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The Fixed Tuition and Fee Plan is available to all TAMIU Texas resident, undergraduate students.  The Plan means you can lock in your tuition and fees for four years (for most majors), for a total of 12 consecutive semesters.  The Plan is approved and endorsed by The Texas A&M University System Regents, and helps students and their families by  guaranteeing that all tuition and mandatory fees are locked in for the course of their enrollment and timely completion of their undergraduate degree.

Fixed Tuition and Fee Plan Cohorts

Students will be assigned to a cohort based on their first semester of enrollment in an institution of higher education following high school graduation. Students who started prior to the spring 2011 semester have completed the initial 12 semester period and will be included in the 2014‐15 cohort for an additional 12 semesters.  Transfer students are assigned a cohort based on the first semester of enrollment in an institution of higher education following high school graduation assuming the student has provided TAMIU with proof of such enrollment in the form of a valid transcript.
Academic Term
                       
2010-2011
Fall 2010
1
Spring 2011
2 1
Summer 2011
3 2 1
2011-2012
Fall 2011
4 3 2 1
Spring 2012
5 4 3 2 1
Summer 2012
6 5 4 3 2 1
2012-2013
Fall 2012
7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Spring 2013
8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Summer 2013
9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2013-2014
Fall 2013
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Spring 2014
11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Summer 2014
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2014-2015
Fall 2014
1 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Spring 2015
2 1 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
Summer 2015
3 2 1 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4
2015-2016
Fall 2015
4 3 2 1 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5
Spring 2016
5 4 3 2 1 12 11 10 9 8 7 6
Summer 2016
6 5 4 3 2 1 12 11 10 9 8 7
2016-2017
Fall 2016
7 6 5 4 3 2 1 12 11 10 9 8
Spring 2017
8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 12 11 10 9
Summer 2017
9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 12 11 10
2017-2018
Fall 2017
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 12 11
Spring 2018
11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 12
Summer 2018
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Etc.
Fall 2018
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Spring 2019
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
Etc.
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5
12 11 10 9 8 7 6
12 11 10 9 8 7
12 11 10 9 8
12 11 10 9
12 11 10
12 11
12

 

 

Fixed Tuition and Fee Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

 

June 2, 2014

Why is TAMIU implementing a fixed tuition and fee plan?
The Texas A&M University System believes students and their families should know the cost of obtaining a degree up front for students who commit to graduating on time.  With the introduction of a fixed tuition and fee plan at all System universities, including TAMIU, Texas-resident, undergraduate students can expect a consistent rate throughout the plan’s period. 

 

Will there be a fixed tuition and fee plan for non-residents?
No.  At this time, fixed tuition and fee plans are available solely for Texas-resident, undergraduate students. 

 

Will there be a fixed tuition and fee plan for non-residents who qualify for in-state tuition by receiving a competitive waiver?
No.  Non-resident students who receive a competitive waiver are still classified as non-residents, and at this time, fixed tuition and fee plans are available solely for Texas-resident, undergraduate students.

 

Will there be a fixed tuition and fee plan for graduate and doctoral students?
No, it applies only to Texas-resident, undergraduate students.

 

What tuition and fees are included in the fixed tuition and fee plan?
Tuition and mandatory fees (State-mandated Tuition, Designated Tuition, University Services, Health, Student Center, Student Services, Athletics, and Recreational Sports fees).

 

Will course fees or instructional enhancement fees appear as a separate charge on a student’s bill?
 No.  Course fees and instructional enhancement fees have been eliminated.

 

Will lab fees appear as a separate charge on a student’s bill?
Yes, but here at TAMIU, these are charged only for science classes. 

 

What fees are charged as a separate line item on a student’s bill?
Study Abroad, field trip, lab, health insurance, three-peat, and orientation fees and other, non-academic costs (e.g. dorms and meal plans) are charged separately and not included in the fixed rate.

 

Will students still be charged a higher tuition rate for courses repeated three or more times?
Yes.  The fixed tuition and fee rate excludes courses that a student enrolls in for a third time (three-peat).

 

Will each college have a different fixed tuition and fee rate?
No.

 

Will TAMIU students opt-in to the fixed tuition and fee plan?
No, all Texas-resident, undergraduate students will automatically be placed on a fixed tuition and fee plan.

 

How long will a student’s fixed tuition and fee plan last?
Each plan guarantees tuition and fees for four years for most majors (12 consecutive semesters).  Students with majors that have more than 120 hours may request an additional semester through the appeals process.  Please note the time period for fixed tuition and fees is a continuous clock, regardless of whether a student maintains continuous enrollment.  Additionally, all summer terms in a given year count as one of the 12 consecutive semesters, so each calendar year has three consecutive semesters (Spring, Summer and Fall). 

 

What rate will a 5th year student (a student who doesn’t graduate within the first 12 semesters) be assigned?
Once a student’s initial fixed tuition and fee plan expires, the student will be charged the incoming freshman cohort rate with tuition and fees fixed for an additional four years at this new rate. 

