Texas Guaranteed Tuition Fund

Texas Guaranteed Tuition Fund (formerly the Texas Tomorrow Fund)

How can I activate my Texas Guaranteed Tuition (TGTP) Fund account at Texas A&M University?
Email, fax, mail, or bring Student Business Services the following information prior to the last business day before classes begin:
  1. Student's Full Name
  2. The TGTP account number.
  3. The type of plan that was purchased.
  4. The student's UIN.
  5. A written request indicating the semester of activation. Student plan information is normally processed to student accounts within two business days.

Email to: sbs@tamu.edu

Fax to: (979) 845-9406

Mail to:

TAMU Student Business Services
P.O. Box 30015
College Station, TX 77842-3015

Bring to: General Services Complex, suite 2801, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, except scheduled holidays

How will the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan pay my student bill?
Payments will be estimated for student-activated accounts prior to the first day of class and at the beginning of each fall and spring session. Adjustments may be made according to student benefits available, after the 20th class day, when the state sends funding. An out-of-state tuition waiver will be processed on accounts for non-resident students with a TGTP contract based on available contracted hours.
Can I request to remove TGTP from my account after payment has been applied?
Student and guardians may request to remove their plan before the first due date of any semester or before the semester begins. Payments may not be removed after school has started.
What if I want to use the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan for summer sessions?
Students must send an email request to Student Business Services prior to noon on the last business day before summer school starts. The request should be sent to sbs@tamu.edu. Students that fail to notify SBS in time, of their intent to use TGTP for summer sessions, will have to request benefits directly from TGTP. The request to use TGTP funds for the summer will cover all summer sessions the student is enrolled for; amounts will not be prorated for each session.
How do I use my Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan for study abroad?

Students participating on a Texas A&M faculty-led program, reciprocal exchange, or credit-bearing research/intern/volunteer experience may request to use their plan by contacting Student Business Services at sbs@tamu.edu.

For students studying abroad independently through a U.S. university, an accredited international institution, or a third-party program provider for transfer credits, the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan can be applied toward the program costs. Because this tuition fund can only be paid directly to Texas universities and colleges, the Study Abroad Programs Office will facilitate third-party billing. To initiate the third-party billing process, students should complete the pre-approval process for Transfer Credit Study Abroad Programs (http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/?go=transfercredit) and send a request to tcstudyabroad@tamu.edu as soon as possible (preferably at least a semester prior to their anticipated international experience).

As a part of the third-party billing process, students should only pay the initial application fee and confirmation deposit owed to the program provider/host institution. The remaining program fee will be deferred and billed at the students’ Texas A&M account. The estimated disbursement amount available for the study abroad program costs is determined based on the current fiscal state rate per credit hour and the students’ attempted course load abroad.

What does the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan pay for?
The Texas Guaranteed Tuition Fund will pay for the number of tuition hours that have been purchased under the students contract. Students will be responsible for paying additional tuition hours to the university not covered by their plan. Mandatory fees that all students are required to pay for enrollment are covered for a limited amount of semesters (please contact the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Fund additional information). The Texas Guaranteed Tuition Fund does not cover laboratory fees, course-specific fees, room, board, books, Aggie Bucks, sport passes, enhancements fees, field trip fees, study abroad trip fees, options, etc.
Can I use the hour benefits from my Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan without having to use my fee term benefit?
Texas A&M University will bill the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan for all benefits available. It is the student's responsibility to notify Student Business Services when hours and fee terms are running out of their plan. Failure to notify Student Business Services may result in an unexpected balance due to the student account. This is also referred to as charge-back due to an insufficient TGTP benefit(s). When a student's hours or fee benefits become insufficient the plan will no longer apply to the student account automatically for the fall and spring semesters. Student's will need to contact Student Business Services before the first day of classes to request to use any balance of benefits in the event this occurs. Students' failing to notify Student Business Services before classes begin of their intent to use their plan may result in the inability to use their plan that semester.
How do I contact the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan to verify my hours (benefits) or get more information about my plan?

The Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan Office can be contacted through the State Comptroller's office at (800) 531-5441.

This information is also available on the back of the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan ID card.

