Texas A&M University Funding
includes various forms of funding provided by the University to the F-1 or J-1, both directly and indirectly. The most common types of University funding received by international students are graduate assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and grants. For J-1 scholars and interns, the funding is most often included in your invitation letter or job offer. Funding documents from these sources must explicitly state the amount of funding the student or visitor will receive.The financial offer letter must be printed on department letterhead and must include the following:
Additional requirements for students only -
- Name of the F-1 or J-1 holder
- Date of issuance of the offer letter
- Contact information for the employing or hosting department/office
- The specific dollar amount(s) being offered and the frequency it will be distributed (once, each semester, monthly, bi-weekly, etc.)
- The benefits (i.e. insurance), if any, that accompany the financial offer (If the letter does not specify insurance or any other benefit, ISSS cannot assume they are included.)
Letter must include:
All Texas A&M University Funding documents must comply with the Basic Requirements for All Financial Documents.
- The effective academic term(s) of the offer.
- New students: Term must match the student's term of admission.
- Current students: Term must be current or future terms.
- Any waivers or contributions toward the cost of the student's tuition and/or fees. It is best to very specific with wording in the letter. Some examples include.
- The student is receiving a waiver of the out-of-state tuition only and they can pay tuition at the in-state rate
- The student's tuition is being paid but they are still responsible for fees
- All the student's tuition and fees will be paid
- Students who receive funding assistance from Texas A&M University are urged to work with their departments to better understand their aid package. In some cases, aid packages from departments do not cover all necessary expenses for ISSS to issue the Form I-20/DS-2019. If Texas A&M University funding does not fully cover the student's estimated cost of attendance for at least 1 year, the student will be required to show additional financial resources to make up the difference. This could include personal funding, third-party funding, or sponsored student funding.