May 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog with Addendum 
    
2024-2025 Catalog with Addendum

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Admissions

Application: All applicants need to submit a completed admissions application prior to a student attempting to register for classes and before the first consultation with an academic advisor if needed. A student may apply in person or by completing a TJC Admissions Application online at www.tjc.edu/apply or at www.applytexas.org.

Admission to TJC is conditional until receipt of an official high school transcript or GED scores. No student will be permitted to re-enroll until admission requirements have been met. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible to facilitate the early advisement process.

A new applicant whose file is incomplete at the time of registration may only be allowed to enroll on conditional status, granted by the Director of Admissions, until completion of the admission file.

Responsibility rests upon the student applicant for ensuring that all necessary materials have been submitted for admission. Additional required materials depend on the method of admission-see below.

Methods of Admission

TJC gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission, employment, and participation in its programs and activities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or limited English proficiency (LEP). TJC respects the legal rights of each person to work and learn in an environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

1. Admission of High School Graduates

An official high school transcript showing date of graduation is required.

TJC will not recognize a student as a high school graduate who has obtained a diploma through a non-accredited school or online program. Determination of the legitimacy of these diplomas will be at the discretion of the Admissions Office. Graduates of such programs may be considered for admission on an individual approval basis (see Individual Approval section below).

2. Admission by Examination

General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency Test students who wish to enroll in TJC will be admitted. Applicants must submit official passing test scores and follow standard criteria for admission (listed previously).

3. Admission of Transfer Students

Students may be accepted in transfer from other colleges and universities when eligible to return to their former institutions.

A student transferring from another collegiate institution is not at liberty to disregard their collegiate record and apply for admission on the basis of their high school record or a part of their college record.

Students are expected to submit an official transcript from each institution previously attended, even if no credit was earned. Admission is considered conditional until this requirement is met and a student may enroll for only one semester while in conditional status.

4. Transient Admissions

Students currently enrolled at another college or university and looking to take a class at TJC are classified as transient students. The following steps must be completed prior to registration to fulfill admissions requirements:

  • A formal admissions application must be submitted and processed prior to registration
  • Official college transcript (s) must be submitted showing pre-requisite(s) and TSI status
  • Bacterial meningitis vaccination form, if applicable

Transient students are not required to meet with a TJC advisor prior to enrolling, but should ensure they are working with an advisor at their home institution to check course transferability and degree applicability. The Office of the Registrar can assist transient students with registration.

5. Special Admissions

  1. Dual Credit: The TJC Dual Credit program provides an opportunity for eligible high school students, grades 9-12, to participate in college courses and receive both high school and college credit for the same course. Classes are usually taught at:
    • TJC campus
    • at the student’s high school campus
    • through a TJC Distance Education class upon the recommendation of their high school counselor or principal

Please check with the Office of School Partnerships for testing and enrollment procedures at 903-510-2716 or dualcredit@tjc.edu.

  1. Early College High School Students (ECHS): TJC has Early College High School agreements with Chapel Hill and Tyler Independent School Districts. Those interested in Early College High School should speak with their eighth-grade school counselor. Those selected into their ISD’s ECHS programs will then submit a TJC Dual Credit application.
  2. Early Admission Students: This program offers high school students the opportunity to take a TJC course on the TJC campus or a TJC distance education class. These courses are only for college credit. High school students are accepted upon recommendation of their high school counselor or principal and with the permission of their parents. Credit is applied when the student provides a high school transcript with the date of graduation. For more information, contact the Office of School Partnerships.
  3. Specialized programs: Certain programs like nursing, dental studies, other allied health programs, veterinary technician, bachelor’s degree programs, etc. have a second application after admission to TJC. In addition to admission to TJC, students must fill out the appropriate application to the program in which they are interested. Admission to TJC does not guarantee acceptance into these programs. Admission to these programs is at the discretion of the academic departments and cannot be appealed.  See the Selective Admissions section for a complete listing of programs impacted.
  4. Independent Study (Home School): Students who are under 18 years of age and who are applying for admission based on the completion of an independent study equivalent to the high school level in a non-traditional setting rather than through a public high school or accredited private high school may be admitted on an individual approval basis provided they:
    1. Present a notarized record of the high school equivalent work completed and the date of successful completion.
    2. Comply with institutional testing requirements; and
    3. Agree to limitations or conditions of admission established by the institution.
  5. Individual Approval: Students who have not graduated from an accredited public or private high school may be admitted conditionally on an individual approval basis at the discretion of the Admissions Office. Such approval does not guarantee financial aid assistance will be awarded. This category includes students whose high school diploma is not recognized by the Admissions Office. Students admitted as Individual Approval must provide evidence of successful completion of the GED or graduation from a recognized high school during the first semester of enrollment, or future enrollment will be blocked. For financial aid consideration, the College will not award any financial aid no matter the source without a high school diploma or GED, if admitted as individual approval.

