Posted: 1/11/07

Early TAMIU Students Get $4.8 Million in Aid



The Spring Semester at Texas A&M International University begins on Tuesday, Jan. 16, but 3,684 students who have registered early have already tapped into some $4.8 million in federal, state and donor-provided financial aid disbursed this Monday.

Of the amount disbursed to date, some $3 million is federal assistance while the balance is provided by University scholarship donors or by the State of Texas.

“Students who register early really do have an advantage in being able to access and receive financial aid and assistance well in advance of the start of the semester,” said director of Financial Aid Laura Elizondo.

There’s more where that comes from, she noted.

“We are expecting to disburse an additional $2 million in aid in the next couple of days and have a variety of resources available to students planning on attending the University this Spring,” Elizondo said.

Last year, TAMIU awarded over $22.1 million in student assistance. These awards were federal or state assistance, and private scholarships provided by University donors.

Candy Hein, TAMIU vice president for institutional advancement, said donor support for students remains crucial.

“About 80 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance to pursue their degrees and our donor partners’ gifts are crucial to helping our students to do that.  In speaking with our donors, I know they are delighted that a growing number of our students are benefiting from their generosity,” Hein said.

TAMIU classes begin Tuesday and late registration with late fees will be ongoing through Jan. 19. Students can now select from 78 undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees at TAMIU.

For additional information on financial aid at TAMIU, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 326.2225, visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe  Killam Library, room 158 or click on tamiu.edu

For registration information, call the Office of the Registrar at 326.2250, go by offices located in Killam Library room 168 or see online registration information at schedule.tamiu.edu

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