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RECRUITMENT AND SCHOOL RELATIONS

The Office of Recruitment and School Relations is responsible for student recruitment and the Concurrent High School student program. To obtain information on degrees and student life at Texas A&M International University, call or write to:

Office of Recruitment and School Relations
Texas A&M International University
University Success 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

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 summer session. A Concurrent Admission Re-authorization Statement must be submitted each subsequent semester and students must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average based on a 4.0 scale in order to continue in the program.

Concurrent 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 the Office of Recruitment and School Relations and reapply before attempting to enroll for another semester.

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

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 institution attended, if any college credit has been earned. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.000 is required.

All students must meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements before enrollment. 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 University College.

ADMISSIONS

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. The University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee must approve any exception to admission policy for undergraduate students.

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 first-time freshman or transfer applicant who is planning to enter Texas A&M International University must submit all required documents to:

Office of Admissions
Texas A&M International University
University Success Center Room 129
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-2200 Fax: (956) 326-2199
email: adms@tamiu.edu

A graduate applicant who is planning to enter Texas A&M International University must submit all required documents to:

Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Texas A&M International University
Student Center Room 124
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-3020 Fax: (956) 326-021
email: graduatestudies@tamiu.edu

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.

Applicants may apply for admission through the electronic Common Application at: http://www.applytexas.org.

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 Admission requests that an applicant provide a Social Security Number (SSN). However, a Student System Identification number (BannerID) 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 Graduate Studies and Research. 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 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

Incoming freshmen or transfer students pursuing a degree in nursing, music or seeking teacher certification are required to apply for program admission to their desired program. The Office of Admissions only grants admission to the university, and not to a specific program.

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.

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:

  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 40% 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 40% must score a minimum of 900 total on the SAT or a minimum of 19 composite on the ACT.
  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 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

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. Information regarding lower level course equivalents may be found in Appendix D.

To be admitted as a transfer student, an applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions (Additional requirements for the music 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 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 may not 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 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

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.
  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 UNIVERSITY COLLEGE.

ACADEMIC PROBATION AND PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

Freshmen applicants graduating below the top 40% are granted provisional admission for a single semester with a minimum of 840 total on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math sections) or a minimum of 17 composite on the ACT. The applicant may also petition to have their academic credentials reviewed by the University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee (USAEC) for a single semester conditional admission. The required documentation, including the Application for Admissions and Exceptions Committee Review form, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester. The committee review form may be obtained at the Office of Admissions or online.  The committee reserves the right to place other requirements as deemed necessary.

Applicants granted admission will be placed on provisional status and allowed to enroll for one semester. During the first semester of enrollment, students must meet the following conditions: (1) enroll and complete a full-time course load to include the following nine semester credit hours - UNIV 1101, Learning in a Global Context I; English or Math (may be developmental); and a three hour course from the core curriculum, (2) complete the semester with at least 2.0 grade point average (excluding grades obtained with credit by exams and including developmental courses), and (3) attend monthly counseling sessions with the Retention Specialist in the Advising and Mentoring Center. The Advising and Mentoring director will review each student's grades at the end of the semester to determine if full admission will be granted based on University policy. Students that earn below an overall 2.0 GPA (including developmental courses) the first semester will be placed on academic suspension.

Transfer applicants
with an overall grade point average below 2.00 from all colleges or universities attended may petition to have their academic credentials reviewed by the University Admissions Standards and Exceptions Committee (USAEC) for a single semester conditional admission. The required documentation, including the Application for Admissions and Exceptions Committee Review form, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester. The committee review form may be obtained at the Office of Admissions or online. The committee reserves the right to place other requirements as deemed necessary.

Applicants granted admission will be placed on probationary status and allowed to enroll for one semester. Students must earn 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. Students that earn below a 2.0 GPA the first semester or combined summer sessions will be placed on academic suspension.

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.

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

  1. Application for Graduate Admission.
  2. Graduate Application Fee of $35.00; late fee, $25.00. International Graduate Student Application Fee of $50.00; late fee, $25.00. (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.
  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 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) 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 requirement.

    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 a student who has not submitted all documents or test scores. The student will be 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.

Graduate Admissions Formula*
To meet the minimum admissions requirement, the following formula is used:

(Upper-Level GPA x 200) + GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative

Applicants with formula scores above 1500 will be fully admitted into their graduate program.

Applicants with formula scores between 1499 and 1200 will be admitted to their graduate program under Probationary Admissions status.

Applicants with formula scores between 1499 and 1200 will be holistically reviewed by the department or program admissions committee.

*Applicants to programs with additional admission requirements will need to satisfy all requirements before being admitted into that graduate program.

All other admissions 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.

Students who are not in good standing, who apply to a new graduate program, must be reviewed by the new program's departmental/ program admission committee.

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. 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. Applicants to individual colleges who have obtained a Master’s or Law degree from a regionally accredited institution may be exempt from the GRE.

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 A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business (ARSSB) 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.

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.

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.

For additional information or to access the Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Course Form, contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research by phone ta (956) 326-3020 or by e-mail at graduateschool@tamiu.edu.

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 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.

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.

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 Graduate Studies and Research. 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 Graduate Studies and Research.

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

  1. Application for Graduate Admission.
  2. Graduate Application Fee of $35.00; late fee, $25.00. International Graduate Student Application Fee of $50.00; late fee, $25.00. (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 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. Incoming first-time freshmen and transfer students must submit the documentation to the Office of Admissions and graduate applicants must submit the documentation to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. 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 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). 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 of completion, which must be translated to English and sent directly from the institution to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Students who graduated from Mexican institutions must present an original Titulo to be photocopied at the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. 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 $702 to $2,998 per year. This coverage is the same for all Texas A&M University System schools. The student may enroll once arriving on campus or through the automated tuition and fee registration process.

