Administrative Procedures

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The following section details steps to and eligibility for admission to undergraduate programs of the University. Services provided to students, as well as legal and policy requirements, are outlined.

Requirements for Undergraduate Admission

Application for Admission. A paper application for admission and other necessary forms may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or may be filed electronically at http://web.tamuc.edu/admissions/getstarted/.  The Apply Texas Application at www.applytexas.org  may also be submitted.

Official Transcript. High school transcripts should show the units completed, the grades earned, student's diploma plan, the date of graduation and the rank in class. Admissions acceptance will be tentatively granted on the basis of the completion of junior year. Upon graduating from high school, a final official transcript must be submitted to complete the admissions file.

An applicant who attended another academic institution or any institution for vocational or advanced education, if only for a short period of time, must include this work as a part of the admission application information.

Admission Test Results. All applicants for admission who have passed fewer than 21 semester hours of transferable academic work must submit scores from either the American College Test (ACT) or the College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The A&M-Commerce code for ACT is 4088 and the A&M-Commerce code for SAT is 6188.

The ACT and SAT are given at more than 1,000 test centers throughout the United States, including A&M-Commerce. High school officials can provide further details.

Social Security Number/Campus Wide ID Number (CWID). A new campus wide ID number is now used as a permanent student identification number. The campus wide ID number is generated for all students admitted to the University. Campus wide ID numbers are specific to Texas A&M University-Commerce. Students will be assigned a CWID when they submit an official document or application for admission.  Only the last 4 digits of the SSN are printed on official transcript as a means of identifying students. Application for Social Security numbers may be obtained from any post office.

Application Deadlines. Application deadline dates are as follows:

Description Date
Fall Priority DeadlineMarch 1
Fall Final DeadlineAugust 1
Spring Priority DeadlineNovember 1
Spring Final DeadlineDecember 1
Summer I Priority DeadlineApril 1
Summer I Final DeadlineMay 1
Summer II Priority DeadlineApril 1
Summer II Final DeadlineJune 1

The status of applications may be reviewed by using the myLEO system. Refer to the Schedule of Classes for instructions or access myLEO through http://www.tamuc.edu/myleo.aspx.

Undergraduate Admission Policy

Freshman Admission Requirements

First time freshmen may be admitted to Texas A&M University-Commerce by one of the following ways:

  • First time freshmen who graduate in the top 25% of their graduating class from an accredited or nonaccredited public or private high school in Texas are automatically admitted, but must submit ACT or SAT scores. To qualify for this automatic admission, high school graduation must be in one of the five years preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying.
  • First time freshmen who have an SAT combined critical reading and math score of 950 or higher.
  • First time freshmen who score a minimum of 20 ACT or higher.

Required High School Curriculum: (Recommended Plan):

Subject Units Notes
English4 unitsEnglish (I, II, III, IV)
Mathematics3 units(Algebra I, II; Geometry or other Math course beyond Algebra II).
Science3 units(Biology, Physics, or Chemistry)
Social Science4 units(U.S. History, Government, World or State History, Geography or Economics)

Individual departments may have additional requirements for full participation in their programs. Please see specific departmental sections elsewhere in this catalog.

First-time freshman applicants who graduate from a Texas high school with a Recommended High School or the Distinguished Achievement Program are satisfactorily prepared for college level classes and meet Texas A&M University-Commerce's minimum course requirements.  Students who graduate from an accredited private high school, out-of-state high school, or a home school program that does not participate in the Recommended or Distinguished program will be required to complete a curriculum similar to the Recommended High School Program.  Students who have not completed one of these programs must demonstrate completion of a high school curriculum more rigorous than what is required of the Minimum Graduation Plan.

Freshman applicants who do not meet the minimum Recommended High School Program, per Texas state law, Uniform Admissions Policy, TEC 51.803-51.809, requires that all students must meet one of the following college readiness standards in order to be eligible to be considered for admission at a Texas four-year public institution.

  • Successfully complete the recommended or advanced high school program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
  • Successfully complete a curriculum that is equivalent in content and rigor to the recommended or advanced high school program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
  • Satisfy the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment.
    • SAT - 1500 out of 2400 (this score requirement includes writing)
    • ACT - 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 24 Science

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate admissions for assistance.

Admissions Review Process

Freshman applicants who do not meet the minimum Recommended High School Program and who do not meet the readiness standards above will be individually reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Admission consideration will be offered to those applicants who demonstrate potential for academic success.  Factors used in the review process include an applicant's high school record to include high school preparation, class rank and standardized test score on the SAT or ACT.  Additional factors such as high school activities, responsibilities while attending high school, bilingual proficiency, region of residence and if a student was awarded a competitive scholarship will also be taken into consideration by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Exceptional Application Categories:

  1. First time freshmen applicants possessing the GED will be considered for admission only after their senior high school class graduates and they have reached the age of 18.  A minimum of 20 ACT or 950 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) is required for admission.
  2. First time freshmen whose high school graduation is more than five years preceding the academic year for which they are applying, will be required to submit a satisfactory score of 14 on the Reading Comprehension Test of the American College Testing program (ACT), administered by the Office of Testing and Evaluation Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Students in this five-year category may also submit satisfactory scores from an ACT/SAT test administered within the last five years.