 

Do students need to be full-time to receive a fixed tuition and fee rate?
No.  Rates are also fixed for part-time students, but the length of the guarantee remains the same.  Students can be full-time in one semester and part-time in another semester, but the rates charged are those for the cohort the student was placed in at the time of initial enrollment.

 

How is a fixed tuition and fee rate assigned to a student?
It is based on the first year of enrollment at any college or university following high school graduation. 

 

Will currently enrolled students be placed on a fixed tuition and fee plan?
Yes.

 

How will a December high school graduate be assigned to a fixed tuition and fee cohort if the high school doesn’t issue the diploma or transcript until the following May or June?
These high school graduates will be assigned based on the first semester of enrollment in an institution of higher education following the December (not May or June) graduation.

  

How will continuing students be assigned to a fixed tuition and fee cohort?
Current students will be assigned to a cohort based on their first semester of enrollment in an institution of higher education following high school graduation.  Students who started prior to the spring 2011 semester have completed the initial 12 semester period and will be included in the 2014-15 cohort for an additional 12 semesters.

 

How will current transfer students be assigned to a fixed tuition and fee cohort?
Current transfer students are assigned a cohort based on the first semester of enrollment in an institution of higher education following high school graduation assuming the student has provided TAMIU with proof of such enrollment in the form of a valid transcript.  For instance, a student who transferred to TAMIU in Fall 2013 after completing his/her first year at a community college (following high school graduation in June 2012) would be assigned to the 2012/13 cohort – just as if he/she had enrolled at TAMIU immediately following high school.  The student must have submitted his/her community college transcript showing that the first semester was in the 2012/13 academic year. 

Students who fail to submit a transcript will be placed in a cohort based on the best information available to TAMIU.  In this example, if the student fails to turn in a transcript, he/she would be included in the 2013/14 cohort.  If a transcript is submitted at a later date, the student will be reassigned to a cohort and charged the new rate for subsequent semesters, but there will be no adjustments or refunds to charges for previous semesters.

 

Does prior enrollment count toward a student’s fixed tuition and fee plan?
Yes.  For instance, a student who attends Laredo Community College for two years (six consecutive semesters) and then transfers to TAMIU will have his/her tuition and fees fixed for two more years (six additional semesters) at TAMIU.  See above for how the student will be assigned to a fixed tuition and fee cohort.

 

Will a student who enrolls to earn a second baccalaureate degree receive a fixed tuition and fee plan?
Yes, assuming the student is a Texas resident, he/she will cohort with the incoming class, and his/her tuition and fees will be fixed for another 12 semesters.  In the event such a student earns his/her first baccalaureate in less than the initial 12 semester period, and starts the second baccalaureate within that same, initial 12-semester period, he/she will remain in the current cohort until the initial 12 semesters lapse.  At that time, he/she will be reassigned a cohort, and the new rate will be fixed for an additional 12 semesters.

 

What happens if a student stops out (leaves, but returns to the University)?
Students who leave TAMIU and return will maintain the original rate (cohort), but also the original expiration of that rate/cohort.  The time period for fixed tuition and fees is a continuous clock regardless of whether the student maintains continuous enrollment.

 

What if a first-time, first-semester freshman student drops all classes before the census date?
This semester will not count towards the fixed tuition and fee plan’s 12-semester period, but only because a first-time, first-semester freshman who drops all classes before census date will not have a record of enrollment.

  

What if a transfer student drops all classes before census date?
This semester will count towards the fixed tuition and fee plan’s 12-semester period since the guarantee is based on the first semester of enrollment in an institution of higher education following high school graduation, and the time period for fixed tuition and fees is a continuous clock regardless of whether the student maintains continuous enrollment.

 

What if a continuing student drops all classes before census date?
This semester will count towards the fixed tuition and fee plan’s 12-semester period since the guarantee is based on the first semester of enrollment in an institution of higher education following high school graduation, and the time period for fixed tuition and fees is a continuous clock regardless of whether the student maintains continuous enrollment.

 

Do semesters of withdrawal count towards the fixed tuition and fee years?
Yes.

 

Can a student appeal for extenuating circumstances?
Yes.  Appeals are handled through the Registrar’s Office.

 

What are some examples of extenuating circumstances for which an appeal would be granted?
Military activation and significant medical issues or disabilities that prevent enrollment for one or more semesters are some examples, though there may certainly be other unusual circumstances that would qualify and be fully considered.

 

Related Links:

Tuition and Fees by Undergraduate Cohort
University Catalog
Explanation of Tuition and Fees

 

Questions:

Do you have additional questions about TAMIU’s Fixed Rate for Resident Undergraduate Students?
Email BusinessOffice@tamiu.edu and we will provide a timely response.  

 

Office of the Comptroller

Phone: (956)326-2378, Fax: (956)326-2159

5201 University Blvd. KL 162

Laredo, Texas 78041-1900

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