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2016-2017 University Catalog


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STUDENT SERVICES

ADDITIONAL FEES - ADMISSIONS - ADVANCED PLACEMENT - CAREER SERVICES -
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM - CONTINUING EDUCATION -
COUNSELING SERVICES&DISABILITY SERVICES - OFFICE OF GLOBAL INITIATIVES - EXPLANATION OF TUITION AND FEES -
FINANCIAL AID - GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS - GRADUATE ADMISSIONS -
HEALTH SERVICES - INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS -INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES -
NON DEGREE/CERTIFICATE STUDENTS
- PROVISIONAL ADMISSION - RECREATIONAL SPORTS -
RECRUITMENT AND SCHOOL RELATIONS - REPEATED COURSE FEE - SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION - STUDENT AFFAIRS - STUDENT CENTER - STUDENT HOUSING -
STUDENT RECORDS
- STUDY ABROAD- TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION -
UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS
- UNIVERSITY COLLEGE - UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR - ZAFFIRINI SUCCESS CENTER


RECRUITMENT AND SCHOOL RELATIONS

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

Office of Recruitment and School Relations
Texas A&M International University
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center Room 130
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
Office: (956) 326-2270
Fax: (956) 326-2269
Toll Free: 1-888-4TX-AMIU (489-2648)
email: enroll@tamiu.edu
http://www.tamiu.edu/prospect

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Qualified high school students in 11th and 12th grade may enroll in university-level courses at TAMIU as a dual-enrollment student. Concurrent students may not enroll in more than six (6) credit hours each long semester or summer session. A Concurrent Authorization Statement form must be submitted each subsequent semester and students must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average based on a 4.0 scale in order to continue in the program.

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

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

  1. Application for Concurrent Admission. This application must submitted online through www.applytexas.org. Applicants must submit a Concurrent Authorization Statement form with parent and high school counselor signatures.
  2. Official High School Transcript. The official high school transcript must show student’s most updated GPA, including all coursework completed. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope or online by the high school.
  3. Official college/university transcript(s). Any college/university transcripts other than TAMIU must be sent directly from each institution attended, if any college credit has been earned. A minimum overall grade point average of a 2.0 is required.

All students must attempt all three sections of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Placement Exam (i.e. Mathematics, Reading, and Writing) before course registration. Applicants who neglect to meet the required TSI placement scores, will not be allowed to take university-level courses related to the sections of the test that they have not passed. See Texas Success Initiative in the section entitled University College.

ADMISSIONS

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

For more information on admission requirements, please refer to Undergraduate and Graduate admissions information section of the catalog.

CAREER SERVICES

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

CAREER EXPLORATION AND PLANNING

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

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

  • Job Fairs: The career fairs provides an opportunity to interact with prospective employers. These events enable participants to talk directly with representatives of corporations, non-profit agencies, federal and state agencies, government, school districts, volunteer organizations, graduate schools among others.
  • Job Vacancy Notices: Current job openings are advertised via online job database, and are categorized by on-campus, part-time, full-time and internship opportunities for local, statewide, nationwide and global opportunities. 
  • On-Campus Recruitment: Allows qualified students an opportunity to interview with companies, agencies, and school districts which recruit on campus throughout the year. Students and alumni may access company information and interview dates.
  • Resume Critiques: Professional staff provide objective feedback and helpful suggestions to assist students and alumni in composing a high-quality resume that highlight your marketable skill sets.
  • Mock Interviews: Perfect your interviewing skills for phone, panel and Skype interviews through mock interviews. Receive feedback on your poise, level of confidence and responses by staff, alumni or recruiters.
  • Workshops: Throughout the semester, these sessions aid students in writing cover letters, resumes, preparing for an interview, and personal branding.
  • Special Programs: Activities include employers making presentations to classes with topics such as careers, internship opportunities, and interviewing techniques.
  • Online Prep Courses and Trainings: Gain access to information on preparing for graduate programs such as practice admission exams, typing tests, and other resources.

All Texas A&M International students and alumni, regardless of graduation date, are encouraged to access the services and programs offered by the Office of Career Services, Student Center Room 114, (956) 326-4473.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
The Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development makes the educational resources of Texas A & M International University available for non-credit education programs and conferences designed to promote lifelong learning, regardless of age, interest, or location. Our programs fall into five general categories: Professional Development, Professional Certification Programs, Certificate Programs, Personal Enrichment, Summer Youth Programs, and Conferences.  We also build courses to fit the needs of your company.
TAMIU is honored to be working with the Department of Defense’s expanded Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program to provide medical and legal online training at no cost to the military spouses who work hard daily to truly support our troops. The Office of Continuing Education believes that military spouses deserve a high-quality education that leads to an in-demand career – a career that’s portable, so relocation never gets in the way of reaching their goals.
TAMIU’s American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center is located within the Office of Continuing Education.  Its mission is to strengthen the Chain of Survival in our community.  The Training Center serves as the principal resource for information and support for AHA Instructors.  AHA courses (Heartsaver, Basic Life Support, and ACLS) are offered at TAMIU to provide First Aid and CPR training opportunities for healthcare providers and community members.  Convenient blended online courses are convenient options for those who need to complete their CPR certification quickly.

Office of Continuing Education
Student Center 118
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, TX  78041
Tel. 956.326.3068 — Fax 956.326.2838
Email: ce@tamiu.edu
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
http://www.tamiu.edu/ce

TAMIU Training Center
Student Center 118
5201 University Boulevard Laredo, TX  78041
Tel. 956.326.2829 — Fax 956.326.2838
Email: cpr@tamiu.edu
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
http://www.tamiu.edu/ce/CPR.shtml

COUNSELING SERVICES AND DISABILITY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

COUNSELING SERVICES
Counseling services are available to all Texas A&M International University students. Student Counseling Services offers a broad range of services and is supported by the student health fees paid each semester; therefore, counseling services are available to currently enrolled students. 

Our Mission Statement reads:

“The Office of Student Counseling and Disability Services provides an environment supportive of the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical development of all TAMIU students. We strive to empower them to be capable and competent adults while adjusting to the challenges and transitions to University life as well as ensuring equal access for students with disabilities to all curricular and co-curricular opportunities offered by the University.”

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

The Student Counseling Services provides a variety of services for the TAMIU community. Our main service is counseling/psychotherapy provided individually, as a couple, or as a group. Psychological education is also offered through workshops and presentations held periodically around campus.
In general, our staff’s work with individuals emphasizes short-term treatment, which utilizes an issue of focus for counseling determined by both the individual and the clinician, and aims at management of that particular issue within a relatively brief amount of time. Student Counseling Services offers support for a variety of challenges and concerns that at times do require professional assistance as well as referral to medical, nutritional, and/or other appropriate community resources to maximize health and wellbeing. Additionally, the staff is qualified to assist individuals in identifying long-term or more intensive treatment options in the community in cases where extended care is indicated.

Through our endeavors we support the educational mission of Texas A&M International University. As a staff, we attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, physical ability and other types of diversity.
Student Counseling Services is located in the University Success Center 138. Hours of service are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (Friday is only until 3pm) and Wednesday-Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm. The staff is on call after regular hours of operation of the University. In the event of a crisis after regular hours of service or during university holidays, campus police may be contacted at 326-2911.
For questions please call (956) 326-2230 (voice/TTY), or stop by to make an appointment to speak with a counselor at the Zaffirini Student Success Center 138.

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

Our mission statement reads:

"Disability Services for Students promotes a supportive learning community to empower students with disabilities to accomplish their academic goals by ensuring accessibility to university programs. We aim to foster greater awareness both of, and for, persons with disabilities in our multilingual, multicultural international environment."

Disability Services for Students will assist any student who has an appropriately documented disability in coordinating needed support services, physical or academic. These services will be coordinated between the University and if available, with government or private agencies.

Students with appropriately documented disabilities may request reasonable accommodations which will afford them equal access to all educational programs and activities that Texas A&M International University provides or sanctions. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, states and requires that qualified students with disabilities have the right to request and obtain reasonable accommodations to afford students equal access to courses, program services, activities, and facilities offered through the University.
Although students with disabilities may request services at any time during the school year, students are encouraged to meet with the Disability Coordinator or Director of Student Counseling Services to request services at least (3) three months before entering Texas A&M International University. To be eligible for services, a student must be enrolled at Texas A&M International University, has submitted to DSS appropriate, current documentation concerning the disability, and has made a special request concerning the disability.

Each request for services made to DSS 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 DSS has taken, may take, or has not taken for an individual student's benefit, or if DSS 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 DSS, the student has the right to obtain outside legal counseling or proceedings.
Texas A&M International University's DSS 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 (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), or stop by the Zaffirini Student Success Center 138.

FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid is made available by a process through which the student, the student’s family, and Texas A&M International University work together through federal, state, and local programs to assist in meeting the student’s financial needs to attend college. To qualify for financial assistance, a student must be admitted into a degree-granting course of study, be meeting TAMIU’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAPP), and must not be in default or delinquent on any student loan with the University, State or Federal government. The student must not owe a balance for Federal Title IV Funds returned due to complete withdrawal from TAMIU or any other state or private institution. All students must apply for financial aid on an annual basis and must meet the SAP Policy at all times whether financial aid was received or not.

To apply for federal financial aid, a student must submit to the U. S. Department of Education a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.gov. Students who have previously applied for federal student aid will receive a reminder to do their application by e-mail. Students under the HB 1403 and/or SB 1528 can apply for state aid thru the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TAFSA). This application may be found on the Financial Aid web site http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/financial/ or office.

The Office of Student Financial Aid
Texas A&M International University
5201 University Boulevard
Zaffirini Success Center, Room 214
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900
Telephone: (956) 326-2225
Fax: (956) 326-2224
E-mail: financialaid@tamiu.edu
FAFSA School Code: 009651

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

See table below for each semester’s priority deadline to submit financial aid application and deadline to submit all financial aid documents to finalize awards prior to the tuition and fees due date.

Semester


Priority Deadline to submit application

Deadline to submit all required documents

Fall or Fall & Spring

March 15

July 30

Summer

May 1

May 30

Spring

December 3

December 20


Financial resources of the University should be viewed only as supplementary to the financial resources of the applicant and family. For additional information, filing dates and application forms, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Non Degree/Non Certification or Transient Students

Federal regulations state that individuals enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program can receive federal Title IV aid and/or state aid. A regular student is one who is enrolled for the purpose of obtaining a degree offered by the institution. Students enrolling at TAMIU as non-degree and non-certificate or are here just for the summer as a transient student are not eligible for federal Title IV programs or state financial aid. Private loans can be obtained for these courses but are based on credit worthiness

GRANTS
The Federal Pell Grant, Title IV Program, Title IV Program must apply thru FAFSA, is available to undergraduates who have not received a baccalaureate degree and that demonstrate financial need. undergraduate students who have not received a baccalaureate degree and that demonstrate financial need. This grant provides a foundation of financial aid to which assistance from other sources may be added. Maximum duration of eligibility of this program is limited to up to 12 semesters or 6 years of full-time enrollment, or graduation whichever comes first.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity, Title IV Program must apply through FAFSA, is availiable to Pell Grant eligiable undergraduate students whose fedral financial aid applications results show evidence of high financial need and enroll full-time (12+) hours each semester. Funds are limited, therefore applicants who apply by the deadline are given priority.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Title IV Program, must apply thru FAFSA, program awards eligible students who plan to teach and complete the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve requirements. Award may be up to $4,000 per year (pro-rated for less than full-time). The maximum award allowed during a baccalaureate program is $16,000 and in a graduate program is $8,000. Recipients will be required to teach in a Title I school and a high need field for 4 out of the 8 years immediately following the completion of study or upon ceasing enrollment.

Toward EXcellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) Grant must apply thru FAFSA or TASFA, is available to Texas resident undergraduate students who have not received a baccalaureate degree, demonstrate financial need and have completed the recommended, distinguished or foundation curriculum from an accredited public or private Texas high school. Students who apply by the priority deadline of March 15 and meet two out of four components of the State of Texas Priority Model must be given priority. Funds are limited therefore applicants who apply by the priority deadline are given priority. Maximum duration of eligibility of this program is limited to 5 consecutive years; or 150 attempted semester credit hours; or graduation whichever comes first.

