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ADMISSIONS & RECRUITMENT AND SCHOOL RELATIONS

Texas A&M International University is an equal opportunity educational institution. In compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order 11246, Texas A&M International University is open to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era who are otherwise eligible for admission as students.

Admission to Texas A&M International University is only granted for the semester for which students apply. Students who do not enroll for the semester for which they are approved should contact either the Office of Admissions or Office of Recruitment and Schools relations and reapply before attempting to enroll for another semester.

Implementation of admissions policy is the responsibility of the Director of Admissions and the Director of Recruitment and School Relations. The University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee must approve any exception to admission policy.

Admission Deadlines
The deadlines below are applicable to the semester of entry.

Undergraduate applicants
U. S. Students' Deadlines:
  Fall Semester - July 1st Summer Session I - April 1st
  Spring Semester - November 1st Summer Session II - May 1st

International Students' Deadlines:
  Fall Semester - June 1st Summer Session I - March 1st
  Spring Semester - October 1st Summer Session II - April 1st
 
Graduate applicants
U. S. Students' Deadlines:
  Fall Semester - April 30th Summer Session I - April 30th
  Spring Semester - November 30th Summer Session II - April 30th
  *Late Graduate Application Fee applicable to all applications submitted after the deadlines.
**Late applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis if there is available space in the program.
     
International Students' Deadlines:
  Fall Semester - April 30th Summer Session I - April 30th
  Spring Semester - October 1st Summer Session II - April 30th
  *Late Graduate Application Fee applicable to all applications submitted after the deadlines.
**Late applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis if there is available space in the program.


A student who is planning to enter Texas A&M International University must submit all required documents to the appropriate office based on entering classification. Applications will not be processed for a specific semester after the official University census date: University's twelfth (12th) class day for the long semesters and the fourth (4th) class day for the summer sessions.

ENTERING FRESHMEN
A person having earned a high school diploma, GED, or who is in the process of completing high school credits within two (2) semesters, but not having more than thirty (30) college semester hours of credit, is considered an entering freshman.

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Qualified high school students in 11th and 12th grade may seek early admission to Texas A&M International University for the purpose of gaining credits in university-level classes.

Office of Recruitment and School Relations
Texas A&M International University
Student Center Room 126
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-2270 Fax: (956) 326-2269
Toll Free: 1-888-4TX-AMIU (489-2648)
email: enroll@tamiu.edu
http://www.tamiu.edu/apply

TRANSFER STUDENT
A student entering Texas A&M International University at the sophomore (30 to 59 hours), junior (60 to 89 hours) or senior (90 or more hours) level from an accredited college or university is considered a transfer student.

Office of Admissions
Texas A&M International University
Killam Library Building Room 155
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-2200 Fax: (956) 326-2199
email: adms@tamiu.edu

Applicants may choose to apply for admission through the electronic Common Application at: http://www.applytexas.org, or by downloading PDF forms at www.tamiu.edu/affairs/admissions.

GENERAL POLICIES
All questions on the application for admission must be answered fully. Failure to answer all questions correctly and completely is grounds for rejection of application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, or appropriate disciplinary action. The Application for Undergraduate Admission requires students to provide a Social Security Number (SSN). However, a Student System Identification number (SSID) will be assigned to each student and will be used solely for identifying all records concerning that student except in state and federal reporting.

All required official transcript(s) from college/university or high school must be requested from each individual institution attended. Official transcripts must be certified by a school official, have the school seal, and be sent in a sealed envelope by the institution directly to the Office of Admissions or the Office of Recruitment and School Relations. International students need foreign official transcript(s) to be translated to English. Failure to list on the application form all institutions attended and to submit official transcripts required is grounds for rejection of application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, or appropriate disciplinary action.

All required test scores must be mailed directly from the testing service. SAT, ACT and TAAS/TAKS scores may be reported on an official high school transcript. Some test scores are only valid for a certain period of time; for more information, verify guidelines stated on specific test scores in the section for PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT.

Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in nursing, social work, music or seeking teacher certification are required to apply for admission to their desired program. The Office of Admissions and the Office of Recruitment and School Relations grants admission only to the university, and not to a specific program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ENTERING FRESHMEN
A person having earned a high school diploma, GED, or who is in the process of completing high school credits within two (2) semesters, but not having more than thirty (30) college semester hours of credit, is considered an entering freshman. To be admitted as an entering freshman, an applicant must meet the following requirements and submit required documents to the Office of Recruitment and School Relations:

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. Official High School Transcript showing rank in class or Official GED passing scores. Final acceptance will be granted upon submission of official transcript showing the official date of graduation and completion of high school credits. Official transcript must be sent directly from the institution attended.
  3. Official college/university transcript(s) from institutions other than Texas A&M International University must be sent directly from each institution attended, if any college credit has been earned. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.000 is required.
  4. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) scores. SAT or ACT scores should not be older than three (3) years prior to enrollment. Students in the top 50% of their high school graduating class are not required a minimum score, but must submit either an SAT or ACT test score. Students not graduating in the top 50% must score a minimum of 860 total on the SAT or a minimum of 18 composite on the ACT. Applicants who have graduated from high school three (3) or more years prior to the anticipated date of enrollment may opt to take the University administered COMPASS exam. International high school graduates and students with a GED may choose to take the SAT, ACT or the University administered COMPASS exam; however, each element of the academic transcript will be reviewed for admission.
  1. High School Credits Required are as follow:
    Subject
    Credits
    English (I, II, III, IV) 4 units
    Mathematics (Algebra I and II, Geometry) 3 units
    Science - any two science courses 2 units
    Social Studies - any three social studies courses 3 units
    Computer Technology 1 unit
    The following units are recommended:  
    Foreign Language 2 units
    Fine Arts 1 unit
  2. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of students graduating from a high school in a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (ibt TOEFL) or 213 (Computer-based) or 550 (Paper-based) is required. This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment.

Note: International students must also complete requirements listed under International Student Admission in this section.

All students must meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements before enrollment. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT.

Important: Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission may submit a petition to the University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee. See Academic Probation and Provisional Admission in this section.

JOINT ADMISSIONS BETWEEN TAMIU AND LAREDO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The joint admission agreement provides students who wish to begin at LCC the opportunity to be admitted to both institutions and have use of both facilities. Students earn credit towards an associate degree and toward a bachelor’s degree simultaneously. For additional information, contact the office of Recruitment and School Relations at (956) 326-2270 or the Office of Admissions at (956) 326-2200.

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Qualified high school students in 11th and 12th grade may seek early admission to Texas A&M International University for the purpose of gaining credits in university-level classes. A student may not enroll at Texas A&M International University for more than six (6) credit hours each long semester or three (3) credit hours each summer session and must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average based on a 4.0 scale in order to continue in subsequent semesters.

To be admitted as a concurrent student, an applicant must meet the following requirements and submit required documents to the Office of Recruitment and School Relations:

  1. Application for Concurrent Admission. This application must include a signed authorization from the applicant's high school counselor. Application should include signature of parent on the Parental Permission statement provided in the application.
  2. Official High School Transcript showing completion of the sophomore year with at least an 85 out of 100 grade average for all coursework completed in high school. Copy of current schedule of classes must be attached to transcript. Official transcript must be sent directly from high school attending.
  3. Official college/university transcript(s) from institutions other than Texas A&M International University must be sent directly from each institutionattended, if any college credit has been earned. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 is required.

Note: International students must also complete requirements listed under International Student Admission in this section.

Important: Any exceptions to the stated policy on concurrent enrollment will be granted only by the University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee. Petitions may be submitted through the Office of Recruitment and School Relations. See Academic Probation and Provisional Admission in this section.

Concurrently enrolled students who have failed any section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), may not take college level courses related to the sections of the test that have not been passed. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT.

TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION
A student entering Texas A&M International University at the sophomore (30 to 59 hours), junior (60 to 89 hours), or senior (90 or more hours) level from an accredited college or university is considered a transfer student. Texas A&M International University allows credit for work completed in other institutions which are approved by the appropriate regional accrediting agency.

To be admitted as a transfer student, an applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions (Additional requirements for the Social Work program may be found in COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES-UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES; for the Teacher Education program in COLLEGE OF EDUCATION-UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES; and for the Nursing program in the CANSECO SCHOOL OF NUSRING IN THE COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES -UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES:

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. Official college/university transcript(s) from institutions other than Texas A&M International University must be sent directly from each institu tion attended. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.000 is required. Even though a grade below "C" will be calculated into the grade point average, it will not be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  3. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (ibt TOEFL) or 213 (Computer-based) or 550 (Paper-based) is required. This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment.

Note: International students must also complete requirements listed under International Student Admission in this section.

All students must meet TSI requirements before enrollment. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT.

Important: Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission may submit a petition to the University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee. See Academic Probation and Provisional Admission in this section.

Transfer Curricula and Resolution of Transfer Disputes for Lower-level Courses:

  1. The transfer curricula shall be as prescribed by the current issue of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's guide to transfer curricula and transfer of credit.
  2. The following procedures shall be followed by public institutions of higher education in the resolution of transfer disputes involving lower-level courses:
    If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, that institution shall give written notice to the student and the other institution that the transfer of the course credit is denied. The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and/or guidelines.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION AS A SPECIAL NON-DEGREE STUDENT (TRANSIENT)
A person who is earning university credits which are not applicable to a degree at Texas A&M International University is considered a special non-degree student. It is the policy of this institution to allow any student to enroll in any course for enrichment or other purpose as long as the prerequisites are met or exceptions to these requirements are approved.

Students classified under this category are not entitled to claim the prerogative of graduating under the provisions of the catalog in force at the time of initial enrollment. Students may, on their own initiative, request at any time to be reclassified as a regular degree-seeking student. An updated application for admission with a written request for reclassification should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. The student will then become responsible for satisfying the requirements of the catalog in force at the time of the request or any subsequent catalog within the established five-year period of limitation (six-years in the case of some master's programs). For additional information call the Office of Admissions at (956) 326-2200.

To be admitted as a special non-degree transient student, an applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission. Students who have completed a bachelor degree must submit an Application for Graduate Admission.
  2. Official college/university transcript(s). Undergraduate students must submit an official transcript from the last institution attended. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.000 is required.
  3. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (ibt TOEFL) or 213 (Computer-based) or 550 (Paper-based) is required. This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment.

Note: International students must also complete requirements listed under International Student Admission in this section.

All students must meet TSI requirements before enrollment. See Texas Success Initiative in the section for PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT.

Important: Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission may submit a petition to the University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee. See Academic Probation and Provisional Admission in this section.

ACADEMIC PROBATION AND PROVISIONAL ADMISSION
Undergraduate students who do not meet the published minimum requirements for admission may petition to have their academic credentials reviewed by the University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee (UAEC) for conditional admission.

Students interested in petitioning to the Committee must submit all documents required for admission, and an Application for Admissions and Exceptions Committee Review. An application form may be obtained at the Office of Admissions for transfer students or the Office of Recruitment and School Relations for entering freshmen. Required documents must be submitted to the Office of Admissions or the Office of Recruitment and School Relations.

All candidates will be notified of the Committee's decision by mail through the Office of Admissions or the Office of Recruitment and School Relations within five working days after the meeting. If admitted, students will be placed on provisional/academic probation status for one semester. During the first semester of enrollment, students must meet the following conditions set by the Committee depending on the student's classification:

Freshmen students are placed on provisional status and allowed to enroll for only one semester (Fall or Spring) or two summer sessions. To be given full admission to the University, students must meet the following requirements: (1) enroll in the following nine semester credit hours - English or Math (may be developmental); and a three hour course from the core curriculum, (2) complete all courses with a semester GPA of at least 2.0 (excluding grades obtained with credit by exams), and (3) schedule monthly counseling sessions with a Freshmen Counselor at the Office of Recruitment and School Relations. The Committee reserves the right to place other requirements as deemed necessary. The UAEC will review each student's grades at the end of the semester to determine if full admission will be granted. The Office of Recruitment and School Relations will notify students of the Committee's decision by mail within five working days after the meeting.

Transfer students are placed on academic probation status and allowed to enroll for only one semester (Fall or Spring) or two summer sessions. Students must make at least a 2.000 semester grade point average (GPA) by the end of the first semester. Students will be removed from probation when the overall GPA is greater than or equal to 2.000. The Committee reserves the right to place other requirements as deemed necessary. Students that earn below a 2.0 GPA the first semester or combined summer sessions will be placed on academic suspension. A student that is placed on academic suspension may re-apply at a later time when the overall GPA from all institutions attended, including TAMIU, is above 2.000.