Individual Approval

Applicants who do not meet automatic admission requirements based on ranking and/or SAT/ACT scores will be reviewed by the University's Admissions Appeal Committee.  The committee will consider other factors including academic performance in the high school, socioeconomic status, extracurricular involvement, performance level of high school/district or any other information that might be helpful  To be reviewed by the Admissions Appeal Committee the applicant should submit a personal statement and at least two letters of recommendation.  Information should be sent to the Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

Admission to Concurrent Enrollment for High School Seniors

High School seniors may enroll in college-level courses beginning with the summer session following their junior year. These students must:

  1. Qualify for standard admission with a minimum of 20 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or have a grade average of “A” (90%) in high school work through the junior year, including selected core courses in English, math, history, and laboratory science.
  2. Qualify for college-level courses by being exempt from TSI Assessment through high ACT, SAT or TAKS scores, or by passing all sections of the TSI assessment.  Students who do not pass all parts of the TSI assessment may not take college-level classes related to portions of the test that have not been passed.
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from the principal and/or counselor.

Concurrent students may enroll for as many as two freshman classes per semester.

Transfer Admission

A transfer student is defined as a student seeking first-time admission who previously attended an accredited institution of higher learning and is eligible to return to that institution. A transfer student will have 21 or more hours (excluding developmental courses). Students with fewer than 21 hours will be considered for admission on the basis of their ACT or SAT test scores, rank in high school class, and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all college work attempted. To meet the needs of transfer students, Texas A&M University-Commerce has joined the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS). Participating institutions and a list of common courses offered at A&M-Commerce are found in the back of this catalog. TCCNS numbers are also shown in parenthesis after the catalog course number in the course description.

Beginning Fall 2000, all new students who enter A&M-Commerce for the first time will have their cumulative grade point average calculated on courses taken at A&M-Commerce only. Courses taken at other institutions will no longer be considered in the calculation of the A&M-Commerce grade point average.

A transfer student must meet the following requirements:

  1. File application for admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the deadline published in the official University Calendar found in the front of this catalog or in the schedule of classes for each semester.
  2. Submit an official transcript from each institution previously attended. A transcript is considered official only if received directly from the sending institution or if hand delivered in a sealed registrar’s envelope. Transcripts should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all college work attempted. Individual departments may have additional requirements for full participation in their programs. Please see specific department sections elsewhere in this catalog.

Advanced-Level Requirement. Students must complete at least 36 semester hours at the advanced level (300 or 400 level courses).  No advanced course from a junior or community college will be credited toward meeting advanced-level degree requirements unless specified below.

A minimum of sixty semester hours at Texas A&M University-Commerce or another senior-level institution is required.  Therefore, a maximum of sixty to sixty-six semester hours from a junior or community college will be counted towards an A&M-Commerce degree.  College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and extension and extended studies (correspondence) count toward this requirement.  Specific initiatives targeted at facilitating community college transfer to a four-year university are exceptions to this rule.  The initiatives include the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program and other degree programs, including students who transfer in with the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, for which the combined number of hours in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved transfer core and field of student curricula exceed 50% of total hours required for the degree.

Transcripts are evaluated for credit by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and at times may undergo a review by faculty members serving as department heads or deans overseeing a specific academic program.  Credits for your specific degree must be determined by the academic departments.  Once your transcript undergoes the review process, you will be provided with information concerning the transferability of your courses and how they will be applied to your degree program.  A course must be college level to be transferable, and you must have earned a grade of D or better.  In some instances a grade below a C may not be acceptable in cases where the course will be applied to your major.  Students can access their degree plan through the online degree evaluation system once they have been admitted.

Should a dispute arise regarding the transferability of a course, the student must contact the Division of Enrollment Management. If the dispute is not satisfactorily resolved, the dean will notify the Commissioner of Higher Education in accordance with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules. The Commissioner or an appropriate designee will make the final decision and notify the parties concerned.

Students on Academic Suspension from another institution are ineligible for admission to Texas A&M University-Commerce until their designated suspension period has passed. When the period of suspension has passed, the student may be considered for admission.

Second chance

As of Spring Semester 2012, transfer students who have attended an institution approved to offer baccalaureate degrees will be admitted based on criteria used for freshmen students if they do not meet the criteria for admission as a transfer student (completion of 21 hours and a GPA of 2.0). Students admitted under the Second Chance initiative are not eligible for freshmen scholarships. Once admitted, students must meet institutional GPA requirements to remain in good standing.

Admission to Special Programs

An undergraduate student who desires to take courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce and who is not presently working toward a degree at A&M-Commerce may be admitted to a special program if admission requirements are met.

A special program does not lead toward a degree granted at A&M-Commerce. These are:

  1. The Vocational teacher training program;
  2. Any course to meet school board or state requirements for public school teachers;
  3. Isolated personal enrichment courses;
  4. Pre-professional courses to meet requirements for a state license; and
  5. Any other program or course not applicable toward a degree.

A student who has been denied regular admission to A&M-Commerce because of low admission test scores or a low grade point average may not apply for the special admission status. A student who has been dismissed because of low academic standing from Texas A&M-Commerce or another institution may not apply for admission to a special program until such a time as the student is eligible to return to the educational institution last attended.

