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Exemptions & Waivers


The purpose of the Educational Aide Exemption Program is to encourage certain educational aides to complete full teacher certification by providing need-based exemptions from the payment of tuition and certain mandatory fees at Texas public institutions for higher education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a Texas resident;
  • Be registered for the Selective Service or be exempt for this requirement;
  • Be employed in some capacity by a public school district in Texas during full term for which the student receives the award;
  • Submit FAFSA/TASFA by first class day and show financial need;
  • Have been employed by a public school district in TEXAS working full-time in a classroom directly with students in a teaching capacity as an educational aid for at least one school year or a substitute teacher for 180 days of the past five school years preceding the term or semester for which the student is awarded their initial exemption;
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress policy (SAPP); and
  • Be enrolled in courses required for teacher certification in one or more areas that the Texas Education Agency has determined to be experiencing a critical shortage of teachers at public schools in Texas in accordance with Texas Administrative Code, 21.1083 (6).

The Educational Aide Exemption Application should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid before the twelve class day of the semester for which you are applying as this programs funding is limited. Please allow at least two weeks for processing. The deadline to submit the application is the last class day of the semester for which you are applying.

The Educational Aide Exemption Program frequently asked questions, click here.


The Good Neighbor Scholarship Waiver provides tuition assistance to students from an eligible country, of the Western Hemisphere other than Cuba or the United States. Applicant must have been born in and are a current resident of the nation. Applicant must be fully admitted to TAMIU and meet the Satisfactory Academic  Progress (SAP) policy requirements. Application will be available from January 1st thru March 1st of each year. To fill out the application click here. For more information click here and/or email

The purpose of the Mexican Tuition Waiver Program is to permit a small number of individuals with financial need, who are citizens of Mexico, to enroll in any Texas public university and pay the resident tuition rate. Student eligibility for a waiver must be established prior to enrollment.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of Mexico and reside in Mexico;
  • Must show financial need; and
  • Must attend an eligible Texas public university.

The Mexican Tuition Waiver Application should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible. The deadline to submit an application is the first class day of the semester for which you are applying. Please allow at least two weeks for processing.

Additional waiver programs can be found on the State




Texas A&M International University
Zaffirini Student Success Center Suite 214
5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX 78041

Phone (956) 326-2225
Fax (956) 326-2224