Cost of Attendance

The academy is funded from a Legislative Special Appropriation, and from the Foundation School Fund. The academy pays for all tuition, fees, and books.

The following are the responsibility of the student’s family: (Financial Aid is available – see below)

*****Alert to new Parent Program Charge*****

In response to significant statewide education cuts, TAMS is requiring a yearly $1,300 parent program charge (this is a non-refundable program charge) per student. This fee is to preserve the structure and integrity of the TAMS program. The fee will be due to TAMS by September 1, 2014 unless you have documented financial aid pending.  Due date if waiting on financial aid is October 1, 2014. Payment is to be made by logging onto my.unt.edu. Make only a $1,300 payment as the balance will show tuition/fees which TAMS pays for with a scholarship.

If you feel you will need financial assistance in paying this fee, a student must have a completed FAFSA (fafsa.gov) with the University of North Texas. This process can take up to 3 months so please start filling the FAFSA out early (example: start filling out January 2015 for fall 2015 classes).

To be eligible for federal loans a student has to have a completed FAFSA with the University of North Texas. Loans come in the form of student and parent loans. Dependent students can receive an unsubsidized loan up to $2000. With a Parent loan the amounts are different and these are credit based.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rose Preston at rpreston@unt.edu or at 940.565.2437.

Room and Board (Housing)

The TAMS Dean's Office should always be your first point of contact if you have any Housing questions. Please contact Rose Preston at (940) 565-2437 or rpreston@unt.edu.

Students must fill out a Housing application online each year at https://housing.unt.edu/ehousing.

Juniors may begin filling out their Housing Application after they have been admitted to TAMS. TAMS Admissions will notify them and send their "EUID." On "ehousing," click on "Create my Account"" in the green column on the left.

Rising Seniors may begin their Housing Application in January for the following year (For example, January 2014 for Fall 2014/Spring 2015). In "ehousing," click on "Apply Now" in the green column on the left. The application must be filled out before room assignments are made in the summer.

Prepayment ($200) and Property Deposit ($200, incoming juniors only) are due within ten days of completion of the application (no later than July 1, 2014). If not then a new application will have to be completed.

Applications should be complete before room assignments can be made.

Housing does not send out reminders for payments due. Students are expected to pay online and on time. Please mark your calendar. (See payment schedule below).

Housing payments are made directly to the UNT Housing website at https://housing.unt.edu/ehousing.

Housing will send any balances at the end of each semester to student accounting which will block student records. If the balance is sent to student accounting for collection it will no longer show on the housing web site and will need to be paid at http://essc.unt.edu/saucs/payment.htm.

Do not pay Tuition and Fees, as may be seen on the my.unt.edu website and/or if you receive notice of UNT dropping your classes. Do not pay tuition/fees, TAMS will pay these after the twelfth class day. If you pay Tuition and Fees in error, the funds may not be returned until after the twelfth class day.

Housing will post the Fall 2014 charges a few weeks before school begins in the fall semester (August), and the Spring 2015 charges a few weeks before school begins in the spring semester (January).

Rates below are for 2014-2015 academic year.

Standard Hall – McConnell

Shared Double Room – Basic 5 Day Meal Plan - $50.00 in flex per semester

Semester PricePre-PaymentPayment 1Payments 2 thru 8
$3,685.19$200.00$721.30$921.30

=$7,370.38 per year
+ $200.00 deposit (Incoming juniors only)

Shared Double Room – Basic 7 Day Meal Plan - $75.00 in flex per semester

Semester PricePre-PaymentPayment 1Payments 2 thru 8
$3,858.39$200.00$764.60$964.60

= $7,716.78 per year
+ $200.00 deposit (Incoming juniors only)

Shared Double Room – Value 5 Day Meal Plan - $150.00 in flex per semester

Semester PricePre-PaymentPayment 1Payments 2 thru 8
$3,782.62$200.00$745.65$945.65

=$7,565.23 per year
+ $200.00 deposit (Incoming juniors only)

Shared Double Room – Value 7 Day Meal Plan - $175.00 in flex per semester

Semester PricePre-PaymentPayment 1Payments 2 thru 8
$3,955.82$200.00$788.95$988.95

= $7,911.63 per year
+ $200.00 deposit (Incoming juniors only)

Payment Due Dates:

Fall 2014Spring 2015
September 1
October 1
November 1
December 1
January 15
February 15
March 15
April 15

Student Activities Fee

Each student is required to pay a fee of $100 per year. This accumulation of fees is used for the funding of all the organizations and activities sponsored by Student Activities. For example: portions of the fee are used to subsidize fall and spring orientation, Homecoming, Family Weekend, Prom and AfterProm, Rosecutting and Student Life Awards, weekend trips, student conferences and the countless number of dances.

