UTHS for Texas Residents

Enroll in the Full-Time Virtual School

Eligible Texas residents may enroll in the full-time, online high school Diploma Program with free tuition provided by funding through the state of Texas for the 2021-22 school year.

We project that UTHS will reach the enrollment cap of 700 Texas residents by 9/3/21, then the waitlist for pending applications will begin.

The UTHS Diploma Program offers a full catalog of online courses in more than 60 subject areas to meet Texas public high school graduation requirements. Core courses are NCAA approved and Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses are audited and approved by The College Board. The UT High School operates as a special purpose school district, approved by the Texas Education Agency. Students enrolled in the full-time UTHS Texas Diploma Program complete courses from home utilizing a fully online, asynchronous instructional program aligned to a fall, spring, and optional summer session calendar. Students complete state required courses and take state-required end-of-course exams to meet all Texas public school graduation requirements to earn a Texas high school diploma.

Interested in more information about UTHS for Texans?

UTHS Prospective Students Webinar via Teams: Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. (CST).

Back to School Webinar for Students and Parents

The Back to School Webinar was held on August 24th, 2021, and is required viewing for all UTHS students. A recording of the video can be downloaded here

About Our Courses and Final Exams

Our courses are aligned to Texas state standards (TEKS), and we design instruction to support students in learning concepts so they can be successful on state assessments (STAAR) and prepared for the next course in each subject area. Students have one semester to complete each course; it is possible to finish a course early in the semester when students dedicate more time for learning each week. Online learning offers flexibility and can provide an opportunity to accelerate learning, but it is not designed to be a short-cut. All students who complete an online course are required to pass (70%) an online proctored final exam for each semester course. Students take the online proctored final exams from their home computer while following secure testing requirements.

Free Tuition and Parent-Provided Materials

UT High School is a public school open to Texas residents for free tuition beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

UTHS Provides:

  • free online full-time course enrollments funded by the state of Texas
  • free registration for UTHS Diploma Program
  • free access to online or print textbooks for courses
  • free science course lab kit supplies

Parent Provides:

  • student computer with current operating system, microphone, and camera
  • reliable, high-speed internet access
  • graphing calculator for math courses
  • general school supplies, including spiral notebooks, pens, pencils, and highlighters
  • commonly available supplies for specialty courses, such as Art

Please refer to the course description to view course-related materials for additional resources and/ or lab supplies.

Eligibility to Enroll

Texas residents may enroll in the UTHS Diploma Program as full time students to complete Texas graduation requirements and earn a high school diploma. Students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements to enroll in this Diploma Program.

  • Maintain permanent residency in Texas and provide proof of residency
  • Be under the age of 21 years
  • Completed 8th grade coursework (or equivalent credit by exams)
  • Have not already earned a high school diploma
  • Meet eligibility requirements documented in Texas state policy for public schools (TEC 25.001)

*We encourage students who recently moved to Texas from out-of-state or international locations to send transcripts to be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Evaluation Service approved by the Texas Education Agency prior to enrollment at UTHS to expedite the enrollment process.

Enrollment Process

  1. Complete the UTHS Online Learning Orientation in Canvas
    • Both the student and parent must complete the online orientation (approx. 45 min) then upload the certificates of completion during the online enrollment process. To access the online orientation, visit: https://utexas.box.com/v/orientation-course
  2. Complete the online enrollment process in Skyward
    • Families new to UTHS: Click here to request Skyward account access and register your child
    • Families with existing UTHS Skyward Accounts: Use your existing Skyward Family Access portal to register your child for a UTHS program
    • Complete all required forms within the Skyward enrollment system
    • Upload copies of all required documents, including transcripts showing that the student is eligible for high school enrollment

Not sure if you already have a UTHS Skyward account or forgot your password? Click here to request an email to reset your password.

Annual Enrollment Cap, Lottery, and Waitlist

2021-22 UTHS Diploma Program Enrollment Cap for Texas Residents: 700 

UTHS establishes an annual enrollment cap to ensure that all students enrolled with receive the appropriate support. The 2021-22 enrollment cap for the Texas Diploma Program with state-funded, free tuition for Texas residents is 700 students. Since UTHS did not receive more registration applications than the cap by the 7/30/21 deadline, no annul lottery was held for the 2021-22 school year. If UTHS receives more than 700 registration applications during the 2021-22 school year, the additional students will be placed on the Waitlist and offered admission during the school year when a seat becomes available.

Priority Access for Military-Connected Students

Military-connected students receive priority access to UTHS per HB 4124, to support these students due to the disruption to their education as a result of short notice and frequent military transfers for their parents. This priority access applies to the lottery selection and waitlist processes. Eligibility requirements include the following.

  • a student who is a dependent of a member of the United States military;
  • was previously enrolled in school in this state; and
  • does not reside in this state due to a deployment or military transfer.

Course Schedules

After UTHS notifies students of their acceptance, a member of the UTHS Counseling and Student Services Team will review the student's transcripts and design a personal career plan for them. The next step is to complete your choice sheet, then the UTHS staff will schedule you into your courses. Students must enroll full-time during the spring and fall semesters and stay on-track to graduate in four years to maintain full-time status in the Diploma Program. Since Texas requires students to earn 26 credits to earn a high school diploma, students enroll in seven courses per semester to complete 26 credits and graduate on-time in four years. 

Full-time Diploma Program students should not enroll in courses online using the shopping cart. Be sure to follow the steps above to enroll in the full time program and work with your counselor who will place you in courses based on your personal career plan and ensure courses align to Texas graduation requirements.

Transcript Analysis

If you want UTHS to review your transcripts first, before you decide to enroll in the Diploma Program, a member of the UTHS Counseling and Student Services Team will review your prior transcripts to determine how many credits are needed for graduation.

*The UTHS will not be able to accomodate transcript analysis requests submitted less than 30 days prior to enrollment to meet enrollment deadlines.

Summer Course Fees

UTHS charges tuition fees for summer course enrollment of $260 per semester course, plus costs for textbooks or specialy course materials. Students may need to complete summer courses if they are not on-track to graduate within four years. Students may also enroll in summer courses to get ahead. All fees for summer 2022 courses are due by 6/3/22.