High School Students Can Start Higher Ed Early at TAMIU

High school upperclassmen who want to get a headstart on their higher education can do so this Fall at Texas A&M International University through TAMIU's Concurrent Admission Program.

Under the program, high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to gain credit for University-level classes early while completing high school requirements.

Gina De La Miyar, associate director of admissions, said starting University courses early has distinct advantages.

"By participating in this program, students can fulfill high school credits with University level courses and at the same time, satisfy their requirements for the Distinguished Achievement Program," she said, "Students can also get a headstart on their degree, gain college credit while still in high school and defray the cost of tuition and fees by applying for the Concurrent Admission Scholarship."

De La Miyar explained that if granted, the Concurrent Admission Scholarship can cover the cost of a three-semester credit hour course.

Those who can apply for the program must have a grade point average of 85 or higher and must have attempted the TASP or be TASP exempt.

"If a student meets these requirements, he or she can start as early as the summer after their sophomore year," De La Miyar said, "As long as they maintain a passing grade in each course, they may continue to take subsequent courses each semester until they graduate from high school."

To start in the program, students must complete and sign an application for Concurrent Admission and return it to the Office of Admissions. They must also ask their high school counselor to complete and sign the portion of the application that asks for their GPA and class rank, submit an official high school transcript and submit a parental permission statement. Students must also submit a copy of current high school class schedule.

"This is a wonderful chance to get a headstart in higher education and we encourage students to avail themselves of this remarkable opportunity available to them at their hometown University," De La Miyar said.

For further information, please contact Gina De La Miyar at 326-2201, e-mail gina@tamiu.edu, or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 155.

With State budget cuts, the University is observing a four-day, 10-hour a day schedule this summer with office hours from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Offices are closed Fridays.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu