$1,000 Tuition Rebate for Certain Undergraduates

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to provide a financial incentive for you to complete a bachelor's degree efficiently, taking as few courses outside your degree plan as possible. The program's goal is minimizing the number of courses you take -- saving money for you, your parents, and the State of Texas.

Eligibility Requirements

Key eligibility requirements:

A student may qualify for the tuition rebate (up to $1000) if:

What does “hours attempted” mean?

“Hours attempted” include:

“Hours attempted” do not include:

If a student has dropped more than one course after the official Census Date, he or she will probably not qualify for the rebate.

All credit earned by examination was originally counted, but a change in the law allows the first nine hours of credit earned by examination—for example, credit earned through AP courses, CLEP exams or high SAT or ACT scores—to be exempted; Those first nine credit hours do not count as hours attempted. Additional credit earned exclusively by examination will still count toward hours attempted.

Dual credit courses—courses taken in high school for both high school and college credit—counted as hours attempted until May 27, 2011, when the 82nd Texas Legislature passed SB 176, which exempts course credit earned prior to high school graduation, except for credit earned exclusively by examination, from consideration in determining a student’s eligibility. After May 27, 2011, dual credit course credit does NOT count into the determination of a student’s eligibility to receive the tuition rebate.

Transfer credit from a private or out-of-state college or university count as attempted hours for determining eligibility for the rebate.

What could disqualify an Individual?

A student is required in the statute to apply for a tuition rebate prior to graduation. Students who have already graduated and who did not apply for the tuition rebate may not apply following graduation.

Attempted hours include every course for which the student has registered, as of the official Census Date, in every semester, including repeated courses and courses from which the student withdraws (dropped courses as well as withdrawal from the college or university). If a student has dropped more than one course after the official Census Date, he or she will probably not qualify for the rebate.

All credit earned by examination was originally counted, but a change in the law allows the first nine hours of credit earned by examination—for example, credit earned through AP courses, CLEP exams or high SAT or ACT scores—to be exempted; Those first nine credit hours do not count as hours attempted. Additional credit earned exclusively by examination will still count toward hours attempted.

Dual credit courses—courses taken in high school for both high school and college credit—counted as hours attempted until May 27, 2011, when the 82nd Texas Legislature passed SB 176, which exempts course credit earned prior to high school graduation from consideration in determining a student’s eligibility.

Students enrolled in higher education in fall 2005 or later must graduate in a timely manner to be eligible to receive the tuition rebate. This means that a student must graduate within four calendar years from their initial enrollment in college after high school graduation for a four-year degree, and within five calendar years for a five-year degree. A five-year degree is currently defined as all architecture and engineering programs.

Although there are certain exceptions for hardship situations, most part-time students will no longer be eligible to receive the tuition rebate.

 

Eligible Institutions

Tuition rebate programs are only available at public universities in the state of Texas.

Award Amount

Up to $1,000

Application Process

Each university administers the tuition rebate program on its own campus. Students must apply for the tuition rebate prior to receiving their bachelor's degree, using forms provided by their university. Most universities provide application forms to students as part of the final degree check.

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