    Immigration documents such as passport, I-p4 and I-20 ID or DS-2019 must be carried at all times. This is in compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, December 24, 1952, Section 264(e).

    Contact the Office of Student Affairs for additional information at (956) 326-2282 or visit the office located in SC 226.

Note: Upon completion of the application process, successful applicants will be issued an I-20. 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 regarding student visa requirements, please contact International Student Services by calling (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 and the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Information on these rules and regulations is also available at the THECB website at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/.

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 Graduate Studies and Research.

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 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 Graduate Studies and Research at (956) 326-3020.

BINATIONAL CENTER

The Binational Center enhances relationships between the United States and other countries by promoting civic and social organizations and institutions through research, education, leadership, and public service. Selected Activities of the Binational Center include:

· Designing educational venues that will contribute to the successful development of international relationships between practitioners and government.
· Creating communication streams between American and Mexican universities and other organizations, as well as highlighting public service with specific programs geared to train or enhance the management of local and international non-profit organizations.
· Enhancing the development of binational community service programs.
· Training, developing, and educating the next generation of leaders through diverse campus resources.
· Providing grant writing resources for non-profit organizations through our regional Cooperating Collections Library.

Texas A&M International University
5201 University Boulevard
Pellegrino Hall #301 and Student Center #118
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900
Tel: 956-326-3067 and 956-326-2834
Fax: 956-326-2836
Email: binationalcenter@tamiu.edu

CONTINUING EDUCATION
The Office of Continuing Education offers the opportunity to continue learning through our exciting programs for professional development, adult learning courses, and stimulating children summer camps that enrich and enhance their professional and personal life.  It offers local conferences, institutes, and seminars to further the continued professional development related to discipline specific topics, such as Advanced Placement Certification for teachers. The Office of Continuing Education also provide training resources for the continuing education units of professional occupations that require licenses, certificates, and credentials such as the GRE, SAT, ACT, and paralegal certification courses. Additionally, it offers enrichment programs of non-traditional courses and camps for individuals of all ages, such as academic, robotics, fine arts, and dance camps for children, to name a few. There are adult seminars for varying interests such as computer classes and dance classes.

Continuing Education
5201 University Boulevard, Pellegrino Hall 302C
Laredo, TX  78041
Tel. 956.326.2765 — Fax 956.326.2909
Email: kim.martindelcampo@tamiu.edu
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5 pm
http://www.tamiu.edu/dip/ContEducationIndex.shtml

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
This Certification is intended for undergraduate students in various disciplines across TAMIU who are interested in pursuing careers in the foreign service, international institutions, non-governmental international organizations, and multinational corporations as well as those who recognize the importance of understanding international issues to virtually any career field. The undergraduate Certificate in International Studies allows students to enhance their degree program with a concentration in international studies. Completion of the requirements is certified by the Binational Center for Research, Education, Leadership, and Public Service (BINC) and the Office of the Registrar.

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 with people from several disciplines to define a common goal. No single discipline can provide a thorough understanding of the globalization process. Rather, students must be exposed to several disciplines to obtain the holistic perspective required to analyze its complexity.

The Certificate in International Studies integrates a wide variety of junior and senior level courses and encourages a multidisciplinary approach. The student declares a major in an established academic department and then focuses in international studies as laid out in this certification. The Certification in International Studies meets the needs of the students and proves useful both in terms of career opportunities and contribution to international issues.

Criteria for Admission and Qualification
The student must:

· have completed 60 or more semester credit hours of coursework
· be accepted in an established academic program at TAMIU
· submit an application for the CIS program to the Binational Center

Criteria for Earning the Certificate in International Studies
The student must:

· successfully complete a minimum of four courses herein listed as Approved Courses
· attain at least a 2.75 GPA in the selected courses with no less than a C in any course
· participate in a focus group scheduled by the Binational Center after completion of required CIS courses

Each 3-credit course has been selected based on its global context and relevancy for fostering cross-national understanding. It is not an exclusive list. Other courses such as an international capstone seminar or those taken under a study abroad experience may be accepted as alternatives to the ones listed below, subject to the approval of the International Programs Advisor.


College of Arts and Sciences
ANTH3304 ENGL4397 HIST3394 PSCI4309
ANTH3306 GEOG3351 HIST4342 PSCI4335
ANTH3308 GEOG3352 HIST4391 PSCI4340
ANTH4302 GEOG3353 MATH4385 PSCI4350
ANTH4351 GEOG4395 PORT3324 SOCI3308
ARTS3310 HIST3330 PSCI3305 SOCI4318
COMM4320 HIST3351 PSCI3308 SPAN4317
ENGL3326 HIST3352 PSCI3310 SPAN4371
ENGL4326 HIST3380 PSCI3340 SPAN4397
ENGL4334 HIST3392 PSCI3353 Study Abroad
ENGL4355      
A. R. Sanchez, Jr. Scholl of Business
BA3320 ECO4340 ECO4390 TIL3311
BA4390 ECO4350 FIN4380 Study Abroad
ECO3325 ECO4370 MKT4310  
College of Education
EDBE3322 EDBE3340 EDBE4336 EDRD3302
EDBE3325 EDBE4310 EDBE4399 EDRD4317
EDBE3326 EDBE4334 EDDP4324 Study Abroad
EDBE3338 EDBE4335 EDHW3341  
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
NURS1302 NURS4340 Study Abroad  

Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in International Studies should register with the BNC and meet with its faculty advisor. Students must complete the appropriate form with the BNC as soon as possible, but no less than one semester before completion of their degree, The BNC and the Office of the Registrar will provide, at graduation, the documentation certifying the completion of the certification.

