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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. All federally funded programs, including Stafford Loans, require students to submit a FAFSA. Because the government makes these loans available to students on a non-credit basis, students must meet federal eligibility requirements and these are verified through the FAFSA application.

Yes. Emergency loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must be enrolled before they apply for emergency loans. There are two types of emergency loans-Emergency Tuition Loans and Book Loans. Students who have enough financial aid to cover their account balance do not need to apply for an emergency tuition loan. Furthermore, if you need to buy your books before any leftover aid is refunded, you can charge them at the bookstore, so you do not an emergency book loan. For more information on purchasing your books with financial aid click here.

The Business Office processes Emergency Tuition and Book Loans. A fee must first be paid at the Business Office for both types prior to the processing of the loan(s). Students who have an outstanding balance from a previous emergency loan are not eligible for additional loans.

Yes, as long as you have a complete financial aid folder, meet the SAP policy and your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is less than 3501 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Students can log-on to Uconnect to see if they have any financial aid holds. Click on the "My Business" tab then click on the "Holds" link in the Financial Aid Requirements box on the left hand side.

Students may not receive federal aid for courses that were previously taken and passed beyond the first retake. In other words, once a student has passed a course, the student has one additional attempt to complete the same course and still be eligible to receive federal financial aid for that course. There is no limit on the number of attempts allowable if the student does not receive a passing grade. Some courses are repeatable per university policy and are not restricted by these regulations.

Students interested in work study positions need to apply online at Dusty Works. Students MUST have a complete financial aid folder to be considered for employment.

Students who are receiving financial aid can purchase their books and supplies at the University Bookstore by charging them to their student account. Students must have a complete financial aid folder, be registered for classes and their amount of aid must exceed the total tuition and fee charges for the semester. You will need to present your TAMIU ID card to the University Bookstore.

Bookstore purchases begin on:

   Fall semester: July 25th

   Spring semester: December 1st

   Summer terms: one week prior to first class day

By charging your books and supplies you agree to adhere to the policies of TAMIU’s Office of Financial Aid, Bursars Office and Barnes & Noble Bookstore. These policies include, but are not limited to, refunds, returns and exchanges.

Please see Purchasing Books with Financial Aid for more information.

If you do not have financial aid, please contact the Business Office for an emergency book loan.

Beginning May 10, you will be able to create an FSA ID when visiting certain U.S. Department of Education websites.

The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:

    1. Enter you log-in information
      Provide your email, a uniqueue username and password and verify you are at least 13 years old
    2. Enter you personal information
      Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth
      Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and language preference
      Provide answers to five challenge questions
    3. Submit your FSA ID information
      Agree to the terms and conditions
      Verify your email address¹

¹By verifying your e-mail address, you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain U.S. Department of Education websites

All registered students receive a Refund Selection Kit through the mail to the address that is on file at the University. Visit www.RefundSelection.com, click the "LET'S GET STARTED" green box, and enter your Personal Code included in the Refund Selection Kit, then you will be given two options in which you can receive your refund: opening a BankMobile Vibe Account (same business day deposit) or ACH Transfer (funds transfer in 1-2 business days).

Visit the TAMIU Refund Selection Kit Website for more information.

For merging your accounts or transferring funds between accounts. Please contact Campus Card Services at 956-326-2877 or email onecard@tamiu.edu.

Students who are transferring from another institution may qualify for financial aid at our institution if they have a complete financial aid folder and meet TAMIU's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Students can log-on to Uconnect to view the status of their financial aid folder. Click on the "My Business" tab and any outstanding Financial Aid Requirements are displayed on the left hand side.

Yes, students may speak with an Associate Director or with the Financial Aid Director as needed.

Yes, students are encouraged to fill out a FAFSA even if they feel they might not qualify. Most students qualify for some type of aid whether it be grants, scholarships or student loans.


Monday and Tuesday
from 8:00am to 5:00pm,

Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00am to 7:00pm, and

Friday from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

General financial aid does not transfer with a student. Students transferring from another institution must add our our school code (009651) to their FAFSA in order for us to determine their eligibility for aid. Students receiving aid from a specific state program such as TEXAS Grant, Top 10% Scholarship or the Be-On Time Loan Program should notify the financial aid office as soon as possible, as state funding is limited and renewal awards for transfer students cannot be guaranteed. You will need to submit an award letter from your previous school showing that you received aid from that program. Our office will confirm your eligibility for a renewal award with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Emergency loans are offered from institutional funding (TAMIU) and need to be paid back by mid semester. A student does not need to be eligible for financial aid in order to apply for an emergency loan.

Stafford loans are federally funded an students must meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify (see "Who Qualifies for Stafford Loans?") Students have six months after they graduate or drop below 6 hours of enrollment before the first payment is due on their loan.

Beginning in 2013-14, some Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs) will be flagged for "unusual enrollment history" by the U.S. Department of Education as a result of the student having received federal Pell Grants at multiple institutions in recent years.  Flags “2” and “3” require that TAMIU review the student’s enrollment history and determine whether or not the student is enrolling only long enough to receive cash refunds of federal student aid. All students with UEH flag 3 and some students with UEH flag 2 will be required to provide to the OSFA their academic transcripts all colleges and universities attended during the review period.  If Pell Grants were received and credit hours were not earned (passing grades:  A - D) at each institution attended during these award years, the student may be determined ineligible for further federal financial aid. For more information click here.  

  • If your Student Aid Report (SAR) includes UEH flag 3, please complete the Unusual Enrollment History Form and submit to the Office of Student Financial Aid along with all required documentation. 
  • If your SAR includes UEH flag 2, the Office of Student Financial Aid will notify you if you will be required to complete the Unusual Enrollment History Form.

Students can obtain more information about these changes at www.studentaid.gov

Our school code is 009651

There are institutional, state and federal grants and federal and state loans available. For specific information, see our Grants and Loans pages.

It varies by student. It is highly recommended that students log-on to UConnect to view their account summary by term to check if a refund has been processed. Initial refunds are processed after the census date of each semester; after the 12th class day during the fall and spring semesters and after the 4th class day during summer sessions I and II.

Students must complete a FAFSA, not be in default on any federal student loan, be in compliance with our SAP Policy, attend ENTRANCE counseling at TAMIU and complete a Master Promissory Note, have all financial aid requirements complete and enroll for at least 6 hours per semester in order to be eligible for a Federal Direct Loan.

Anyone can be eligible for some type of financial aid if they meet the general qualifications under "Do I Qualify?" To receive federal and state aid, students must be in compliance with our Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.





Texas A&M International University
Zaffirini Student Success Center Suite 214
5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX 78041

Phone (956) 326-2225
Fax (956) 326-2224
Email financialaid@tamiu.edu