FRESH START
Senate Bill 1321, passed by the 73rd Texas Legislature, entitles State of Texas residents to seek admission to public institutions of higher education without consideration of courses undertaken ten or more years prior to enrollment. This bill has been called the“Right to an Academic Fresh Start” and it gives students the option of electing to have the coursework taken ten years or more prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll either counted as usual or ignored for admission purposes. Applicants who elect to apply for admission under this law and who are admitted as students may not receive ANY COURSE CREDIT FOR ANY COURSES taken ten-years or more prior to enrollment.

Students with three or more semester credit hours awarded prior to Fall 1989, are exempt from the Texas Success Initiative regardless of election of academic Fresh Start.

The intent of Fresh Start legislation is to provide students with an opportunity to clear their academic records, if they choose to do so, of all college-level work accumulated ten or more years ago. This opportunity is not automatic and must be requested in writing to the Office of the University Registrar.

ENROLLMENT AT TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL
AND AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION

Any student pursuing a degree at Texas A&M International University may elect to be enrolled at another college or university and transfer the coursework back to A&M International. The Office of the University Registrar should be notified of the concurrent/dual enrollment to monitor compliance of degree progress. Courses listed in the Texas Common Course Numbering Equivalency Chart will transfer in when the student requests an official transcript from the other institution at the completion of the semester.

GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A person who has earned a baccalaureate degree and is earning university credit hours is considered a graduate student.

IMPORTANT: Students must visit the Office of Graduate Studies and Research for program information/requirements on graduate programs.

The Office of Admissions receives, processes and forwards the application and any additional documentation to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research coordinates the evaluation of the application by the college or department Graduate Admissions Committee and informs the applicant of the program admission decision.

To be admitted to the University as a Graduate or Post-Graduate Student, an applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions: (For additional requirements see ACADEMIC REGULATIONS - GRADUATE).

  1. Application for Graduate Admission
  2. Graduate Application Fee of $25.00; late fee, $10.00. (Refer to Admissions Deadlines section)
  3. Official college/university transcript(s) from institutions other than Texas A&M international University must be sent directly from each institution attended. Degree must be posted on transcript. The degree must be from a college or university of recognized standing with degrees from institutions outside the U.S. evaluated for equivalency to U.S. degrees.
  4. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores are required only if pursuing a Master's degree or Professional Certificate. Official test scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and be dated within five years of enrollment. No admission decision will be made prior to receipt of an official GRE or GMAT score.

The College of Arts and Sciences requires the GRE from all applicants, with the exception of the MPA program which will accept the GMAT in lieu of the GRE. Spanish majors are also required to take a departmentally administered examination.

The College of Business Administration requires the GRE or GMAT from all applicants. Students pursuing the MBA taught in Spanish may choose to take the Examen de Admision. No admission decision will be made prior to the receipt of official GMAT, GRE or Examen de Admision scores.

The College of Education requires the GRE from all applicants pursuing a degree.

The Canseco School of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences requires the GRE from all applicants.

5. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language.

A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (ibt TOEFL) or 213 (Computer-based) or 550 (Paper-based) is required.

For Ph.D. in International Business Administration applicants, a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (ibt TOEFL) or 600 (paper-based) or 250 (Computer-based) is required for consideration for admission to the doctoral program; however, an applicant who has received a graduate degree from an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited U.S. institution within two years of the date of application may be exempt from this requirements.

This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment.

Note: International students must also complete requirements listed under International Student Admission.

Provisional admission may be granted to students who have not submitted all documents or test scores for admission and allowed to attend for one semester (i.e., enroll in up to 6 graduate semester credit hours and earn a 3.0 or better grade point average.) Provisional admission is not available for all degree programs and is not available for international students. Students should check with the chair of the department/division delivering the program to determine provisional admission availability.

Probationary admission may be granted to students who have submitted all documents for admission but do not meet all requirements for full admission such as a low overall grade point average, low GRE/GMAT scores, departmental requirements or lack of appropriate background for the chosen master's program. Probationary status will be changed to full admission upon completion of 12 semester credit hours with a 3.0 or better overall graduate grade point average and any additional requirements.

Non-degree Applicants:  Individuals wishing to take courses for personal growth, etc. may register for up to twelve hours as non-degree seeking. These courses may not be applicable to a degree program.

Deferment of Admission: Students wishing to defer their offer of admission can do so using the Leave of Absence Form available from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  Deferrals will only be granted for a term of up to one year from the offer of admissions.  Students who defer their admission for more than one year will have to reapply.

Admission to graduate programs is through departmental admission committees. The student’s entire record will be considered including the completed application for admission, undergraduate overall GPA, upper level GPA, GPA in the discipline, a student narrative, letters of recommendation, GRE or GMAT scores (evaluated in compliance with HB 1641), and professional and/or academic experience.

Individual departments may require other indicators of potential for success. Applicants should check the specific program admission requirements. Contact the Dean's Office in the College for additional information.

The College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) reviews applicants prior to the beginning of each long semester. All COAS master program applicants must submit satisfactory GRE scores to be admitted with the exception of the MPA program which will accept the GMAT in lieu of the GRE. Spanish majors must also pass a departmentally administered examination.

The College of Business Administration (COBA) Graduate Admissions Committee will make admission recommendations based upon review of the applicant's upper level grade point average, standardized test scores (e.g., GMAT/GRE/EXAMEN DE ADMISION), statement of purpose, resume, and two letters of recommendation. Students admitted with conditions must satisfactorily complete those conditions in order to remain in graduate school.

The College of Education (COED) reviews applicants for admission to its graduate programs prior to the beginning of each semester. Applicants are reviewed on the basis of their completed application for graduate school, academic record as reflected on transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, interviews, and other relevant documentation. The College may grant conditional admission for a maximum of six graduate hours to students who have not met the GRE requirement and who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Conditional status must be removed at the end of the six semester credit hours and before any other coursework can be taken.

The Canseco School of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences reviews applicants in June prior to the beginning of graduate coursework in the Fall. All MSN program applicants must apply directly to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

GRADUATE STUDY FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
A senior student in the last semester or summer session of undergraduate work may complete a normal load with graduate work as provided below

• Must be within 15 semester credit hours of graduation
• Must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in upper-division work
• Must not enroll for more than 15 semester credit hours total and must not enroll for more than 6 semester credit hours of graduate work
• Cannot count work in graduate courses towards the bachelor’s degree. Graduate courses will be reserved for credit toward the graduate degree when fully accepted into a graduate program. (Not applicable to students pursuing the BA/MA degree.)
• Must have approval from the Department/Division Chair and the Dean of the College in which the work is offered.

GRADUATE ADMISSION AS A SPECIAL NON-DEGREE STUDENT
A person who is earning university credits which are not applicable to a degree at Texas A&M International University is onsidered a special non-degree student. It is the policy of this institution to allow any student to enroll in any course for enrichment or other purpose as long as the prerequisites are met or exceptions to these requirements are approved.

Students classified under this category are not entitled to claim the prerogative of graduating under the provisions of the catalog in force at the time of initial enrollment. Students may, on their own initiative, request at any time to be reclassified as a regular degree-seeking student. An updated application for admission with a written request for reclassification should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. The student will then become responsible for satisfying the requirements of the catalog in force at the time of the request or any subsequent catalog within the established five-year period of limitation (six-years in the case of some master’s programs). For additional information call the Office of Admissions at (956) 326-2200.

To be admitted as a special non-degree transient student, an applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Application for Graduate Admission.
  2. Graduate Application Fee of $25.00; late fee, $10.00. (Refer to Admissions Deadlines section)
  3. Official college/university transcript(s) Graduate students must submit an official transcript from the last institution attended and an official transcript from the institution where the highest degree was earned. In some cases it may be the same institution.
  4. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (ibt TOEFL) or 213 (Computer-based) or 550 (Paper-based) is required. This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION
A person who is not a citizen or Permanent Resident Alien of the United States, or when having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language is considered an International Student.

To be admitted as an International Student, an applicant must submit all of the required documentation according to the student's classification. (Refer to the UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS or GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS section for this information). All international documents must be translated to English and submitted by the published deadline to the appropriate office based on entering classification. In addition, International students must submit the following:

  1. A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 (ibt TOEFL) or 213 (Computer-based) or 550 (Paper-based) is required. For Ph.D. in International Business Administration applicants, a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (ibt TOEFL) or 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based is required. This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment. Residual TOEFL exam taken at another institution will not be accepted. See TOEFL exemptions below.
 

TOEFL Exemptions:

    • One year of full-time academic studies (does not include developmental or ESL courses) at an accredited U. S. College or University with satisfactory grades OR
    • U. S. High School graduate who completed all high school requirements satisfactorily within 10 years of enrollment OR
    • When English is the official native language of the applicant's country OR
    • When Spanish is the official native language of the applicant's country and the student is pursuing the Master of Business Administration taught in Spanish or the Master of Arts with a major and minor in Spanish OR
    • Completion of level six with a grade of B or better from the International Language Institute at A&M International University, or from the Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) affiliated with any of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) member institutions OR
    • GRE Verbal score of 400 or higher and sent directly from ETS, taken within five years of enrollment (excludes Ph.D. in International Business applicants OR
    • GMAT Verbal score of 22 or higher and sent directly from ETS, taken within five years of enrollment (excludes Ph.D. in International Business applicants).
    • Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit a TOEFL score:
      American Samoa Ireland
      Australia Jamaica
      Bahamas Liberia
      Barbados New Zealand
      Belize Guyana
      Canada (except Quebec) Sierra Leone
      Dominica Trinidad/Tobago
      Grenada United Kingdom
      Grand Cayman U.S. Pacific Trust
  1. Only graduate students need an Official Certificate of Graduation, indicating the degree and date completed, which must be translated to English and sent directly from the institution to the Office of Admissions. Students who graduated from Mexican institutions must present an original Titulo to be photocopied at the Office of Admissions. The Carta de Pasante will not be accepted.
  2. A completed Financial Statement form. This form requires official certification of sources of funds from the student.
  3. A Letter of Sponsorship is required from the party who will financially support the applicant during pursuit of degree. The letter should certify the sponsor's commitment to pay the educational, living, health, and personal expenses of the applicant until completion of the degree(s). A sponsor may be the student, student's parents or a third party organization. The sponsor's letter must be dated within six months of the first enrollment according to dates listed below.
  4. A Bank Statement certifying the sponsor to have sufficient funds indicated on the Financial Statement Form and dated within six months of the first enrollment according to the dates listed below:
    Fall Semester-January 1 or later Spring Semester-May 1 or later
    Summer I-October 1 or later Summer II-November 1 or later
  5. Proof of sufficient Medical Insurance Coverage. The University requires each international student to have mandatory health insurance coverage while in the USA. The student should enroll in the University plan, Associated Insurance Plans International, Inc. (see website www.tamuinsurance.com). The university plan will cost approximately $900 to $1,200 per year. Coverage is the same for all Texas A&M University System schools. The student may enroll once arriving on campus or by phone at: 1-800-452-5772.

    The student must provide evidence of comparable policy coverage that must at least meet all of these requirements: 1) Basic benefit coverage: $50,000 per accident or illness or Basic Benefits and Major Medical coverage: $1,000,000 per accident or illness; 2) Repatriation of remains: $10,000; 3) Medical evacuation: $10,000; and 4) Maximum deductible per individual of $100 or $300 per family, per policy year. All requests for substitution of the university coverage must include an English translation of the policy from the insurance company.

Note: Upon completion of the application process, successful applicants will be issued an I-20 by the Office of Admissions. Students with an F-1 Student Visa are required to enroll full-time at Texas A&M International University. International Students are required to report any change in status immediately to the University Foreign Student Advisor located in the Department of International Student Services. For more information call (956) 326-2282 or (956)326-2428.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS
All students enrolled at Texas A&M International University in academic courses must meet the residency requirements as set by Texas State Law.

RESIDENTS
All students who are U. S. citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens or persons permitted by the U. S. Government to domicile under certain visas, and who have established a domicile in Texas, are eligible to pay in-state tuition if they meet all requirements as set forth in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's official publication, "Rules and Regulations-Residency Status." This publication may be obtained from the Residency Determining Officer(s) for the University at the Office of Admissions, Office of Recruitment and School Relations and the Office of the University Registrar. Information on these rules and regulations is also available at the THECB website at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/tac3.cfm?Chapter_ID=21&Subchapter=X.

NON-RESIDENTS
All students coming from outside the state for the sole purpose of studying shall be classified as non-resident for the duration of their program. However, pursuant to Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated-Education Code, Section 54.052(e), "An individual who is 18 years of age or over who has come from outside Texas and who is gainfully employed in Texas for a 12-month period immediately preceding registration in an educational institution shall be classified as a resident student as long as he/she continues to maintain a legal residence in Texas.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND PENALTIES
The responsibility of enrolling under the proper status is placed on the student. Any attempt on the part of a non-resident to evade the non-resident fees will be taken seriously and may lead to expulsion from the University. Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated-Education Code, Section 54.061 states "The governing board of an institution of higher education may assess and collect from each non-resident student who fails to comply with the rules and regulations of the Board concerning non-resident fees a penalty not to exceed $10 a semester."