Readmission

Students who have attended Texas A&M-Commerce but have not been in attendance in the long semester preceding the semester of anticipated return must apply for readmission well in advance of the registration date. If students seeking readmission were enrolled at another college or university, official transcripts must be provided to the A&M-Commerce Office of Undergraduate Admissions and a grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale must have been attained. See the Scholastic Probation and Suspension section of this catalog.

Out-of-State Students

Applicants residing out of state must meet all the requirements specified for freshman admission or transfer admission. Students whose legal residence is in Oklahoma, Louisiana, or Arkansas should refer to the Residents of States Other than Texas section of this catalog.

International Students

An international student is any degree-seeking student holding a non-immigrant student visa.

Residents of foreign countries who wish to enter the University should apply to the Office of Admissions (90) days prior to the semester they plan to attend. Please see below for admission deadlines for International Applicants. Every applicant must show evidence of:

  1. scholastic ability;
  2. proof of financial support; and
  3. an adequate command of the English language as demonstrated by a score of at least 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT) or 79 (IBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

An official report of these scores must be submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office prior to admission.  Educational Testing Services (ETS) will not release scores that are older than two years.

Texas A&M University-Commerce will waive the 550 (PBT) or 79 (IBT) score requirements and recommend conditional admission without a TOEFL score for students successfully completing a semester of study with the Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) in: Level 160 with no grade lower than a B and Level 150 with no grade lower than an A.

Texas A&M University-Commerce will waive the TOEFL 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT) or 79 (IBT) score requirements for students who successfully meet the following exemptions:

  • Students who have completed ENG 1301 US-College Reading & Writing and ENG 1302 US-Written Argument/Research, at a U.S. institution, with a grade of “C” or better. Students may provide a certified older score if they have been continuously studying at a U.S. college or university.
  • Students who have completed the advanced level with a grade of an A or B at the A&M-Commerce English Language Institute (ELI).
  • Students who have successfully completed the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEPs) advanced-level program as defined in the information provided by TIEP and who are seeking admission to our campus.
  • Students who have completed a minimum of one year of study in a Texas public high school with the completion of English III or English IV (including Advance Placement/AP) with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Students who are citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the British Virgin Island, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Ireland, Antigua, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, St. Lucia, Wales, Bahamas, Barbados, and Canada (excluding French-speaking Quebec) or Switzerland. Proof of citizenship must be provided such as birth certificate or passport.
  • Students who have completed one of the following tests with the acceptable scores:
Test Score
CAEB or Higher
CPEC or Higher
SAT II E968 or Higher
IELTSOverall band 6.0 or Higher
SAT Verbal500 or Higher
ACT Verbal19 or Higher
  • Students who have obtained one of the following foreign high school diplomas/tests/scores:
Test Score
GCE, GCSE, IGCSEC or higher in English Language
WASC, KCSE, SSCE or equivalent national examsC or higher in English Language
IB (International Baccalaureate)Grade 4 or higher in English subject

Undergraduate International Students:

For students that do not meet the TOEFL requirements or other language proficiency exemptions, A&M-Commerce offers an English Language Institute (ELI).

For more information on the process to issue the immigration documents and application process for a visa, please contact the International Student Services office at 903-886-5097 or email intl.stu@tamuc.edu.

All international students are required to attend international student orientation and undergraduate international students are also required to attend a separate new student orientation for undergraduate students. New international students are also required to check-in with an international advisor at the international office during early check-in times.  Students will provide copies of their immigration documents, personal and emergency contact information at the time of check-in.  Please contact the International Student Services office or visit their website at http://www.tamuc.edu/CampusLife/CampusServices/internationalStudentServices/AboutUs/default.aspx

International students who hold F-1 visas are not eligible for non-degree or provisional student status.  Only international students who hold J-1 non-degree visas are eligible for non-degree status.  Students may be employed part-time (up to 20 hours per week) on campus only. Off-campus employment requires permission from an international advisor and USCIS. Spouses in F-2/J-2 status may not work and may attend school only for leisure learning courses. If admitted to a degree program, F-2 visa holders must apply for a change of status to F-1 and be approved for F-1 status before permitted to register for classes.

All international students are to be reported in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They are also required by those regulations to be enrolled in a full course load for each fall and spring semester.  Only new international students beginning their studies in the summer are required to enroll in a full course load during the summer semester.  Entering information into SEVIS, monitoring of these regulations, and questions regarding international student issues are addressed by the Office of International Student Services. Visit http://www.tamuc.edu/studentLife/campusServices/internationalStudentServices/default.aspx or phone 903-886-5097, fax 903-468-3200, email: intl.stu@tamuc.edu.

Admission Deadlines for international Applicants

Semester Date
FallMay 1
SpringOctober 1
SummerMarch 1

Graduate Students

Admission to the Graduate School is under the direction of the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. See the Graduate Catalog for procedures and practices or web.tamuc.edu/academics/graduateSchool/default.aspx

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

As an undergraduate attending a state supported university, all students must take an assessment or be exempt from assessment according to the exemptions below prior to enrolling in college level courses.

