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Division of Student Affairs

  
Dr. Thomas G. Corti, Vice President for Student Affairs
 
 
Ms. Minita Ramírez, Executive Director, Enrollment Services
 
Ms. Betty Momayezi, Executive Director, Student Life
 
Ms. María R. Rosillo, Director, Admissions

Mr. Doug Sivyer, Director, Campus Dining Services
 
Ms. Cassandra Wheeler, Director, Career Services
 
Ms. Laura Elizondo, Director, Financial Aid

Ms. Vicky Schriebner, Director, Housing and Residence Life
Mr. Oscar Reyna, University Registrar

Mr. Dennis J. Koch, Director, Student Activities

Ms. B. Laura Cortez, Director, Student Center
 
Dr. Terrence Hannigan, Director, Student Counseling Services
 
Ms. Angie Cantrell, RN, MSN, CFNP, Director, Student Health Services
 

OFFICE OF 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. Students who do not enroll for the semester for which they are approved should contact the Office of Admissions and reapply before attempting to enroll for another semester.

Implementation of admissions policy is the responsibility of the Director of Admissions. Any exception to admission policy must be approved by the University Admissions and Exceptions Committee. Although Texas A&M International University has flexible admission deadlines, all credentials should be submitted as far in advance as possible. The deadlines below are applicable to the semester of entry:

U.S. Students' Deadlines:

Fall Semester - July 1st Spring Semester - November 1st
Summer Session I - April 1st Summer Session II - May 1st

International Students' Deadlines:

Fall Semester - July 1st Spring Semester - October 1st
Summer Session I - April 1st Summer Session II - April 1st

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

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

The Office of Enrollment Management and School Relations is responsible for student recruitment. To obtain application forms and/or information on degrees and student life at Texas A&M International University, call or write to:

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

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

OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS GENERAL POLICIES

All questions on the application for admission must be answered fully. Failure to answer all questions correctly and completely is grounds for rejection of application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, or appropriate disciplinary action. The Application for Admission form requires students to provide a Social Security Number (SSN). However, a Campus Wide Identification Number (CWID) 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. International students need foreign official transcript(s) to be translated to English. Failure to list on the application form all institutions attended and to submit official transcripts required is grounds for rejection of application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, or appropriate disciplinary action.

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

Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in nursing, social work or seeking teacher certification are required to apply for admission to their desired program. Graduate students are required to complete a separate application at the appropriate Deans' Office for acceptance into their preferred degree program. The Office of Admissions grants admission only to the university, and not to a specific program.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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

To be admitted as an entering freshman, an applicant must meet the following requirements and submit required documents to the Office of Admissions:

  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) sent directly from each institution attended, if any college credit has been earned. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.000 is required.
  4. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) scores. SAT or ACT scores should not be older than three (3) years prior to enrollment. Students in the top 50% of their high school graduating class are not required a minimum score, but must submit either a SAT or ACT test score. Students not graduating in the top 50% must score a minimum of 860 total on the SAT or a minimum of 18 composite on the ACT. Applicants who have graduated from high school three (3) or more years prior to the anticipated date of enrollment may opt to take the University administered COMPASS exam. International high school graduates and students with a GED may choose to take the SAT, ACT or the University administered COMPASS exam; however, each element of the academic transcript will be reviewed for admission.

Note: Students with scores lower than 860 on the SAT and 18 on the ACT will be required to participate in the First Year Student Success Program during the first semester of enrollment.

 

  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
  1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of stu- dents graduating from a high school in a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 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. See page 18 for TOEFL exemptions.
  2. Computer Literacy Requirement: The computer has become a fundamen- tal resource for learning in all disciplines. Students seeking admission to the University must demonstrate basic computer literacy, a requirement satisfied by one unit of a high school computer literacy course (ex., BCIS), taken as part of a student's college preparation program. (Keyboarding will not satisfy this requirement.) An entering student not able to show mastery of basic computer skills will enroll in MIS 1305, or a similar course, before beginning the third semester of University study.
  3. Foreign Language Requirement: Students seeking admission to Texas A&M International University must demonstrate beginning college-level proficiency in one foreign language. Beginning proficiency is defined as the equivalent of 6 college level semester credit hours (SCH). Beginning college-level proficiency may be demonstrated by:
    1. completion of three years of high school study of a single foreign language with a minimum grade of 80 (3.0) at the end of the third year.
      or
    2. earning a minimum grade of "C" in 6 SCH in one foreign language
      or
    3. CLEP, University of Wisconsin, or AP exam scores that award 6 SCH in one foreign language.

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

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

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

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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

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

  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) sent directly from each institution attended, if any college credit has been earned. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 is required.