6. International Students

Student seeking F-1 Visa:

The following admission requirements apply to students seeking admission as an F-1 Student:

  1. Application and all documents should be on file by the stated deadline.
  2. Official copy of transcript for the last four years of secondary school. The official transcript must be an original or certified copy translated into English and must show each course completed and grade earned. The transcript must indicate date of graduation/completion. Students who have attended an American college or university also need to submit a high school transcript. Students may be denied admission if the level of education they have obtained is evaluated as equivalent or higher than a U.S. Associate Degree.
  3. Proof of English proficiency. Minimum required scores are the following:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum acceptable score is 64;
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum acceptable score is 6.0;
    3. High School Graduate from High School in the United States;
    4. Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program or Intensive English Certificate in the United States:
    5. Citizens from countries where English is commonly used are exempt from TOEFL.
  4. Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement
    1. Evidence the student has received the vaccination or booster dose during the five years preceding and at least 10 days prior to enrollment.
    2. A student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis or evidence of receiving the booster dose if the student is 22 years of age or older by the first class day of the semester in which they intend to enroll.
  5. Proof of financial ability to stand all expenses for the college year. The College has no financial aid available for foreign students. This means the student must show his/her ability to stand all expenses for the college year (USCIS form I-134). Athletic scholarships may be awarded to international students.
  6. Compliance with all requirements and procedures established for student visa category by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

7. Immigrant & Refugee Students:

Students must submit verification of immigrant card or I-94 Refugee Permit.

Other non-immigrant students:

TJC does not sponsor M visas and individuals holding a visa other than F-1 should reach out to international@tjc.edu before applying as to check on their individual status and ability to enroll based on USCIS guidelines.

8. Veterans and Military Benefits

TJC is approved for Veteran’s education and training. Consult TJC’s Veterans and Military Benefits Office located in the Rogers Student Center for information and assistance. The veteran or eligible dependent student may review requirements for eligibility and apply for Veterans/Military benefits by visiting the TJC Veterans/Military benefits page at www.tjc.edu/veterans. TJC does not prohibit attendance or impose penalties while waiting on VA payments.

9. Hazlewood Act Exemption

The Hazlewood Act provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and their children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition and fee exemptions at state supported colleges or universities.

For more information, see https://www.tvc.texas.gov/education/hazlewood-act/. The veteran or eligible dependent student may review requirements for eligibility and apply for Veterans/Military benefits by visiting the TJC Veterans/Military benefits page at www.tjc.edu/veterans.

Eligibility:

A Veteran must:

  1. At the time of entry into active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces,
    1. Have designated Texas as Home of Record,
    2. Or entered the service in Texas,
    3. Or was a Texas resident;
  2. Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions as indicated on the Veteran’s Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214);
  3. Served at least 181 days of active-duty service (excluding training);
  4. Currently reside in Texas;
  5. Have no federal Veteran’s education benefits, or have no federal Veteran’s education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;
  6. Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas;
  7. Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its cost), unless the college’s governing board has ruled to let Veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses; and
  8. Meet the GPA requirement of the institution’s satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution’s financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

 For more information, contact the Veterans/Military Benefits Office located in the Rogers Student Center, phone: (903) 510-3750, text: (903) 300-5644, or email veterans@tjc.edu.