The Texas Public Education Grant, and the Texas Resident Assistant Grants & Scholarships DUSTY Grant, TX Resident Success Grant, TX Resident Scholarship, TX Resident Summer Grant and Scholarship), must apply thru FAFSA or TASFA, are available to Texas resident students whose financial aid application results show evidence of financial need, and enroll full-time (12+) hours each semester provided funds are available. Funds are limited therefore applicants who apply by the priority deadline are given priority

SCHOLARSHIPS

TAMIU Distinguished Presidential Incoming Freshmen Scholarship


The Distinguished Presidential Scholarship is an honorary, four-year, merit-based scholarship awarded to high academic achievers. This scholarship is available through the Office of Recruitment and School Relations. This scholarship is an automatic scholarship awarded to qualified students upon meeting the following scholarship criteria thru their admissions application. The Distinguished Presidential Scholarship award ranges from $12,000 to $32,000 and is divided by 4 equal offers.

To be eligible, students must be a first-time freshmen, be admitted to TAMIU by December 1 and earn the SAT or ACT scores outline below while meeting the high school percentage rank requirement:

SAT

1300-1600

1200-1290

1100-1190

1000-1090

900-990

or

ACT

29-36

26-28

24, 25

22, 23

20, 21

and

Rank

Top 25%

Top 25%

Top 25%

Top 10%

Top 10%

equals

Award

$32,000

$28,000

$20,000

$16,000

$12,000


The table above also demonstrates the award amount the student would earn based on SAT or ACT scores and high school percentage rank.

TAMIU First-Time Freshman Scholarship

The TAMIU First-Time Freshman Scholarship is a four-year, merit-based scholarship. This scholarship is available through the Office of Recruitment and School Relations. It is awarded to first-time freshman students in the top 25 percentage ranking of their high school class or who demonstrate exceptional scores on the SAT or ACT. Award ranges from $4,000 to $20,000 and is divided into 4 equal offers.
To be eligible, students must be first-time freshmen, be admitted to TAMIU by January 31, submit the require essay on ApplyTexas, and meet the following academic criteria:

  • Be in the top 25% of graduating class, or
  • Earn a 1020+ on the SAT (Critical Reading + Math sections combined), or
  • Earn a 22+ on the ACT

High school graduates who have not attended another college or university are eligible to apply for this scholarship program prior to the fall semester entrance. 

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

TAMIU General Scholarship for Continuing Students

The TAMIU General Scholarship applications for competitive one year awards is available for current students from the Office of Financial Aid. Students may apply online at http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/financial/scholarships.shtml.  Deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 15. This program provides awards to current TAMIU students exhibiting outstanding academic achievement and/or needing financial assistance to attend the University. Awards range from $100 to $5,000 and vary in length from 1 – 2 semesters. Some awards are restricted as to course of study or degree objective and may have additional participation requirements to activities and/or internships.

TAMIU General Scholarship for Transfer Students
The TAMIU General Scholarship applications for competitive one year awards is available for transfer students from the Office of Financial Aid. Students may apply online at http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/financial/scholarships.shtml. Deadline to apply for this scholarship is June 15. This program provides awards to transferring students exhibiting outstanding academic achievement and/or needing financial assistance to attend the University.  Awards range from $100 to $5,000 and vary in length from 1 – 2 semesters. Some awards are restricted as to course of study or degree objective and may have additional participation requirements to activities and/or internships.

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

Mexican Tuition Waiver Program
The purpose of the Mexican Tuition Waiver Program is to permit a small number of individuals with financial need, who are citizens of Mexico, to enroll in any Texas public university and pay the resident tuition rate. Student eligibility for a waiver must be established prior to enrollment. Must apply on an annual basis, last day to submit application is the first class day of semester they are applying for. Application is available in the office website at: http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/financial/forms.shtml.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a citizen of Mexico and reside in Mexico,
  • Must show financial need,
  • Must attend an eligible Texas public university and enroll full-time.

Other scholarships are directly available through the Office of Financial Aid website http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/financial/scholarships.shtml or office please call us at (956 )326-2161.

Scholarship Information for Graduate Students
Fellowships and scholarships for graduate students are handled by the Office of Graduate Studies, the individual colleges and the academic departments. All students should contact their college and major department for information.  The Lamar Bruni Vergara Educational Fund provides scholarships, assistantships and GRE/GMAT reimbursements, deadline is May 1. Visit their website at http://www.tamiu.edu/gradschool/fellowships.shtml.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

The Office of Financial Aid coordinates student part-time employment, both non-need based (student employee) and need based (work-study). Students may visit the online job database (DUSTY WORKS) for applications, eligibility requirements, and current postings at https://www.myinterfase.com/tamiu/student/home.aspx located on the Office of Financial Aid website http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/financial/student_employment.shtml.

Student workers under both programs are paid at least minimum wage and are paid bi-weekly along with regular University employees. Student workers are not eligible for fringe benefits, paid holidays, retirement, vacation or sick leave. Federal and state work-study programs provide part-time employment for U.S. citizens, permanent residents and eligible non-residents, within fund limitations, who have an established financial need and desire campus employment.

To qualify for the Federal/Texas College Work-Study Programs, a student must have submitted a FAFSA, have financial need, be enrolled or accepted for enrollment and be making satisfactory academic progress. The Texas College Work-Study program has two additional requirements: student must be a Texas resident and cannot be awarded an athletic scholarship.
The Community Work-Study Service Program allow students who qualify for the Federal/Texas Work-Study Program to work part-time as part of the No Child Left Behind initiative. It is based on the philosophy that children are our nation's greatest asset. It calls all Americans to support teachers and help ensure that every child can read well by the end of third grade. Eligible and dedicated college students are called to serve as reading and math tutors, as well as mentors and role models in our community. All work-study students are paid at least minimum wage, work an average of 10 to 19 hours per week and do not receive fringe benefits.

The Office of Financial Aid has the right to discontinue employment if a student worker employee does not meet and/or maintain the registration and/or grade point average requirements listed above. All student worker job applications are processed through the Office of Financial Aid, for more information call (956) 326-2165 or visit our website at http://www.tamiu.edu/affairs/financial/student_employment.sht.

LOAN PROGRAMS

The William D. Ford Direct Student Loan Program (Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan Programs), Title IV Program must apply thru FAFSA, are available to students who are meeting satisfactory academic progress, whose need and/or cost of attendance has not been met through other resources, and enroll for a minimum of 6 hours each semester. Students will be notified of their eligibility for the Direct Loan program(s) through a financial aid offer based on classification. Graduate students qualify for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan program only.

