The International Education Fee Bill originally was passed by the 72nd Texas State Legislature and by a Texas A&M student referendum. It provided for a $1 fee to be collected from Texas A&M (College Station) students every semester beginning Fall 1991. On June 5, 2001 Governor Rick Perry signed HB2218 which allowed for the $1.00 fee to increase to $4.00 beginning Spring 2002. The bill and the referendum stated that $2.50 of the $4.00 will be used immediately while the other $1.50 will be set aside to create an endowment that would generate future scholarships, allowing for the $4.00 fee to be eliminated sometime near 2020. The purpose of the fee is to assist Texas A&M University-College Station students with the cost of an international educational experience. All money collected will go to the student scholarship fund – none of it is to be diverted in any way for administrative or any other costs.
A committee comprised of faculty members, administrators, and students establishes the guidelines for distribution of the fee at Texas A&M University. Funding can be $500 or $1,000, depending on the length of the program. At the time of the scholarship application, the student must be enrolled at Texas A&M College Station campus and must be full time unless they are doing work towards a degree at Texas A&M University that does not require full registration (i.e. study abroad program, co-op, internship or international practicum, etc.).
It is the policy of Texas A&M University that in all aspects of its operations each person shall be considered solely on the basis of qualifications, without regard to race, sex, religion, national origin, age, disabilities, or veteran status.
- Undergraduate Students (International and US Citizens/Legal Permanent Residents): Follow the International Education Fee Scholarship - Undergraduate (IEFS-U) instructions by Study Abroad Programs Office.
- Graduate Students: Follow the general application procedure. If you are a US Citizen or US Legal Permanent Resident, you must apply and have your Study Abroad Program validated with the Study Abroad programs office prior to the scholarship deadline. For information regarding how to apply please refer to this website at SAP How to Apply. Your application will not be considered complete without the validation.