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Academic Fresh Start

Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code provides Texas residents who apply for admission (or readmission) as an undergraduate, an opportunity to begin a new course of study with a clear academic record. Credits (and grades) for college courses taken ten or more years prior to the date of enrollment may be ignored for admission purposes under the Academic Fresh Start law. Applicants who choose to apply using Academic Fresh Start forfeit ALL course credit earned prior to ten years from the date of enrollment. The forfeited courses cannot be used to meet prerequisite requirements and will not be applied towards the new degree.

Academic Fresh Start applicants who have no coursework beyond the ten year period will be considered for admission based on the guidelines for new entering freshmen.  Applicants must submit the Academic Fresh Start Form along with the freshmen application and additional required documents for freshman admission by the posted deadline. All other Academic Fresh Start applicants must submit a transfer application (or readmission if they attended Texas A&M in the past) and the Academic Fresh Start Form along with transcripts for all college level coursework taken as well as all additional required documents by the posted deadlines.

Applicants considering Academic Fresh Start are encouraged to contact an admissions representative at a Prospective Student Center prior to applying.

Please note: For financial aid purposes all previously taken coursework will be included when evaluating aid eligibility. Please check with Scholarships & Financial Aid if you have specific questions.

In addition, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does not recognize the academic fresh start program. Students cannot be certified for courses they have successfully completed. Students using VA Educational benefits should coordinate with the Veteran Services Office.