You may submit scores from the TSI assessment to satisfy this requirement.  Students are responsible for providing proof of exemption and will be considered assessment-required until official documentation is provided of state exemption.

Assessment exemptions:

  1. ACT scores—Composite 23; English 19 or Math 19—no older than 5 years.
  2. SAT scores—Composite 1070; Verbal 500 or Math 500—no older than 5 years.
  3. TAKS scores—2200 Math or 2200 English/Language Arts with a 3 writing subscore.
  4. STAAR EOC - Algebra II -4000, English III Reading & Writing - 4000 Combined - no older than 5 years.
  5. Out-of-state/private institution transfer who has satisfactorily completed college level work with a “C” or better in areas of reading, math, and writing.
  6. Has met readiness standard at another Texas public higher education institution with a “C” or better in Highest level developmental course work.
  7. Serving in active military.
  8. Serving as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  9. Honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty in military on or after August 1, 1990.

Contact the Office of the Dean of University College for additional information.

Approved Reading Courses

History HIST 1301, HIST 1302

English ENG 2326ENG 2331

Political Science PSCI 2301, PSCI 2302

Psychology PSY 2301

Sociology SOC 1301

Approved Writing Courses

English ENG 1301, ENG 1302

Approved Math Courses

Math MATH 1314, MATH 1324, MATH 179
Any higher-level math course beyond MATH 1314 or MATH 1324

Students placed in College-level math who need pre-calulus (Math 142) or Calculus (Math 2413) can attempt the Calculus Readiness test to attempt to place directly into those classes. Call the Office of Student Assessment and Evaluation for further details.

All transfer students from other Texas public institutions who have not passed all sections of an assessment or have not met the TSI readiness standard will be required to take appropriate developmental courses. Transfer students can meet the TSI readiness standard by transferring approved courses in the three skill areas with a grade of “C” or better.

If you are in need of an assessment or have questions concerning retaking an assessment, you will need to contact the Office of Student Assessment at 903-886-5122.

Students with a documented learning disability may apply for assistance with the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 903-886-5835.

Basic Skills Policy

A&M-Commerce assesses the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine readiness for college-level work, per state law.

Students found to be unready for college-level work will be enrolled in the appropriate developmental courses to prepare them for college-level work.  Continuous enrollment in developmental courses is required until developmental courses are completed with a “C” or better.

Beginning fall 2014, developmental work will count towards a student’s GPA. Poor grades can lead to academic suspension/probation and affect financial aid status.

Upon completion of developmental work (ENG 100) in English, students must enroll in and remain enrolled in ENG 1301 until completion.  Students can be simultaneously enrolled in both ENG 100 and ENG 1301.  Students not requiring developmental work in English must enroll in ENG 1301 until completion.

Upon completion of developmental work in mathematics (PJCM 300 and/or MATH 131), students majoring in programs in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship (CBE), College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), and the College of Science, Engineering and Agriculture (COSEA) must begin the appropriate college math sequence for their programs.  Students in all three colleges must be continuously enrolled in mathematics until their full math requirements have been met.

 Contact the Dean of University College with questions at 903-886-5878.

 Credit by Examination

A&M-Commerce awards undergraduate credit on the basis of a variety of local and nationally available examinations. The examinations include:

  1. the Advanced Placement Examination (AP);
  2. the College Level Examination Program (CLEP);
  3. the International Baccalaureate (IB) program;
  4. the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support Examinations (DANTES);
  5. The Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT);
  6. the American College Test (ACT) of the American College Testing Program; and
  7. locally administered departmental exams.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program provided by the College Board enables students to enroll in challenging college-level studies while they are still in high school and to obtain college placement, credit, or both, on the basis of their performance on rigorous AP examinations. AP exams are given nationally at designated high schools during the month of May. AP exams are graded on a scale of 0-5. A score of 3 or higher is needed for credit.

The CLEP program administered by the College Board and ETS helps students gain credit for prior knowledge and, subsequently, enroll in advanced courses more quickly. CLEP offers exams which cover areas of business, composition and literature, foreign languages, history and social studies, science and math. CLEP exams are scored on a scale of 0-80. Upon making an acceptable score as determined by Texas A&M-Commerce, the student is awarded a set number of credit hours in a course equivalent to the subject area in which they took the CLEP exam.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a rigorous pre-university program available worldwide through the International Baccalaureate Organization leading to assessment in six subject areas (Best Language, Second Language, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, and the Arts). The curriculum encourages critical thinking, community service, individual research and inquiry into the nature of knowledge. The subject exams are scored on a 0-7 scale by a panel of international examiners. A minimum score of 4 is required to be considered for credit.

A matrix of all credit-by-exam programs including the exam titles, course equivalents, number of semester hours credited, and required scores can be obtained through the Office of Student Assessment.

