Tuition Rebates for Certain Undergraduates


The purpose of 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • First college course after high school graduation must be taken in fall 1997 or later;
  • Student must have been a Texas resident at all times while pursuing the degree;
  • Student must have been entitled to pay in-state tuition at all times while pursuing the degree; and
  • Student must not have graduated yet

If a student has dropped more than one course after the official Census Date, he or she will probably not qualify for the rebate.  If a student has already graduated, it is too late to submit a request for the tuition rebate.

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

  • for a student who enrolled after high school graduation at a college or university for the first time in the fall 1997 or later, s/he has attempted no more than three semester credit hours in excess of the minimum number of hours required for their degree. For example, a student who completes a bachelor's degree that requires 120 credit hours with no more than 123 credit hours attempted might qualify for this rebate; and
  • for a student who enrolled after high school graduation at a college or university for the first time in the fall 2005 or later, s/he must also graduate in a timely manner to earn the tuition rebate. According to the most recent revision of the rebate program, a student who wants to receive the rebate must graduate with in four calendar years for a four-year degree.

What does "hours attempted" mean?

  • 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);
  • transfer credit, including those from a private or out-of-state college or university
  • 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);
  • courses dropped after the official census date;
  • optional internship and cooperative education courses; and
  • repeated courses

"Hours attempted" do not include:

  • for students graduating with a bachelor's degree in December 2007 or later, course credit that is earned to satisfy requirements for a Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program but that is not required to complete the degree program;
  • for students graduating with a bachelor's degree in August 2011 or later, course credit, other than course credit earned exclusively by examination, that is earned before graduating from high school;
  • courses dropped for reasons that are determined by the institution to be totally beyond the control of the student;
  • developmental or Remedial Education-pre-college, remedial courses, non-degree credit courses;
  • the first nine hours of credit earned by examination-for example, credit earned through AP courses, CLEP exams or high SAT or ACT scores; Additional credit earned exclusively by examination will still count toward hours attempted;
  • dual credit hours-courses taken in high school for both high school and college credit.

If you believe that you meet the eligibility criteria for a tuition rebate, you must submit the Tuition Rebate Request form to the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center by no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday of commencement for the semester of graduation. 

Requests for tuition rebates will be processes within 30 days of degree conferral. You will be notified of the outcome of your request via email to your Jaguar email address.