The Federal Parent Plus Loan (FPLUS), Title IV Program must submit a FAFSA, is available for parents of enrolled dependent students. Applications for the FPLUS should be submitted at least twelve weeks before the end of the semester for which the student is enrolled. Parents can apply by signing into the www.studentloans.gov website. Approval of the loan is based on the borrower's credit history. The amount of the loan cannot exceed the student's cost of attendance. Student must be meeting satisfactory academic progress and enroll for a minimum of 6 hours each semester.

The Federal Graduate Plus Loan (FGPLUS), Title IV Program must submit the FAFSA, is available for graduate students. Applications for the FGPLUS should be submitted at least twelve weeks before the end of the semester for which the student is enrolled. Students can apply by signing into the www.studentloans.gov website. Approval of the loan is based on the borrower's credit history. The amount of the loan cannot exceed the student's cost of attendance. Student should apply for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan program before the FGPLUS. Student must be meeting satisfactory academic progress and enroll for a minimum of 6 hours each semester.

The College Access Loan Program, State program must apply thru FAFSA or TASFA, is available to Texas resident students who are meeting satisfactory academic progress, whose need and/or cost of attendance has not been met through other resources, and enroll for a minimum of 6 hours each semester. Approval of the loan is based on the borrower's credit history. Students can apply by signing into the www.hhloans.com website.

The Texas B-On-Time Loan program, State program must apply thru FAFSA, is available to eligible undergraduate Texas residents having completed the recommended or distinguished curriculum from an accredited public or private Texas high school. Application information will be furnished with the financial aid offer, if applicable, and as funds are available. The no-interest loan may be forgiven upon graduation if the student receives an undergraduate degree from an eligible institution and the student graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, within 4 calendar years after the date the student initially enrolled in an eligible institution, or graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a total number of credit hours (including transfer hours and hours earned exclusively by examination) that is no more than 6 hours beyond what is required to complete the degree or certificate. Program is currently available for renewal students only. 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.

Private Alternative loans are for students who have exhausted all other avenues of financial aid. All financial aid, including loans, cannot exceed a student's cost of attendance. Approval of the loan is based on the borrower's credit history. Students can apply by signing into the www.ELMSelect.com website.

College for all Texans – Types of Financial Aid www.collegefortexans.com

Students and their family can choose from many different types of financial aid. Some are based on financial need, and some on academic performance. Others are tied to a student’s or family’s ability to borrow. Not all colleges and universities participate in all programs, but the more you know about financial aid, the better prepared you will be. Here you will find links to the many kinds of financial aid available to students attending Texas colleges and universities. These include:

  • Exemptions
  • State and Federal Grants and Scholarships
  • Private/Corporate Grants and Scholarships
  • Loans
  • Loan Repayment Programs
  • Tax Credits and Other Programs
  • Waiver Programs
  • Work Study Programs
  • $1000 Tuition Rebate Program

Gainful Employment Programs

At TAMIU, additional certificate programs are offered, however Title IV assistance is currently NOT approved for such programs by the U. S. Department of Education.  In accordance with current guidelines, financial aid can be offered to students in a 'certificate program' only if the SCHOOL is awarding the certificate. At TAMIU, the certificate is not awarded by the SCHOOL but rather from the State of Texas; the student completes all required coursework at TAMIU which allows the student to 'sit' for certification at the State level, but students NOT certified by the State of Texas will not be allowed to 'practice/work' in Texas. Therefore, TAMIU's 'certificate programs' do not fall under the purview of a Gainful Employment program and the student is not eligible to receive financial aid.  TAMIU's current 'certificate' programs include:

  • English-Spanish Translation
  • International Leadership
  • International Studies
  • Language Certificate in Spanish
  • Latin American Studies
  • Oil and Gas Accounting
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Master Reading Teacher
  • Non-Profit Leadership and Management
  • Principal
  • Reading Specialist
  • School Counselor
  • Superintendent

HEALTH SERVICES

Student Health Services is staffed with 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:

  • First aid for illness and injury
  • Referral to medical facilities or services
  • Consultation with Physician by appointment, subject to availability
  • Immunizations; Texas Vaccine for Children (TVFC) provider
  • Tuberculosis (TB) screening available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, by appointment
  • Blood pressure screening and monitoring
  • Physical exams for program requirements (CSON, ROTC, Athletics, ISA Study Abroad)
  • Sexual health education and birth control
  • Health promotion and disease prevention for individuals and groups
  • Condom distribution site
  • Confidential HIV/Syphilis/Hepatitis testing, by appointment first Wednesday of each month
  • Medication and laboratory prescriptions, as ordered by Physician
  • Women Health Services, by appointment with Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Travel health appointments for study abroad programs, available with Registered Nurse
  • Electronic Medical Records
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 956-326-2235 or visit Student Center 125.

BACTERIAL MENINGITIS VACCINE REQUIREMENTS
As of January 1, 2012, Texas law (Senate Bill 1107 and Senate Bill 62) requires that students* entering institutions of higher education either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination at least 10 days prior to the first day of their first semester.  Student who do not comply with the requirement are subject to being dropped from their classes.  

The vaccination requirement applies to new students, transfer students and students returning to TAMIU who have experienced a break in their TAMIU enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.  You are exempt from the vaccination requirement only if any of the following apply:

  • You are 22 years of age or older as of the first day of the semester
  • You are enrolled only in online or other distance education courses
  • You are enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours
  • You are enrolled in a dual credit course which is taught at a facility not located on the TAMIU campus


Important Considerations:

  • The bacterial meningitis vaccination must be administered by a Health Practitioner authorized by law to administer an immunization.
  • Vaccinations administered more than 5 years prior to the start of the semester will require a booster.
  • International students are strongly encouraged to obtain the bacterial meningitis vaccination before entering the United States.  International vaccine records must be submitted along with ‘Evidence of Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis Form’ in English. 

For more information on bacterial meningitis vaccine requirement visit http://www.tamiu.edu/health/MeningitisVaccineRequirement.shtml

CONFIDENTIALITY
All information obtained at the Student Health Services office of Texas A&M International University is strictly confidential as protected by law and professional ethics. Medical records are set apart from all other records at the University and are not released to any other person or agency within or outside the University without the patient’s written consent, except as described by law.  
Notification: Because medical services are confidential for students 18 years of age or older, parents are not notified of routine treatment given at TAMIU Student Health Services. In case of emergency requiring a student’s hospitalization, the physician, staff, or student will communicate with parents or guardian.

