Locked or Variable Rate Tuition Policies
Incoming undergraduate students at Texas A&M University are offered a choice between a locked tuition price plan and a variable tuition rate, allowing students and their parents to plan and budget for college expenses. This fixed rate, which is a compounded four-year average based on the current Higher Education Price Index, will be locked in for 12 consecutive semesters or 4 years from the point of initial enrollment at a public or private institution. The variable rate will vary each year based on that year's Higher Education Price Index.
- All incoming students will have to select a rate code before being allowed to register for the first time at Texas A&M University. Instructions for making a selection will be provided upon admission.
- It is presumed that students will enroll in 30 hours a year for four years allowing completion of most degree plans. Some majors such as engineering and architecture are offered 1-2 additional semesters at the fixed rate.
- Entering transfer or readmit student could have up to three choices:
- The current four-year locked rate, which is a compounded four-year average based on the current Higher Ed Price Index or
- The locked-rate that corresponds with the calculated remaining years since their first term of enrollment after high school or
- The variable rate, which will adjust each year based on that year's Higher Ed Price Index.
The plan adopted by Texas A&M University meets requirements of the Texas Education Code, Section 54.017. Visit sbs.tamu.edu for more information.
- Registration will not be allowed until a tuition rate code is selected.
Cost of Attendance
A Texas A&M education is an investment in your future. Unfortunately, many students and their families choose not to apply for financial aid for a variety of reasons: too much of a hassle, unsure if they will qualify, do not know how to apply or think they make too much money. Do not let any of these reasons hold you back. All students can receive financial assistance.
Financial aid is federal, state, institutional and private funds used to assist eligible students in funding their education. Financial aid can be a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, waivers and student employment. Texas A&M is consistently recognized as a top “value” in higher education, ranking 17th in Kiplinger’s annual listing of “best values” among the nation’s top 100 public colleges, and first in the state of Texas.
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Cost of attendance is for year 2016-2017;
Please visit financialaid.tamu.edu for the most current cost of attendance.
*Based on 15 undergraduate credit hours per semester at Texas A&M University in College Station; some tuition and fees are not reflected here. Visit sbs.tamu.edu for additional tuition and fee charges based on the college in which you are enrolled.
Questions about establishing residency for tuition purposes should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
Excess Credit Hours (formerly known as the "170-Hour Rule")
Effective with students initially enrolling in the fall 1999 semester and subsequent terms, excess credit hours are those hours attempted by a resident undergraduate student that exceed by more than 45 hours the number of hours required for completion of the degree plan in which the student is enrolled. Effective with students initially enrolling in the fall 2006 semester and subsequent terms, excess credit hours are those hours attempted by a resident undergraduate student that exceed by more than 30 hours the number of hours required for completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled. More information >
Apply for Scholarships
Begin searching and applying for scholarships now. There are many scholarships out there that could help you pay for college. Texas A&M recently allocated an additional $1 million for transfer student scholarships. Visit scholarships.tamu.edu for a list of available scholarships and scholarship search engines. You can apply for Texas A&M scholarships when you apply for admission to Texas A&M.
Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
Texas A&M University awards two types of scholarships to highly qualified Texas community college Phi Theta Kappa transfer students. These scholarships are renewable for two years. Apply for this scholarship when applying for admission. More information >
Complete the FAFSA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The FAFSA is available January 1. We recommend applying as early as possible. You do not need to be admitted to apply. By completing the FAFSA, you are applying in one step for all federal and state aid. This includes grants, loans and work-study. The Texas A&M school code is 003632.
Accept/Decline your Financial Aid
Once you have received notice that you have been awarded financial aid, log into the Howdy Portal using your Texas A&M NetID and password. Once logged in, click on the My Finances tab and enter the Scholarships & Financial Aid Portal to accept, reduce or decline your aid.