TAMIU Encouraging Early Fall
Financial Aid Application
Students planning to attend Texas A&M International University in the
Fall should apply for financial aid before August to take advantage of
the maximum range of financial assistance available, a University administrator
Laura Elizondo, director of financial aid, said TAMIU awarded more than
$27 million in financial aid last year. She said students should apply before
August so their financial aid package includes a combination of grants, which
are free government money, as well as loans, which students must pay back
"The biggest misconception students have is that Federal Stafford Loans
are not part of the financial aid package and they can apply separately
on their own," Elizondo said, "We'd like to emphasize that in order
to get a loan, you must first apply for financial aid at TAMIU. We will then
prepare a package based on the student's information which will include any
grants and or loans the student is eligible for."
She said 79 percent of students who enrolled at TAMIU in 2006 received
some form of financial aid.
The majority of financial aid consists of loans and grants. Other opportunities
come from scholarships and work-study employment, Elizondo said.
Residents of Mexico may also apply for the Mexican Tuition Waiver, which
allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition as opposed to out-of-state.
Students can start the admissions process and the financial aid application
at the same time, Elizondo said.
"Students don't have to be admitted to the University first to start their
financial aid application," she said.
Federal student loan awards are not based on credit worthiness, and students
should schedule a visit to the Financial Aid Office to learn options for
financing their University education, Elizondo said.
"A lot of students think they won't qualify because they assume their parents
make too much money or that they must be over the age of 25 and that's not the
case," Elizondo said.
"We encourage students and families to visit our office to speak with a
financial aid counselor and plan early," Elizondo said, "We are here
to help students get what they want out of life at TAMIU."
TAMIU Fall classes start Aug. 27. Summer Session II classes start Monday,
July 9. Tuition and fees are due Friday, July 6.
For more information on financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial
Aid at 326-2225, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit offices located
in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 157.
Summer University hours are 8 a.m . - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and
8 a.m. - noon Fridays.
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