On Junior and Senior move-in days, a table will be set up in McConnell to receive the funds.

Personal Expenses, including Travel

Price: $2,550

Pencils, notebooks, pizza, music CDs, movies, club dues, prom tickets, travel home on Closed Weekends, holidays, etc. This is highly variable and very similar to typical expenses for any high school student. Most academy students require very little spending money. The figure above is based on the average for a UNT student. The prospective academy family is urged to contact the families of current students for further information on personal expenses.

HigherOne Debit Card

In order to more efficiently process refunds, scholarship disbursements, etc., UNT has contracted with HigherOne to provide a debit card that can be credited with the funds, a direct deposit to your bank account, or by mailing a check. Please see the following information from Student Accounting, and an informational slide presentation which will explain the details.

Financial Aid is available

The TAMS Dean’s Office should always be your first point of contact if you have any financial aid questions. Call Rose Preston at 940-565-2437 or email at rpreston@unt.edu.

Each student must fill out a FAFSA to be considered for Federal, State and Local grants. The FAFSA must be filled out each year. The best time to apply is the spring before the student comes to attend TAMS. (ex. January 2014 to attend fall 2014)

FAFSA Website:http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

It takes about 2 - 3 months to process, so you need to fill out the application ASAP.

The Federal Processing Center will send your information electronically to UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) and a file will be created. You will be able to check the student's file on my.unt.edu. It will let you know where you are in processing, what the next step is and when you are awarded it will let you accept the awards online.

UNT Financial Aid Website: http://financialaid.unt.edu/

Financial Aid PowerPoint Presentation – This presentation is shown at Interview Day also.
http://financialaid.unt.edu/texas-academy-mathematics-and-science

This PowerPoint presentation has been developed to assist you with some of the basic information that is unique to how TAMS scholarship and financial aid works here at UNT.
Please utilize this link so you will have access to the most current information that relates specifically to the TAMS program.

The FAFSA is the only form that UNT uses to consider students for all Federal, State and Local grants. TAMS will also consider the student for the TAMS Room and Board Scholarship from the FAFSA. If the students still need funds at that point then they can be considered for Student/Parent Loans.

Students are invited to attend TAMS because of their academic status and receive Tuition and Fees Scholarships and Book Scholarships each year.

Students that do research can be considered for Research Scholarships during the summer.

Finding outside sources for Scholarships & Grants

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Locating scholarships can be tricky if you don't know where to look. Here are a few places to start searching:

  • Ask businesses, professional groups, radio stations, rotary clubs, etc., in your own community. You might find a small company with a scholarship that's gone unawarded for years.
  • Tell family, friends, co-workers, parents’ employers, teachers, and neighbors that you're looking for scholarships - and that no scholarship is too small. Someone might come back with a little-known award through his or her employer or some other avenue that you never would have known about otherwise.
  • Fastweb
  • UNT financial aid for General Academic Scholarship (note deadline on website).

Books

Bookstores and libraries have many scholarship directories available. The reference section of your local library can be helpful finding these resources.

  • How to Go to College Almost for Free, by Ben Kaplan
  • The Scholarship Book
  • Peterson College Money Handbook
  • Grants Register

You may be able to find these at Willis Library or at your local library

Online

Search the web for "scholarship search engines" and you'll find many great sites. Your student can input scholarship criteria, and the engine will come up with applicable scholarships.

Here are a few you can try:

Warning: No reputable organization or website will ever ask you to pay for providing scholarship information. Do not pay a person or website to hunt for you. Chances are you won't get enough funding to pay for their fees, let alone to pay for school.

 

Contact Admissions: tamsadmissions@unt.edu

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