bright-yellow-square-color-swatch Texas A&M University In-State Rules

Rules and regulations for in-state residency vary by university, and so do the costs and benefits of earning residency status. Following you will find a synopsis of the major in-state requirements and a cost comparison overview of the tuition variance for the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University system, Texas A&M University.

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Texas A&M University Tuition Overview:

Cost per year using total of 30 semester hours (15 hours/semester).

$26,356 out-of-state tuition

$9,180 in-state tuition

$17,176 tuition savings/year


Texas A&M University Total Cost of Attendance:

Cost per year using total of 30 semester hours, and includes average estimates for off-campus room and board, books, supplies, fees, and miscellaneous expenses.

$39,040 out-of-state residents

$21,864 in-state residents

$17,176 savings/year


Texas A&M University In-State Requirements:

You must have intentions of remaining a Texas resident, with the ability to prove to the university you have taken domiciliary steps that showcase Texas is your new home state (i.e. obtain in-state driver’s license). Your physical address is another important criteria, because dorm or on-campus dwelling at this school does not count toward proof of the required TX residence; although dorms are not required for freshman at this school. Additionally, you must be employed in the state of Texas (minimum income and/or weekly hours must be met), and for almost all undergraduates be able to provide evidence that you can financially support yourself to a certain degree.

In general, a good candidate for in-state tuition here is a person who:

  • is able to stay in Texas during the domicile period with limited absences
  • has the present intentions of remaining a Texas resident
  • can sever all ties to other states
  • is willing and able to live off-campus
  • can be gainfully employed and meet the school’s minimum income/weekly hours requirement
  • can dominantly support self, and is able to get student loans as needed


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Texas A&M University Out-of-State Tuition vs. In-State Tuition:

An annual tuition difference of $17,176 is pretty substantial. That means a total four-year difference of $68,704 between in-state and out-of state tuition.


Texas A&M University Financial Aid:

A couple things you need to know about financial aid as it relates to earning in-state residency at Texas A&M:

  1. Any financial aid including grants and scholarships that require your being a tax dependent of somebody OR require you to be an out-of-state resident will in general disqualify you from establishing residency.  This means that by accepting such awards, you will be getting no closer to in-state tuition.
  2. Your financial aid is re-assessed after earning in-state status and your Expected Family Contribution will be taken into consideration in light of the reduced tuition you will owe.

See article: Do Your FAFSA…You Will Thank Us Later


Texas A&M University Grants:

In addition to standard federal grants (Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant), Texas residents with significant financial need are eligible for a Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG).

Texas A&M University Scholarships:

Only one application is necessary to be considered for all TAMU university level scholarships (academic, college and department scholarships, and more).  All scholarships include a $1,000 Study Abroad Scholarship to help pay for official TAMU sponsored and faculty-led programs. 

Academic Scholarships

TAMU has three levels of academic scholarships – Presidents Endowed Scholarship, Lechner Scholarship and McFadden Scholarship – with awards ranging from $2,500 to $3,000 a year for 4 years.   Minimum SAT score of 600 (Math and Critical Reading), or a composite ACT score of at least 27 is required, but other criteria (leadership skills or special talents, for instance) will be considered.

Academic Achievement Scholarships

There are four levels of academic achievement scholarships available at TAMU – Academic Achievement, President’s Achievement, Century Scholars Program, and Challenge Scholarship - with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per year, renewable for four years. There are no minimum test scores; criteria considered include a student’s achievements based on their academic environment.  For instance, first-generation college status, academic achievement under difficult circumstances and community service would all be factored in.

The Century Scholars Program is only available to graduates of certain Texas high schools. Century Scholars are selected using a holistic review process – no one thing makes a Century Scholar; it is the applicant’s overall package – academic and extra-curricular activities) that are considered.   The program’s stated goal is “to develop scholars academically and holistically.” They do this by having classes of around 30 students, monthly advisor meetings, mentoring programs, and community service activities.  Century Scholars may also become Ambassadors, returning to their high school to “pay it forward” by sharing their experiences.

To view all available freshman scholarships, please click here.

*Non-Resident Tuition Waiver:  If an out-of-state student wins a competitive academic scholarship of at least $1,000, they may be eligible for paying in-state tuition rates.  There is a limited number of non-resident tuition waivers allowed by the State of Texas, and they are awarded at the discretion of the University.  Check the school’s website for specific details.

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$26,356 out-of-state tuition/year

$9,180 in-state tuition/year

$17,176 potential savings/year

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