Bordering States Waiver

Program Purpose

To provide a waiver of nonresident tuition for students from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico or Oklahoma enrolled in certain public institutions in Texas.

Eligibility Requirements

Are students from neighboring states (Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico). Students may be from any part of the neighboring state; however, the institution must have an agreement with a similar institution in the student's home state, to allow Texas residents attending the other state's institution to pay a reduced tuition rate.

New Requirements Fall, 2014

Senate Bill 1210 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) adds a Grade Point Average requirement for persons to receive continuation awards through the program. This change goes into effect in fall, 2014. Contact your institution for more information.

Eligible Institutions

Limited to two-year institutions in the Lamar University System or any public community or technical college located in a county immediately adjacent to the state in which the non-resident student resides. The relevant states and institutions are:

  • Arkansas-Texarkana College
  • Louisiana-TSTC-Marshall, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, and Panola College
  • New Mexico-El Paso Community College and
  • Oklahoma-Vernon Regional Junior College, Grayson County College, North Central Texas Community College District, and Paris Junior College.

Award Amount

The tuition rate charged students participating in this program is based on the rate similar institutions in the students' home state charge Texas residents to attend.

Application Process

The process for applying for a tuition waiver varies from college to college. Normally, the office of the registrar processes tuition waivers. However, waivers may also be processed by the admissions office and/or financial aid.

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