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

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

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

The Heartland Conference is a NCAA Division II conference comprised of the following institutions: University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Dallas Baptist University, Lubbock Christian University, Newman University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Rogers State University, St. Edward’s University, St. Mary’s University, and Texas A&M International University. Athletic teams at Texas A&M International University are known as the “Dustdevils” and the official school colors are maroon and silver.

Texas A&M International University currently sponsors the following eleven NCAA Division II programs:

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

Texas A&M International University Athletics also hosts Spirit Squad teams, the currently sponsored teams are:

Sideline Cheer Squad
Competitive Cheer
Competitive Dance


RECREATIONAL SPORTS

The 55,000 sq. ft. Rec Center is located on the southeast side of campus. The Rec Center features open recreation areas for indoor sports and exercise as well as scheduled fitness and intramural programming. The department of Rec Sports is committed to providing programs, facilities, and services to enhance the quality of life and educational experiences of our diverse University and local community. The experiences gained through participation with Rec Sports programming are aligned with the University's core values that include respect, integrity, service and excellence. In addition to our services and programs, the Rec Center also provides our students opportunities to engage in non-recreational activities at our Dusty’s Den game room located in room 130 of the Student Center. For more information, come tour our facility or call (956) 326-2289. We are also available online at www.tamiu.edu/recsports.

THE OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENGAGEMENT

The Office of Student Affairs strives to promote and encourage students to foster skills essential to their ethical, intellectual, social and personal developments.  Student Affairs assists the Vice President for Student Success, coordinate the efforts of student experience services through oversight of Student Conduct and Community Engagement, Student Health Services, Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement, and Recreational Sports.
Through its student success services, Student Affairs is an invaluable resource, advocate and support for providing and identifying resources and services for students. The Office helps individuals in navigating the University, particularly difficult situations, as in personal, medical, mental health, and/or family crises.
Specific information of success services may be found: http://www.tamiu.edu/studentaffairs/SS.shtml
In addition, Student Affairs through its international engagement team provides campus-wide leadership initiatives advocating for, supporting and implementing the University’s goals for international engagement, student mobility and exchange. Student Affairs works closely with faculty, staff, students and scholars to support initiatives to internationalize the University.

The areas of responsibility of the Office of Student Affairs International Engagement unit include:
* Serving as a center for information and resources for international education
* Assisting faculty with program development and courses taught abroad
* Services for international students as they relate to advising on and facilitating compliance with U.S. immigration regulations, as well as serving as a guide for the transition in their academic, social and cultural adjustment to life.
* Services for domestic students as they relate to advising on study abroad opportunities and sponsored international travel.
* Services for scholars and faculty to facilitate and encourage the invitation and hosting of international scholars.
* Offer student’s experiences that allow for an increased awareness of self, groups, social and cultural diversity.
* Protocol for hosting international visitors and for TAMIU officials and students visiting abroad
* Community involvement in international programs and activities
International Engagement strives to be the hub for all international activities as a means to prepare all students for a global society through a supportive environment anchored on student success, by offering guidance to international students, leading students through study abroad experiences and the promotion of innovative multi-cultural programs focused on dialogue that encourage the exchange of ideas and opportunities for self-discovery.
Specific information on International Engagement may be found:

http://www.tamiu.edu/international/

STUDENT ORIENTATION, LEADERSHIP & ENGAGEMENT (SOLE)

MISSION
The Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement (SOLE) is committed to the success of students at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) by offering numerous student involvement opportunities that enhance learning across the University campus.  The skills learned in the variety of unique programs and opportunities, are centered upon the University's core principles of respect, integrity, service and excellence that will prepare students to become engaged citizens in a global society.

VISION
SOLE is committed to providing students the opportunity to become involved on campus through a variety of innovative co-curricular programs that enhance the academic learning environment at TAMIU.  As part of the Division of Student Success, we are committed to student access, engagement, growth and success.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
Hundreds of students enter the University each year and new student orientation has been developed to address the needs of students. A $125 nonrefundable fee is assessed to all new undergraduate freshmen and transfer students for this program. Orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate students, excluding concurrent students and is offered in January of each year and throughout the months of June, July and August.  Specific orientation sessions for international students that address their particular needs, in addition to new student orientation activities, are offered throughout the year as well.

CO-CURRICULAR LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
SOLE is happy to offer countless opportunities for students to explore their leadership potential. Co-curricular leadership experiences provide students with a great addition to your resume and prepare students for life after TAMIU.  Whether your passion is working in teams, impacting positive change or developing your personal strengths, there is a program for you. Programs include the Freshman Leadership Organization (FLO), Sophomore Leaders Involved in Change (SLIiC), Leadership TAMIU, International Leadership Series, SOLE Summit and TAMIU Trailblazers.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
The representative governing body of all students at TAMIU is Student Government Association (SGA). 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. The SGA interacts with the administration of the University on issues such as changes to rules and regulations, allocation of some student service fees, and student membership on university committees. It also conducts programs that are of service to the students including voter registration, conferences on student government and student leadership activities.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is responsible for bringing entertainment to the entire campus community. Through its programming, CAB engages students with our vibrant campus life. Annual events include the Welcome Week, Loteria, Halloween Fest, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sprit Week and Pre-Exam Jam.  In addition, CAB partners with various University offices to co-host various other events that leave a lasting impact on the community.

GREEK LIFE
The Greek community at TAMIU amplifies your undergraduate experience by challenging Dustdevils in the areas of service, involvement, academics, brotherhood and sisterhood. These organizations help feel a sense of belonging and play an integral role in student development and life on the TAMIU campus.  In addition to the various fraternities and sororities available to join at the University, the TAMIU Greek Council provides specific support and guidance to our growing Greek life while promoting unity amongst member organizations.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
TAMIU is home to over 100 recognized student organizations. Academic honor societies, community service organizations, faith based groups and Greek life all offer opportunities to get involved on campus. SOLE provides support to these organizations as they host annual events, fundraise and advocate for their respective mission and goals. To learn more about how to get involved at TAMIU, visit tamiu.collegiatelink.net.