All credits by examination are subject to the following guidelines:

  1. Credit earned by examination may not be used to reduce in residence or advanced hour degree requirements established by A&M-Commerce.
  2. Credit earned by examination is not included in the computation of grade point averages.
  3. It is the responsibility of the student to present official scores to the Office of Student Assessment for submission of the appropriate paperwork to the Office of the Registrar for posting of credit on the student’s transcript. Credits earned by exam will be recorded on the student’s permanent record after the census date of the semester in which it is requested.
  4. Credit for courses by exam received at another college or university will be accepted in transfer upon receipt of an official transcript.
  5. Standards for awarding credit by exam for courses are set by the academic department.
  6. Students may repeat a course for which credit was earned by exam by enrolling in a regularly scheduled class. The grade will replace the credit earned by examination.
  7. Fees for credit by examinations have been established by the Student Assessment Office. Fees vary by examination.

Applicability to a Degree Program

Persons achieving credit by one or more of the above methods should work closely with the faculty mentor within the major department to plan the completion of the degree program. Applicability to a degree program of credit earned through a non-traditional manner will vary according to the major chosen.

Correspondence concerning testing programs should be addressed to the Office of Student Assessment, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Student Access & Success Center, Room 169, Commerce, Texas 75429

Credit for first semester College English composition should be requested if any of the following criteria are met:

  1. SAT Composite score of 1270 or higher and Verbal section score of 630 or higher (scores from April 1995 or after);
  2. ACT Composite score of 26 or higher and English section score of 29 or higher; or
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition exam or Literature and Composition exam score of 3 or higher.**
**

Credit for first and second semester College English composition may be granted with an AP score of 4 or higher.

Credit for College Algebra should be requested if any of the following criteria are met:

  1. SAT Composite score of 1270 or higher and Math section score of 650 or higher (scores from April 1995 or after); or
  2. ACT Composite score of 26 or higher and Math section score of 30 or higher.

Credit for first semester Biological Sciences should be requested if the following criteria are met:

ACT Composite score of 26 or higher and a Scientific Reasoning score of 30 or higher.

Correspondence concerning Credit-by-Exam should be addressed to: Office of Student Assessment and Evaluation, Student Access & Success Center, Room 169, Commerce, Texas 75429; Telephone 903-886-5122; Fax 903-468-3210.

Undergraduate Non/Traditional Education

Texas A&M University-Commerce students may receive college credit for competencies acquired through in-service training, military courses, technical education and credit by examination and/or advanced placement.

In-Service Training

Credit can be granted for educational experiences such as in-service training, institutes, etc., of governmental agencies and private business. The student may have his experiences evaluated if they included at least 18 hours of lecture/discussion-type activity or 54 hours of contact in laboratory-type instruction and are a program or course recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education in the latest edition of the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Application should be made in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Student should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for an evaluation of credit form.

Military Service Credit

Limited credit may be considered for military-technical courses listed for credit in the latest edition of A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. The veteran should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for an evaluation of credits form. Students who have completed a continuous active duty period of six months or more with the United States Military Services (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) will be granted one semester hour of credit for physical education activity for each six months of duty up to a maximum of four hours credit. For consideration of physical education credit for military service the student should submit a copy of DD Form 214 to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Technical Education

Credit may be obtained through regionally accredited technical educational programs, including work completed in a teaching hospital which is accredited through the appropriate national agency of the field in which credit is sought. Courses in an accredited Associate of Applied Science degree program may be accepted for transfer if applicable to the student’s degree plan, and the student has completed requirements and received the Associate of Applied Science degree. Other technical-vocational courses are accepted when recommended by the appropriate department head at A&M-Commerce. Students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for an evaluation of credit form.

Academic Fresh Start

Senate Bill 1321 entitles residents of this state to seek admission to public institutions of higher education without consideration of courses undertaken ten or more years prior to enrollment. This bill has been called the “right to academic fresh start” and it gives students the option of electing to have coursework taken ten or more years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll either counted as usual or ignored for admission purposes. Applicants who elect to apply for admission under this law and who are admitted as students may not receive any course credit for courses undertaken ten or more years prior to enrollment. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions may be contacted for further information regarding academic fresh start. Academic fresh start can only be applied for and granted prior to initial enrollment.

First-Year Success Seminar

The First-Year Success Seminar (FSS) is a one-hour required course, Theory and Application of Learning and Critical Thinking.  Success in the first-year of college requires a significant adjustment to new academic and intellectual challenges. Concepts studied include perception, memory, creativity and problem solving as they relate to critical thinking. FSS aims to improve vital skills necessary for success in college and establish a support system for the entering student.  The course is taught under multiple prefixes depending upon student's major department or college.  This requirement can also be met by completing AG 100 or BSC 111 for students majoring in those disciplines.

EMail for University Communication

  1. Electronic mail or email is considered an official means of communication at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
  2. Each student will be assigned a university email address when his or her application for admission to the university is processed. This email address will remain active throughout the student’s academic career. Email accounts will expire after one long semester in which the student is no longer enrolled at Texas A&M University- Commerce.
  3. Students are expected to monitor their official Texas A&M-Commerce email accounts regularly. The university recommends checking emails at least once per day. Student should report any problems with e-mail accounts or access to email to the Texas A&M-Commerce Technology Services Help Desk at 903-468-6000.
  4. Requests to substitute non-university email addresses for purposes of official communication will not be honored.
  5. Electronic mail is subject to the same policies regarding information disclosure as other methods of communication. The privacy of personally identifiable information must be protected under the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The confidentiality of email cannot be assured and any confidentiality may be compromised by access consistent with applicable law or policy, including this Policy, by unintended redistribution or due to current technologies inadequate to protect against unauthorized access. Students, therefore, should exercise extreme caution in using email to communicate confidential or sensitive matters and should not assume that their email is private or confidential. Examples of confidential or sensitive information include, but are not limited to: drivers' license numbers, credit card numbers, social security number, grades, current or past academic history, medical information and medical history, criminal history, personal bank account numbers and payroll information other than gross pay.

