Staff Tuition Assistance

Texas A&M University is proud to provide access to high-quality benefits that support your professional and educational goals. The university encourages you to pursue higher education to enrich your lives and help Texas A&M develop the highest quality workforce. The Staff Tuition Assistance program is available to eligible staff and will be administered as part of our WELLNESS WORKS! program under the financial wellness pillar.

 

Description
Eligible staff must first be admitted to Texas A&M through the Office of Admissions. Tuition assistance benefits for which staff are eligible will reflect as a credit against the fees assessed for the applicable term on their fee statement. No additional application process will be necessary.  Staff who receive tuition assistance will be required to adhere to all rules associated with being a student at Texas A&M, including, but not limited to, registering for classes, paying fees, and withdrawing from classes by the appropriate deadlines.

Educational Release Time is available to eligible employees who are registered as students to attend classes, with appropriate approval, during their regularly scheduled workday. This program provides employees with more flexibility to further their growth and advancement, enhance their involvement in the life of the University, and to further their education to become a more productive and knowledgeable workforce.  Employees should check with their manager or supervisor prior to course registration for classes taken during the workday.

In addition to the staff tuition assistance benefits, Texas A&M University staff may also apply for a fee exemption through Student Business Services.

Eligibility
Staff members eligible for the tuition assistance program must:

  • be admitted to Texas A&M University in a degree-seeking program and enrolled in courses pertaining to that undergraduate or graduate degree program (including distance education programs).
  • be employed in a staff title at Texas A&M University (which includes Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University at Qatar, and Texas A&M Health Science Center). The tuition assistance program does not apply to positions with faculty titles or student titles including any title where student status is a requirement.
  • be budgeted at least 50% effort with Texas A&M University. A budgeted staff employee is a non-faculty employee whose position is specifically identified in the budget with a unique identifier called a Position Identification Number (PIN). Budgeted staff positions are 50% or more effort (20 or more hours per week) for 4.5 months or more and are benefits-eligible.
  • have a minimum of 12 months of service in a staff title prior to the first day of class in which they are enrolling (hours worked in a student title at Texas A&M will count in the 12 months of service).
  • be employed at Texas A&M University at the time of disbursement of the tuition assistance payment.
  • be in good academic standing and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for undergraduate and professional students and 3.0 for graduate students.

Process
The staff tuition assistance program will be processed as a scholarship. Texas A&M University will pay up to $1,000 per class (maximum of 2 classes) for the fall and/or spring semesters:

  • 1-5 credit hours = $1,000
  • 6+ credit hours = $2,000

There is no application required and no action on your part for you to be awarded this scholarship. Programming is in place to automatically award staff who are registered and meet the criteria. Scholarships will be posted to your student bill 5 days prior to the first day of class each semester. Eligible staff members enrolled at Texas A&M University will automatically receive this scholarship during the fall and spring semesters.  Staff members will be notified via their Texas A&M email account that the scholarship has been awarded.

Funding
The Staff Tuition Assistance Program will be financially supported through central funding from Main campus agency code (part 02), Health Science Center agency code (part 23), or Galveston campus agency code (part 10) based on the employee's component from which the majority of their salary is sourced. Other Texas A&M agencies are not participating in this program.

To find agency code in which you are associated with, following the steps below.

Login at https://sso.tamus.edu and go to your benefits page.  Click on the ‘My Personal Data’ tab and look in the box that says ‘BPP Position Info’:

BPP Position Info
System Member         M- Texas A&M University
Adloc                          0210480 – Enterprise Information System
Employment Status    A- Active
Employment Date      2/24/2014

Adloc - equals the Agency Code in the first 2 digits of that number. 

Questions Regarding the Staff Tuition Assistance Program and Process:
Pablo Mora, Scholarships & Financial Aid- pmora49@tamu.edu or 979.458.5376

Questions Regarding Admission to Texas A&M:
Admissions Customer Service - Admissions@tamu.edu or 979.845.1060