CERTIFICATE IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
Awareness of Latin America is a must for students interested in pursuing entry-level careers in the foreign service, international organizations, or multinational corporations. A Certificate in Latin American Studies allows them to enhance their skills and expertise with a broad knowledge of this primary geographical region. Completion of the requirements is certified by the Binational Center for Research, Education, Leadership, and Public Service (BNC) and the Office of the Registrar.

The rapid growth in relations between the United States and Latin America has created the need for professionals who are able to bridge both cultures. TAMIU’s international faculty and the university’s location on the US-Mexico border make a Certificate in Latin American Studies an especially attractive option for students.

This Certificate in Latin American Studies provides undergraduate students with specialized expertise for a variety of careers in business, government, and public service related to Latin America. It allows integration of an assortment of junior and senior level courses and encourages a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of the students. The broad offering of courses allows students to select those most appropriate to complement their major course of studies. This Certificate in Latin American Studies proves useful both in terms of potential career opportunities and contribution to the issues the region faces.

Criteria for Admission and Qualification
The student must:

· have a Junior or Senior standing
· be accepted in an established academic program at TAMIU
· submit an application for the certificate program to the Binational Center

Criteria for Receiving the Certificate in Latin American Studies
The student must:

· successfully complete a minimum of four courses herein listed as Approved Courses
· attain at least a 2.75 GPA in the selected courses with no less than a C in any course
· participate in a focus group scheduled by the Binational Center after completion of CLS required classes

Each 3-credit course has been selected based on its context and relevancy for fostering understanding of the Latin American region. It is not an exclusive list. Courses that also offer a regional perspective or those taken under a study abroad experience may be accepted as alternatives to the ones listed below, subject to the approval of the Binational Center advisor.

College of Arts and Sciences
ANTH3304 HIST3385 SOCI3308 SPAN4309
GEOG3352 PORT3324 SOCI4317 SPAN4317
HIST3301 PSCI3308 SOCI4318 SPAN4371
HIST3330 PSCI4309 SPAN3323 URBS4302
HIST3352 SOCI3307 SPAN3326  
A. R. Sanchez, Jr. Scholl of Business
ECO3325
ECO4370
Study abroad in a Latin American Country

Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in Latin American Studies should register with the BINC and meet with its faculty advisor. Students must complete the appropriate form with the BINC as soon as possible, but no less than one semester before completion of their degree, The BINC and the Office of the Registrar will provide, at graduation, the documentation certifying the completion of the certification.

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP
TAMIU’s international focus that brings together students and faculty from around the globe, along with the university’s unique location on the US/Mexico border, provides a unique opportunity for students to discover and enhance their leadership skills in a setting that foreshadows the demands of the 21st Century community and workplace. In all degree fields, students’ potential for success will be enhanced through the intentional building of leadership skills. Through offering the opportunity to all students to develop the ability to lead, the university will graduate students fully prepared to become leaders in their chosen fields, in their community, in the state of Texas and in the national and international arena.

Criteria for Admission
The student must:

· have a completed at least 30 of 42 SCH core curriculum and have at least sophomore standing
· be pursuing an academic major at TAMIU
· submit an application for admission to the program to the Binational Center

Criteria for Earning the Certificate
The student must:

· successfully complete a minimum of four required courses noted below
· attain at least a 2.75 GPA in the selected courses with no less than a C in any course
· present a portfolio of work completed to the Binational Center in conjunction with the capstone course.

Each 3-credit course has been selected based on its context and relevancy for fostering understanding of the identified learning outcomes. It is not an exclusive list. Other courses that address the learning outcomes may be substituted with approval of the Binational Center advisor and the instructor offering the course. The introductory Foundations of Leadership course and the capstone course cannot be substituted.

Group 1 - One course from
COMM 4320 Transnational Trends in Communication OR
COMM 4340 Intercultural, Professional and Personal Ethics

Group 2 - One course from
ANTH 4351 Cultural Anthropology
ENGL 4355 History of Literary Thought
SOCI 4317 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 4318 Globalization

Group 3 - Completion of the following
UNIV 2301 Foundations of Leadership
UNIV 4301 International Leadership Capstone
Successful service learning experience
Forty hours of documented community service


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,

“The Office of Student Counseling and Disability Services works to promote a supportive learning community to empower all TAMIU students to be capable and competent adults while adjusting to the challenges and transitions to University life and a multicultural setting. The services include:  individual, couple and group counseling; mental health awareness programs; special events; and academic and facility accommodations for students with disabilities.”

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.

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 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 afterregular hours of operation of the University. Typical hours of service include Monday through Friday, 8 am -5 pm, throughout the year. In the event of a crisis after regular hours of service or during university holidays, campus police may be contacted at 326-2100.

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

Financial Aid is made available by a process through which the student, the student’s family, and Texas A&M International University work together through federal, state, and local programs to assist in meeting the student’s financial needs to attend college. 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 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) is available on-line. All students who apply for financial aid must meet the SAP Policy at all times whether financial aid was received or not. Those students who fail to comply with the SAP Policy by 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.gov or mail it. Students who have previously applied for federal student aid will receive a reminder to do their application by mail or e-mail.