Registration (myLeo)

Registration is conducted for each semester prior to the beginning of the semester. MyLeo allows eligible students to register via the Internet. Students can access myLeo through leo.tamuc.edu/. Students eligible to use myLeo to register are graduate students and continuing undergraduate students who have completed 24 credit hours, are Basic Skills complete, and have officially declared a major.

All new freshman students will be registered by their Success Coach until they meet they criteria above.  New transfer students will be registered by either a Success Coach or Faculty Mentor as appropriate for at least their first semester.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee rates are set by the State Legislature and The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Current fee schedules are available at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Services and online through the University website for the particular semester in which you plan to enroll.

Tuition and fees during registration periods may be estimated and are subject to change. All University charges are due at the beginning of each semester.  During the fall and spring semesters students can enroll for an installment payment plan.  The payment plan is offered at a fixed charge but additional charges may accrue if payments are not made in accordance with the terms of the plan.

A $10 general property deposit shall be collected from each student to insure against losses, damages and breakage in libraries and laboratories. The deposit is refundable upon written request after graduation or withdrawal from the University.

The audit fee is the same as for credit courses (refer to procedure for auditing).

Tuition and fees collected for courses from which students drop within the first 12 days of a fall or spring semester or within the first four days of a summer term will be refunded, provided the student remains enrolled at the institution for that semester or term.

Revenues from the designated tuition portion of the tuition rates can be for the specific purpose of providing or making available to the student any property, buildings, structures, activities, services, operations or other facilities, or for the retirement of debt service on institutional plant or on renewals, replacement, or additions to the institutional plant. Designated tuition revenues may also be used for general financial aid purposes.

The Texas Legislature and the Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System, have established guidelines for determining residency status. Texas residency for tuition purposes is generally obtained by working in Texas for 12 months immediately prior to enrollment in any college or university, by being a dependent of a Texas resident, or by being classified as a Texas resident for the first five of the six years immediately preceding registration. Complete regulations are available in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Texas HB 29 (effective Fall 2014) requires State-funded colleges and universities to offer a guaranteed tuition plan to incoming undergraduate students beginning with the Fall 2014 semester.  Texas A&M University-Commerce provides such plans to all undergraduate students with tuition and mandatory student fees fixed for four years (incoming freshmen and students enrolled prior to Fall 2014) or two years (incoming transfer students).   The plans exclude certain fees such as field trip fees, student abroad fees, lab fees, distance learning fee, program delivery fees, or other course-specific charges.   Other academic costs, including campus housing charges, meal plan charges, and parking fees, are also excluded.

Limitation on In-State Tuition Rates for Some Undergraduates

New undergraduate students enrolled in an institution of higher education Fall 1999 or afterward are subject to the conditions of Senate Bill 345 passed in the 76th Legislative Session. This law states that a resident undergraduate student whose attempted hours exceeds, by at least 45 semester hours, the number of hours required for completion of the degree program may be charged tuition at a higher rate. The higher rate will not exceed the rate charged to non-resident undergraduate students. A resident student is one who has met the requirements to be classified as a resident of the State of Texas for tuition purposes.

First time undergraduate students enrolled in an institution of higher education Fall 2006 and thereafter will be charged tuition at a higher rate if they exceed 30 semester credit hours over that required for a degree program. Courses dropped or withdrawn are counted as attempted hours and count towards the 30 and 45-hour rule.

Limitation on the Number of Courses that may be Dropped under Certain Circumstances by Undergraduate Students

Section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code states that an institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop more than six courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education. This statute was enacted by the State of Texas in spring 2007 and applies to students who enroll in a public institution of higher education as first-time freshmen in Fall 2007, or later. Course(s) dropped after the census date of a semester will be counted toward the six course limit.

Repeated Courses (Three-Peat Rule)

Enacted in the 78th Legislative session, HB1 mandates that students repeating a course for a third or more time will be subject to an additional fee for the repeated course. Students enrolling for a course for the third time will be assessed a higher fee beginning Spring 2005. Courses dropped or withdrawn are counted as attempted hours and count towards the three-peat rule.

Tuition Rebates for Certain Undergraduates

Senate Bill 1907 modified the Education Code to create a tuition rebate program for undergraduate students who complete their degrees after attempting not more than three hours more than the number required.

The purpose of this program is to provide tuition rebates that will provide a financial incentive for students to prepare for university core curriculum while completing their high school work, avail themselves of academic counseling, make early career decisions, and complete their baccalaureate studies with as few extraneous courses as possible. Minimizing the number of courses taken by students results in financial savings to students, parents and the state.