TSI Exemptions:

  • A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  • A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

If a military exempt student believes he/she would benefit from remedial courses and wants to utilize benefits towards them, then completion of the TSI exam would be required.  Only on-campus, developmental courses would be eligible for federal chapter benefits.

 

Admissions Test Scores Requirement

All incoming students are required to take the TSI Assessment or an approved alternative test for all non-exempt students prior to enrolling in college-level courses at TJC.

Some students may be exempt from taking the TSI based on SAT, ACT, or STAAR tests, their major, as well as other factors such as military veterans or those with an associate degree or higher.

Certain nursing and health professions, as well as professional and technical certificate programs that are college readiness-waived may require additional testing.

 

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) sessions are held throughout the summer to offer a fun-filled opportunity for incoming TJC students to become familiar with the TJC campus and all available resources and services.

All students who are attending college for the first time after graduating high school, will need to participate in New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO is where new students gain a first-hand glimpse of college life before the fall semester begins. Students can locate registration information at TJC.edu/NSO.

During these events, students learn all about TJC, meet with an academic advisor and create their course schedules; make connections with new and current TJC students; and learn how to become an official member of Apache Nation!

Although open for any new or incoming student, New Student Orientation is designed for recent high school graduates or GED recipients ages 18-21.

Parent and Family Orientation

Parents are welcome to attend TJC’s on-campus orientation with their incoming student. Specific sessions are designed just for parents and families to teach them how to help their student transition into the college lifestyle and gain valuable knowledge about TJC.

Selective Admissions

Admission to TJC does not guarantee admission to certain selective programs. Student enrollment in these programs is limited by the following factors, including but not limited to, program capacity, clinical space, prior work experience, academic preparation, prior academic achievement, negative drug screening and a clear criminal background check. Specific application information and deadlines are available by contacting the appropriate department chair or coordinator of each program or an academic advisor. Admission to these programs is at the discretion of the academic departments and cannot be appealed. See the Selective Admissions section for a complete listing of programs impacted.

Programs which require separate application:

  1. Culinary Arts, AAS
  2. Culinary Arts: Basic Culinary, CERT
  3. Culinary Arts: Pastry Arts, CERT
  4. Dental Studies: Certified Dental Assisting, AAS
  5. Dental Studies: Certified Dental Assisting, CERT
  6. Dental Studies: Dental Hygiene, AAS
  7. Dental Studies: Dental Hygiene, BS
  8. Diagnostic Echocardiography, AAS
  9. Diagnostic Medical Sonography, AAS
  10. Emergency Management, BAS
  11. Emergency Medical Service Professions (Paramedic Option), CERT
  12. Emergency Medical Service Professions, AAS
  13. Fire Protection Technology, AAS
  14. Fire Protection Technology: Basic Firefighter, CERT
  15. Fire Protection Technology: Fire Service Leadership, CERT
  16. Health Information Technology, AAS
  17. Health Information Technology: Medical Coding, CERT
  18. Healthcare Administration, AAS
  19. Healthcare Administration, BAT
  20. Human Performance, AAS
  21. Human Performance, CERT
  22. Medical Laboratory Technology, AAS
  23. Nursing, Associate Degree (ADN), AAS
  24. Nursing, Licensed Vocational (LVN)-ADN Transition, AAS
  25. Nursing, Paramedic-ADN Transition, AAS
  26. Nursing, Vocational (VN), CERT
  27. Occupational Therapy Assistant, AAS
  28. Ophthalmic Medical Assisting, CERT
  29. Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS
  30. Radiologic Technology, AAS
  31. Respiratory Care, AAS
  32. Surgical Technology, AAS
  33. Vascular Technology, ESC
  34. Veterinary Technician, AAS

Note: Certain Programs require accepted applicants to pass a drug screening and criminal background check.