If a student has been erroneously classified as a non-resident and subsequently proves to the satisfaction of the Residency Determining Officer(s) of the University that he/she was entitled to Texas residency status, the classification will be corrected and the student will be entitled to a refund of the difference between in-state and non-resident fees for each semester in which he/she was erroneously classified.

RECLASSIFICATION
Approval for reclassification of an enrolled student from non-resident to resident, or from resident to non-resident will be considered upon review of any proof presented to the Residency Determining Officer(s) which substantiates the need for the change. To receive approval the student must submit the proper documentation to the Office of Admissions or the Office of Recruitment and School Relations.

MILITARY RESIDENCE
U. S. Military personnel and reservists stationed in Texas and their dependents are eligible to pay in-state tuition during their tour of duty in Texas. A verification of duty status form or letter from the military member's commanding or personnel officer must be submitted before enrolling as an in-state student. Any change in the duty status could necessitate a review of a previous decision.

OTHER EXEMPTIONS
Other exemptions have been approved by the State Legislature in recent years. Please visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's web site at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/tac3.cfm?Chapter_ID=21&Subchapter=X to find out about specific visas or early eligibility exemptions. For more detailed information on these exemptions or waivers call the Residency Determining Officer(s) at the Office of Admissions at (956)326-2200 or the Office of Recruitment and School Relations at (956)326-2270.

CAREER SERVICES

Career Services provides a spectrum of services to assist students and alumni explore career options and obtain information in order to make well-informed decisions regarding majors, job preparation and job location. Professional staff members work with students and alumni to plan their careers and locate work-related opportunities through several programs.

CAREER EXPLORATION AND PLANNING
Career decision-making is a continuous process that involves active learning about self, education, and career possibilities. Part of Career Services' mission is to help students explore, select, prepare for and enter satisfying careers fitting their personal interests, abilities, and values. There are two ways to go about making a career decision: a.) select a major based on interest, and gradually develop a career goal along the way, or b.) establish a career goal first, and then select a major that will provide the best preparation for that goal. Either way, it is important to understand the relationship between your academic goals and your career goals. Career Services offers the following services to assist students and alumni in this quest:

  • Career Counseling: Confidential career counseling is provided on an individual basis for more in-depth career exploration. Assessments are often used to assist in identifying interest, abilities, and values - essential in choosing a satisfying major or career. These assessments may include a computerized questionnaire, the Myers Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) personality type inventory, or the Self-Directed Search Inventory are also available.
  • Career Fairs: Held on a semester basis, these fairs provide current job, internship, graduate school information, and networking opportunities. A teacher fair is also organized on a semester basis. These events enable participants to talk directly with representatives of corporations, non-profit agencies, federal and state agencies, government, school districts, volunteer organizations, graduate schools among others.
  • Career Resources: Career exploration materials housed in the Career Resource Center include books, magazines, brochures and videos. Many feature information about occupational characteristics, duties, salaries, and working conditions. Free magazines and handouts focusing on the job preparation process are also available.

JOB SEARCH SERVICES
Career Services coordinates job preparation and programs intended to connect students and alumni with employers. Some of these services include:

  • Job Fairs: The Spring Fair provides an opportunity to interact with prospective employers. The Fall Fair facilitates contact between graduate and professional schools. The Teacher Fair brings students and school district representatives together for networking and employment opportunities.
  • Job Vacancy Notices: Current job openings are advertised via Dusty Works, an online job database, and are categorized by information by on-campus, part-time, full-time and internship opportunities.
  • On-Campus Recruitment: Allows qualified students an opportunity to interview with companies, agencies, and school districts which recruit on campus throughout the year. Students and alumni may access company information and interview dates. Sign up for on campus interviews are available online through Dusty Works.
  • Resume Referral Service: Students and alumni can upload their resume online through.  Dusty Works! With this free resume referral service, students' resumes are sent directly to employers with immediate hiring needs.
  • Resume Critiques and Practice Interviews: Professional staff provide objective feedback and helpful suggestions to assist students and alumni in composing a high-quality resume and improve their interviewing skills.
  • Workshops: Throughout the semester, these group sessions aid students in writing cover letters, resumes, and preparing for an interview. Special topics and other career-related issues are presented regularly to student groups, classes, or upon request.
  • Special Programs: Activities include employers making presentations to classes with topics ranging from careers and internship opportunities, interviewing techniques and business etiquette.

All Texas A&M International students and alumni, regardless of graduation date, are encouraged to access the services and programs offered by the Office of Career Services, Student Center Room 114, (956) 326-2260.

COUNSELING SERVICES AND DISABILITY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Counseling and psychological services are available to all Texas A&M International University students. Student Counseling Services offers a broad range of psychological services for currently enrolled students at no cost. Our Mission Statement reads,

“Student Counseling Services contributes to the overall mission of TAMIU Student Affairs within the context of Campus Wellness. Our purpose is to facilitate student success by providing students in our unique multicultural and multicultural international context with appropriate counseling, testing, advocacy, psychoeducation, training, and referral services.”

Student Counseling Services staff understand that psychological adjustment is connected to the health of the whole person —including the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well being of the individual. As such, staff clinicians may use testing and assessment to assist in diagnosis, treatment planning and to facilitate the helpfulness of therapy. The majority of our counseling activities span social-emotional and educational-career concerns. Assistance is often provided for concerns such as stress management, adjustment to college, study skills, time management, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief, and self-destructive behaviors.

The Student Counseling Services provides a variety of services for the TAMIU community. Our main service is counseling/psychotherapy provided individually, as a couple, or as a group. Psychological education is also offered through workshops held periodically around campus. Additionally, we further promote the academic goals of the University through the provision of high-quality training for graduate students entering mental health professions. In that vein, psychological services are provided by both professional staff and graduate-student interns.

In general, our staff’s work with individuals emphasizes short-term treatment, which utilizes an issue of focus for counseling determined by both the individual and the clinician, and aims at management of that particular issue within a relatively brief amount of time. Student Counseling Services offers support for a variety of challenges and concerns that at times do require professional assistance as well as referral to medical, nutritional, and/or other appropriate community resources to maximize health and well being. Additionally, the clinical staff is happy to assist individuals in identifying long-term or more intensive treatment options in the community in cases where extended care is indicated.

Through our endeavors we support the educational mission of Texas A&M International University. As a staff, we attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, physical ability and other types of diversity.

Student Counseling Services is located in the Student Center building, Room 124. The staff is on call during regular hours of operation of the University. Typical hours of service include Monday through Friday, 8 am -5 pm, throughout the year. However, evening hours may be offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. In the event of a crisis after regular hours of service or during university holidays, campus police may be contacted at 326-2100.

The Student Counseling Services office is part of the College of Nursing. For questions, or to make an appointment to speak with a counselor, please call (956) 326-2230 (voice/TTY), or stop by Student Center, Room 124.

DISABILITY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
Texas A&M International University is aware of and deeply concerned with the unique challenges that face students with disabilities. Texas A&M International University is committed to reducing and eliminating a number of barriers that such students may encounter as they work towards their educational goals.

Our mission statement reads, "Disability Services for Students promotes a supportive learning community to empower students with disabilities to accomplish their academic goals by ensuring accessibility to university programs. We aim to foster greater awareness both of, and for, persons with disabilities in our multilingual, multicultural international environment." Disability Services for Students will assist any student who has an appropriately documented disability in coordinating needed support services, physical or academic. These services will be coordinated between the University and if available, with government or private agencies.

Students with appropriately documented disabilities may request reasonable accommodations which will afford them equal access to all educational programs and activities that Texas A&M International University provides or sanctions. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, states and requires that qualified students with disabilities have the right to request and obtain reasonable accommodations to afford students equal access to courses, program services, activities, and facilities offered through the University.

Although students with disabilities may request services at any time during the school year, students are encouraged to meet with the Disability Coordinator or Director of Student Counseling Services to request services at least (3) three months before entering Texas A&M International University. To be eligible for services, a student must be enrolled at Texas A&M International University, have submitted to Disability Services for Students appropriate, current documentation concerning the disability, and have made a special request concerning the disability.

Each request for services made to Disability Services for Students will be taken into consideration on an individual basis. Students have the right to due process proceedings to challenge or correct actions the University or Disability Services for Students has taken, may take, or has not taken for an individual student's benefit, or if Disability Services for Students has failed to aid the student in a reasonable fashion. If the student feels that her or his documented disability is not being appropriately accommodated by Texas A&M International University's Disability Services for Students, the student has the right to obtain outside legal counseling or proceedings.

Texas A&M International University's Disability Services for Students offers a variety of services for students with disabilities, including the following: accessible furniture in classrooms, assistance in recruiting note takers, assistance in ordering textbooks on tape, assistance in taping textbooks when textbooks on tape are not available, equipment loan (cassette players/recorders), materials enlarged (e.g., exams, handouts), sign language interpreters, alternative testing arrangements, counseling and other reasonable services.

Students with disabilities at Texas A&M International University are expected to: meet the University's qualifications as well as essential technical, academic, and institutional standards; provide documentation from an appropriate professional explaining how their disability limits functioning in courses, programs, services, etc.; identify themselves in a timely manner to the Office for Disability Services for Students when seeking reasonable accommodations; meet qualifications and maintain essential instructional standards for courses, programs, services, etc.; seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary; and follow specific procedures for obtaining reasonable accommodation(s) and/or auxiliary aid(s) and services.

This office is part of the Student Counseling Services. To make an appointment, call (956) 326-2230 (voice/TTY), Room 124, Student Center.

FINANCIAL AID

The financial aid program is designed for all students who have demonstrated financial need for assistance to meet University expenses and who are making satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the Office of Student Financial Aid. A copy of the Student Financial Aid Handbook is available online. All students who apply for financial aid must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy at all times whether financial aid was received or not. Those students who are not making satisfactory academic progress at the end of the academic year or semester will be given the opportunity during the summer sessions “probation” period to regain satisfactory academic standing before being denied financial aid. Students who are on scholastic probation or enforced withdrawal are not eligible for financial aid.

To apply for financial aid, a student must submit to the U. S. Department of Education a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.ed.gov or mail it. Students who have previously applied for federal student aid will receive a reminder to do their renewal application by mail or e-mail. These students should go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov and choose renewal application.

Federal financial aid applications are available from high school counselors, online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov, or from the Office of Student Financial Aid, Texas A&M International University, Killam Library, Room 158, 5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, (956) 326-2225.

It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate forms and file them by the required deadlines.

The priority deadline to complete financial aid folders for each semester is as follows

Semester
Priority Deadline
Fall or entire financial aid year March 15
Summer May 1
Spring December 3

GRANTS
The Federal Pell Grant is available to undergraduates who have not received a baccalaureate degree and that demonstrate financial need. This grant provides a foundation of financial aid to which assistance from other sources may be added. Students may apply for the Pell Grant by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. The student will then receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR should be brought to the Office of Student Financial Aid at Texas A&M International University immediately upon receipt.

The Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) is available to undergraduates who have not received a baccalaureate degree, are recipients of the Federal Pell Grant and demonstrate financial need. This grant is available for only two years, the academic year of study (award up to $750) and the second academic year of study (award up to $1,300). To be eligible for each academic year, a student must:

· Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
· Be a Federal Pell Grant recipient;
· Be enrolled full-time in a degree program;
· Be enrolled in the first or second academic year of his or her program of study at a two-year or four-year degree-granting
institution;
· Have completed a rigorous secondary school program of study (after January 1, 2006, if a first-year student, and after January 1, 2005, if a second-year student);
· If a first-year student, not have been previously enrolled in an undergraduate program; and
· If a second-year student, have at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the first academic year.

Note that the amount of ACG, when combined with a Pell Grant, may not exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

The National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART) is available to undergraduates who have not received a baccalaureate degree, are recipients of the Federal Pell Grant, and demonstrate financial need. This grant is available for only two years, the third academic year of study (award up to $4,000) and the fourth academic year of study (award up to $4,000). This award is given on a semester basis (up to $2,000). To be eligible for each academic year, a student must:

· Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
· Be a Federal Pell Grant recipient;
· Be enrolled full-time in a degree program;
· Be enrolled in a four-year degree-granting institution;
· Major in physical, life or computer science, engineering, mathematics, technology, or a critical foreign language; and
· Have at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (as set forth in regulations to be promulgated soon).

Note that the amount of the SMART Grant, when combined with a Pell Grant, may not exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG), and the Resident Assistant Grant are available to students whose federal financial aid application results show evidence of financial need, and enroll full-time (12) hours each semester provided funds are available. Students who are graduating and enroll less than full-time will be considered if monies are available.