STUDY ABROAD
The Office of Student Affairsdevelops, coordinates, and promotes the exchange of students and scholars. Study abroad programs vary from short-term programs led by TAMIU professors, to semester and year long programs offered through partner schools or affiliated study abroad organizations. These programs are available in various countries around the world and are open to students from all majors. Eligible students may qualify for Federal, State and institutional aid to finance their study abroad program. Two TAMIU scholarships for study abroad are available: the International Education Fee Scholarship and the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez International Fellows Scholarship. OIE provides study abroad advising, including program selection, pre-departure orientation, visa requirements and procedures, financial aid, housing assistance, transfer of credits, and re-entry information. Study abroad information sessions are conducted on a weekly basis in Student Center 224.

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

International Student Services
Office of Student Affairs
Student Center 226
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041-1900, U.S.A.
(956) 326-2280 Fax: (956) 326-2279

STUDENT CENTER

Whether you stop for a meal, or would like to apply for an on-campus job, or you are looking for continuing education the Student Center is one-stop-shopping for Student and community. This facility houses a variety of University Departments, meeting facilities, and lounge areas. The Student Center is designed to support the programs, special events, meetings, and conferences of the students, faculty and staff of Texas A&M International University.
“What’s in the Student Center?”
Aramark Foodservice:

  • Office: 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.
  • Dusty's Diner: Located on the first floor, an all-you-can-eat buffet serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week catering to students, faculty and staff.
  • The Food Court: Located on the first floor, the Food Court sells a variety of menu items for breakfast and lunch. Catering Services are also available for on-campus events.

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.
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.
Student Affairs: Located on the second floor in room 226, the Office of Student Affairs coordinates new student orientation, student activities, student life events, student organizations, leadership programs, community engagement, international student services, study abroad, student conduct and student grievance procedures. The office also maintains the Student Handbook and is responsible for the student disciplinary process.
Student Government Association: Located on the second floor in room 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.
Army ROTC: Located on the first floor in room 114M, provides adventure training, fitness, leadership development, travel opportunities, and financial assistance for students seeking a commission as officers in the U. S. Army.
Game Room: Located outside the Student Center near the Bruni Vergara Garden, the Game Room offers many leisure activities, including pool tables, air hockey, darts and computer games.
Sky Lab: Need a place to use a computer or print your assignments with the BEST view of campus? The SkyLab offers 119 work stations and 20 lounge chairs with plugs to power all your electronics and the best view of the Lamar Bruin Garden.
Non-denominational Meditation Room: located in Student Center 218. Here, you can enter a serene environment to refresh your mind and spirit. For some, this may mean engaging in prayer. For others, this may mean a quick moment of personal meditation or quiet reflection. A few moments in the Meditation Room can reduce your stress and help refocus your day.
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.

  • 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.
  • Lost and Found: If you lost your items check with us or if you find a lost item we will gladly take it and register lost item.
  • Historical House and Gallery: Want to visit one of the oldest homes (Casa Ortiz) in Laredo? Or marvel at the ceramic works of Ms. Helen Richter Watson? Come by info desk or call 326-info to schedule a tour.

Office of Special Programs: Located on the first floor in room 125 and 126, provides services by bringing kids to the University. Services take the form of grants and continuing education programs.
Office of Continuing Education: Offers you the opportunity to continue your learning through our exciting programs for professional development, adult learning courses, and Camps and Programs for minors. 

STUDENT HOUSING

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

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

DINING CENTER
Meals served at Dusty’s Diner are all-you-care-to-eat; however, food items must be eaten in the Diner. Your student ID card must be presented for entrance into the Diner. Meal plans only cover meals for the purchaser.

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

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

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

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

University College (UC) oversees the First Year Experience Program, Developmental Studies, the Multi-disciplinary Studies Degree (MDS) and six departments:  The Testing Center, The Writing Center, The University Learning Center (ULC), TRIO Student Support Services, The Advising and Mentoring Center and The Service Learning Center. University College provides students with their “roots and wings” - roots that are strengthened and deepened by strong academic support and wings that allow them to experience academic success and turn their career dreams into reality. University College accomplishes this by providing a full array of academic support services

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

First Year Experience and Learning Communities
First time freshmen are required to participate in the TAMIU’s First Year Experience Program which includes a Learning Community Program composed of a freshman seminar class (UNIV 1101 and 1402) and one or more core curriculum classes that are linked to each other. UNIV 1101 and 1402 are designed to increase students’ critical thinking skills through interdisciplinary thinking, help students adjust to the rigors and challenges of university study, and provide academic support through university resources and student mentoring.

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

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

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

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

Completing Developmental Studies Courses for Transfer/House Bill (HB1)/Early College High School (ECHS)
Transfer students requiring developmental studies courses must complete their remedial obligation by the end of the second semester in which they are enrolled. Students who have not met this obligation will have their enrollment restricted to developmental courses only until all required developmental courses have been successfully completed. In no case may a student enroll in the same developmental course more than three times.

Attendance Policy
Students who have five or more un-excused absences will receive a “W” in the course. If the student is more than ten minutes late for a class, the student will be marked tardy. Two instances of tardiness are equivalent to one unexcused absence. .

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

In addition, each entering undergraduate student must take the TSI Assessment (TSIA) approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

This test measures skills in reading, mathematics, and writing and cannot be used as a criterion for admission.

Institutions may not require a higher standard for entry into introductory college level classes.

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

Students who have not passed the Writing portion of the TSIA cannot take ENGL 1301, those who have not passed the Reading portion of the TSIA cannot take reading intensive courses (HIST 1301 and 1302, PSCI 2305 and 2306, and PSYC 2301) and those who have not passed the mathematics portion of the TSIA cannot take MATH 1314, MATH 1333, or MATH 1342.

These courses may only be taken if the developmental sequence has been completed, required testing has been completed, or if the passing TSIA score for the corresponding section has been achieved. For further information, contact University College, Zaffirini Student Success Center (ZSC) room 223.

Texas Success Initiative Exemptions: Students who have scored at or above the test scores listed below are exempt. Students can claim partial exemption if composite score is met. For further information, contact University College, ZSC room 223.

TEST
ENGLISH
MATH
COMPOSITE
SAT (valid for 5 years) 500 500 1070
ACT (valid for 5 years) 19 19 23
TAAS (valid for 3 years) 89 reading 86 Texas Learning Index  
  1170 writing    
TAKS 2200 2200  
  writing sub score - 3    
STAAR ECO English 3 (Level 2) Algebra 2 (Level 2)  

Other Exemptions:

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

For more information or for TSI academic advising, students may contact the Office of the Dean for University College, the Testing Center, or the Advising and Mentoring Center located on the second floor of the Zaffirini Success Center.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY STUDIES DEGREE (MDS)
University College oversees the student advising and the internship requirement for this degree. This degree is designed for students who have diverse academic interests and prefer to opt for fewer hours in three areas of study rather than a single major or a major/minor combination.  The Dean of University College and the Advising and Mentoring Center assist students in determining whether the MDS degree meets student’s career goals.

