Tuition Rebates for Undergraduate Students

Senate Bill 1907, 75th Legislature, Texas Education Code Sec. 54.0065.

This program is to provide tuition rebates that will provide a financial incentive for students to prepare for university studies while completing their high school work, avail themselves of academic counseling, make early career decisions, and complete their baccalaureate studies with as few courses outside the degree plan as possible. Minimizing the number of courses taken by students results in financial savings to students, parents, and the state. To be eligible for a rebate under this program, a student must:

  • Have enrolled for the first time in an institution of higher education in the fall 1997 semester or later;
  • Request a rebate for coursework related to a first baccalaureate degree received from a general academic teaching institution;
  • Have been a resident of Texas as set forth under Chapter 21, Subchapter B, Section 21.730 of this title (relating to Determining Residence Status) and have been entitled to pay resident tuition at all times while pursuing the degree;
  • If enrolled for the first time in fall 2005 or later, graduate within four calendar years for a four-year degree or within five calendar years for a five-year degree if the degree is in architecture, engineering, or any other program determined by the Board to require more than four years to complete; and
  • Have attempted no more than three hours in excess of the minimum number of semester credit hours required to complete the degree under the catalog under which the student graduated.

A. Hours attempted include:

  1. transfer credit;
  2. course credit earned exclusively by examination (except that, for the purposes of this program, only the number of semester credit hours earned exclusively by examination in excess of nine semester credit hours is treated as hours attempted);
  3. courses dropped after the official census date;
  4. optional internship and cooperative education courses; and
  5. repeated courses.

B. Courses attempted shall not include:

  1. course credit that is earned to satisfy requirements for a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program but that is not required to complete the degree program;
  2. course credit, other than course credit earned exclusively by examination, that is earned before graduating from high school; and
  3. courses dropped for reasons that are determined by the institution to be totally beyond the control of the student.

C. For students concurrently earning a baccalaureate degree and a Texas teaching certificate, required teacher education courses shall not be counted to the extent that they are over and above the free electives allowed in the baccalaureate degree program.

Responsibilities of Students:

  • Students desiring to qualify for tuition rebates are responsible for complying with all rules and regulations related to administration of the program.
  • Students desiring to qualify for tuition rebates are solely responsible for enrolling only in courses that will qualify them for rebates.
  • A student who has transferred from another public or independent institution of higher education is responsible for providing to the institution awarding the degree official transcripts from all institutions attended by the student.
  • Students must apply for rebates prior to receiving their baccalaureate degrees on forms provided by the institution and must keep the institution apprized of their addresses at least 60 days after their graduation date.

The rebate for eligible students is a maximum of $1,000. To apply for the rebate, please complete this application form and submit it to your academic dean