Toward Excellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) Grant provides eligible students money for tuition and fees which will enable them to attend an institution of higher education. Eligibility requirements include:

  1. Graduation from an accredited public or private Texas High School no earlier than academic year 1998-1999 and apply within 16 months of the high school graduation date.
  2. Receipt of an Associates degree after May 2001 and apply within 12 months of completion of the program.
  3. Texas resident.
  4. Completion of the recommended or advanced high school curriculum.
  5. Submission of FAFSA and completion of a financial aid folder.
  6. Have an outstanding need after deducting all free aid.
  7. Enrollment in at least 9 hours or more in an undergraduate program.
  8. Have not been convicted of a felony or a crime involving a controlled substance.
  9. Have not received a bachelor's degree.

Students will continue to receive the TEXAS grant as long as satisfactory progress is achieved. First-time freshmen students must meet TAMIU's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Second year and transfer students receiving the TEXAS grant must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.

Awards will be for an amount equal to the average tuition and required fees for similar institutions for the number of hours taken. Transfer students must have previously received an initial award and not be out of school for more than 12 months, and show financial need. The prior institution must confirm that satisfactory academic progress has been met by the student. Eligibility for the grant ends six (6) years from the initial award, or when a student receives his/her bachelor's degree, or when 150 semester credit hours have been attempted on the TEXAS Grant Program, whichever comes first. Summers are not taken into consideration unless the Texas Grant was received during the summer sessions.

LOAN PROGRAMS

TEXAS B-ON-TIME LOAN PROGRAM
The purpose of the Texas B-On-Time Loan program is to provide eligible Texas students no-interest loans to pursue higher education. Student meeting specified goals, may have the entire loan amount forgiven upon graduation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Texas resident
  • Graduated 2002-2003 academic year or later under the recommended high school program from public or accredited private high school in Texas or receivedan associate degree from an eligible institution no earlier than May 1, 2005
  • Has not earned a bachelor’s degree,
  • Enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree or certificate program at an eligible institution, and
  • Has completed a FAFSA and is eligible to receive federal financial aid

Annual Loan Amounts for 2008-2009 Academic Year:

  • 4-year public institutions: $2,280 for the academic year; $2,640 per semester
  • A 3% origination fee will be deducted from the loan proceeds.

Electronic Application Process:
The Financial Aid Office will determine eligibility. As funding for the Texas B-On-Time Loan Program is limited, a student's financial aid package will not include this loan. If this loan is offered to a student, he/she will be instructed to complete an application/promissory note online.

Renewal Eligibility:
To maintain eligibility for future disbursements, the student must:

  • In the 1st Academic Year - make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate as determined by the institution.
  • In the 2nd and Subsequent Academic Years - complete at least 75% of the semester credit hours attempted in the most recent academic year and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) on all course work previously attempted at institutions of higher education.
  • A student may not receive B-On-Time loans for more than 150 hours.

Forgiveness Requirements:
A Texas B-On-Time Loan shall be forgiven if the student receives an undergraduate degree or certificate from an eligible institution and the student either:

Graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a four-point scale, within:

  • 4 calendar years after the date the student initially enrolled in an eligible institution,
  • 5 calendar years after the date the student initially enrolled in an eligible institution, if the degree is in architecture, engineering, or any other program determined by the board to require more than 4 years to complete; or
  • 2 calendar years after the date the student initially enrolled in a public or private 2-year institution; or
  • Graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a total number of credit hours (including transfer hours and hours earned exclusively by examination) that is no more than 6 hours beyond what is required to complete the degree or certificate.

IRS regulations indicate that these loans must be reported as taxable income when they are forgiven. For more information, please call us in Austin (512) 427-6340 or toll-free (outside Austin metro) 1-800-242-3062.

The Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Programs and the Hinson- Hazelwood Loan Program are available to students who have submitted a FAFSA and whose need has not been met through other resources.

Students must be meeting the following requirements in order to receive a Stafford Subsidized & Unsubsidized Loan:

· Student must have a complete financial aid folder for the current academic year;
· Be enrolled for at least six credit hours for the semester that they are applying for;
. Must be meeting TAMIU’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy;
. Attend Entrance Counseling;
. Have a Master Promissory Note or E-signature on file with the Lender;
. Be following a degree program.

Subsidized Loans

· Available to students who demonstrate financial need.
· Eligible students can borrow a subsidized Stafford Loan to cover some or all of their need.
· For a subsidized loan, the U.S. Department of Education pays the interest:

o While enrolled in school for at least six credit hours.
o For the first six months after leaving school (referred to as a “grace period”).
o During a period of deferment (a postponement of loan payments).

· The amount of the subsidized loan cannot exceed your financial need.

Unsubsidized Loans

· Do not require students to demonstrate financial need.
· The U.S. Department of Education does not pay interest on unsubsidized loans.
· You are responsible for paying the interest that accrues on the loan from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full.
· You can pay the interest while you are in school or during a period of deferment or forbearance.
· You may allow the interest to accrue and have the interest added to the principle amount of your loan which is known as capitalization.

Depending on your financial need, you may receive both subsidized and unsubsidized loans for the same enrollment period, but the total amount of these loans may not exceed the annual loan limit.

The Federal Parent Plus Loan (FPLUS) is available for parents of enrolled dependent students. Applications for the FPLUS should be submitted at least eight weeks before the end of the semester for which the student is enrolled. Information on eligibility requirements and applications on these and other long-term loan programs is available upon request from the Office of Student Financial Aid, (956) 326-2225.

Private Alternative loans are for students who have exhausted all other avenues of financial aid. All financial aid, including loans, cannot exceed a student's cost of attendance. Approval of the loan is based on the borrower's credit history.

Emergency tuition loans are available to assist in payment of tuition and fees. To qualify for an emergency loan, the student must be enrolled and have no outstanding balance due to the University. There is an application fee of $10.00. All payments must be completed by the mid-point of each semester. A $25.00 late fee is added if the loan is not paid on time. Funds are available on a first-come first-served basis. Emergency tuition loans are available through the Business Office.

Short-term book loans are available to assist in payment of books. To qualify for a book loan, the student must be enrolled and have no outstanding balance due to the University. There is an application fee of $10.00. All payments must be completed by mid-point of each semester. A $25.00 late fee is added if the loan is not paid on time. Funds are available on a first-come first-served basis. Book loans are available through the Business Office.

Installment tuition loan plans are available to students who wish to pay their tuition and fees on an installment plan or who are not able to borrow under the emergency tuition and fees loan program due to lack of available funds. Students must pay half the total tuition and fees plus a $30.00 processing fee. The remaining balance is divided into two (2) equal installments. The first payment is due thirty (30) days after the note’s inception date, and the second payment is due thirty (30) days after that. Any payment made after the due date will have a late payment fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00). Installment tuition loan plans are available through the Business Office during the fall and spring semesters only.

ENTRANCE AND EXIT COUNSELING SESSIONS FOR LOAN BORROWERS

  1. Entrance: All first-time Texas A&M International University students who will be applying for Federal Stafford Loan(s) must attend entrance counseling, to be announced by the Office of Financial Aid.
  2. Exit: Prior to graduation, all graduating students who have received any Federal Stafford Loan(s) through Texas A&M International University are required to attend an exit counseling session, to be announced by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Students failing to comply will have a hold placed on their records and will not receive their diploma or transcript.
  3. Total Withdrawal or Enrollment below half-time (6 SCH): Students who have obtained a Federal Stafford Loan(s) and are dropping below six semester credit hours or are withdrawing from the university must attend exit counseling at the time of the drop or withdrawal. Students failing to comply will have a hold placed on their records and will not receive their diploma or transcript.

THE STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Need based (Workstudy) and Non-need based (Regular) student employment on campus is coordinated through Office of Financial Aid. Need based positions are 15 hours per week while Non-need based positions are 19 hours per week. Need based candidates must have a completed folder with the Office of Financial Aid. Applications, eligibility requirements, and current postings are available on-line at DUSTY WORKS https://www.myinterfase.com/tamiu/student/home.aspx from the Office of Financial Aid website. Student employees and work-study employees are paid at least minimum wage and are not entitled to fringe benefits, they do receive Workers Compensation. Announcements for part-time employment off campus are also available.

Undergraduate Students:

  • Must be enrolled in or pre-registered for at least 6 semester credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters in a degree-granting course of study.
  • F-1 or J-1 status applicants are required to be enrolled 12 semester credit hours as per INS regulations
  • During the Summer term, must be enrolled in at least 3 semester credit hours in which the work is to be done; be admitted and pre-registered for Fall semester; or have been enrolled as a student the prior semester/term and have a reasonable expectation of returning the next term or semester and will also be required to sign a statement promising to meet the above registration requirements
  • Must have and maintain an overall minimum institutional grade point average of 2.0/4.0

Graduate Students:

Must be enrolled in or pre-registered for at least 6 semester credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters in a degree-granting course of study.
  • F-1 or J-1 status applicants are required to be enrolled 9 semester credit hours as per INS regulations
  • During the Summer term, must be enrolled in at least 3 semester credit hours in which the work is to be done; be admitted and pre-registered for Fall semester; or have been enrolled as a student the prior semester/term and have a reasonable expectation of returning the next term or semester and will also be required to sign a statement promising to meet the above registration requirements
  • Must have and maintain an overall minimum institutional grade point average of 2.0/4.0

THE COLLEGE WORK-STUDY PROGRAMS
Federal and state subsidized programs provide part-time employment, within fund limitations, for U. S. citizens and permanent residents who have an established financial need and desire campus employment. To qualify for the College Work-Study Program, a student must submit a FAFSA, complete a financial aid folder, demonstrate financial need, be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, and be enrolled for a minimum of six (6) semester hours each semester. College work-study students are paid at least minimum wage and are not entitled to fringe benefits, they do receive Workers Compensation. Information on college work-study positions and vacancies is available on-line at DUSTY WORKS https://www.myinterfase.com/tamiu/student/home.aspx from the Office of Financial Aid website.

*All student employee job applications are processed through the Office of Financial Aid, KL 158, (956) 326-2165.

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

GRANTS
Federal Pell Grant
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Texas Grant
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
Resident Assistant Grant

SCHOLARSHIPS
The TAMIU General Scholarship applications for competitive one to four year awards for first-time freshmen, current, and transfer students are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Deadline for: First Time Freshmen February 15
  Current and Transfer June 1

Other scholarships are directly available through the Office of Student Financial Aid, (956) 326-2229.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS
Federal (need-based)*
State (need-based)*
Institutional (non-need-based)*

LOANS
Emergency tuition and fee loans (when funds are available)
Federal Parent Plus Loan (FPLUS) (for parents of enrolled dependent students)
Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Programs
Private Alternative Loans
Hinson-Hazelwood Loan Program
Installment tuition loan plans
Short-term loans for books (when funds are available)
B-On-Time Loan Program

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

GRANTS
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
Resident Assistant Grant

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Lamar Bruni Vergara Educational Fund provides scholarships, assistantships and GRE/GMAT reimbursements, deadline is May.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS
Federal (need-based)*
State (need-based)*
Institutional (non-need-based)*

LOANS
Emergency tuition and fee loans (when funds are available)
Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Programs
Private Alternative Loans
Federal Graduate Plus Loan
Hinson-Hazelwood Loan Program
Installment tuition loan plans
Short-term loans for books (when funds are available)

Financial resources of the University should be viewed only as supplementary to the financial resources of the applicant and family.

For additional information, filing dates and application forms, contact:

The Office of Financial Aid
Texas A&M International University
Killam Library, Room 158
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041-1900
(956) 326-2225
email: financialaid@tamiu.edu

HEALTH SERVICES

Student Health Services is staffed with fully qualified nursing personnel. The purpose of Student Health Services is to enhance the educational processes of students by reducing or eliminating health-related barriers to learning. In addition, Student Health Services is directed at improving wellness, enabling students to make informed decisions about health related concerns, and empowering students to be self-directed consumers of health care services. Some of the services provided are:

  • Emergency first aid and referral to medical facilities or services
  • Physician Consultation available upon referral
  • Consultation with Physician by appointment, subject to availability
  • Emergencies are seen as soon as possible
  • Immunizations
  • Tuberculosis (TB) screening available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
  • Laboratory capabilities
  • Blood pressure screening and monitoring
  • Vision screening
  • Weight control monitoring
  • Health promotion and disease prevention for individuals and groups
  • HIV/AIDS information, testing can be confidentially arranged
  • Medication Prescriptions

To make an appointment, call 326-2235.

