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Engineering Academy at El Centro College and Richland College: Financial Aid, Fees and Deadlines

Tuition and fees associated with the Texas A&M Engineering Academy program are handled separately by El Centro College or Richland College and Texas A&M University. Students are billed by each institution based on the number of credit hours taken, respectively.

Students in the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at El Centro College and Richland College are coded as non-degree seeking (NDS) at Texas A&M University while they are co-enrolled. As such, students seeking to apply for financial aid will submit their FAFSA to El Centro or Richland and apply for financial aid with El Centro or Richland listed as their home institution. Additional information is available on the El Centro College financial aid website. As per the Engineering Academy agreement, the combined credit hours from both El Centro or Richland and Texas A&M University will be used to assess enrollment status required for financial aid.   

Students in the Engineering Academy will apply for scholarships through the two-year institution while they are co-enrolled. Once they are prepared to transition to Texas A&M University as a full-time student in the College of Engineering degree-granting major, they can submit a Texas A&M University “continuing student” scholarship application. Specific information and application deadlines are available on the Texas A&M University Scholarships website. The application will not be considered until the student’s record is officially updated from NDS to degree-seeking. This change occurs once the student receives Entry-to-a-Major and identifies the term they will fully transition to Texas A&M University. Students are encouraged to speak with the academic advising office of their admitted major to confirm if there are any other department specific scholarship applications they can submit. Students in the Engineering Academy are not considered for Texas A&M University “transfer” scholarships since they are already Texas A&M University students once they enter the Engineering Academy and they do not submit an Apply Texas transfer application when they enter a College of Engineering degree-granting major.