Federal financial aid applications are available from high school counselors, online at www.FAFSA.gov, or by contacting:

The Office of Student Financial Aid
Texas A&M International University
5201 University Boulevard
University Success Center, Room 214
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900
(956) 326-2225
email: financialaid@tamiu.edu

FAFSA School Code: 009651

It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate forms and file them by the required deadlines. Please visit our Web site for the most current information on programs and any associated deadlines at http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/financial/.

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

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 Financial Aid Office.

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.

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.

Toward EXcellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) Grant is available to Texas residents who have financial need according to the FAFSA and have completed the recommended or distinguished curriculum from an accredited public or private Texas high school; it is also subject to funds availability.

LOAN PROGRAMS

The Texas B-On-Time Loan program is available to eligible Texas residents having completed the recommended or distinguished curriculum from an accredited public or private Texas high school. Application information will be furnished with the financial aid offer, if applicable, and as funds are available. The no-interest loan may be forgiven upon graduation if the student receives an undergraduate degree or certificate from an eligible institution and the student 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, 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 William D. Ford Direct Student Loan Program (Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan Programs) and the Hinson- Hazelwood Loan Program are available to students who have submitted a FAFSA, are meeting satisfactory academic progress and whose need has not been met through other resources. Students will be notified of their eligibility for the Direct Loan program(s) through a financial aid offer.

The Federal Parent Plus Loan (FPLUS) is available for parents of enrolled dependent students. Applications for the FPLUS should be submitted at least twelve 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) 326-2216. Approval of the loan is based on the borrower's credit history. The amount of the loan cannot exceed the student's cost of attendance.

The Federal Graduate Plus Loan (FGPLUS) is available for graduate students. Applications for the FGPLUS should be submitted at least twelve weeks before the end of the semester for which the student is enrolled. Information on eligibility requirements and application is available upon request from the Office of Student Financial Aid, (956)326-2216. Approval of the loan is based on the borrower's credit history. The amount of the loan cannot exceed the student's cost of attendance.

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.

THE STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

The Office of Financial Aid coordinates student part-time employment, both Non-need based (student employee) and Need based (Work Study). Students may visit the online job database (DUSTY WORKS) for applications, eligibility requirements, and current postings at https://www.myinterfase.com/tamiu/student/home.aspx located on the Office of Student Financial Aid website http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/financial/student_employment.shtml. Student employees and work-study employees are paid at least minimum wage and are paid bi-weekly along with regular University employees. Part-time employees are not eligible for fringe benefits, paid holidays, retirement, vacation or sick leave.

Federal and state programs provide part-time employment for U.S. citizens, permanent residents and eligible non-residents, within fund limitations, who have an established financial need and desire campus employment.

To qualify for the Federal/Texas College Work-Study Programs, a student must have submitted a FAFSA, have financial need, be enrolled or accepted for enrollment and be making satisfactory progress if enrolled.

The Community Service Program allow students who qualify for the federal Work-Study Program to work part-time as part of the No Child Left Behind initiative. It is based on the philosophy that children are our nation's greatest asset. It calls all Americans to support teachers and help ensure that every child can read well by the end of third grade. Eligible and dedicated college students are called to serve as reading and math tutors, as well as mentors and role models for area elementary and middle school students. All Work-Study students are paid at least minimum wage, work an average of 10 to 19 hours per week and do not receive fringe benefits.

The Office of Student Financial Aid has the right to discontinue employment if student/work-study employee does not meet and/or maintain the registration and/or grade point average requirements listed above. All student employee job applications are processed through the Office of Student Financial Aid, University Success Center Room 214, (956) 326-2165.

SCHOLARSHIPS
TAMIU General Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen
The TAMIU General Scholarship applications for competitive one to four year awards for first-time freshmen are available from the Office of Recruitment and School Relations. This program provides awards to high school graduates exhibiting outstanding academic achievement in high school and/or needing financial assistance to attend the University, Financial benefits range from $1,000 to $5,000 and vary in length from 1-4 years. Some awards are restricted as to course of study or degree objective.

High school graduates who have not attended another college or university are eligible to apply for this scholarship program prior to the fall semester entrance.  To be considered for such an award the applicant must have been admitted to the University. Recipients are selected on the basis of the applicant’s academic record in high school, test scores, activities, leadership and, if applicable, financial need. 

Applications must be submitted by February 15 for the priority deadline.  For students who did not meet the priority deadline they must submit their application by June 1.

Valedictorians
Valedictorians from Texas highs schools accredited by the Texas Education Agency are entitled to a tuition exemption during their freshmen year at Texas A&M International University. To receive this award, the student must be certified as valedictorian and Texas A&M International University must be the first college or university of full-time enrollment. No formal application is required. Qualified students must present their official valedictorian declaration to the Registrar’s Office during the beginning of the fall semester.

Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program
This program is subject to state funding from the State Legislature. Texas residents who attended public highs school only in Texas and completed grades 9-12 in no more than 36 consecutive months are eligible for a $1,000 tuition scholarship. The high school counselor must send a letter to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board certifying the student’s eligibility. A letter is sent to the Office of Financial Aid confirming the student is eligible for the graduation scholarship.

TAMIU General Scholarship for Continuing Students
The TAMIU General Scholarship applications for competitive one year awards for current students are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid. Deadline to apply for this scholarship is June 1. This program provides awards to current TAMIU students exhibiting outstanding academic achievement and/or needing financial assistance to attend the University. Financial benefits range from $100 to $5,000 and vary in length from 1 – 2 semesters. Some awards are restricted as to course of study or degree objective and may have additional participation requirements to activities and/or internships.