ALCOHOL/DRUG EDUCATION AND PREVENTION
Please refer to the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy of the Student Handbook for applicable restrictions.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONALEDUCATION
The Office of International Education (OIE) develops, coordinates, and promotes the exchange of students and scholars. Study abroad programs vary from short-term programs led by TAMIU professors, to semester and year long programs offered through partner schools or affiliated study abroad organizations. These programs are available in various countries around the world and are open to students from all majors. Eligible students may qualify for Federal, State and institutional aid to finance their study abroad program. Two TAMIU scholarships for study abroad are available: the International Education Fee Scholarship and the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez International Fellows Scholarship. OIE provides study abroad advising, including program selection, pre-departure orientation, visa requirements and procedures, financial aid, housing assistance, transfer of credits, and re-entry information. Study abroad information sessions are conducted on a weekly basis in Pellegrino Hall 301.

Office of International Education
www.tamiu.edu/dip/oie
Texas A&M International University
Pellegrino Hall, Room 302
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-2565 Fax: (956) 326-2279

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES
The University recognizes that international students on this campus bring with them both special resources and special needs. The increased international awareness which they create is important to the entire academic community. At the same time, the University wants each student to have the best possible educational and personal experience while in the United States. To achieve these objectives the Department of International Student Services offers a variety of services to international students. These include assistance with academic direction, vocational and education direction, immigration regulations, community adjustment, and coordination of services provided by Admissions, Financial Aid, Business, Housing and Registrar’s offices.

International Student Services
Texas A&M International University
Pellegrino Hall, Room 301
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-2282 Fax: (956) 326-2279

INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE INSTITUTE
The International Language Institute (ILI) offers language instruction in English as a second language, TOEFL Preparation, English Conversation, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, and Mandarin. Courses are designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in preparing for social/professional growth in these languages or for those preparing for academic course work in the United States. Applicants must be 18 years or older or high school graduates.

The ILI offers six levels of English as a Second Language (ESL). Students completing these earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The higher levels, 4, 5, and 6, can be taken for academic credit through the General University. A placement test is used to evaluate student level. The courses are given in an intensive format (8 weeks) or the semi-intensive format (16 weeks). Each level consists of 160 hours of instruction in listening, speaking, grammar, reading, and writing and requires additional work in the multimedia lab. Students who complete level 6 with a “B” or better are exempt from the TOEFL requirement when applying for admission to Texas A&M International University.

Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and Mandarin are offered in beginning and intermediate levels. These semester-long classes are taught in the communicative approach which emphasizes the functional use of language. Vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, listening, reading, writing, and culture are taught in an integrated format. Students completing the foreign language courses earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

International Language Institute
Texas A&M International University
Pellegrino Hall, Room 302
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-2136 Fax: (956) 326-2909

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Internationalization is a process which focuses on the social, legal, economic, political and technological aspects of countries other than the United States. It often involves working together with people from several disciplines to define a common goal. The Certificate in International Studies integrates a wide variety of existing courses, encourages a multidisciplinary approach, meets the needs of students and proves useful both in terms of career opportunities and contribution to international issues. Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in International Studies must register with the Division of International Programs (DIP). One semester prior to completion of their degree, the student must notify DIP and complete the appropriate form. The DIP and the Office of the University Registrar provide, at graduation, documentation certifying completion of the requirements for the Certificate in International Studies.

Undergraduate students must follow an established academic program and successfully complete a minimum of twelve semester hours from the following approved courses.

College of Arts and Sciences

ANTH3306
Study Abroad

College of Business Administration

BA3320 ECO4350 FIN4380
BA4390 ECO4370 MKT4310
ECO3325 ECO4390 TIL3311
ECO4340   Study Abroad

College of Education

EDBE3322 EDBE4310 EDDP4399
EDBE3325 EDBE4334 EDHW3341
EDBE3326 EDBE4335 EDRD4303
EDBE3338 EDBE4336 EDRD4317
EDBE3340 EDBE4399 Study Abroad
  EDDP4324  

School of Nursing

NURS1302 NURS4340 Study Abroad

 

RECREATIONAL SPORTS & INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

RECREATIONAL SPORTS
The Department of Recreational Sports, a Division of Student Affairs, provides opportunities for participation in a variety of fitness, sports, recreational, and social activities designed to accommodate all ages, skill levels, gender, and sports interests. The four main components of the department are the game room, intramurals, fitness/wellness, and the facility. The game room, located in the Student Center 2nd floor, is a hang-out-room-of-leisure. This room has three pool tables, two foosball tables, seven computers, and a Nintendo WII system. Intramurals is a program of sports for all skill levels and sports interest offering flag football, volleyball, indoor & outdoor soccer, basketball, dodgeball, and softball. The Fitness/Wellness area consist of classes such as Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Belly Dancing, Circuit Training, Total Body Conditioning, and Abs/Back. This area also offers a Personal Training Program designed for the novice workout person to the more advanced. The facility offers students open recreation time for students to come lift weights, get on a cardio machine, or play pick up basketball with friends. Recreational Sports is where students come to play, not be spectators. For more information, come tour our facility or call 956.326.3015.

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
Texas A&M International is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Heartland Conference. The NCAA is a voluntary organization through which the nation’s colleges and universities govern their athletics programs. It comprises more than 1,250 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals committed to the best interests, education and athletics participation of student-athletes.

The Heartland Conference is a NCAA Division II conference comprised of the following institutions; Dallas Baptist University, Incarnate Word University, Lincoln University (Mo.), Montana State University-Billings, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, St. Edward’s University, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M International University and University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Athletic teams at Texas A&M International are known as the “Dustdevils” and the official school colors are maroon and silver.

Texas A&M International University’s Phase-In Plan includes these sports beginning competition in the following academic terms:

2002 - 2003 Fall men's soccer
    women's soccer
    women's volleyball
  Spring men's golf
    women's golf
     
2003 - 2004 Fall men's basketball
    women's basketball
    men's cross-country
    women's cross-country
     
2006-2007 Spring baseball
     
2006-2007 Spring softball

Men's tennis, women's tennis and track and field will also be offered as demand, funding and facilities make their implementation a positive move for the University.

STUDENT AFFAIRS

Live - Learn - Think - Choose

The Office of Student Affairs promotes and encourages experiences and opportunities that will allow students the ability to mature and create a positive atmosphere as they excel in their future within themselves, the University and the community at large. Students will develop a community of citizens through the promotion of personal and social responsibility, student success and academic completion.

Involvement in one or more of the university’s organizations can add an important dimension to a student’s university experience. Involvement is a way to balance one’s life, meet new people, and develop interpersonal and leadership skills. In addition, prospective employers often look at what students have accomplished and experienced outside of their coursework. For all these reasons, the Office of Student Affairs supports the belief that students can and should learn from experiences as well as from their courses.

The Office of Student Affairs provides direct advisement to the Student Government Association, Orientation of New Students, Campus Activities Board, and the Greek Council, among others. The staff of the Office of Student Affairs is committed to providing Texas A&M International University students with the best possible programs and services that meet the needs of all students. The following services are provided to registered student organizations: leadership retreats; e-mail addresses; mailboxes; workshops; information and approval concerning the use of university banking system and funds withdrawal; help with scheduling, planning, and preparing events for all registered student organizations. For more information call (956) 326-2280.

Student organizations on campus at the time of printing include

  • Alpha Psi Lambda, INC.
  • American Medical Student Association (A.M.S.A.)
  • ANIME
  • Association of International Students
  • Baptist Student Ministries (BSM)
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Club Alma Gitana
  • College Assistance Migrant Program Organization of Students (CAMPOS)
  • Delta Psi Alpha
  • Gay and Straight Alliance
  • Indian Students Association TAMIU
  • International Business Association
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Lady Lilies
  • Laredo Lynx
  • Mathematical Society of TAMIU
  • MENC Collegiate Chapter #1167
  • Model United Nations
  • National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
  • Newman Club
  • Omega Delta Phi Fraternity In.
  • Phi Delta Pre-Law
  • Pink Ladies
  • Pro-Animal Campos Organization (P.A.C.O)
  • Psychology Club
  • Rec Sports
  • Sigma Nu Delta
  • Soccer Video Game Club
  • Social Work Student Association
  • Society of Engineering at TAMIU (SET)
  • Spanish Club
  • Spartan Fraternity Interest Group
  • Star Club
  • Student Government (SG)
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • TAMIU Ballet Folklorico
  • TAMIU College Democrats
  • TAMIU Criminal Justice
  • TAMIU Dance Club
  • TAMIU Guitar Club
  • TAMIU History Club
  • TAMIU Student Ambassadors
  • The Noble Guardians of the Sacred Plum

Honor Societies:

  • Nu Kappa Tri Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society
  • Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
  • TAMIU Psi Chi

ORIENTATION FOR NEW STUDENTS
Students entering Texas A&M International Universityall have individual interests, goals, abilities, and needs. Hundreds of students enter the university each year. New student orientation has been developed to address the needs of students. A $30 nonrefundable fee is assessed to all first time freshmen students for orientation.

Freshmen and transfer students participating in these orientation activities conducted by the Office of Student Affairs will be given information and assistance relating to housing and opportunities available for them in student life areas. International students will also have specific sessions addressing their particular needs, all of which are in addition to attending the standard new student orientation activities. For information, call 326-2280.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
The representative governing body of all students at Texas A&M International University is Student Government. This elected student member body is directly responsible for representing the interests of the student body to the administration and to the entire University community. Student Government interacts with the administration of the University on issues such as changes to rules and regulations, allocation of some student service fees, and student membership on university committees. It also conducts programs that are of service to the students including student elections, voter registration, and conferences on student government and student leadership activities.

STUDENT CENTER

Whether you stop for a meal, or would like to apply for an on-campus job, the Student Center is one-stop-shopping for Student Services. This newly constructed, 100,000 square facility houses a variety of University Departments, meeting facilities, and lounge areas. The Student Center is designed to support the programs, special events, meetings, and conferences of the students, faculty and staff of Texas A&M International University.

“What’s in the Student Center?”

Aramark Foodservice: Located on the first floor in room 127, offers a wide range of catering services from a simple coffee break to an elaborate full service event. Aramark has the exclusive rights to all Catering Service needs provided on campus.

Army ROTC: Located on the first floor in room 128, provides adventure training, fitness, leadership development, travel opportunities, and financial assistance for students seeking a commission as officers in the U. S. Army.

Career Services: Located on the first floor in room 114, Career Services assists students in making career decisions and exploring their chosen fields, enhancing job searching skills, and finding part-time or permanent positions.

Dusty's Diner: Located on the first floor in room 105, an all-you-can-eat buffet serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week catering to students, faculty and staff.

Recruitment and School Relations: Located on the first floor in room 126, Enrollment Management provides general enrollment information and campus tours for prospective students.

Enrollment Services: Located on the first floor in room 126, coordinates uniformed efforts for the offices of Admissions, Enrollment Management and School Relations, Financial Aid and Teaching Scholars program.

Event Services: Located in room 127, directly behind the Information Center, Event Services is the place to reserve space on campus for meetings and conferences.

Game Room: Located on the second floor in room 210, the Game Room offers many leisure activities, including pool tables, air hockey, darts and computer games.

Health Services: Located on the first floor in room 125, Health Services offers students clinical response for immediate needs, and provides information for the improvement of their individual health and wellness.

Information Center: The Student Center Information Center is located on the first floor in front of room 127. This is the place to find out the “who, what, when & where” of campus life and services.

Office of Special Programs: Located on the first floor in room 118, provides services by bringing kids to the University. Services take the form of grants and continuing education programs.

OneCard Center: Located on the first floor in room 128, the OneCard Center issues ID cards for students. The OneCard Center also accepts Dusty Dollar deposits, which is a prepaid store value account on the TAMIU OneCard. See Explanation of Tuition and Fees in this section for more information about the OneCard program.

Student Activities: Located on the second floor in room 226, Student Activities provides support for student organizations, and helps develop educational programs outside of the classroom to enhance university life.

Student Affairs: Located on the second floor in room 226, the Office of Student Affairs provides administrative oversight of Student Health Services, Student Activities, Student Counseling and Disability Services for Students, and Recreational Sports.. The office also maintains the Student Handbook and is responsible for the student disciplinary process.

Student Counseling and Disability Services for Students: Located on the first floor in room 124, Student Counseling and Disability Services for Students provides counseling and psychological services as well as coordinates needed support services for students with a documented disability.

Student Government Association: Located on the second floor in room 224, the Student Government Association represents the governing body of all students on campus. The Association also conducts programs that are of service to students including student elections, voting, conferences on student government, and leadership activities.

The Food Court: Located on the first floor near the bookstore, the Food Court sells a variety of menu items for breakfast and lunch. Catering Services are also available for on-campus events.

University Bookstore: Located on the first floor across from the Information Center, the University Bookstore sells a variety of items including textbooks, school supplies, clothing and snacks.

STUDENT HOUSING

On-campus residential communities provide students with outstanding living and dining facilities, a staff devoted to students success, and easy access to university resources and services.