Immunization

All students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences who have any direct patient contact will be required to have proof of adequate immunization for these diseases:

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria
  • Mumps
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Varicella

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

State of Texas SB 1107
Bacterial Meningitis Required Vaccination Prior to Enrollment at or in TJC

All new students and re-entry students must provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination:

  1. Evidence the student has received the vaccination or booster dose during the five years proceeding and at least 10 days prior to enrollment. This evidence must be submitted in one of the following three formats:
    • A document bearing the signature or stamp of the physician and/or his designee, or public health personnel (must include the month, day and year the vaccination was administered) OR
    • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority (must include the month, day and year the vaccination was administered) OR
    • An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state (must include the month, day and year the vaccination was administered)
  2. Evidence the student is declining the vaccination must be submitted in one of the following two formats:
    • An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student OR
    • An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used.
  3. A student is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis or evidence of receiving a booster dose:
    • If the student is 22 years of age or older by the first class day of the semester in which they intend to enroll OR
    • If the student is enrolled in on-line or other distance education courses only

Re-Admit Policy

A student who was enrolled previously at TJC and who has been out of school longer than two consecutive long semesters (Fall or Spring semesters) will be required to re-apply to the College.

Residency Classification

It is the student’s responsibility to have residency information correct prior to payment of tuition and fees.

In-district, in-state and out-of-state residency is determined by using the guidelines published by the Coordinating Board in “Rules and Regulations-Residence Statues.” Twelve months after giving up previous domicile is the minimum length of time required to establish new residency for tuition purposes.

“Residence” means “domicile.” “Resided in” means “domiciled in.”

“Legal Place of residence” is defined as the place where you, your parents or guardian live for the required length of time at the time of enrollment, and used for federal income tax purposes.

“Dependent” means an individual who is claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes by the individual’s parent or guardian at the time of enrollment and for the tax year preceding the year in which the individual registers.

In-District student: A Texas resident (or dependent) who physically resides (permanent residence) on property subject to ad valorem taxation by the Tyler Junior College District for the required length of time (12 months).

Out-of-District student: A Texas resident who does not physically reside within the geographic boundaries of the Tyler Junior College Tax District, but lives in the state of Texas.

SB 1528 (Non-Residents)

Effective for students starting Fall 2006, state law (SB 1528) allows undocumented students to be classified as Texas resident if they meet the following conditions:

  • Graduated from a public or an accredited private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED) from the State of Texas.
  • Resided in Texas for at least three years as of the date the person graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED).
  • Resided in Texas for the 12 months preceding the 12th class day of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution.
  • Provided the institution with a notarized affidavit stating intent to apply for permanent residency.
  • Affidavit forms are available online.

Reclassification

Reclassification as a non-resident

Persons who have been classified as residents of Texas shall be classified as non-resident students whenever they shall report, or there is found to exist, circumstances indicating a change in residence to another state. If students who have been classified as residents of Texas are found to have been erroneously classified, those students shall be reclassified as non-residents and be charged the non-resident tuition beginning with the semester following the date that the institution discovers the error.

Reclassification as a resident

If a student has been erroneously classified as a non-resident student and subsequently proves to the satisfaction of the appropriate officials of the TJC Office of the Registrar that they should have been classified as a resident student, they shall be reclassified as residents of Texas and be refunded the difference between the resident and non-resident tuition for that semester in which the student was erroneously classified and paid the non-resident tuition rate.

It is the responsibility of each student to verify their residency status each semester and review their statement of charges for accuracy. Request for residency changes must be completed in the Admissions Office by the census date.

Minimum Requirements

(Additional documents may be requested)

  1. Change permanent address (available online).
  2. Tax documentation: (if under 25 years of age).
    1. Form 1040 Tax Return for Independent Student
    2. Parents’ Form 1040 Tax Return for Dependent Student
  3. Documentation for Residency Status may include:
    1. Texas high school transcript for full senior year immediately preceding the census date or a transcript from a Texas institution of higher education showing designation as a Texas resident.
    2. Paycheck stubs for 12 consecutive months.
    3. Written statements from the office of one or more social service agencies located in Texas that attest to the provision of services to the person for 12 consecutive months preceding the census date.
    4. Proof of title/deed of real property acquisition.
    5. Documents showing ownership of a business in Texas.
    6. Texas Marriage Certificate or Declaration of Registration of Informal Marriage with documentation to support that spouse has established and maintained domicile in Texas for 12 consecutive months preceding the census date.
  4. Documentation for In-District Residency Status:
    1. Utility bills for the 12 consecutive months preceding the census date.
    2. Texas voter registration card.
    3. A current lease agreement which lists student as either the lease holder or occupant.
    4. Current deed and/or property tax statement.