TAMIU General Scholarship for Transfer Students
 The TAMIU General Scholarship applications for competitive one year awards for transfer students are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid. Deadline to apply for this scholarship is June 1. This program provides awards to transferring students exhibiting outstanding academic achievement and/or needing financial assistance to attend the University. Financial benefits range from $100 to $5,000 and vary in length from 1 – 2 semesters. Some awards are restricted as to course of study or degree objective and may have additional participation requirements to activities and/or internships.

Scholarship Recipients and Non-Resident Tuition Waivers
A student who is awarded a competitive University scholarship of at least $1,000 for the academic year or summer of which the student is enrolled and who is either a non-resident or a citizen of a country other than the United States of America is entitled to pay the fees and charges required of Texas residents without regard to the length of time the student has resided in Texas. This scholarship must be awarded by a scholarship committee officially recognized by the Texas A&M International University Administration, and each waiver must be approved.

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

Miscellaneous Scholarship Information
Fellowships and scholarships for graduate students are handled by the Office of Graduate Studies, the individual colleges and the academic departments. All students should contact their college and major department for information.  The Lamar Bruni Vergara Educational Fund provides scholarships, assistantships and GRE/GMAT reimbursements, deadline is May 1.

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,Wednesday, and Friday
  • 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.

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: University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Dallas Baptist University, Newman University, 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 Universitycurrently sponsors the following eleven programs:

Baseball
Men's Basketball
Women's Basketball
Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country
Men's Golf
Women's Golf
Softball
Men's Soccer
Women's Soccer
Volleyball

 

RECREATIONAL SPORTS

The 45,000 sq. ft. Rec. Center is located on the southeast side of campus. The Rec. features open recreation areas for indoor sports and exercise as well as scheduled fitness and intramural programming.  Recreational Sports provides programs, facilities, and services that promote active participation allowing the opportunity to achieve individual potential while having fun, relieving stress, and promoting community and spirit.  The Department offers informal recreation at the Kinesiology and Wellness Recreational Center, organized competitions (Intramurals and Sport Clubs), structured group/personal fitness opportunities (Fitness), and healthy lifestyle habits seminars (Wellness).   In addition to our services and programs, the Recreation Center also provides our students opportunities to engage in non-recreational activities at our Dusty’s Den game room located in room 210 of the Student Center.  So whether you’re interested in getting in shape or staying in shape, through participation, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and University affiliates are provided an opportunity to relieve stress, be fit and have fun!  For more information, come tour our facility or call 956-326-3015.  We are also available online at www.tamiu.edu/recsports.

STUDENT AFFAIRS

Learn Serve Lead Succeed

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. The Office of Student Affairs is committed to the co-curricular development of all students enrolled at TAMIU. Through a holistic approach, Student Affairs supports student life and experiences.  Student Affairs is charged with new student orientation, student clubs and organizations, the Student Handbook, student conduct, student complaint resolution, student service learning initiatives, and student leadership opportunities.

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 Leaders, Campus Activities Board, the Honor Council, and the Student Conduct Board, 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. For more information call (956) 326-2280.

Student organizations on campus at the time of publication 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
  • Psychology Club
  • Sigma Nu Delta
  • Social Work Student Association
  • Society of Engineering at TAMIU (SET)
  • Spanish Club
  • 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

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
  • Psi Chi The International Honor Society in Psychology

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
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 $50 nonrefundable fee is assessed to all first time freshmen students for orientation. Orientation is mandatory for all first time freshmen and offered throughout the months of June, July and August.

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 voter registration, conferences on student government and student leadership activities.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

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 Student Center 224.

Office of International Education
www.tamiu.edu/dip/oie
Texas A&M International University
Student Center 224
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-2565 Fax: (956) 326-2279

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, 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
Student Center 226
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-2282 Fax: (956) 326-2279

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 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 114M, 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, an all-you-can-eat buffet serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week catering to students, faculty and staff.

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 126, provides services by bringing kids to the University. Services take the form of grants and continuing education programs.

Student Affairs: Located on the second floor in room 226, the Office of Student Affairs coordinates new student orientation, student activities, student life events, student organizations, leadership programs, community engagement, international student services, study abroad, student conduct and student grievance procedures. The office also maintains the Student Handbook and is responsible for the student disciplinary process.

Student Government Association: Located on the second floor in room 229, 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, the Food Court sells a variety of menu items for breakfast and lunch. Catering Services are also available for on-campus events.

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: General University, The Testing Center, The Writing Center, The University Learning Center, TRIO Student Support Services, and The Advising and Mentoring Center. University College's mission is to provide learning assistance to all students.

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 under prepared students.. 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 1102 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 (TSI) 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
75-83
D
70-74
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. 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.

Completing Developmental Studies Courses for Transfer/House Bill (HB1)/Early College High School (ECHS)
Transfer students requiring developmental studies courses must complete their remedial obligation by the end of the second semester in which they are enrolled. Students who have not met this obligation 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 five or more un-excused absences will receive an “W” 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 (THECB):

ASSET and COMPASS offered by ACT;
ACCUPLACER offered by the College Board;
Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) offered by Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson

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/ESSAY
THEA 230 230 220
COMPASS 81 39 59/5
ASSET 41 38 40/5
ACCUPLACER 78 63 80/5

To take MATH 1314, College Algebra, students at Texas A&M International must score above the minimum TSI requirement for math and earn the appropriate placement score from at least one of the following placement examinations: THEA Math 250, SAT Math 450, ACT Math 19, or COMPASS Algebra 45. Effective Spring 2008, to take ENGL 1301, English Composition I, students at Texas A&M International must score the minimum TSI requirement for English and earn the appropriate placement score from at least one of the following placement examinations: THEA score of 240, TCOMP essay score of 6 and a 59 or above objective score; or ACCUPLACER essay score of 6 and an objective score of 80 or above, SAT Verbal 450, ACT English 19.