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

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

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

TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION

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

To be admitted as a transfer student, an applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions: (See additional requirements; for the Social Work program may be found in COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES-UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES; for the Teacher Education Program in COLLEGE OF EDUCATION-UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES; and for the School of Nursing in DR. F. M. CANSECO SCHOOL OF NURSING-UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE)

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. Official college/university transcript(s) sent directly from each institution attended. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.000 is required. Even though a grade below "C" will be calculated into the grade point average, it will not be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  3. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students having academic studies from a country where English is not the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 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. See page 18 for TOEFL exemptions.
  4. Computer Literacy Requirement: The computer has become a fundamental resource for learning in all disciplines. Students seeking admission to the University must demonstrate basic computer literacy, a requirement satisfied by at least one-half high school credit in computer literacy, taken as part of a student's college preparation program. (Keyboarding will not satisfy this requirement.) An entering student not able to show mastery of basic computer skills will enroll in CIS 1305, or a similar course, before beginning the third semester of University study.
  5. Foreign Language Requirement: Students seeking admission to Texas A&M International University must demonstrate beginning college-level proficiency in one foreign language. Beginning proficiency is defined as the equivalent of 6 college level semester credit hours (SCH). Beginning college-level proficiency may be demonstrated by:
    1. completion of three years of high school study of a single foreign language with a minimum grade of 80 (3.0) at the end of the third year.
      or
    2. earning a minimum grade of "C" in 6 SCH in one foreign language
      or
    3. CLEP, University of Wisconsin, or AP exam scores that award 6 SCH in one foreign language

Foreign language course credits may be used to fulfill the second Romance language requirement of the B.A. in Spanish or certain other lower-level general electives in other degrees. In some degree programs, however, the foreign language credits will count as additional credits above and beyond those required for the degree.

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

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

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

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

  1. The transfer curricula shall be as prescribed by the current issue of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's guide to transfer curricula and transfer of credit.
  2. The following procedures shall be followed by public institutions of higher education in the resolution of transfer disputes involving lower-level courses:

    If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, that institution shall give written notice to the student and the other institution that the transfer of the course credit is denied.

    The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and/or guidelines.

UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE 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). Foradditional 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/Graduate Admission. Students who have completed a bachelor degree must submit an Application for Graduate Admission.
  2. Official college/university transcript(s). Undergraduate students must submit an official transcript from the last institution attended. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.000 is required.
    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.
  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 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. See TOEFL exemptions under International Student Admission in theis section

Note: International students must also complete requirements listed under International Student Admission in this section.
All students must meet TSI requirements before enrollment. See the Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT.

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

ACADEMIC PROBATION AND PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

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

Students interested in petitioning the Committee must submit all documents required for admission, and an Application for Admissions and Exceptions Committee Review. An application form may be obtained at the Office of Admissions. Required documents must be submitted to the Office of Admissions one week prior to the established UAEC meeting day: Third Friday of each month.

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

Freshmen students are placed on provisional status and allowed to enroll for only one semester (Fall or Spring) or two summer sessions. To be given full admission to the University, students must meet the following requirements: (1) enroll in the following nine semester credit hours - GENU 1300, Theories and Applications of Learning; English or Math (may be developmental); and a three hour course from the core curriculum, (2) complete all courses with a "C" or better, and (3) schedule monthly counseling sessions with the Freshmen Counselor at the Office of Admissions. The Committee reserves the right to place other requirements as deemed necessary. The UAEC will review each student's grades at the end of the semester to determine if full admission will be granted. The Office of Admissions will notify students of the Committee's decision by mail within five working days after the meeting.

Transfer students are placed on academic probation status and allowed to enroll for only one semester (Fall or Spring) or two summer sessions. Students must make at least a 2.000 semester grade point average (GPA) by the end of the first semester and each subsequent semester to continue enrollment. Students will be removed from probation when the overall GPA is greater than or equal to 2.000. The Committee reserves the right to place other requirements as deemed necessary.

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 any 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 Admissions: (For additional requirements see ACADEMIC REGULATIONS - GRADUATES).

  1. Application for Graduate Admission.
  2. Official college/university transcript(s) from institutions other than Trexas A&M International University 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 US evaluated for equivalency to US degrees.
  3. 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.

The College of Arts and Sciences requires the GRE from all applicants, except for Spanish majors who are required to take a departmentally administered examination.

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

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

The Canseco School of Nursing requires the GRE from all applicants.

  1. 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 213 (Computer- based) or 550 (Paper-based) is required. Students pursuing a doctoral degree will need a minimum TOEFL score of 250 (Computer-based) or 600 (paper-based). This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment. See page 18 for TOEFL exemptions.

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

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 Statement of Purpose, 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/Director's Office in the College or School for additional information.

The College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) reviews applicants prior to the beginning of each long semester. All COAS master program applicants must submit GRE scores to be admitted, except for Spanish majors who are required to take a departmentally administered examination.