TESTING CENTER
The Testing Center, ZSC 201, coordinates university testing which includes credit by examination (CLEP), placement testing (Texas Success Initiative), departmental exams and other assessment programs.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
Texas A&M International University allows students to receive a maximum of thirty-three (33) semester hours of credit by examination for specified freshman and sophomore level courses. The University awards credit for scores on certain tests listed in the Catalog.   Students must be officially enrolled at Texas A&M International University to receive official credit with a grade of “CR”.  Students must select TAMIU as school recipient in order to receive credit to be posted on TAMIU transcript. The Testing Center does not report official CLEP scores to the Office of the University Registrar for posting on transcripts.

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

AP Exams
Credit Score
Hours Earned Course Required      Title
Art, History of
3+
3
ARTS 1301 History of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture
Biology
3+
4
BIOL 1306/1106 Principles of Biology I
Chemistry
3
4
CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I and Lab
 
4+
8
CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 1412/1012 General Chemistry II and Lab
Computer Sciences
3+
3
MIS 1305 Introduction to Computer Applications
Economics, Macro
3+
3
ECO 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
Economics. Micro
3+
3
ECO 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
French Lang&Comp
3+
3
FREN 1311 Introductory French I
French Literature
3+
3
FREN 1312 Introductory French II
Government
3+
3
PSCI 2305 American National Government
History-United States
3+
6
HIST 1301/1302 The US to 1877 and the US Since 1877
Mathematics Calculus AB
3+
4
MATH 2413 Calculus I
Mathematics Calculus BC
3+
4
MATH 2414 Calculus II
Physics 1
3+
4
PHYS 1301/1101 General Physics I and Lab
Physics 2
4+
8
PHYS 1301/1101 General Physics I and Lab
      PHYS 1302/1102 General Physics II and Lab
Psychology 3+ 3 PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology
 
   
 
AP Exam Score (Credits   TAMIU Course  Title
Spanish Language 3(12)   SPAN 1311/1312 Intro Spanish for N-Native Speakers I & II
SPAN 2311 Interm Spanish for N-Native Speakers I
SPAN 2312 Interm Spanish for N-Native Speakers II
     
Spanish Literature 3(12)   SPAN 1311/1312 Intro Spanish for N-Native Speakers I & II
SPAN 2311 Interm Spanish for N-Native Speakers I
SPAN 2312 Interm Spanish for N-Native Speakers II
     
English Lang&Comp  3(3)   ENGL 1301 English Composition I
       
English Lit&Comp 3(3)   ENGL 1301 English Composition I
  4(6) ENGL 1301/1302 English Composition I & II


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

CLEP Examination Name Passing Score Hours TAMIU Course      Title
American Literature
50
3
ENGL 2327 American Literature to the Civil War
Analyzing&Interp Lit
50
3
ENGL 1302 English Composition II
College Composition
50
3
ENGL 1301 English Composition I1
English Literature
50
3
ENGL 2322 British Literature Through Neoclassicism
American Government
50
3
PSCI 2305 American National Government
History of the US I:Col-1877
50
3
HIST 1301 The US to 1877 The US Since 1877
History of the US II:1865-Pres
50
3
HIST 1302 The US Since 1877
Lifespan Growth&Dev
50
3
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development
Introductory Psychology
50
3
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology
Introductory Sociology
50
3
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
College Algebra
50
3
MATH 1314 College Algebra
Principles of Biology
50
4
BIOL 1306/1106 Principles of Biology I and Lab
Calculus
50
4
MATH 2413 Calculus I
Chemistry
50
4
CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I and Lab
Info Systems&Comp Appl
50
3
MIS 1305 Introduction to Computer Applications
French Language (Lev I)
50
6
FREN 1311 Elementary French I
FREN 1312 Elementary French II
Spanish Language (Lev I)
50
6
SPAN 1311 Intro Spanish for N-Native Speakers I
SPAN 1312 Intro Spanish for N-Native Speakers II

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

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

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


THE WRITING CENTER

The Writing Center, located in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 203, provides individual and small-group tutoring in all subject areas, online assistance, supplemental instruction, classroom support, content-specific workshops and presentations, writing resources, and support for other writing-related activities..

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

TRIO - STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
The TRiO SSS program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Participants must be first generation and/or economically disadvantaged or disabled to participate. Students receive individualized structured support such as tutoring and academic coaching to 1) maintain a GPA above 2.0, 2) persist in college, and 3) graduate within six years. The TRIO SSS Program is located in Dr. Billy Cowart Hall 208.

ADVISING AND MENTORING CENTER
The Advising and Mentoring Center, located on the second floor of the Student Success building, provides academic advising to all freshman and sophomore students, as well as individual support to all incoming freshmen. The freshmen are assigned to weekly meetings with upper division student mentors in order to assist them with a successful transition to university life. The full time Academic Advisors work with all freshmen and sophomores to assist with degree plans as well as semester schedules.  The Academic Advisors also work with students on probation or who have been provisionally admitted, so that these students can be successful in their academic endeavors.

SERVICE LEARNING CENTER
The Service-Learning Center supports the development and implementation of service-learning courses, providing guidance and resources to TAMIU faculty. At TAMIU, service-learning is defined as an experiential learning pedagogy used in credit-bearing courses that engage students in relevant community service. Service-learning courses support student learning by integrating academic content and service activities. As part of the experience, students create meaningful connections by engaging in structured reflections that encourage academic, personal, and civic growth. In addition, the Service-Learning Center hosts an Expo for students and faculty to showcase their work and share how service-learning enhanced their academic learning and their civic responsibility. The Service-Learning Center is located in Senator Zaffirini Student Success Center, 223.

OFFICE OF THE UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES

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

If there is an unpaid balance and satisfactory payment arrangements are not made within 60 days of the end of the semester or term, the University may place any delinquent balance for collection with an outside collection agency. The student will reimburse the University all fees charged by any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage at maximum of 33.3% of the balance owed, and all fees and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees that are incurred by the University in such collection efforts. This will be assessed to the e-bill account and included in the balance due. The University reserves the right to report collection delinquencies to any or all credit bureaus.