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 the reading, math or writing section may not enroll in the following classes:

 
Reading
Math
Writing
  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, University Success Center (USC) room 223.

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, USC room 223.

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 Office of the Executive Director for University College, the Testing Center, or the Advising and Mentoring Center located on the second floor of the University Success Center.

TESTING CENTER
The Testing Center, USC 201, coordinates university testing which includes credit by examination (CLEP), 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 select TAMIU as school recipient in order to receive credit to be posted on TAMIU transcript. The Testing Center does not report CLEP scores to the Office of the University Registrar for posting on the student transcript.

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

*Letter grades awarded for these subjects. See Testing Center’s “Credit by Examination” brochure available at the Testing Center, USC 201.

COLLEGE-LEVEL 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, USC 201. Spanish or Bilingual-Early Childhood majors may not use these credits to satisfy degree requirement.

COLLEGE-LEVEL PLACEMENT COURSES FOR MATH AND ENGLISH - must have met TSI.

 

   
COMPASS Writing
ACCUPLACER Writing
   
          ACT
TAMIU THEA Sentence Skills Sentence Skills SAT English
Course Score and Essay and Essay Verbal Score
English 1301 240 59 Sentence Skills 80 Sentence Skills 450 19
    6 essay 6 Essay    
           
    COMPASS COMPASS SAT ACT
TAMIU THEA College Algebra MATH MATH
Course Score Algebra   Score Score
Math 1314 250 N/A 45 450 19
Math 1316 N/A 51 N/A 630 27
Math 1324 N/A 35 81 600 25
Math 1324 280 35 N/A 600 25
Math 2413 N/A 60 and 51 N/A 660 29
    Trigonometry      


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

THE WRITING CENTER
The Writing Center, located in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 203, provides individual and small-group tutoring in all subject areas, classroom support, content-specific workshops and presentations, writing resources, and support for other writing-related activities, such as the Reflections literary magazine and the Voices in the Monte Writers Series.

UNIVERSITY LEARNING CENTER (ULC)
The University Learning Center, located in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 205, provides academic support to all currently enrolled TAMIU students in math, science, and reading courses. The center offers individual and group tutoring, content-specific study groups, intensive exam reviews, and test preparation workshops.

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.

ADVISING AND MENTORING CENTER
The Advising and Mentoring Center, located on the second floor of the Student Success building, provides academic advising to all freshman and sophomore students, as well as individual support to all incoming freshmen. The freshmen are assigned to weekly meetings with upper division student mentors in order to assist them with a successful transition to university life. The full time advisors work with all sophomores to assist with degree plans as well as semester schedules.

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 announced on the University Uconnect portal. 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.

Students receiving veterans educational benefits must provide transcripts  from all previously attended post-secondary schools, a copy of their DD 214, and records of military educational programs completed to the school for evaluation of potential transfer credit.

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.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa2.cfm?ID=500.

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://collegeforalltexans.com.

EXPLANATION OF TUITION AND FEES
Tuition-Resident of Texas: Undergraduate Resident students pay $50 per semester credit hour. Graduate Resident students pay $72 per semester credit hour.

Tuition-Non-Resident/International: Non-resident and International students pay $360 per semester credit hour. Graduate Non-resident and International students pay $382 per semester credit hour.

Board Authorized Tuition: Authorized by The Texas A&M University System, at the rate of $90.50 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 $30 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 $15.50 per semester credit hour; $232.50 maximum in Fall and Spring; $139.50 maximum per summer session.

Endowment Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $10.00 per semester to provide student scholarships.

Energy Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $3.50 per semester credit hour to offset increases in energy costs.

Health Fee
: This $34.65 fee is required of all students enrolled during the fall and spring ($17.33 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 $10.50 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 $48 per semester ($24 for each summer session) to provide programs for students to participate in a variety of competitive, non-varsity, sports related activities.

Student Center Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $6 per semester credit hour for Student Center Maintenance; $90 maximum in Fall and Spring; $45 maximum each summer session.

Student Service Fee: All students pay this fee at the rate of $25.65 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 SGA and Clubs.

Technology Access Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $15.50 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 $50.

Orientation Fee (Non-refundable): This $50 fee is assessed to all first time freshmen students for orientation.

Reinstatement Fee/Late Registration Fee: This fee is charged at a rate of $100 per semester credit hour for students who are reinstated/registered after record date.

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. This fee is not subject to any other waivers to which the student may be entitled. 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, $35.00; late fee, $25.00
Application fee, international graduate, $50.00; late fee, $25.00
Bachelor’s graduation, $30.00; late fee, $50.00
Certificate/deficiency plan (non-refundable), $25.00
Doctoral graduation, $30.00; late fee, $50.00
Duplicate diploma fee, $15.00
Emergency Tuition Loan set-up fee, $30.00
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), $30.00
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. Refund of tuition and fees will be processed based on the date of the student withdrawal after the student has officially withdrawn through the Office of the University Registrar.
  2. Fees will not be refunded earlier than two weeks after the date of payment indicated on the student’s receipt. Refunds will be sent to student’s TAMIU Debit Card.
  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. 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, USC 121.