The College of Business Administration (COBA) Graduate Admissions Committee will make admission recommendations based upon review of the applicant's upper level grade point average, standardized test scores (e.g., GMAT/GRE/EXAMEN DE ADMISIÓN), statement of purpose, résumé, 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 (COE) 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 submitted all relevant documentation 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 (SON) reviews applicants in June prior to the beginning of graduate coursework in the Fall. All MSN program applicants must apply directly to the School of Nursing.

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 provided that the student has a cumulative grade point average in upper-division work of 3.0 or better, and that written approval is obtained from the Dean of the College in which the work is offered. Undergraduates cannot count their work in graduate courses toward the bachelor's degree. Such work will be reserved for credit toward a graduate degree when student is fully admitted.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION

A person who is not a citizen or permanent resident alien of the United States 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 to the Office of Admissions by the published deadline. In addition the following must be submitted by International Students:

  1. A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 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. Residual TOEFL exam taken at another institution will not be accepted. See TOEFL exemptions below.
TOEFL Exemptions:
  • One year of full-time academic studies 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 OR
  • GMAT Verbal score of 22 or higher and sent directly from ETS, taken within five years of enrollment.
  1. Only graduate students need an Official Certificate of Graduation, indicating the degree and date completed, which must be translated to English and sent directly from the institution to the Office of Admissions. Students who graduated from Mexican institutions must present an original Titulo to be photocopied at the Office of Admissions.
  2. A completed Financial Statement form provided by the Office of Admissions. 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 at least $23,877 for an undergraduate student based on 15 semester credit hours or $18,344 for a graduate student based on 9 semester credit hours (stated in U.S. currency) 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
  1. 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.a-i-p-i.com). The university plan will cost approximately $700 to $900 per year. Coverage is the same for all Texas A&M University System schools. The student may enroll once arriving on campus or by phone at: 1-800-452- 5772.

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

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

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 for the University at the Office of Admissions. Information on these rules and regulations is also available at the THECB website at www.thecb.state.tx.us/Uhri.

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 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 which substantiates the need for the change. To receive approval the student must submit the proper documentation and the Legal Residence Information form (available at the Office of Admissions).

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 www.thecb.state.tx.us/Uhri to find out about specific visas or early eligibility exemptions. For more detailed information on these exemptions or waivers call the Residency Determining Officer at the Office of Admissions at (956)326-2200.

OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The financial aid program is designed for all students who have demonstrated financial need for assistance to meet University expenses and who are making satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the Office of Student Financial Aid. A copy of the Student Financial Aid Handbook is available online or at the Office of Student Financial Aid, Killam Library, Room 158. All students who apply for financial aid must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy at all times whether financial aid was received or not. Those students who are not making satisfactory academic progress at the end of the academic year or semester will be given the opportunity during the summer sessions “probation” period to regain satisfactory academic standing before being denied financial aid. Students who are on scholastic probation or enforced withdrawal are not eligible for financial aid.

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

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

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

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

  Semester Priority Deadline
  Fall or entire financial aid year March 15
  Summer Session I & II May 1
  Summer Session II June 3
  Spring December 3

GRANTS

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

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), State Student Incentive Grant (TPG-SSIG), and the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) are available to students whose federal financial aid application results show evidence of financial need, and enroll for a minimum of six (6) hours each semester provided funds are available.

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

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

First-time freshmen students must maintain an overall GPA of at least a 2.0.

Students will continue to receive the TEXAS grant as long as satisfactory progress is achieved. First-time freshmen students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better. Second year and transfer students receiving the TEXAS grant must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.

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

TEXAS B-ON-TIME LOAN PROGRAM

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

Eligibility Requirements:

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

Annual Loan Amounts for 2004-2005 Academic Year:

4-year public institutions: $3,590 for the academic year; $1,795 per semester

A 3% origination fee will be deducted from the loan proceeds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE COLLEGE WORK-STUDY PROGRAM

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

To qualify for the College Work-Study Program, a student must submit a FAFSA, complete a financial aid folder, demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled for a minimum of six (6) semester hours each semester. Students who attend the University only during the summer session are not eligible for college work-study.

College work-study students are paid at least minimum wage and may work from fifteen (15) to nineteen (19) hours per week and are not entitled to fringe benefits. Information on college work-study positions and vacancies is available from the Office of Career Services, Student Center Room 114.

LOAN PROGRAMS

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

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

Private 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. A request for private loans must be accompanied by appropriate documentation stating reason(s) for the loan. Final approval for processing will be granted by the Financial Aid Director.

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

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

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

ENTRANCE AND EXIT COUNSELING SESSIONS FOR LOAN BORROWERS

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

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

GRANTS
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Texas Grant
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
Texas Public Grant-State Student Incentive Grant (TPG-SSIG)

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

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

Other scholarships are directly available through the Office of Student Financial Aid, (956) 326-2225.