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

Application and further information is available in the Office of the University Registrar. Exemption must be invoked by census date to reduce tuition fees for the semester. Information on these rules and regulations is available at the THECB website at http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa2.cfm?ID=500.

Senior Citizen Exemption: Senior Citizens, 65 or older may receive a tuition waiver (excluding applicable lab fees) for up to six credit hours a semester, based on availability. Normal admission and registration procedures must be followed and course prerequisites must be met. To obtain the exemption, present a valid Texas driver's license or other valid ID showing date of birth to the Bursar's Office by the census date for the semester as shown in the academic calendar. Graduate courses and courses offered through Continuing Education and the International Language Institute do not fall under this exemption.

Other Exemptions: Information on other tuition exemptions granted by the State of Texas may be obtained on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board web site: http://collegeforalltexans.com.

EXPLANATION OF TUITION AND FEES
Tuition-Resident of Texas: Undergraduate Resident students pay $50 per semester credit hour. Graduate Resident students pay $77 per semester credit hour.

Tuition-Non-Resident/International: Non-resident and International students pay $440 per semester credit hour. Graduate Non-resident and International students pay $467 per semester credit hour.

Board Authorized Tuition: Authorized by The Texas A&M University System, Board Authorized Tuition is required of all students to cover University operating expenses including faculty salaries and facilities maintenance. The current Board Authorized Tuition rate is available from the Bursar's Office.

Athletics Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $23.05 per semester credit hour up to 15 semester credit hours each semester.

Health Fee: This $46.05 fee is required of all students enrolled during the fall and spring ($23.03 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.

Recreational Sports Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $82 per semester ($41 for each summer session) to provide programs for students to participate in a variety of competitive, non-varsity, sports related activities.

Student Center Fee: This fee is charged at the rate of $9 per semester credit hour for Student Center Maintenance; $100 maximum in Fall and Spring; $50 maximum each summer session.

Student Service Fee: All students pay this fee at the rate of $28.10 per semester credit hour (not to exceed $250 per semester). It entitles the student to receive publications and supports various departments in Student Services, as well as student activities such as SGA and Clubs.

University Services Fee: The University Services Fee is charged to students at a varying rate per semester credit hour and covers the cost of academic advising, assessments required for accreditation, scholarships, utility expenses, the TAMIU OneCard program, ID cards, study abroad programs, library collections, safety operations and initiatives, technology infrastructure, hardware and software, instructional enhancement, and  the operational and maintenance costs associated with these services.  

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.

Installment Payment Service Charge: Students who choose to pay using the three-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 the due date will be assessed a late payment fee of $50.

Orientation Fee (Non-refundable): This $125 nonrefundable fee is assessed to all new undergraduate students (Freshmen and Transfer) for orientation.

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

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

Additional Miscellaneous Fees:
Application fee, graduate, $35.00; late fee, $25.00
Application fee, international graduate, $50.00; late fee, $25.00
Bachelor’s graduation, $30.00; late fee, $50.00
Certificate/deficiency plan (non-refundable), $25.00
Doctoral graduation, $30.00; late fee, $50.00
Duplicate diploma fee, $15.00
Emergency Tuition Loan set-up fee, $30.00
International student application fee, $25.00
Late installment loan payment, $25.00
Late emergency loan payment, $25.00
Late short-term book loan payment, $25.00
Non-refundable loan application fee (emergency and book loans), $30.00
Master’s graduation, $30.00; late fee, $50.00
Returned check charge, $30.00
Study Abroad Application Fee (non-refundable), $100.00
Thesis/Dissertation binding fee, $40.00 first copy; $10.00 per additional
Transcript (Official - per copy), $3.00

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

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

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

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

FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS:
During the first twelve University class days 100%
After the twelfth University class day NONE

SUMMER SESSIONS:
During the first four University class days 100%
After the fourth University class day NONE

C. Additional Refund Provisions

  1. Refund of tuition and fees will be processed based on the date of the student withdrawal after the student has officially withdrawn through the Office of the University Registrar.
  2. Fees will not be refunded earlier than two weeks after the date of payment indicated on the student’s receipt. Refunds will be sent to student’s TAMIU Debit Card.
  3. A student who pays for the spring semester without knowing the previous fall semester grades and who is required to withdraw because of failure in the work of the fall semester will receive a refund according to the schedule.
  4. No refunds will be made unless requested within one year of official withdrawal.
  5. The first class day of each term is always the first official University day of classes, not the first day of the individual’s class. A refund is based on the day of the drop/withdrawal, regardless of the date the class first meets.

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

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

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

Application forms and instructions are available in the Office of the University Registrar, USC 121.

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

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

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

Information on Tuition and Fees is available from the Bursar's Office.

STUDENT RECORDS

PUBLIC INFORMATION POLICY AND FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ZAFFIRINI SUCCESS CENTER

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

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

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

Advising and Mentoring Center
: Located on the second floor in room 222, the Advising and Mentoring Center provides academic advising to all freshman and sophomore students, and all student-athletes.  Individual support is also provided to all incoming freshmen for the entire freshman year.

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

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

Graduate Studies and Research
: The Office of Graduate Studies and Research is located in the Zaffirini Success Center on the second floor in suite 206 and is responsible for the graduate student recruiting efforts at Texas A&M International University. This office provides prospective students with information on the graduate admissions process, degrees offered, program information, and graduate financial assistance.

OneCard Center:
Located on the first floor in room 131, the OneCard Center issues ID cards for students. The OneCard Center also accepts Dusty Dollar deposits, which is a prepaid store value account on the TAMIU OneCard. See Explanation of Tuition and Fees in this section for more information about the OneCard program.

Recruitment and School Relations:
Located on the first floor in room 130, the Office of Recruitment & School Relations is at the forefront of the recruiting efforts of Texas A&M International University.  This office provides prospective students with information on admissions, enrollment, degrees, programs, financial aid, housing, student life, and campus tours.

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

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

University College:
Located on the second floor in room 223, University College (UC) oversees eight departments:General University, Developmental Studies, The Testing Center, The Writing Center, The University Learning Center, TRiO Student Support Services, The Service-Learning Center and The Advising and Mentoring Center. Also University College is the academic home of the Multi-Disciplinary Degree. University College's mission is to provide foundational college skills and learning assistance to all students.

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

 

 


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