TUITION and fee PAYMENTS

(last updated JANUARY 2020)

Payment of Tuition and Required University and College Fees for Graduate Assistants

In 2005, the university developed a revised plan for tuition payments of graduate assistants to attract and retain the best graduate students.

In Spring 2011, the university issued a set of revised guidelines regarding tuition payments for graduate assistants (GAs) that became effective for Fall 2011 (FY12).

In Fall 2019, the university approved revised guidelines for payment of resident tuition and required fees for PhD students employed in Graduate Assistant Teaching (GAT), Graduate Assistant Research (GAR), and Graduate Assistant Lecture (GAL) titles that would be effective Fall 2020 (FY21).  This will position Texas A&M University to increase the minimum support for PhD students employed in these positions. 
 
It is important to inquire directly with your department, college or school to learn more about their funding practices.

Resident Tuition Payment Guidelines (effective Fall 2011 – Summer 2020)  

Resident Tuition and Required University and College Fees Payment Guidelines (effective Fall 2020)

Resident Tuition Payment Guidelines (effective Fall 2011 – Summer 2020)

a.   Resident tuition will be paid from university funds for up to 5 years (for students admitted without a master’s degree) and 4 years (for students admitted with a master’s degree) for doctoral GATs (graduate  assistants teaching), GALs (graduate assistants lecturer), and GANTs (graduate assistants non-teaching) who are employed by academic departments in support of their department teaching missions. GARs (graduate assistants research) supported by state funds (e.g., start-up packages) or grants not allowing tuition payments are eligible for university funds, if available.  Resident tuition for doctoral graduate assistants research (GAR) funded by external grants and contracts will be paid from those grants and contracts. Differential tuition impacts undergraduate students only. The payment of resident tuition for doctoral graduate assistants not included in the categories above and master’s graduate assistants will be determined by the employing unit or faculty on a student- by- student basis.

b.   All or a portion of resident tuition for a select number of master’s students in GAT, GAR, or GANT positions may be paid from university funds at the discretion of the departments and colleges. Each college will establish and publish their respective policies for selecting the master’s students who receive tuition payments. For master’s graduate assistants funded by external grants and contracts, the employing faculty will determine on a student by student basis if the tuition payment benefit is paid.

c.   Payment of resident tuition for graduate assistants funded by non-college academic units will be determined by the employing unit on a student-by-student basis.

Resident Tuition and Required University and College Fees Payment Guidelines (effective Fall 2020)

Resident tuition and university required fees will be paid for PhD students employed in Graduate Assistant Teaching (GAT), Graduate Assistant Research (GAR), and Graduate Assistant Lecture (GAL) titles. This mandate applies for all Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University at Galveston doctoral students employed in these positions sourced from any account or award of TAMU or TAMU agency.
 
Funding terms effective fall 2020 are the following:

  1. PhD students employed in GAT, GAR, and/or GAL titles, admitted without a master’s degree, and initial PhD enrollment in Fall 2016 forward:

    1. Resident Tuition, Required University Feesi, and Required College Feesii will be paid at least through their fifth year of study 

  2. PhD students employed in GAT, GAR, and/or GAL titles, admitted with a master’s degree, and initial PhD enrollment in Fall 2017 forward:

    1. Resident Tuition, Required University Feesi, and Required College Feesii will be paid at least through their fourth year of study

  3. The payment of resident tuition and required fees for PhD GANTs is optional.  

 

Required fees defined for:
Texas A&M University Colleges with PhD Programs including Agriculture & Life Sciences, Architecture, Mays Business School, Education & Human Development, Engineering, Geosciences, Liberal Arts, Science, Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Definitions: (i) Required University Fees -- University Advancement Fee, Health Center, Student Center Complex, and Student Recreation Center. (ii) Required College Fees: College Advancement Fees (for all colleges except Engineering and the Biological and Agricultural Engineering [BAEN] program), and Program Fees (for College of Architecture, College of Engineering, and BAEN program).
 
Texas A&M University Health Science Center Colleges with PhD Programs including Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, School of Public Health
Definitions: (i) Required University Fees -- University Advancement Fee, Health Center, Student Center Complex, Student Recreation Center, and Transportation. (ii) Required College Fees: Program Fees (School of Public Health); and Instructional Enhancement and Medical Liability Fees (College of Dentistry).
 
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Definitions: (i) Required University Fees -- University Advancement Fee, Student Center Complex, and Student Recreation Center. (ii) Required College Fees: None.
 
Notes:

This reflects the required university and college fees applicable in the 2019-20 academic year. Any new required university or college fees added after the 2019-20 academic year will be included in the mandate.

The mandate is for payment of resident tuition and university and college fees at full-time enrollment.

 

For more information please refer to the Resident Tuition and University Required Fees Guidelines Frequently Asked Questions.