COLLEGE WORK STUDY PROGRAMS
Federal (need-based)*
State (need-based)*
Institutional (non-need-based)*

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

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR POST-BACCALAUREATE STUDENTS

GRANTS
Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
Texas Public Grant-State Student Incentive Grant (TPG-SSIG)

SCHOLARSHIPS
The TAMIU General Scholarship applications are available through the Office of Student Financial Aid, deadline is July 1.

COLLEGE WORK STUDY PROGRAMS
Federal (need-based)*
State (need-based)*
Institutional (non-need-based)*

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

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

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

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

*All student employee job applications are processed through the Office of Career Services, SC 114, (956) 326-2260.

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 period and the dates of other transactions that affect student course schedules are printed in the Schedule of Classes.

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. Dates of pre-registration are listed in the semester calendar of the Schedule of Classes and are otherwise advertised on campus via posters and signs. Students are encouraged to become knowledgeable of the rules governing pre-registration, 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 handling 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.) Dates of registration are listed in the semester calendar of the Schedule of Classes.

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.

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 students not being allowed to take final examinations, 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. This exemption must be invoked by census date to reduce tuition fees for the semester.

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

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

EXPLANATION OF TUITION AND FEES
Tuition-Resident of Texas: Undergraduate Resident students pay $50 per semester credit hour. Graduate Resident students pay $60 per semester credit hour.

Tuition-Non-Resident/International: Non-resident and International students pay $326 per semester credit hour. Graduate Non-resident and International students pay $336 per semester credit hour.

Board Authorized Tuition: Authorized by The Texas A&M University System, at the rate of $55 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.

Assessment Fee: This $15.00 fee is required of all students ($7.50 for each summer session) to implement assessments required for accreditation.

Computer Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $8 per semester credit hour to insure availability of computing resources to all students at the University and provides for maintenance and expansion of academic computing facilities.

Student Service Fee: All students pay this fee at the rate of $21.25 per semester credit hour (not to exceed $250.00 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.

Health Fee: This $29.00 fee is required of all students enrolled during the fall and spring ($14.50 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 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.

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 $4.00 per semester credit hour and insures that the library collection supports academic programs and meets accreditation requirements.

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

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 at the rate of $25.00 per semester credit hour for all distance education courses.

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

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

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

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

Additional Miscellaneous Fees:

Application fee, graduate, $25.00
Bachelor’s graduation, $20.00
Certificate/deficiency plan (non-refundable), $25.00
Course fee, $3 - $500
Duplicate diploma fee, $15.00
Late installment loan payment, $15.00
Late emergency loan payment, $25.00
Late short-term book loan payment, $10.00
Non-refundable loan application fee (emergency and book loans), $10.00
Master’s graduation, $20.00
Returned check charge, $25.00
Transcript (Official - per copy), $3.00

REFUND OF FEES

  1. 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 specified by 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

  1. 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

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

TUITION REBATE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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

Students desiring to qualify for the tuition rebate are responsible for complying with all university rules and regulations related to the administration of the program, and are solely responsible for enrolling only in courses that will qualify them for the rebate.

Students who transfer from another institution, including out-of-state institutions, shall provide the university with official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended in order that the total number of hours attempted may be verified.

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Resident
Tuition and Fees - Fall 2005 and Spring 2006
 
Hrs.
Tuition

Board
Auth.
Tuition

Assmt Fee
Comp
Fee

Int.
Ed.
Fee

Lib Fee
Prop.
Dep
Student
Service
Fee
   Health
    Fee
ID
  Fee
Student
Center
     Total
                 
     
1
50.00
55.00
15.00 8.00
4.00
4.00
10.00
21.25
29.00
10.00
3.00
209.25
2
100.00
110.00
15.00 16.00 4.00 8.00
10.00
42.50
29.00
10.00
6.00
350.50
3
150.00
165.00
15.00 24.00 4.00 12.00
10.00
63.75
29.00
10.00
9.00
491.75
4
200.00
220.00
15.00 32.00 4.00 16.00
10.00
85.00
29.00
10.00
12.00
633.00
5
250.00
275.00
15.00 40.00 4.00 20.00
10.00
106.25
29.00
10.00
15.00
774.25
6
300.00
330.00
15.00 48.00 4.00 24.00
10.00
127.50
29.00
10.00
18.00
915.50
7
350.00
385.00
15.00 56.00 4.00 28.00
10.00
148.75
29.00
10.00
21.00
1,056.75
8
400.00
440.00
15.00 64.00 4.00 32.00
10.00
170.00
29.00
10.00
24.00
1,198.00
9
450.00
495.00
15.00 72.00 4.00 36.00
10.00
191.25
29.00
10.00
27.00
1,339.25
10
500.00
550.00
15.00 80.00 4.00 40.00
10.00
212.50
29.00
10.00
30.00
1,480.50
11
550.00
605.00
15.00 88.00 4.00 44.00
10.00
233.75
29.00
10.00
33.00
1,621.75
12
600.00
660.00
15.00 96.00 4.00 48.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
1,758.00
13
650.00
715.00
15.00 104.00 4.00 52.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
1,875.00
14
700.00
770.00
15.00 112.00 4.00 56.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
1,992.00
15
750.00
825.00
15.00 120.00 4.00 60.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
2,109.00
16
800.00
828.00
15.00 128.00 4.00 64.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
2,174.00
17
850.00
828.00
15.00 136.00 4.00 68.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
2,236.00
18
900.00
828.00
15.00 144.00 4.00 72.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
2,298.00
                 