FINANCIAL AID
TAMIU students receiving financial aid may apply those funds to housing/meal plan costs. The Office of Housing and Residence Life bills each student account the full cost of the semester prior to move-in.

DINING CENTER
Meals serviced in Dusty’s Diner are all-you-care-to-eat; however, food items must be eaten in the dining center. The student ID card must be presented for entrance into the diner and the meal plan only covers the purchaser.

HOUSING COMMUNITY STANDARDS
Each student living in the residence halls or apartments is expected to respect individual rights and follow community living standards.

HOUSING FACILITIES
Campus housing facilities can accommodate 436 students in the residence halls and 250 students in apartment styled facilities. The amenities featured in housing are designed to provide a resort-like atmosphere.

RELEASE FROM HOUSING CONTRACT
Release from a housing contract is granted only if the student is no longer enrolled with the University. The Terms and Conditions of the contract should be reviewed with specific details. If a student leaves residence, he/she is still liable for all the room and board charges per the Terms and Conditions of the contract. For answers to additional questions, contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (UC)

University College (UC) oversees six departments whose mission is to provide learning assistance to all students. These are the following: 1) General University, 2) The Testing Center, 3 )The Writing Center, 4) The University Learning Center, 5) TRIO Student Support Services, and 6) The Advising and Mentoring Center.

GENERAL UNIVERSITY
General University’s mission is to prepare students for the challenges of academic life through two programs: 1) the first year experience which offers the freshman seminar classes, UNIV 1101 and 1102, which provide learning and critical thinking skills necessary for a successful college experience and 2) Developmental Studies which teaches academic skills in mathematics, writing and college reading for the under-prepared student. For a listing of these courses, please refer to the section entitled General University Course Descriptions.

First Year Experience and Learning Communities
First time freshmen are required to participate in the TAMIU’s Learning Community Program which includes a freshman seminar class (UNIV 1101 and 1102) and one or more core curriculum classes that are linked to each other.    UNIV 1101 and 1101 are designed to increase students’ critical thinking skills through interdisciplinary thinking, help students adjust to the rigors and challenges of university study, and provide academic support through university resources and student mentoring.

Developmental Studies
The goals of this department are to 1) comply with the Texas Success Initiative through an effective developmental education plan for each student, 2) prepare students for the rigor of college core curriculum, 3) raise the retention rates of under-prepared students, 4) teach successful learning and study strategies, and 5) provide learning assistance through the promotion of ULC and the Writing Center.

Grading Policy
The Department of Developmental Studies has adopted the following grading scale. All developmental courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher to meet the course prerequisite for entry into college-level classes.

 
A
93-100
B
84-92
C
70-74
D
75-83
F
69 and below

Completing Developmental Studies Courses
Students requiring developmental studies courses must complete their remedial obligation prior to the completion of thirty college level semester credit hours. Transfer students must complete any required developmental courses by the end of the second semester in which they are enrolled. Students who have not met this obligation by the completion of the hours specified will have their enrollment restricted to developmental courses only until all required developmental courses have been successfully completed. In no case may a student enroll in the same developmental course more than three times.

Attendance Policy
Students who have three or more un-excused absences will receive an “F” in the course. If the student is more than ten minutes late for a class, the student will be marked tardy. Two tardies are equivalent to one un-excused absence.

TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE (TSI)
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was adopted by the legislature in Summer 2003 (Texas Education Code, Section 51.307) and became effective September 1, 2003. TSI replaced the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). Every Texas public institution of higher education must meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) mandates which require them to provide individualized programs to ensure the success of students in higher education. Texas A&M International’s Developmental Education Plan is available on the web under the University College link.

In addition, each entering undergraduate student must take one of the following tests prior to enrollment, all of which are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:

ASSET and COMPASS offered by ACT;
ACCUPLACER offered by the College Board;
Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) offered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc.

These tests measure skills in reading, mathematics, and writing. None of these tests can be used as a criterion for admission.

While each institution may require a higher standard for entry into college level classes, the State requires the following Minimum passing standards:

TESTS
READING
MATH
WRITING
THEA 230 230 220
COMPASS 81 39 59
ASSET 41 38 40
ACCUPLACER 78 63 80

In order to take MATH 1314, College Algebra, students at Texas A&M International must score above the minimum TSI requirement for math and earning at least one of the following: a THEA Math 250, SAT Math 450, ACT Math 19, or COMPASS Algebra 45. Effective Spring 2008, placement in ENGL 1301, English Composition I, will require a THEA score of 240; TCOMP essay score of 6 and a 59 objective score or above; or ACCUPLACER essay score of 6 and an objective score of 80 or above.. Students scoring below these scores must take the developmental course sequence as determined by their placement score.

Students who do not pass or take all sections of one of these tests are required to take developmental education courses in at least one of these areas to enroll at Texas A&M International.

Students may not enroll in college level courses related to their TSI deficiencies. SAT, ACT scores must not be used for placement unless the TSI requirements have been met. Consequently the following courses may not be taken if the corresponding test section has not been passed.

Students who have not passed:

 
Reading
Math
Writing
may not enroll in: HIST1301 MATH 1314 ENGL 1301
  HIST1302 MATH 1316 ENGL 1302
  PSCI 2305    
  PSCI 2306    
  PSYC2301    
  All Sophomore English Literature

These courses may only be taken if the developmental sequence has been completed, required testing has been completed, or if the passing TSI score for the corresponding section has been achieved. For further information, contact University College.

Texas Success Initiative Exemptions: Students who have scored at or above the test scores listed below are exempt. Students can claim partial exemption if composite score is met. For further information, contact University College.

TEST
ENGLISH
MATH
COMPOSITE
SAT (valid for 5 years) 500 500 1070
ACT (valid for 5 years) 19 19 23
TAAS (valid for 3 years) 89 reading 86 Texas Learning Index  
  1170 writing    
TAKS 2200 2200  
  writing sub score - 3    

Other Exemptions:

  1. a student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  2. a student who transfers to an institution from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level course work as determined by the receiving institution.
  3. a student who has previously attended any institution and has met the readiness standard of that institution.
  4. a student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  5. a student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or from service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

For more information or for TSI academic advising, students may contact the following offices located on the second of Cowart Hall, room 206 or 213.

TESTING CENTER
The Testing Center coordinates university testing which includes credit by examination, placement testing (THEA and COMPASS), departmental exams and other assessment programs.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
The University allows students to receive a maximum of thirty-three (33) semester hours of credit by examination for specified freshman and sophomore level courses. The University awards credit for scores on certain tests listed in the Catalog. Texas A&M International University also offers eligible students opportunities to earn credits by taking departmental examinations listed in the Catalog as authorized by the appropriate faculty. Regulations concerning credit by examination include:

  1. Students may not receive credit by examination for courses that are prerequisites to courses for which they already have credit except with the approval of the department authorizing the examination and the Dean of the student’s College.
  2. Students may not receive credit by examination for courses in which they have been enrolled through the first class day.
  3. Students will not be eligible for exam credit in a course if they have already taken a more advanced course in that area unless otherwise designated by the Chair of the department in which the subject is offered.
  4. Students who are not successful on an examination may not retake it and must enroll in the course to receive credit.
  5. Students must be officially enrolled at Texas A&M International University to receive official credit with a grade of “CR” or a letter grade. This grade option will be available only in certain disciplines.

    Students must contact the Testing Center, located in Cowart Hall, Room 213 and complete a Petition to Record Credit by Examination form to the Test Center. The Testing Center will report this information to the Office of the University Registrar for posting on the student transcript. A fee for placing these credits on the transcript may be charged.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM (AP) Examinations offered by the College Board Advanced Placement Program are administered during late spring by high schools. Students usually take the examinations after completing Advanced Placement courses although experience in an AP course is not required. Interested students should contact their high school counselors for information concerning registration and test sites. High school students and currently enrolled students should have the College Board forward their scores to the Office of the University Registrar. Advanced Placement scores of entering freshmen are generally received in late July. Students can receive a grade or credit only by Advanced Placement (AP) for the following courses:

ARTS 1301 FREN 1312 PHYS 2325
BIOL 1406 HIST 1301 PHYS 2326
CHEM 1411 HIST 1302 PSCI 2305
CHEM 1412 MATH 2413 PSYC 2301
ECO 2301 MATH 2414 SPAN 1311*
ECO 2302 MIS 1305 SPAN 1312*
ENGL 1301* PHYS 1101 SPAN 2311*
ENGL 1302* PHYS 1102 SPAN 2312*
FREN 1311 PHYS 2125 SPAN 2320*
PHYS 2126  

*Letter grades awarded for these subjects. See Testing Center’s “Credit by Examination” brochure available at the Testing Center, Cowart Hall 213.

COLLEGE-LEVLE EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP) Students can receive credit by College-level Examination Program (CLEP) for the following courses:

BIOL 1406 ENGL 2327 MATH 2413
CHEM 1411 ENGL 2328 PSCI 2305
CHEM 1412 FREN 1311 PSYC 2301
ENGL 1301 FREN 1312 PSYC 2312
ENGL 1302 HIST 1301 SOCI 1301
ENGL 2322 HIST 1302 SPAN 1311
ENGL 2323 MATH 1314 SPAN 1312

See Testing Center’s “Credit by Examination” brochure available at the Testing Center, Cowart Hall 213. Spanish or Bilingual-Early Childhood majors may not use these credits to satisfy degree requirement.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM (IB)
Texas A&M International University recognizes the value of the International Baccalaureate Program and has approved granting of credit for the IB Higher Level exams when a score of 5 or higher is attained. A score of 4 or higher on any higher level or standard level exam will be awarded to IB diploma candidates only.

The following are IB exams offered for credit at Texas A&M International University:

IB Course
Exam Level
Required Score
TAMIU Course(s)
Credit Hours
Best Language
Language A1
(SL)
4 or higher ENGL 1301
3
Second Language
Language A2
(SL)
4 or higher SPAN 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312
12
 
(SL)
4 or higher FREN 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312
12
Language B
(SL)
4 or higher SPAN 1311 & 1312
6
 
(SL)
4 or higher FREN 1311 & 1312
6
Language Ab
(SL)
4 or higher SPAN 1311
3
 
(SL)
4 or higher FREN 1311
3
Individuals and Societies
Economics
(SL)
4 or higher ECO 2301
3
 
(HL)
4 or higher ECO 2301 & 2302
6
History of the Americas
(HL)
4 or higher HIST 1301 & 1302
6
Philosophy
(SL)
4 or higher PHIL 1301
3
Psychology
(SL)
4 or higher PSYC 2301
3
Experimental Science
Biology
(SL)
4 or higher BIOL 1406
4
 
(HL)
4 or higher BIOL 1406 & 1413
8
Chemistry
(SL)
4 or higher CHEM 1411
4
 
(HL)
4 or higher CHEM 1411 & 1412
8
Physics
(SL)
4 or higher PHYS 2325, 2125, 2326, 2126
8
Mathematics
Mathematics
(HL)
4 or higher MATH 2412 & 2413
8
Further Mathematics
(HL)
4 or higher MATH 2412 & 2413
8
Mathematical Models
(SL)
4 or higher MATH 1325 & 2414
7
Mathematical Studies
(SL)
4 or higher MATH 1324
3
The Arts
Visual Arts
(SL)
4 or higher ARTS 1301
3
Music
(SL)
4 or higher MUSI 1306
3
Theatre Arts
(SL)
4 or higher DANC 1351
3

DEPARTMENTAL EXAMS
Students can receive credit by Departmental Exams for the following courses: ECO 2301, and ECO 2320. Complete information which includes name of test, score needed for exemption, hours earned, course replaced, and course title can be found in Texas A&M International University’s Credit by Exam brochure which can be obtained at the University College Office, Cowart Hall 206 or the Office of the University Registrar, KL 168.

THE WRITING CENTER
The Writing Center offers tutoring for writing in all subject areas; instructional material for students preparing for the writing portion of the THEA (formerly the TASP); writing workshops; and support for other writing-oriented activities, such as the Reflections literary magazine and the Voices in the Monte Writers Series. The Writing Center is located on the second floor of Cowart Hall, Room 203.

UNIVERSITY LEARNING CENTER (ULC)
The University Learning Center provides content tutoring for currently-enrolled TAMIU students in a variety of university courses and in oral skills. ULC also offers workshops for test preparation in mathematics and reading. ULC is located on the second floor of Cowart Hall, Room 205.

TRIO - STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
The TRIO program gives qualifying students an opportunity to receive academic, personal and career counseling and to attend special interest workshops, film and theater presentations, and university and community activities. Students must be first generation students and economically disadvantaged or disabled to participate. Location is Cowart Hall, Room 207.

OFFICE OF THE UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR

REGISTRATION
Students who are officially admitted to the University may register for courses. Prior to each academic semester and for each summer session, a registration period is held. Dates of these registration periods and the dates of other transactions that affect student course schedules are available in the online academic calendar.