To be eligible for rebates under this program, students must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. They must have enrolled for the first time in an institution of higher education in the Fall 1997 semester or later;
  2. They must have received a baccalaureate degree from a Texas public university;
  3. They must have been a resident of Texas and entitled to pay resident tuition at all times while pursuing the degree; and
  4. They must have attempted no more than three hours in excess of the minimum number of semester hours required to complete the degree under the catalog under which they were graduated. Hours attempted include transfer credits, course credit earned exclusively by examination, courses that are dropped after the official census date, and for-credit developmental courses.

Application for the tuition rebate must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office the same semester the degree is conferred. This requirement cannot be waived. Questions regarding the tuition rebate program should be directed to the University Graduation Coordinator.

Special Fees

Description Fee
Diploma fee (payable when applying for degree)$40
CertificateFee based on type of certificate earned
Late registration fee$100
Reinstatement Fee$200
Lab fees$5 to $30
Course enhancement fees$8-$16 per course
Graduate courses through the College of BusinessAssessed an additional $25 per credit hour
Installment Payment Plan fee$35
Late Payment fee (Installment Plan)$25 per payment date
Late Payment fee (Institutional Loans)$25
Returned Check fee$30
Academic Achievement Seminar$45 per semester
Duplicate Diploma fee$30
Motor Vehicle Registration and Parking Permits$40 if purchased in Fall, $32 in Spring, and $24 in Summer

Residents of States Other than Texas

A non-resident student is legally defined to be a student of less than 18 years of age living away from his family and whose family resides in another state or whose family has not resided in Texas for the 12 months immediately preceding the date of registration; or a student 18 years of age or older who resides out of the state or who has not been a resident of Texas 12 months immediately preceding the date of registration. The responsibility of registering under the proper residence is placed upon the student. It is their duty at or before registration, if there is any possible question of their right to legal residence in Texas under the state law and the university rules, to raise the question with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and have such question settled prior to registration. There can be no change of residence status except upon express authorization by the director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Attempts on the part of a non-resident to evade the non-resident fee will be taken seriously and may lead to expulsion. Out-of-state students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (903-886-5000).  Students who would like to establish their residency in Texas can review the requirements and questionnaire form at: http://www.tamuc.edu/admissions/oneStopShop/undergraduatedAdmissions/residency.aspx

Legislative approval has been given for a separate tuition rate for Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana residents based on reciprocity agreements with universities in those states. Two types of tuition have been established: Bordering Oklahoma and Arkansas counties and Louisiana parishes to Texas — In-state, Texas resident, tuition. All other counties in Oklahoma and Arkansas and parishes in Louisiana — Reduced out-of-state tuition for undergraduates.

Hazlewood Act for Veterans

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Many veterans (and some veterans’ dependents), who do not qualify for federal educational benefits, may be eligible for tuition exemptions for up to 150 semester hours of academic course work under the Texas Hazlewood Act. In order to qualify for the Hazelwood exemption you must meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of Texas at the time they entered the Armed Forces.
  • Or entered the military at a Texas MEPS station.
  • Served on active duty at least 181 days.
  • Have an honorable or general under honorable discharge from service.

The Hazlewood Act application can be picked up at the Veterans' and Military Services Office in the Student Access and Success Center, Room 122. To establish eligibility for the exemption:

  • The veteran must complete an application; dependents receiving the exemption must also fill out an application.
  • Provide a copy of your discharge papers (DD214, member 4 form).
  • For a dependent receiving the exemption a birth certificate or tax form proving dependent status is required.
  • A letter from the VA stating ineligibility of federal education benefits.

Please submit all paperwork as early as possible - prior to the census date of each semester - so that the Veterans & Military Services Office can complete the process of establishing your eligibility before your tuition and fees are due.

Children of Certain Disabled Public Employees

Children of certain firefighters, peace officers, employees of the Texas Department of Corrections and game wardens who have suffered injury resulting in death or disability sustained in the line of duty are exempt from payment of all dues, fees, and charges. Application for this exemption should be made to the Student Services Division, Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711.

Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired Students

Certain hearing impaired and visually impaired persons, as defined by law, who are Texas residents are eligible for exemption from payment of tuition and fees. Students who are eligible must be certified by one of the following agencies: Texas Rehabilitation Commission; Texas Commission for the Blind; or the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.

Good Neighbor Scholarship

Certain native-born students from other nations of the American hemisphere may be eligible for exemption of tuition following approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Individuals requesting this exemption should contact John Mark Jones, Director, International Student Office at A&M-Commerce (903-468-8144).

Valedictorian Exemption

The highest ranking graduate of each accredited Texas public high school is eligible for an exemption from tuition for both semesters of the first regular session immediately following his graduation. When, in the opinion of the institution’s president, the circumstances of an individual case (usually military service) merit such action, this exemption may be granted for any one of the first four regular sessions following that individual’s graduation from high school. Certificates of eligibility are issued by graduating high schools.

Children of Prisoners of War or Persons Missing in Action

Dependent children of any person who is a legal resident of Texas on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, and who at the time of registration is classified by the Department of Defense as a prisoner of war or as missing in action, are eligible for exemption of tuition and fees. Proof from the U.S. Department of Defense must be provided.