     
Tuition and Fees for Summer 2006
 
Hrs.
Tuition

Board
Auth.
Tuition

Assmt Fee

Comp
Fee

Int.
Ed.
Fee

Lib Fee
Prop.
Dep
Student
Service
Fee
   Health
    Fee
ID
  Fee
Student
Center
     Total
1
50.00
55.00
7.50
8.00
4.00
4.00
10.00
21.25
14.50
10.00
3.00
187.25
2
100.00
110.00
7.50
16.00
4.00
8.00
10.00
42.50
14.50
10.00
6.00
328.50
3
150.00
165.00
7.50
24.00
4.00
12.00
10.00
63.75
14.50
10.00
9.00
469.75
4
200.00
220.00
7.50
32.00
4.00
16.00
10.00
85.00
14.50
10.00
12.00
611.00
5
250.00
275.00
7.50
40.00
4.00
20.00
10.00
106.25
14.50
10.00
15.00
752.25
6
300.00
330.00
7.50
48.00
4.00
24.00
10.00
127.50
14.50
10.00
18.00
893.50
7
350.00
385.00
7.50
56.00
4.00
28.00
10.00
148.75
14.50
10.00
18.00
1,031.75
8
400.00
440.00
7.50
64.00
4.00
32.00
10.00
170.00
14.50
10.00
18.00
1,170.00
9
450.00
495.00
7.50
72.00
4.00
36.00
10.00
191.25
14.50
10.00
18.00
1,308.25
10
500.00
550.00
7.50
80.00
4.00
40.00
10.00
212.50
14.50
10.00
18.00
1,446.50
11
550.00
552.00
7.50
88.00
4.00
44.00
10.00
233.75
14.50
10.00
18.00
1,531.75
12
600.00
552.00
7.50
96.00
4.00
48.00
10.00
250.00
14.50
10.00
18.00
1,610.00
 
Note: *Undergraduate Tuition based on $50.00/sch; Graduate Tuition based on $60/sch; Board Authorized Tuition - $55.00/sch; Assessment Fee - $15.00/semester, $7.50 per summer session; Computer Access Fee - $8.00/sch; International Education Fee - $4.00/semester; Library Access Fee - $4.00/sch; Property Deposit Fee - $10.00/semester; Service Fee - $21.25/sch, $250.00 maximum; Student Health Fee - $29.00/semester, $14.50/summer session; ID Fee - $10.00/semester; Student Center Fee -$3.00/hr, $36.00 maximum/long semester, $18.00 maximum/summer session.
 
Non-Resident/Foreign Student
Tuition and Fees - Fall 2005 and Spring 2006
 
Hrs.
Tuition

Board
Auth.
Tuition

Assmt Fee

Comp
Fee

Int.
Ed.
Fee

Lib Fee
Prop.
Dep
Student
Service
Fee
    Healt
     Fee
ID
Fee
Student Center
Total
                   
   
1
326.00
55.00
15.00
8.00
4.00
4.00
10.00
21.25
29.00
10.00
3.00
485.25
2
652.00
110.00
15.00
16.00
4.00
8.00
10.00
42.50
29.00
10.00
6.00
902.50
3
978.00
165.00
15.00
24.00
4.00
12.00
10.00
63.75
29.00
10.00
9.00
1,319.75
4
1,304.00
220.00
15.00
32.00
4.00
16.00
10.00
85.00
29.00
10.00
12.00
1,737.00
5
1,630.00
275.00
15.00
40.00
4.00
20.00
10.00
106.25
29.00
10.00
15.00
2,154.25
6
1,956.00
330.00
15.00
48.00
4.00
24.00
10.00
127.50
29.00
10.00
18.00
2,571.50
7
2,282.00
385.00
15.00
56.00
4.00
28.00
10.00
148.75
29.00
10.00
21.00
2,988.75
8
2,608.00
440.00
15.00
64.00
4.00
32.00
10.00
170.00
29.00
10.00
24.00
3,406.00
9
2,934.00
495.00
15.00
72.00
4.00
36.00
10.00
191.25
29.00
10.00
27.00
3,823.25
10
3,260.00
550.00
15.00
80.00
4.00
40.00
10.00
212.50
29.00
10.00
30.00
4,240.50
11
3,586.00
605.00
15.00
88.00
4.00
44.00
10.00
233.75
29.00
10.00
33.00
4,657.75
12
3,912.00
660.00
15.00
96.00
4.00
48.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
5,070.00
13
4,238.00
715.00
15.00
104.00
4.00
52.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
5,463.00
14
4,564.00
770.00
15.00
112.00
4.00
56.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
5,856.00
15
4,890.00
825.00
15.00
120.00
4.00
60.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
6,249.00
16
5,216.00
828.00
15.00
128.00
4.00
64.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
6,590.00
17
5,542.00
828.00
15.00
136.00
4.00
68.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
6,928.00
18
5,868.00
828.00
15.00
144.00
4.00
72.00
10.00
250.00
29.00
10.00
36.00
7,266.00
                         