FRESHMAN REGISTRATION
To assist freshmen who are entering the University in the fall semester, special freshman registrations are held in conjunction with freshman orientation. Only freshmen who attend orientation are permitted to meet with an advisor, be advised and register at this time. Dates for Freshman Orientation are provided for entering freshmen in advance of the scheduled orientation days. Individuals who desire financial aid assistance should have contacted the Office of Financial Aid and completed paper work several months in advance of Freshman Orientation in order that their aid may be processed in a timely manner. (See the Financial Aid section of the catalog and contact the Office of Financial Aid for details regarding financial aid.)

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
Students who are currently enrolled (students who have attended the University within the last two semesters) are permitted to register in advance during the prior semester provided they are in good standing with the University. Registration dates are listed in the online academic calendar and are otherwise advertised on campus via posters and signs. Students are encouraged to become knowledgeable of the rules governing preregistration, consult their advisor prior to pre-registration, and understand the arrangements for payment of tuition and fees. Students receiving financial aid are encouraged to consult with the Office of Financial Aid prior to the pre-registration period to permit proper processing of their financial aid (See the Financial Aid section of the catalog for details and contact the Office of Financial Aid regarding financial aid.).

TRANSFER STUDENTS AND STUDENTS RE-ENROLLING AFTER ONE OR MORE YEARS’ ABSENCE
Students who are transferring to the University or who are re-enrolling in the University after an absence of one year or more, are permitted to register for classes during the registration days just prior to the commencement of classes if they have been admitted or readmitted. This registration period is provided to enable a student to complete the registration process including consulting advisors, signing up for classes and paying tuition and fees. Students who are seeking financial aid and who have not completed this process several months in advance of this registration will inevitably be delayed in receiving funds from federal grants and secured and unsecured loans. (See the Financial Aid section of the catalog for details regarding financial aid.) Registration dates are listed in the online academic calendar.

STUDENT ADVISEMENT
Students are encouraged to visit with faculty advisors during the fall and spring semesters for degree and class schedule planning. At announced times, all currently enrolled undergraduate students and currently enrolled graduate students who have been admitted to a graduate program or are seeking teacher certification will be permitted to advance register for courses in the subsequent term. Advisors in all disciplines are available at each college or school. Both the Office of Admissions and the Office of the University Registrar can assist students to identify and contact their faculty advisor. Also, please see Academic Responsibilities in the section entitled ACADEMIC REGULATIONS-UNDERGRADUATE.

EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES

FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
Students are expected to pay all financial obligations to the University when due. Official registration is not complete until the University Business Office has received payment or has been notified by the Office of Student Financial Aid that payment arrangements have been made. Failure to pay such obligations may result in the student not being allowed to receive official transcripts or to enroll for subsequent semesters. Financial obligations include, but are not limited to: (1) tuition and fees; (2) financial aid loans; (3) returned checks; (4) returned check charges; (5) library fines or lost or damaged book charges; and (6) loss or breakage of instructional material or equipment.

Exemptions for Ex-Servicemen (Hazlewood Act): Men and women who are citizens of Texas, served in the Armed Forces, and were honorably discharged, may be eligible for benefits under the Hazlewood Act after federal education benefits have been exhausted and if no student loans are in default. Exemption from fees also extends to children of members of the Armed Forces who were killed or died while in service.

Application and further information is available in the Office of the University Registrar. Exemption must be invoked by census date to reduce tuition fees for the semester. Information on these rules and regulations is available at the THECB website at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/tac3.cfm?Chapter_ID=21&Subchapter=NN#21.2100.

Senior Citizen Exemption: Senior Citizens 65 or older may have up to six hours of tuition waived a semester. Normal admission and registration procedures must be followed and course prerequisites met. To obtain the exemption, present a valid Texas driver's license or other valid ID showing date of birth to the Business Office by census date. All other fees will be charged. This exemption must be invoked by census date to reduce tuition and fees for the semester.

Other Exemptions: Information on other tuition exemptions granted by the State of Texas may be obtained on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board web site: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/

EXPLANATION OF TUITION AND FEES
Tuition-Resident of Texas: Undergraduate Resident students pay $50 per semester credit hour. Graduate Resident students pay $70 per semester credit hour.

Tuition-Non-Resident/International: Non-resident and International students pay $327 per semester credit hour. Graduate Non-resident and International students pay $347 per semester credit hour.

Board Authorized Tuition: Authorized by The Texas A&M University System, at the rate of $85.17 per semester credit hour, is required of all students to cover bonded indebtedness incurred for the expansion, air conditioning, rehabilitation of facilities and administrative expenses.

Advising Fee: This $20 fee is required of all students to provide staffing and management of academic advising.

Assessment Fee: This $20 fee is required of all students ($10 for each summer session) to implement assessments required for accreditation.

Athletics Fee
: This fee is charged at the rate of $5.50 per semester credit hour; $82.50 maximum in Fall and Spring; $45 maximum per summer session.

Energy Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $2 per semester credit hour to offset increases in energy costs.

Health Fee
: This $31.50 fee is required of all students enrolled during the fall and spring ($15.75 for each summer session) for operating, maintaining and equipping Student Health Services and entitles students to use its services. These services do not include surgical operations or charges for consultations with outside providers.

Identification Card Maintenance Fee (Non-refundable): This fee is charged at the rate of $10 each semester and is required for operation and maintenance of the TAMIU OneCard program. The TAMIU OneCard is the official ID card for students. The card is non-transferable and is the property of TAMIU. The card must be presented as a form of identification when requesting service from any University office and will provide access to a number of campus facilities, i.e., Killam Library, academic resources, recreational sports, and game room. The OneCard has a prepaid, stored value account called Dusty Dollars which may be used to purchase products or services at locations accepting the card as payment, providing that funds are available in the Dusty Dollar Account. Meal plan holders must present OneCard at Dusty's Diner for membership verification. Students who lose their ID card should report it immediately to the OneCard Center (326-2877) or the University Police (326-2100). A replacement fee of $10 will be charged to replace a lost card.

International Education Fee (Non-refundable): This $4 is assessed to all students to support international education and related University off site study programs.

Library Access Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $7 per semester credit hour and insures that the library collection supports academic programs and meets accreditation requirements.

Recreational Sports Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $4 per semester credit hour to provide programs for students to participate in a variety of competitive, non-varsity, sports related activities. $52 maximum in Fall and Spring; $26 maximum per summer session.

Student Center Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $3 per semester credit hour for Student Center Maintenance; $36 maximum in Fall and Spring; $18 maximum per summer session.

Student Deposit
: Students will be assessed a one time $10 deposit fee for the duration of their studies at Texas A&M International University. This fee will cover any loss, damage or breakage caused by the student and shall be returned, upon request, at the time of withdrawal or graduation.

Student Service Fee: All students pay this fee at the rate of $23.35 per semester credit hour (not to exceed $250 per semester). It entitles the student to receive publications and supports various departments in Student Services, as well as student activities such as SG and Clubs.

Technology Access Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $12 per semester credit hour to insure availability of computing resources to all students at the University and provide for maintenance and expansion of academic computing facilities.

ADDITIONAL FEES (NOT ON FEE TABLES)
Auditor’s Tuition: The cost for auditing a course is the same as that required for registration for credit.

Course Fee: Certain University courses carry an additional course fee of $3 - $500 for educational materials, consumables, and for supervision appropriate to the course.

Distance Education Fee (Non-Refundable): This fee is charged for all distance education courses at the rate of $60.00 per semester credit hour.

Installment Payment Service Charge: Students who choose to pay using the two-payment installment plan pay a $30 installment payment service charge. This charge is non-refundable once a payment has been made.

Laboratory Fee (Non-refundable): For each laboratory course, a fee of $2.00 to $30.00 is charged depending upon cost of materials used in the course. Non-refundable beginning first University class day, that is, if a student is allowed to drop a laboratory course, the fee for the semester not begun will be refunded.

Late Payment Fee (Non-refundable): Students who fail to pay tuition and fees by their due date will be assessed a late payment fee of $20.

Orientation Fee (Non-refundable): This $30 fee is assessed to all first time freshmen students for orientation.

Repeated Course Fee (Non-Refundable) (Effective Fall 2007): SB1, General Appropriations Act, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, III-251, §49, limits formula funding for a course for which a student would generate formula funding for a third time. Students attempting a course for the third time will be charged an additional fee of $80.00 per semester credit hour. The following are exempt from the additional fee: developmental courses if within the 18-hour limit, hours for special topics and seminar courses which can be repeated, individual music lessons, music performance, ensembles, and studio art.

Additional Miscellaneous Fees:

Application fee, graduate, $25.00; late fee, $10.00
Bachelor’s graduation, $30.00; late fee, $50.00
Certificate/deficiency plan (non-refundable), $25.00
Duplicate diploma fee, $15.00
International student application fee, $25.00
Late installment loan payment, $25.00
Late emergency loan payment, $25.00
Late short-term book loan payment, $10.00
Non-refundable loan application fee (emergency and book loans), $10.00
Master’s graduation, $30.00; late fee, $50.00
Parking Fee, $20.00 per semester
Returned check charge, $30.00
Study Abroad Application Fee (non-refundable), $100.00
Thesis/Dissertation binding fee, $40.00 first copy; $10.00 per additional
Transcript (Official - per copy), $3.00

REFUND OF FEES
A. Withdrawal from University

A student who officially withdraws from the University may request a refund on tuition and refundable fees according to the following schedule which is specifiedby Senate Bill 604 (passed by the 65th Legislature).

LONG SEMESTERS:

100% prior to the first University class day
80% during the first five University class days
70% during the second five University class days
50% during the third five University class days
25% during the fourth five University class days

SUMMER SEMESTERS:

100% prior to the first University class day
80% during the first, second or third University class day
50% during the fourth, fifth, or sixth University class day
No refund during the seventh class day or thereafter

B. Reduced Course Load
Students who reduce their semester credit hour load by officially dropping a course or courses and who remain enrolled in the institution will have applicable tuition and fees refunded according to the following schedule:

FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
  During the first twelve University class days 100%
After the twelfth University class day NONE
SUMMER SESSIONS
  During the first four University class days 100%
After the fourth University class day NONE

C. Additional Refund Provisions

  1. Application for refunds should be made in writing to the University Registrar after the student has officially withdrawn through the Office of the University Registrar. The student must present receipt for payment of fees.
  2. Fees will not be refunded earlier than two weeks after the date of payment indicated on the student’s receipt. A check covering all refunds will be mailed to the address given on the written refund request.
  3. A student who pays for the spring semester without knowing the previous fall semester grades and who is required to withdraw because of failure in the work of the fall semester will receive a refund according to the schedule.
  4. No refunds will be made unless requested within one year of official withdrawal.
  5. No refunds will be made on auditor’s tuition.
  6. The first class day of each term is always the first official University day of classes, not the first day of the individual’s class. A refund is based on the day of the drop/withdrawal, regardless of the date the class first meets.

TUITION REBATE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
The State of Texas is providing financial incentives for students who complete their undergraduate degree with no more than three hours in excess of the minimum number of semester credit hours required for graduation. Hours attempted include transfer credits, course credits earned through examinations, courses dropped after the official census date, for-credit developmental courses, internship and cooperative courses, and repeated courses. The rebate for eligible students is a maximum of $1,000. To be eligible for rebates under this program, students must have: (1) enrolled for the first time in an institution of higher education in the fall 1997 semester or later, (2) receive the baccalaureate degree from a Texas public university, and (3) been a resident of Texas and entitled to pay resident tuition at all times while pursuing the degree.

Students desiring to qualify for the tuition rebate are responsible for complying with all university rules and regulations related to the administration of the program, and are solely responsible for enrolling only in courses that will qualify them for the rebate. Students who transfer from another institution, including out-of-state institutions, shall provide the university with official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended in order that the total number of hours attempted may be verified.

Tuition rebates shall be reduced by the amount of any outstanding student loan, including an emergency loan, owed to or guaranteed by the state. If a student has an outstanding student loan, the institution shall apply the amount of the rebate to the
loan.

Application forms and instructions are available in the Office of the University Registrar, KL 168.

INCOME TAX CREDIT
The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 contains provisions that may impact the student or parent income tax returns.

Under the Hope Scholarship Credit, students in their first two-years of college may receive a credit of up to $1,500 on tuition paid during the tax year. The Lifetime Learning Credit provides a credit of up to $1,000 on tuition paid after June 30, 1998.

