Differential Tuition

2015 – 2016 Academic Year

Differential tuition for the College of Architecture was approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in May 2011 and went into effect in the fall 2011 semester.  Each student majoring in an undergraduate program in the College of Architecture is charged an additional $204 per semester in addition to the university’s standard tuition.

During the 2015 – 2016 academic year, the Department of Construction Science received $634,275 in differential tuition.   The funds were spent the following ways in the Department of Construction Science:

1)    Summer school and mini mesters

  • All required departmental courses were offered either during the summer of 2016 or a May or August mini session in order to expedite graduation. In the summer of 2016 the department was able to offer 21 courses with 850 students enrolled. 

2)    Study Abroad

  • Funds were used to assist students in our study abroad program in summer of 2016.   The program gives students the opportunity to visit various construction sites, meet solicitors and barristers, and experience the culture of London, Scotland, and Germany.

3)    Competition Teams

  • The participation of students on competition teams enhances their education by exposing them to industry problems while improving their oral and written communication skills. The funds were used to supplement travel and incidental cost associated with five competition teams.

4)    Field Trips

  • Funds from differential tuition have allowed the Department of Construction Science to implement a field trip day for construction management students.  The students are allowed to choose between several field trips which are all scheduled on the same day.  The field trips enhance the educational experience of our students and conflicts are avoided with the departmental coordination of the field trips.
  • In addition to the field trip day, during May of 2016 students enrolled in Building Information Modeling (BIM) went on a week long field trip to Costa Rica.

5)    Adjunct professors

  • The funds used to hire an industry adjunct professor will expose our students to different perspectives and situations currently being experienced in the industry.

6)    Classroom and lab furniture, equipment and supplies

  • A portion of the funds were used to purchase and update classroom and lab furniture, equipment, and supplies to enhance student education and productivity.

The funds generated from differential tuition are allowing our students to enhance their education through various activities.  By offering all required departmental courses in the summer, the time to graduation for students will decrease and were made possible with the funds from differential tuition. 

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