How can I use my Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan benefits when I also have a Hazlewood Exemption?
The purchaser of the TGTP contract can contact the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan office in Austin to request to be reimbursed for benefits for any semester the student is using the Hazlewood exemption. It would be more beneficial for customers to request reimbursements directly from the state since the university would have a minimal amount to report back to the state as due on behalf of the student. The amount reported back to the state would be minimal since the Hazlewood exempts tuition and required fees to eligible students, with the exception of the student services fees and certain distance education fees. Customers would be able to receive funds back from the state more timely than from the university. Texas A&M University will not request reimbursement for TGTP customers using the Hazlewood exemption.
What happens if I do not use all of my Texas Guaranteed Tuition plan hours (benefits)? Can I use them for graduate school? Could I get a refund? etc.
Students may use their plan toward graduate school at TAMU. The plan will pay the undergraduate state average for the type of plan purchased. Students will be responsible for amounts billed over the state average. Contact the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan for more information on unused plan hours and benefits.
How will the new flat rate affect my Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan?
The Texas Guaranteed Tuition plan will continue to cover tuition and fee charges according to the student plan and benefits available. The University will continue to estimate those payments according to the hours the student is registered for.
How can I use my valedictorian exemption and still use the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan?
According to TGTP, the student is entitled to receive both. The valedictorian exemption has a higher priority in our student system and will credit or pay the student account first. TGTP must be manually billed after the 20th class day for the benefits covered in the student plan (for a maximum of hours the student is enrolled for the term) so the student can receive full credit for the tuition. TGTP usually submits payment for benefits four to six weeks after an invoice has been submitted. When TGTP submits payment to the university, the student will receive full credit for the TGTP benefits. If the student account is paid in full, a refund will be issued to the student equivalent to the value of the valedictorian exemption, if the student has enough TGTP benefits to cover the enrolled hours for the term.
How can I use my Early High School Scholarship and still use the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan?
The TGTP will be applied for the cost tuition and required fees covered by the TGTP plan. The Early High School Scholarship will then be applied toward the enhancement fees, course-specific fees, and lab fees that the TGTP does not cover. Scholarship recipients with TGTP will not receive full credit for their scholarship at the beginning of the term. Credit will be issued to students’ after funds are received by the university from the Texas Educational Coordinating Board that is equivalent to the awarded scholarship amount that would have covered tuition and required fees for the term. This usually takes place around the end of November for the fall term and end of April for the spring. This credit will be applied toward the student account balance for the term and any excess will be refundable to the student.
How can I use my ROTC Scholarship and still use the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan?
The TGTP will be applied for the cost of tuition and required fees covered by the TGTP plan. The ROTC Scholarship will then be applied toward the enhancement fees, course-specific fees, and lab fees that the TGTP does not cover. Scholarship recipients with TGTP will not receive full credit for their scholarship at the beginning of the term. Credit will be issued to students after funds are received by the university from the ROTC that is equivalent to the awarded scholarship amount that would have covered tuition and required fees for the term. This usually takes place around the end of December for the fall term and end of May for the spring. This credit will be applied toward the student account balance for the term and any excess will be refundable to the student.
How is the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Fund (formerly the Texas Tomorrow Fund) recorded on my 1098T?

IMPORTANT NOTE: The 78th Legislature (Regular Session) in House Bill 2425 amended the Texas Education Code, Section 54.624, which governs a prepaid tuition contract for a beneficiary who is enrolled at a Texas public senior college or university.

Under the amended Section 54.624, when the beneficiary of a senior college plan prepaid tuition contract enrolls in a public senior college or university, the university shall accept as payment in full the beneficiary's tuition and required fees the lesser of: (1) the amount of tuition and required fees charged by the institution, or (2) an amount paid by the Board under the contract equal to the weighted average amount of tuition and required fees of all public senior colleges and universities for that semester or other academic period as determined by the Board.

For the academic year 2008-2009, the weighted average amount of tuition and required fees of all public senior colleges and universities is $216.97 per semester credit hour.

For the academic year 2009-2010, the weighted average amount of tuition and required fees of all public senior colleges and universities is $230.06 per semester credit hour.

For the academic year 2010-2011, the weighted average amount of tuition and required fees of all public senior colleges and universities is $241.47 per semester credit hour.

For the academic year 2011-2012, the weighted average amount of tuition and required fees of all public senior colleges and universities is $255.40 per semester credit hour.

The university has set up a waiver to offset tuition and required fee costs that are billed in excess of the state weighted average amount. Amounts waived are reported in box 2 of the IRS Form 1098-T.

Please see Texas Guaranteed Tuition Fund (formerly the Texas Tomorrow Fund) for more information.

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