Note: These two credits may not be combined and cannot be claimed for the same expense for which another tax benefit is received. For further information on these programs, please contact the Business Office or check the IRS web site at www.ustreas.gov

Texas Resident
Undergraduate* Tuition and Fees - Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

Hrs Tui* Board
Auth
Tui
Assmt
Fee
Tech Acc
Fee
Int
Ed
Fee
Lib
Acc
Fee
Prop
Dep
Svc
Fee
Hlth
Fee
ID
Fee
SC
Fee
Rec
Fee
Adv
Fee
Ath Fee Enr Fee Total
1
50
85.17
20
12
4
7
10
23.35
31.50
10
3
4
20
5.50
2
287.52
2
100
170.34
20
24
4
14
10
46.70
31.50
10
6
8
20
11.00
4
479.54
3
150
255.51
20
36
4
21
10
70.05
31.50
10
9
12
20
16.50
6
671.56
4
200
340.68
20
48
4
28
10
93.40
31.50
10
12
16
20
22.00
8
863.58
5
250

425.85

20
60
4
35
10
116.75
31.50
10
15
20
20
27.50
10
1,055.60
6
300
511.02
20
72
4
42
10
140.10
31.50
10
18
24
20
33.00
12
1,247.62
7
350
596.19
20
84
4
49
10
163.45
31.50
10
21
28
20
38.50
14
1,439.64
8
400
681.36
20
96
4
56
10
186.80
31.50
10
24
32
20
44.00
16
1,631.66
9
450
766.53
20
108
4
63
10
210.15
31.50
10
27
36
20
49.50
18
1,823.68
10
500
851.70
20
120
4
70
10
233.50
31.50
10
30
40
20
55.00
20
2,015.70
11
550
936.87.
20
132
4
77
10
250.00
31.50
10
33
44
20
60.50
22
2,200.87
12
600
1022.44
20
144
4
84
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
48
20
66.00
24
2,369.54
13
650
1107.21
20
156
4
91
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
71.50
26
2,535.21
14
700
1192.38
20
168
4
98
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
77.00
28
2,696.88
15
750
1277.55
20
180
4
105
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
82.50
30
2,858.55
16
800
1362.72
20
192
4
112
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
82.50
32
3,014.72
17
850
1447.89
20
204
4
119
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
82.50
34
3,170.89
18
900
1533.06
20
216
4
126
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
82.50
36
3,327.06

Undergraduate* Tuition and Fees for Summer 2010

Hrs Tui* Board
Auth
Tui
Assmt
Fee
Tech Acc
Fee
Int
Ed
Fee
Lib
Acc
Fee
Prop
Dep
Svc
Fee
Hlth
Fee
ID
Fee
SC
Fee
Rec
Fee
Adv
Fee
Ath
Fee
Enrg
Fee
Total
1
50
85.17
10
12
4
7
10
23.35
15.75
10
3
4
20
5.50
2
261.77
2
100
170.34
10
24
4
14
10
46.70
15.75
10
6
8
20
11.00
4
453.79
3
150
255.51
10
36
4
21
10
70.05
15.75
10
9
12
20
16.50
6
645.81
4
200
340.68
10
48
4
28
10
93.40
15.75
10
12
16
20
22.00
8
837.83
5
250
425.85
10
60
4
35
10
116.75
15.75
10
15
20
20
27.50
10
1,029.85
6
300
511.02
10
72
4
42
10
140.10
15.75
10
18
24
20
33.00
12
1,221.87
7
350
596.19
10
84
4
49
10
163.45
15.75
10
18
26
20
38.50
14
1,408.89
8
400
681.36
10
96
4
56
10
186.80
15.75
10
18
26
20
44.00
16
1,593.91
9

450

766.53
10
108
4
63
10
210.15
15.75
10
18
26
20
45.00
18
1,774.43
10
500
851.70
10
120
4
70
10
233.50
15.75
10
18
26
20
45.00
20
1,953.95
11
550
936.87
10
132
4
77
10
250.00
15.75
10
18
26
20
45.00
22
2,126.62
12
600
1022.04
10
144
4
84
10
250.00
15.75
10
18
26
20
45.00
24
2,282.79

Note: *Resident Undergraduate Tuition based on $50.00/sch; Resident Graduate Tuition based on $70/sch. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by the Texas Legislature and/or The Texas A&M University Board of Regents.

Non-Resident/Foreign Student
Undergraduate *Tuition and Fees - Fall 2009 and Spring 2010

Hrs Tui* Board
Auth
Tui
Assmt
Fee
Tech Acc
Fee
Int
Ed
Fee
Lib
Acc
Fee
Prop
Dep
Svc
Fee
Hlth
Fee
ID
Fee
SC
Fee
Rec
Fee
Adv
Fee
Ath Fee Enrg
Fee
Total
1
327
85.17
20
12
4
7
10
23.35
31.50
10
3
4
20
5.50
2
564.52
2
654
170.34
20
24
4
14
10
46.70
31.50
10
6
8
20
11.00
4
1,033.54
3
981
255.51
20
36
4
21
10
70.05
31.50
10
9
12
20
16.50
6
1,502.56
4
1,308
340.68
20
48
4
28
10
93.40
31.50
10
12
16
20
22.00
8
1,971.58
5
1,635

425.85

20
60
4
35
10
116.75
31.50
10
15
20
20
27.50
10
2,440.60
6
1,962
511.02
20
72
4
42
10
140.10
31.50
10
18
24
20
33.00
12
2,909.62
7
2,289
596.19
20
84
4
49
10
163.45
31.50
10
21
28
20
38.50
14
3,378.64
8
2,616
681.36
20
96
4
56
10
186.80
31.50
10
24
32
20
44.00
16
3,847.66
9
2,943
766.53
20
108
4
63
10
210.15
31.50
10
27
36
20
49.50
18
4,316.68
10
3,270
851.70
20

120

4
70
10
233.50
31.50
10
30
40
20
55.00
20
4,785.70
11
3,597
936.87
20
132
4
77
10
250.00
31.50
10
33
44
20
60.50
22
5,247.87
12
3,924
1,022.04
20
144
4
84
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
48
20
66.00
24
5,693.54
13
4,251
1,107.21
20
156
4
91
10
250.00
31.50
10

36

52
20
71.50
26
6,136.21
14
4,578
1,192.38
20
168
4
98
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
77.00
28
6,574.88
15
4,905
1,277.55
20
180
4
105
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
82.50
30
7,013.55
16
5,232
1,362.72
20
192
4
112
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
82.50
32
7,446.72
17
5,559
1,447.89
20
204
4
119
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
82.50
34
7,879.89
18
5,886
1,533.06
20
216
4
126
10
250.00
31.50
10
36
52
20
82.50
36
8,313.06

Undergraduate* Tuition and Fees for Summer 2010

Hrs Tui* Board
Auth
Tui
Assmt
Fee
Tech Acc
Fee
Int
Ed
Fee
Lib
Acc
Fee
Prop
Dep
Svc
Fee
Hlth
Fee
ID
Fee
SC
Fee
Rec
Fee
Adv
Fee
Ath Fee Enrg
Fee
Total
1
327
85.17
10
12
4
7
10
23.35
15.75
10
3
4
20
5.50
2
538.77
2
654
170.34
10
24
4
14
10
46.70
15.75
10
6
8
20
11.00
4
1,007.79
3
981
255.51
10
36
4
21
10
70.05
15.75
10
9
12
20
16.50
6
1,476.81
4
1,308
340.68
10
48
4
28
10
93.40
15.75
10
12
16
20
22.00
8
1,945.83
5
1,635

425.85

10
60
4
35
10
116.75
15.75
10
15
20
20
27.50
10
2,414.85
6
1,962
511.02
10
72
4
42
10
140.10
15.75
10
18
24
20
33.00
12
2,883.87
7
2,289
596.19
10
84
4
49
10
163.45
15.75
10
18
26
20
38.50
14
3,347.89
8
2,616
681.36
10
96
4
56
10
186.80
15.75
10
18
26
20
44.00
16
3,809.91
9
2,943
766.53
10
108
4
63
10
210.15
15.75
10
18
26
20
45.00
18
4,267.43
10
3,270
851.70
10
120
4
70
10
233.50
15.75
10
18
26
20
45.00
20
4,723.95
11
3,597
936.87
10
132
4
77
10
250.00
15.75
10
18
26
20
45.00
22
5,173.62
12
3,924
1,022.04
10
144
4
84
10
250.00
15.75
10
18
26
20
45.00
24 5,606.79

Note: Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition based on $327.00/sch; Non-Resident Graduate Tuition based on $347.00/sch. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by the Texas Legislature and/or The Texas A&M University Board of Regents.

PUBLIC INFORMATION POLICY AND FAMILY EDUCATIONAL
RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

Pursuant to the provisions and intent of Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, known as the Public Information Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended, a University policy has been established relating to the accessibility of student information in the custody of the University.

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a written request for access. Students should submit to the University Registrar, dean, head of the academic department or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The university official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the university to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel, health staff, and student employees); a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, or the National Student Clearinghouse); a person serving on the Board of Regents; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

    A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the university discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. A&M International will automatically forward a student’s record to these institutions upon their request.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Texas A&M International University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U. S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory information regarding the student will be provided to the public upon request unless student files a request in the Office of the University Registrar asking to be excluded from the directory or from any other requests for open directory information from outside entities. The request should be submitted by the 12th class day in the Fall and Spring terms, the 4th class day in the summer terms. A request to withhold information may be submitted after the stated deadline for a term, but information may be released between the deadline and receipt of the request. The file of a student who has asked to be excluded from the directory information will remain flagged until the student requests that the flag be removed.

Directory information consists of a student’s full name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major and minor fields of study, classification, enrollment status (full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate, etc.), term schedule of classes, roster of classes enrolled, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, degrees, awards received (including types of award), the last educational agency or institution attended previous to TAMIU, and photograph.

Texas A&M International University will disclose information from a student’s education records only with the written consent of the student, except:

  • To school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records.
  • To officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  • To certain officials of the U. S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, and state and local educational authorities, in connection with an audit, or certain state or federally supported education programs.
  • In connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.
  • If required by state law requiring disclosure that was adopted before November 19, 1974.
  • To organizations conducting certain studies for on behalf of theUniversity.
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their functions.
  • To parents of an eligible student who claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • To parents of students under the age of 21 years found culpable of alcohol and drug offenses, to the extent authorized by state law.
  • To comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena.
  • To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.
  • To an alleged victim of any crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense, the results of any institutional disciplinary proceeding against the alleged perpetrator of that crime with respect to that crime or university rules or policy as authorized by state law.
  • To release information designated as directory information by the university; unless student has requested such directory information be withheld.
  • To a court in which the university is defending itself against legal action initiated by a parent or eligible student.

For information regarding the university’s policy on access to records and to request accessibility to university records, contact the Office of University Registrar.

PERMANENT STUDENT RECORD
The permanent record of a Texas A&M International University credit student shall consist of: student name, social security number or student identification number, courses enrolled each term, cumulative University grade point average (GPA), term
GPA, hours attempted, hours earned, grades, quality points earned, degrees earned, academic program(s), honors, academic status, and transfer credit. The permanent record will be maintained online and will be available on-campus in the Office of the
University Registrar. Online processes are backed up nightly.

TRANSCRIPTS
The transcript is the official record of the student’s academic performance at the University. Official transcripts printed on security paper and bearing the University seal are available from the Office of the University Registrar at a cost of $3.00 per copy. Student must clear any restrictions from his/her record before any transcript request will be honored. Transcripts may be requested in person, by mail and fax. In compliance with federal privacy laws, a student’s signature is required to release transcripts; therefore, transcript requests cannot be accepted by telephone or e-mail.

In Person
A written request must be completed by the student and a valid picture ID must be presented at the Office of the University Registrar. The request will be honored within one working day.

By Mail or Fax
Students may request a transcript by submitting a written request which includes their name, Social Security Number or Campus ID Number, dates of attendance at the university, current address, signature, and a check or money order payable to TAMIU (or payment by credit card). The request will be prepared within one to two working days. The request may be submitted via fax (956)326-2249 or mail to the following address:

Office of the University Registrar-Transcripts
Texas A&M International University
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX 78041-1900

VETERANS' RECORDS
Texas A&M International University has entered into the education and training programs administered by the Veterans Administration. Hence, the University has assumed as one of its chief responsibilities the adaptation of all facilities to meet the
needs of returning veterans who desire to take advantage of their eligibility for education and training as provided by Public Laws 16 and 346, 78th Congress; 550 and 894, 82nd Congress; and Public Law 89-358 for veterans of military service after January 3, 1955. Further information can be obtained from the University Registrar. Veterans should register with the Veterans Coordinator in the Office of the University Registrar. The Veterans Coordinator will assist the Veteran in processing all necessary related paper-work. For more information call (956)326-2250.

COMMENCEMENT
This ceremony occurs two times during the year to honor those students who have successfully completed their degree programs. Only those students who have been certified by their respective colleges and verified by the University Registrar may participate in commencement. The fee for graduation is listed in the Additional Fees section of the catalog. For further information on this process, call the Office of the University Registrar, (956) 326-2250.

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