Tuition and Fees for Summer 2006
 
Hrs.
Tuition

Board
Auth.
Tuition

Assmt Fee

Comp
Fee

Int.
Ed.
Fee

Lib Fee

Prop.
Dep
Student
Service
Fee
    Health      Fee
ID
  Fee
Student Center
Total
1
326.00
55.00
7.50
8.00
4.00
4.00
10.00
21.25
14.50
10.00
3.00
463.25
2
652.00
110.00
7.50
16.00
4.00
8.00
10.00
42.50
14.50
10.00
6.00
880.50
3
978.00
165.00
7.50
24.00
4.00
12.00
10.00
63.75
14.50
10.00
9.00
1,297.75
4
1,304.00
220.00
7.50
32.00
4.00
16.00
10.00
85.00
14.50
10.00
12.00
1,715.00
5
1,630.00
275.00
7.50
40.00
4.00
20.00
10.00
106.25
14.50
10.00
15.00
2,132.25
6
1,956.00
330.00
7.50
48.00
4.00
24.00
10.00
127.50
14.50
10.00
18.00
2,549.50
7
2,282.00
385.00
7.50
56.00
4.00
28.00
10.00
148.75
14.50
10.00
18.00
2,963.75
8
2,608.00
440.00
7.50
64.00
4.00
32.00
10.00
170.00
14.50
10.00
18.00
3,378.00
9
2,934.00
495.00
7.50
72.00
4.00
36.00
10.00
191.25
14.50
10.00
18.00
3,792.25
10
3,260.00
550.00
7.50
80.00
4.00
40.00
10.00
212.50
14.50
10.00
18.00
4,206.50
11
3,586.00
552.00
7.50
88.00
4.00
44.00
10.00
233.75
14.50
10.00
18.00
4,567.75
12
3,912.00
552.00
7.50
96.00
4.00
48.00
10.00
250.00
14.50
10.00
18.00
4,922.00
                         
Note: Tuition based on $326.00/sch, Graduate Tuition based on $336.00/sch; Board Authorized Tuition - $55.00/sch; Assessment Fee - $15.00/ semester, $7.50 per summer session; Computer Access Fee - $8.00/sch; International Education Fee - $4.00/semester; Library Access Fee - $4.00/sch; Property Deposit Fee - $10.00/semester; Service Fee - $21.25/sch, $250.00 maximum; Student Health Fee - $29.00/semester, $14.50/summer session; ID Fee - $10.00/semester; Student Center Fee -$3.00/hr, $36.00 maximum/long semester, $18.00 maximum/summer session.

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, the university has established a policy relating to the accessibility of student information in the custody of the Texas A&M International 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 main- tained 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 univer- sity 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 con- tained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA autho- rizes 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, super- visory, 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 Re- gents; 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 re- quirements 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 prior to 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 the University.
  • 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-forceable 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 on-line and will be available on-campus in the Office of the University Registrar. On-line 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, fax and via the web. 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 I.D. must be presented at the Office of the University Registrar. The request will be honored within one working day.

Through the Web

  1. Go to https://lasso.tamiu.edu
  2. Click on “log in to Student Services” (Key icon at the bottom of the page)
  3. Enter Student ID( Social Security # or Campus ID #)
  4. Enter PIN (Birthday: ex 010878 for Jan. 8, 1978)
  5. Click on login
  6. Click on Official Transcript Request

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 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 paperwork. For more information call (956)326-2250.

COMMENCEMENT
This ceremony occurs several 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.

STUDENT CENTER

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

“What’s in the Student Center?”

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

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

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

Copy Center: Located on the first floor next to the Game Room, the Copy Center offers professional services including color copies, transparencies, and a fax machine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OneCard Center: Located on the first floor in room 128, the OneCard Center issues ID cards for students. The OneCard Center also accepts Dusty Dollar deposits, which is a prepaid store value account on the TAMIU OneCard. See Identification Card Fee explanation on page XX for more information about the OneCard program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEPARTMENT OF CAREER SERVICES

Career Services provides a spectrum of services to students and alumni in the areas of career development and employment. Professional staff members help students explore career options and gain information to make well-informed decisions regarding majors, job preparations and search.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Need based (Workstudy) and Non-need based (Regular) student employment on campus is coordinated through Career Services. Need based positions are 15 hours per week while Non-need based positions are 19 hours per week. Need based candidates must have a completed folder with the Financial Aid Office. Applications, eligibility requirements, and current postings are available in the Career Resource Center in the Student Center, Room 114. Announcements for part-time employment off campus are also available.

