Program Costs/Financial Aid
In order to enroll, you must submit both the TMATE application and the Application to the College of Graduate Studies.The Graduate Application Fee is $30 and the Data Evaluation cost is $20. You can submit one check made payable to Tarleton State University for $50. This money is non-refundable.
Graduate tuition and associated university fees will be due under the Tarleton registration payment guidelines established each semester. Approximate tuition can be accessed through the Tuition and Fee Calculator. In order to get the most accurate estimate, enter other as the campus option. Under the Learning Style, summer classes are face-to-face and fall and spring are online. All fees are approximations and subject to change because of economic conditions, board action, and/or legislative requirements.
Tuition is based on Texas residency. Residency requirements are listed in the Tarleton State University Catalog under Expenses as Determination of Residence for Tuition Purposes.
Entry Test Fee:
All applicants need to submit scores on the General Graduate Record Exam, GRE. The General GRE costs $185. Full information including test prep is available on their website.
Applicants who hold a master degree, but do not have GRE scores, will be required to submit passing scores on all sections of the Texas Higher Education Assessment THEA (formerly TASP). The cost is $29.
GRE are due by April 25.
Certification requires passing state required tests. Before beginning the summer classes, applicants need to present passing content area TExES scores. During the internship, the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities TExES exam will be completed, and some areas will need additional exams to satisfy state requirements. For complete information on test requirements, please see Required State Exams. The cost is $120.
Cost of textbooks will vary according to classes.
In addition to tuition, a $2600 Internship Fee is assessed to TMATE interns during the internship. In most instances, the district will make 10 monthly deductions of $260 from the salary of the intern and forward payments to the TMATE Office. The internship fee generates the funds used to pay mentor teacher stipends and support TMATE program offices.
During the internship year, TMATE interns teach under a Probationary Certificate issued by the State Board for Educator Certification, SBEC. All first-time applicants for initial certification are required to be fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check. Upon successful completion of all courses, the internship, and passing the appropriate TExES exams, interns are eligible to apply for the Standard Certificate. Certificate fees are set by SBEC and are subject to change.
Financial Aid and Other Assistance:
During the Pre-Internship Summer, TMATE students are enrolled in sufficient hours to be eligible to apply for financial aid. To apply, please visit the Office of Financial Aid. The first consideration deadline for financial aid applications for summer is March 1. When making application for summer, ask the Financial Aid Office for the Financial Aid Office Application for Summer which you must complete. State if you were enrolled during the spring semester and state you intend to be enrolled in the fall, when you will be serving your internship.
Tarleton State University offers a short-term loan for assistance in paying tuition. To file for the loan, you must first register for class and then complete a Short-Term Loan Application. This application includes a Promissory Note and an Installment Agreement which must all be turned in together.
You must be enrolled for at least 6 semester hours each semester in order to be able to file for financial aid. During the Fall and Spring semesters, interns are enrolled for 3 semester hours; however, this is the internship and will be very time consuming. Rather than enrolling in another class to maintain eligibility for financial aid, you may be eligible to file for forbearance on student loans. Please contact the lending institution for information.
Assistance for Veterans:
- TEA Resource Listing
- Tarleton Financial Aid Office
- Tarleton Office of Veteran Affairs
- Troops to Teachers
Would there be things that I would change about my first year of teaching if I could? Sure there would. Would I really change them? No. I would not change anything. Life happens. Lessons are learned. I will always be a life-long learner. I will always be a teacher. Becoming a teacher is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I will never regret it. Thank you, TMATE, for the wonderful people and wisdom you have placed in my life. I will never forget it.
--Samantha Best, 2006-2007
Now I know why TMATE requires mentors, because without Mrs. Schneider, I do not think I would have made it. She helped me out more times than I can recall.
--Michelle Youngblood, 2006