seeking to decrease the number of graduate students in their entering cohort in Fall 2021; and 2) on the expense side, we anticipate long-term trajectories of growing need in terms of IT, High-Impact Practices and Student Success.  We also anticipate inflationary pressures in terms of adjunct salary and other expense categories. Spreading increased services over fewer students will necessitate a request to increase the differential tuition per student.  Discussion of these countervailing pressures will be discussed with College Student Council during the 2021-2022 academic year.