CAREER EXPLORATION
Part of Career Services' mission is to help students explore, select, prepare for and enter satisfying careers fitting their personal interests, abilities, and values. Some of the larger resources in place for career exploration:

  • Career Counseling: Confidential counseling and assessment testing to assist in identifying interest, abilities, and values - essential in choosing a major or career. A Computerized career guidance program, the Myers Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) personality type inventory, and Strong Interest Inventory are also available.
  • Career Fairs: Held annually, the fair serves multiple purposes including job, internship, networking, and teacher fair. It enables a participant to talk directly with representatives of corporations, non-profit agencies, federal and state agencies, school districts, volunteer organizations, graduate schools and many others to gather information about careers.
  • Career Resources: Materials housed in the Career Resource Center range from books, videos, and various printed resources. Many feature information on occupational characteristics, duties, salaries, and/or working conditions. Also available are school directories, college and graduate school catalogs, free magazines and handouts focusing on the job preparation process.
  • Special Programs: Activities include employers making presentations to classes with topics ranging from careers and internship opportunities, interviewing techniques and business etiquette.

JOB SEARCHING 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.
  • Job Vacancy Notices: Current job openings are advertised in binders and are categorized by colleges and special interests (i.e.. International Employment Opportunities, etc.)
  • On-Campus Recruitment: Allows qualified students an opportunity to interview with companies, agencies, and school districts which recruit on campus each year. Company information, interview dates, and sign up sheets are available.
  • Résumé Referral Service: Students and alumni can register their résumé online through CollegeCentralNetwork. With this free service, students' résumés are sent directly to employers with immediate hiring needs.
  • Résumé Critiques and Practice Interviews: Objective feedback and helpful suggestions assist students and alumni in producing a quality résumé and improve their interviewing skills.
  • Workshops: Throughout the semester, these group sessions aid students in learning the skills of résumé writing, job searching, and interviewing. Special topics and other career-related issues are presented regularly to student groups, classes, or upon request.

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

STUDENT 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
  • Assessment of health problems by a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Practice Nurse) with prescriptive authority
  • Physician Consultation available upon referral
  • Consultation with Nurse Practitioner by appointment during business hours
  • Emergencies are seen as soon as possible
  • Immunizations
  • Tuberculosis (TB) screening available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
  • Laboratory capabilities
  • Blood pressure screening and monitoring
  • Vision screening
  • Weight control monitoring
  • Health promotion and disease prevention for individuals and groups
  • HIV/AIDS information, testing can be confidentially arranged
  • Medication Prescriptions or
  • Class D Pharmacy for SHS's patients

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.

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES AND DISABILITY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Counseling and psychological services are available to all University students. Student Counseling Services offers a broad range of psychological services for currently enrolled students. Our Mission Statement reads, "Student Counseling Services works to empower college students to be capable and competent adults as they assume responsibility for their own well-being at a time when many are developing behaviors that will impact their quality of life and relationships.

Our services are designed to support, encourage, educate, counsel, and empower students in a university setting as they adjust to the challenges and transitions of university life as well as help faculty and staff function more effectively in their work with students." 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 and other types of diversity.

Student Counseling Services staff understand that psychological adjustment is connected to the health of the whole person - including the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and social well being of the individual. The majority of our counseling activities span social-emotional and educational-career concerns. Frequent assistance is provided in the areas of: conflict management, stress management, depression and anxiety disorders, relationship stressors, crisis intervention, learning skills problems, time management, grief counseling self-destructive behaviors, and difficulties with disability access.

Student Counseling Services offers a variety of psychological services including counseling/psychotherapy, psychological education, testing and assessment. Staff clinicians use testing and assessment to assist in diagnosis, treatment planning, and increasing the helpfulness of therapy. Services for students with disabilities are also provided within this department.

We further support the academic goals of the University through providing quality training for graduate students in mental health professions. In that vein, services are provided by both professional staff and graduate student trainees. Our staff offers support for a variety of challenges and concerns that might require professional assistance as well as referral to medical, nutritional, and other appropriate campus and community resources to maximize health.

In general, we emphasize short-term treatment, which identifies a focus for counseling and aims to deal with that particular issue within a relatively short time. The clinical staff will be happy to work with individuals in identifying long-term or more intensive treatment options in those cases where extended care is indicated.

Student Counseling Services staff are on-call during regular operation hours of the University (typically, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when classes are in session). There are evening hours available, usually on Wednesday and Thursday. Please call the office at 326-2230 to verify evening hours. In the event of a crisis after regular hours or during university holidays, campus police may be called at 326-2100.

