Tuition Rebates for Certain Undergraduates
An undergraduate may be eligible for a tuition rebate of up to $1,000 if, at graduation, he or she has attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree. The student must meet the following eligibility requirements.
- The student must not have been enrolled at any institution of higher education before the fall semester 1997.
- At the time he or she earns a first undergraduate degree, the student must have attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree. Hours attempted include all courses the student has undertaken, such as transfer credit, courses the student dropped or from which the student withdrew after the date the official enrollment count was taken, developmental courses taken for credit, optional internship and cooperative education courses, courses the student failed, and courses the student repeated. If the student has earned credit by examination for more than nine hours of coursework, the hours in excess of nine are also counted as hours attempted.
Courses dropped for reasons that are determined by the institution to be totally beyond the control of the student shall not be counted.
Beginning with degrees awarded on Sept. 1, 2007, or later, course credit is not counted if the student earned it to meet ROTC requirements but it is not required for the degree.
If the student earned a bachelor's degree and a Texas teaching certificate concurrently, required teacher education courses are not counted as hours attempted if they exceed the number of hours of free electives allowed in the bachelor's degree program.
- The student must have been a Texas resident and must have been eligible to pay resident tuition at all times while pursuing the degree.
- If the student received a bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, or any other program that is determined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to require more than four years to complete, then the student must have graduated within five calendar years after first enrolling in a Texas public senior college or university. If the student's degree is in a field other than those that have been determined to take more than four years to complete, he or she must graduate within four calendar years after that first enrollment.
Requirement 4 applies only to students who enrolled in a public Texas senior college or university for the first time on or after Sept. 1, 2005.
A student who was unable to meet requirement 4 because of a hardship may seek an exception to this requirement from his or her dean.
An eligible student should submit a request for a rebate in the dean's office when the student files an application for graduation; the request must be submitted before the official date of graduation. If the student's request for a rebate is denied, he or she may appeal to the provost. The rebate may be reduced by the amount of any outstanding student loan owed to or guaranteed by the state of Texas.
Tuition rebate policies are governed by section 54.0065 of the Texas Education Code and by the rules of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. More information about tuition rebates is published by the Coordinating Board.
If a student doesn't qualify for a tuition rebate only because of study abroad coursework that exceeds the number of hours required for the degree, then the student may be eligible for an institutional award from the university in place of the tuition rebate. Students who are interested in this institutional award should apply for a tuition rebate; they will be considered for the instititutional award if they are eligible.