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 2011 and Spring 2012

Hrs Tui* Board
Auth
Tui
Asmt
Fee
Tech Acc
Fee
Int
Ed
Fee
Lib
Acc
Fee
Endw
Fee
Svc
Fee
Hlth
Fee
ID
Fee
SC
Fee
Rec
Fee
Adv
Fee
Ath Fee Enr Fee Total
1
50
90.50
20
15.50
4
10.50
10
25.65
34.65
10
6
48
30
15.50
3.50
373.80
2
100
181.00
20
31.00
4
21.00
10
51.30
34.65
10
12
48
30
31.00
7.00
590.95
3
150
271.50
20
46.50
4
31.50
10
76.95
34.65
10
18
48
30
46.50
10.50
808.10
4
200
362.00
20
62.00
4
42.00
10
102.60
34.65
10
24
48
30
62.00
14.00
1,025.25
5
250
452.50
20
77.50
4
52.50
10
128.25
34.65
10
30
48
30
77.50
17.50
1,242.40
6
300
543.00
20
93.00
4
63.00
10
153.90
34.65
10
36
48
30
93.00
21.00
1,459.55
7
350
633.50
20
108.50
4
73.50
10
179.55
34.65
10
42
48
30
108.50
24.50
1,676.70
8
400
724.00
20
124.00
4
84.00
10
205.20
34.65
10
48
48
30
124.00
28.00
1,893.85
9
450
814.50
20
139.50
4
94.50
10
230.85
34.65
10
54
48
30
139.50
31.50
2,111.00
10
500
905.00
20
155.00
4
105.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
60
48
30
155.00
35.00
2,321.65
11
550
995.50
20
170.50
4
115.50
10
250.00
34.65
10
66
48
30
170.50
38.50
2,513.15
12
600
1086.00
20
186.00
4
126.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
72
48
30
186.00
42.00
2,704.65
13
650
1176.50
20
201.50
4
136.50
10
250.00
34.65
10
78
48
30
201.50
45.50
2,896.15
14
700
1267.00
20
217.00
4
147.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
84
48
30
217.00
49.00
3,087.65
15
750
1357.50
20
232.50
4
157.50
10
250.00
34.65
10
90
48
30
232.50
52.50
3,279.15
16
800
1448.00
20
248.00
4
168.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
90
48
30
232.50
56.00
3,449.15
17
850
1538.50
20
263.50
4
178.50
10
250.00
34.65
10
90
48
30
232.50
59.50
3,619.15
18
900
1629.00
20
279.00
4
189.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
90
48
30
232.50
63.00
3,789.15

Undergraduate* Tuition and Fees for Summer 2012

Hrs Tui* Board
Auth
Tui
Asmt
Fee
Tech Acc
Fee
Int
Ed
Fee
Lib
Acc
Fee
Endw Fee Svc
Fee
Hlth
Fee
ID
Fee
SC
Fee
Rec
Fee
Adv
Fee
Ath
Fee
Enrg
Fee
Total
1
50
90.50
10
15.50
4
10.50
10
25.65
17.33
10
6
24
30
15.50
3.50
322.48
2
100
181.00
10
31.00
4
21.00
10
51.30
17.33
10
12
24
30
31.00
7.00
539.63
3
150
271.50
10
46.50
4
31.50
10
76.95
17.33
10
18
24
30
46.50
10.50
756.78
4
200
362.00
10
62.00
4
42.00
10
102.60
17.33
10
24
24
30
62.00
14.00
973.93
5
250
452.50
10
77.50
4
52.50
10
128.25
17.33
10
30
24
30
77.50
17.50
1,191.08
6
300
543.00
10
93.00
4
63.00
10
153.90
17.33
10
36
24
30
93.00
21.00
1,408.23
7
350
633.50
10
108.50
4
73.50
10
179.55
17.33
10
42
24
30
108.50
24.50
1,625.38
8
400
724.00
10
124.00
4
84.00
10
205.20
17.33
10
45
24
30
124.00
28.00
1,839.53
9
450
814.50
10
139.50
4
94.50
10
230.85
17.33
10
45
24
30
139.50
31.50
2,050.68
10
500
905.00
10
155.00
4
105.50
10
250.00
17.33
10
45
24
30
139.50
35.00
2,239.83
11
550
995.50
10
170.50
4
115.50
10
250.00
17.33
10
45
24
30
139.50
38.50
2,409.83
12
600
1086.00
10
186.00
4
126.00
10
250.00
17.33
10
45
24
30
139.50
42.00
2,579.83

Note: *Resident Undergraduate Tuition based on $50.00/sch; Resident Graduate Tuition based on $72/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 2011 and Spring 2012