There is no additional charge for these services since they are covered through student fees. Confidentiality is assured within the limits set by law. No record of visits is recorded on a student's transcript or in a student's job placement file.

To make an appointment to speak with a counselor, call (956) 326-2230 (voice/TTY), or visit Room 124, Student Center.

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 works to promote a supportive learning community to empower students with disabilities to accomplish their academic goals. Disability Services for Students also works to enhance the awareness of disability related issues and to foster respect for persons with disabilities within the University community." The Office of Disability Services for Students will assist any student who has an appropriately documented disability in coordinating needed support services, physical or academic. hese 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.

DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES

STUDENT ACTIVITIES
The Department of Student Activities supports the assumption that the first priority of students is to study so that they may be academically successful. However, there is much more to university life than classes, homework, exams, and grades. There are student organizations, clubs, traditions, and much more which is best known as “The Other Education.”

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 Department of Student Activities supports the belief that students can and should learn from experiences as well as from textbooks.

The Department of Student Development provides direct advisement to the Student Government Association, Orientation of NewStudents, and the Club Officers’ Council, among others. The staff of the Department of Student Development is committed to providing Texas A&M International University students with the best possible “Other Education” through programs and services that meet the needs of all students. The following services are provided to chartered student organizations: leadership retreats; e-mail addresses; bi-monthly officers meetings; mailboxes; workshops; information and approval concerning the use of university banking system and funds withdrawal; help with scheduling, planning, and preparing events for all chartered student organizations. For more information call (956) 326-2280.

Student organizations on campus at the time of printing include:

  • Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc.
  • Ambassadors (TAMIU Student Ambassadors)
  • American Medical Students Association
  • Animation Club
  • Art Ink
  • Association of Information & Technology Professionals
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Baptist Student Ministries
  • Biology Club
  • Club Alma Gitana
  • C.O.L.O.R.S.
  • Club de Español Siglo XXI
  • Criminal Justice Association
  • Dance Club
  • Delta Psi Alpha Fraternity
  • Destino
  • Drama
  • Electronic Commerce Association
  • Film Club
  • Gay and Straight Alliance
  • Guitar Club
  • Gung Fu Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Health Occupations Students of America
  • History Club
  • Indian Students Association
  • Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity-Colony
  • Music Club
  • Music Educators National Conference
  • Newman Club
  • Political Science Association
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Public Administration and Urban Studies Association
  • The Rose Buds
  • Sahaja Yoga Meditation Club
  • Sigma Delta Pi-Phi Xi Chapter
  • Social Work Club
  • Sorority Interest Group
  • Star Club
  • Student Accounting Society
  • Student Coalition for Democracy and Human Rights
  • Students in Free Enterprise
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Student Systems Group (SSG)
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Twisters Dance Team
  • Young Democrats

Honor Societies:

  • Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociology Honor Society)
  • Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (National Honor Society in English)

ORIENTATION FOR NEW STUDENTS
Each student entering Texas A&M International University, whether as a freshman, a transfer student, or graduate student, has 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 in a highly individualized manner. Activities which occur during new student orientation include: interaction with academic advisors who help select the first semester courses; assigning faculty advisors for transfer students; interaction with Texas A&M International University student groups; and meeting with the college deans. A $30 nonrefundable fee is assessed to all first time freshmen students for orientation.

Freshmen, transfer, and graduate students participating in these orientation activities conducted by the Department of Student Activities 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 326-2282.

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

HOUSING
TAMIU offers several on-campus housing options. The Residential Learning Community offers single rooms, meal plans as well as a fitness center, computer lab and kitchens/lounges on each floor. The University Village offers fully furnished one, two and four bedroom apartments with living/dining area and fully-equipped kitchens. Each facility has on site residence life staff. For further information, contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at (956)326-1300 or fax (956)326-1309.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS
The Department of Recreational Sports also provides a balanced recreational sports program invested in the overall wellness of students, faculty, and staff of Texas A&M International University. This is accomplished by providing facilities and fitness related activities that benefit the overall health and wellness of the university community as well as offering a structured intramural program. The intramural program provides an outlet for students to participate in a variety of competitive events each semester, while making new friends and having fun in a sport oriented environment. Students can sign-up at the Recreational Sports office, KCB Room 107 or by calling (956) 326-2280.

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
Texas A&M International is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Red River Athletic Conference which includes thirteen major area universities - Texas A&M International University, Bacone College, Langston University, College of the Southwest, Houston Baptist University, Huston-Tillotson College, Jarvis Christian College, Northwood University, Paul Quinn College, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Texas College, University of Texas-Permian Basin, and Wiley College.

Athletic teams at Texas A&M International are known as the "Dustdevils" and the official school colors are maroon and silver. The University will also be part of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) which is founded on the concept of the student athlete. The member schools of this conference are committed to a form of competition, which reflects the values of their institution and the goals of higher education.

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

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

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

 

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