Like all Tarleton students, TMATE program participants must pay tuition and fees at the start of each semester:
- pre-internship summer sessions I and II for a total of 9 hours
- fall and spring internship semesters: 3 hours per semester
You are enrolled in enough hours to be eligible to apply for financial aid beginning with the pre-internship summer. Apply as soon as possible!
Tarleton Student Financial Aid Office. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours to receive financial aid. Tarleton offers some scholarships for graduate students. During the fall and spring internship, you will be not be enrolled in sufficient hours to qualify for financial aid and we discourage interns from enrolling in an additional class in order to qualify. Instead, you may be eligible for file a forbearance with your lending institution. Also to cover tuition for the fall and spring semesters only, Tarleton offers the option of a short-term loan. To file for the loan, you must register for class for the semester and then complete an Installment Agreement and a Short-Term Loan Application.
Taxpayer-Teacher Protection Act of 2004 New Stafford Loan borrowers may qualify for teacher loan forgiveness of up to $17,500. To qualify, you must
- be employed full time for 5 consecutive years as a highly qualified secondary school science or math teacher or a highly qualified elementary or secondary school special education teacher. “Highly qualified” means you have a bachelor’s degree, have passed rigorous state tests demonstrating content knowledge and teaching skills and have obtained full certification. Successfully completing the TMATE program qualifies you as a "highly qualified" teacher. AND
- teach in a “high need” school whose students meet low socio-economic criteria. Fort Worth ISD is a “high need” school district. Districts in Tarleton’s service area currently qualifying as “high need” include Brownwood, Cisco, Comanche, De Leon, Dublin, Eastland, Fort Worth, Hamilton, Hico, Lingleville, Mineral Wells, Ranger and Wichita Falls.
The Veterans Administration has approved TMATE to train veterans. The federally funded Texas Troops to Teachers (TTT) program helps retiring and separating military veterans become teachers as their next careers. The Texas TTT office has funding to help eligible participants pay for their certification programs and provide incentive bonuses for those who teach in high-need schools.