Students in Foster or Other Residential Care

A student is exempt from the payment of tuition and fees if the student was in a foster home or other residential care under PRS conservatorship on or after:

  1. The day before their 18th birthday; or
  2. The day the youth graduated from high school or received a GED; or
  3. The day of the youth’s 14th birthday, if the youth was also eligible for adoption on or after that day. (This includes youth age 14 and older who are adopted or for whom parental rights have been terminated.)

To be eligible, youth must enroll as an undergraduate student no later than:

  1. Three years after being discharged from foster or other residential care; or
  2. Three years after receiving a high school diploma or GED, whichever occurs first; or
  3. The youth’s 21st birthday.

Application for this exemption should be made in Financial Services prior to registration.

Children of Deceased Texas Veterans Exemption

Qualifying students will be exempted from tuition and mandatory student fees, except for student service fee and property deposit. Eligible students are dependents of Texas veterans who were killed in action or died while in service, or whose death was directly caused by illness or injury connected with service in the armed forces. Required documentation: Official documentation from the military, indicating eligibility.

Withdrawal

A student wishing to withdraw from all courses before the end of a semester or summer term for which he/she is registered must clear his record by filing an application for voluntary withdrawal on a form which can be secured online at: Withdrawal Form or from the Office of the Registrar. This is a withdrawal from the semester, not the university.

This action must be taken by the date stated in the Academic Calendar as the last day to withdraw. Any student who withdraws from the University is subject to the conditions outlined in the section regarding Scholastic Probation or Suspension. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from classes if he or she does not plan to attend during the semester in which he/she has enrolled. A student has one year from the first day of a semester to appeal a withdrawal refund. Courses withdrawn are counted as attempted hours and count towards the three-peat, 45-hour and 30-hour rule.

Refund of Fees

A student officially withdrawing will receive a refund of his fees according to the following scale:

*Class days refer to the University Class Days, not particular class days. **For example: If a class meets MWF, the 12th class day is not the 12th day of the student's actual class, it is the 12th day of the University Class Days.  See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.

Sixteen-Week Fall/Spring Semester:

  • 100 percent prior to the first class day of the semester
  • 80 percent during the first five class days of the semester
  • 70 percent during the second five class days of the semester
  • 50 percent during the third five class days of the semester
  • 25 percent during the fourth five class days of the semester
  • No refund after the fourth five class days of the semester

Thirteen-Week Semester:

  • 100 percent prior to the first class day of the session
  • 80 percent during the first, second, third and fourth class days of the session
  • 50 percent during the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth class days of the session
  • 25 percent during ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth class days of the session
  • No refund after the twelfth class day of the semester

Twelve-Week Semester:

  • 100 percent prior to the first class day of the session
  • 80 percent during the first, second, third and fourth class days of the session
  • 50 percent during the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth class days of the session
  • No refund after the eighth class day of the semester

Ten-Week Semester:

  • 100 percent prior to the first class day of the session
  • 80 percent during the first, second, third and fourth class days of the session
  • 50 percent during the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth class days of the session
  • No refund after the eighth class day of the semester

Five, Six, Seven & Eight-Week Semester:

  • 100 percent prior to the first class day of the session
  • 80 percent during the first, second or third class day of the session
  • 50 percent during the fourth, fifth, or sixth class day of the session
  • No refund after the sixth day of class of the session.

Four-Week Semester:

  • 100 percent prior to the first class day of the summer session
  • 80 percent during the first, second or third class day of the summer session
  • 50 percent during the fourth, fifth, or sixth class day of the summer session
  • No refund after the sixth of class of the summer session and thereafter

Three-Week Mini Semester:

  • 100 percent prior to the first class day of the session
  • 80 percent during the first and second class days of the session
  • 50 percent during the third and fourth class days of the session
  • No refund after the fourth day of class of the session

Thirty Two-Week Semester:

  • 100 percent prior to the first class day of the semester
  • 80 percent during the first five class days of the semester
  • 70 percent during the second five class days of the semester
  • 50 percent during the third five class days of the semester
  • 25 percent during the fourth five class days of the semester
  • No refund after the fourth five class days of the semester

Refund Information:

  • Refunds will be the applicable percentage of the total fees due for the semester, less any amount not paid.
  • If a scheduled course of instruction fails to materialize, because of lack of required students, all tuition for same will be refunded. Late fees and installment fees are not refunded.
  • No refunds will be made unless application is made within the same school year as withdrawal.
  • No refunds will be made on auditor's fees.

Withdrawal refunds for students receiving federal funds is based on how much Title IV aid a student has received and not earned at the time of withdrawal. The amount of aid earned is calculated on a pro-rata basis through 60 percent of the term. Before withdrawing, contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information about this law.

Overdue Financial Obligations

All accounts (tuition/fees, parking citations, loans, housing/meal charges, etc.) must be paid when due. Before the end of each semester or term, each student should determine that all accounts are paid.  Further enrollment will be blocked and the Registrar’s Office will withhold any transcripts, diplomas and other benefits until the obligation is discharged. Overdue financial obligations are subject to late fees and interest in addition to a hold on students records.  Past due accounts may be sent to outside collection agencies.  If such action is required, student's may become liable for additional fees or charges as allowed by law.