Hrs Tui* Board
Auth
Tui
Asmt
Fee
Tech Acc
Fee
Int
Ed
Fee
Lib
Acc
Fee
Endw Fee Svc
Fee
Hlth
Fee
ID
Fee
SC
Fee
Rec
Fee
Adv
Fee
Ath Fee Enrg
Fee
Total
1
363
90.50
20
15.50
4
10.50
10
25.65
34.65
10
6
48
30
15.50
3.50
686.80
2
726
181.00
20
31.00
4
21.00
10
51.30
34.65
10
12
48
30
31.00
7.00
1,216.95
3
1,089
271.50
20
46.50
4
31.50
10
76.95
34.65
10
18
48
30
46.50
10.50
1,747.10
4
1,452
362.00
20
62.00
4
42.00
10
102.60
34.65
10
24
48
30
62.00
14.00
2,277.25
5
1,815
452.50
20
77.50
4
52.50
10
128.25
34.65
10
30
48
30
77.50
17.50
2,807.40
6
2,178
543.00
20
93.00
4
63.00
10
153.90
34.65
10
36
48
30
93.00
21.00
3,337.55
7
2,541
633.50
20
108.50
4
73.50
10
179.55
34.65
10
42
48
30
108.50
24.50
3,867.70
8
2,904
724.00
20
124.00
4
84.00
10
205.20
34.65
10
48
48
30
124.00
28.00
4,397.85
9
3,267
814.50
20
139.50
4
94.50
10
230.85
34.65
10
54
48
30
139.50
31.50
4,928.00
10
3,630
905.00
20
155.00
4
105.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
60
48
30
155.00
35.00
5,451.65
11
3,993
995.50
20
170.50
4
115.50
10
250.00
34.65
10
66
48
30
170.50
38.50
5,956.15
12
4,356
1086.00
20
186.00
4
126.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
72
48
30
186.00
42.00
6,460.65
13
4,719
1176.50
20
201.50
4
136.50
10
250.00
34.65
10
78
48
30
201.50
45.50
6,965.15
14
5,082
1267.00
20
217.00
4
147.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
84
48
30
217.00
49.00
7,469.65
15
5,445
1357.50
20
232.50
4
157.50
10
250.00
34.65
10
90
48
30
232.50
52.50
7,974.15
16
5,808
1448.00
20
248.00
4
168.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
90
48
30
232.50
56.00
8,457.15
17
6,171
1538.50
20
263.50
4
178.50
10
250.00
34.65
10
90
48
30
232.50
59.50
8,940.65
18
6,534
1629.00
20
279.00
4
189.00
10
250.00
34.65
10
90
48
30
232.50
63.00
9,423.15

Undergraduate* Tuition and Fees for Summer 2012

Hrs Tui* Board
Auth
Tui
Asmt
Fee
Tech Acc
Fee
Int
Ed
Fee
Lib
Acc
Fee
Endw Fee Svc
Fee
Hlth
Fee
ID
Fee
SC
Fee
Rec
Fee
Adv
Fee
Ath Fee Enrg
Fee
Total
1
363
90.50
10
15.50
4
10.50
10
25.65
17.33
10
6
24
30
15.50
3.50
635.48
2
726
181.00
10
31.00
4
21.00
10
51.30
17.33
10
12
24
30
31.00
7.00
1,165.63
3
1,089
271.50
10
46.50
4
31.50
10
76.95
17.33
10
18
24
30
46.50
10.50
1,695.78
4
1,452
362.00
10
62.00
4
42.00
10
102.60
17.33
10
24
24
30
62.00
14.00
2,225.93
5
1,815
452.50
10
77.50
4
52.50
10
128.25
17.33
10
30
24
30
77.50
17.50
2,756.08
6
2,178
543.00
10
93.00
4
63.00
10
153.90
17.33
10
36
24
30
93.00
21.00
3,286.23
7
2,541
633.50
10
108.50
4
73.50
10
179.55
17.33
10
42
24
30
108.50
24.50
3,816.38
8
2,904
724.00
10
124.00
4
84.00
10
205.20
17.33
10
45
24
30
124.00
28.00
4,343.53
9
3,267
814.50
10
139.50
4
94.50
10
230.85
17.33
10
45
24
30
139.50
31.50
4,867.68
10
3,630
905.00
10
155.00
4
105.00
10
250.00
17.33
10
45
24
30
139.50
35.00
5,369.83
11
3,993
995.50
10
170.50
4
115.50
10
250.00
17.33
10
45
24
30
139.50
38.50
5,852.83
12
4,356
1086.00
10
186.00
4
126.00
10
250.00
17.33
10
45
24
30
139.50
42.00
6,335.83

Note: Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition based on $363.00/sch; Non-Resident Graduate Tuition based on $382.00/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.

UNIVERSITY SUCCESS CENTER

The University Success Center provides Texas A&M International University students with one-stop-shopping from admission to graduation.

Admissions:Located on the first floor in room 129, the Admissions Office receives and processes applicant information for undergraduate, graduate and international students.

Advising and Mentoring Center: Located on the second floor in room 222, the Advising and Mentoring Center provides academic advising to all freshman and sophomore students, as well as individual support to all incoming freshmen.

Bursar: Located on the first floor in room 137, the Bursar’s Office assists students/parents with questions related to student accounts and processes the following: applications for emergency tuition loans, book loans and installment payment plans; payments for student related billing; and student refunds.

Financial Aid: Located on the second floor in room 214, assists students with applying for financial aid to meet the cost of attending the University.

OneCard Center: Located on the first floor in room 131, 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.

Recruitment and School Relations: Located on the first floor in room 126, the Office of Recruitment & School Relations is at the forefront of the recruiting efforts of Texas A&M International University.  This office provides prospective students with information on admissions, enrollment, degrees, programs, financial aid, housing, student life, and campus tours.

Testing Center: Located on the second floor in room 201, the Testing Center coordinates university testing which includes credit by examination, placement testing (THEA and COMPASS), departmental exams and other assessment programs.

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

University College: Located on the second floor in room 223, University College (UC) oversees six departments: General University, The Testing Center, The Writing Center, The University Learning Center, TRIP Support Services, and The Advising and Mentoring Center. University College's mission is to provide learning assistance to all students.

University Registrar: From your first day of class to your walk across the graduation stage, the Office of the University Registrar follows you through your time at Texas A&M International University.  Located on the first floor in room 121.

 

 


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