Please understand reclassification of residency is done on a case-by-case basis and is determined by the guidelines published by the Coordinating Board in “Rules and Regulations-Residency Statutes.”

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

(Subject to change by the State Legislature, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees)

Tuition rates are based on residency in the state of Texas and within the TJC District. A schedule of tuition and fee charges may be viewed online at www.tjc.edu/tuition_and_fee_breakdown. It is the responsibility of each student to verify their residency status each semester and review their statement of charges for accuracy. Requests for residency changes must be completed in the Admissions Office by the census date.

General Fees

(Subject to change by the State Legislature, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees)

Out of District Surcharge

Students who live outside the TJC taxing district are charged an out of district surcharge per credit hour. Students who live outside of the state of Texas are charged increased tuition as well as a per credit hour surcharge. These rates are set by the TJC Board of Trustees. A Texas resident who does not physically reside within the geographic boundaries of the TJC district is considered out of district. If the residence is in district, it will be listed as a taxing entity on the property tax statement.

General Education Fee

The General Education Fee supports functions that contribute to the student’s overall educational experience. This per semester credit hour fee is used to provide maintenance and operation of classrooms, support of student services including the learning resource center, advising, orientation activities, graduation and other academic events.

Student Life Fee

The Student Life Fee, charged per semester credit hour, supports programs and activities for students. Student life fees are managed by the Student Service Fee Advisory Committee.

Technology Fee

The Technology Fee, charged per semester credit hour, supports the information technology infrastructure across campus including campus wide software licensing, classroom technology such as projectors and computer labs, internet bandwidth, and increasing cyber security measures.

Health Service Fee

The Health Service Fee is charged per semester to students for access to the TJC Clinic located in the Robert M. Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center. The clinic is available to all students for minor illnesses, minor injuries, physical exams, immunizations, and flu and other vaccines.

Registration Fee

The Registration Fee, charged per semester, is used to support the costs associated with registration events including room setup, technology, labor, advising and marketing.

Campus Security Fee

The Campus Security Fee, charged per semester, helps maintain a safe environment at TJC. Campus Security Fee proceeds support security cameras, increased lighting, safer crosswalks, additional security personnel, vehicle registration and parking lot management.

Differential Fee

Differential Fees are intended to cover additional costs necessary to offer the program that are not covered by tuition and/or other fees. These fees are charged per semester credit hour and vary by course. Please see the Tuition and Fee schedule (www.tjc.edu/tuition_and_fee_breakdown) for a detailed list of differential fees.

Laboratory Fees

Laboratory Fees are attached to specified laboratory courses only. The per semester credit hour lab fee is used to help fund the cost of lab maintenance, supplies, labor, and equipment maintenance and replacement.

High Cost Course Fees

High Cost Course Fees, charged per semester credit hour, are added to specified health professions and vocational/technical courses with specialized equipment, tools, computer software, hardware, or other instructional materials that are specific to only a small number of programs. Proceeds from this fee help defray the costs of maintenance, use, and replacement of highly specialized equipment, tools, and instructional materials.

3000/4000 Level Course Fee

A fee charged for baccalaureate upper-level courses (3000- and 4000-level), per semester credit hour, to help underwrite costs not eligible for state reimbursement.

Individual Music Instruction

Special music fees may be charged per semester for individual lessons in certain music disciplines. The individual music instruction fee applies only to students who enroll for private lessons. Fee is based on 1 or 2 lessons per week.

Distance Education Fee

The Distance Education Fee is charged per semester credit hour for students taking hybrid and fully online courses. Proceeds from this fee help support the additional costs related to providing courses online.

Other Fees

Non-Course Based Option (NCBO) Fee

A Non-Course Based Option (NCBO) fee is charge per course for some courses that are not eligible for state reimbursement to help offset the costs of instruction.

Non-Funded Course Fee

Students attempting a course for the third time (or any subsequent attempts) are charged a non-funded course fee, per semester credit hour, to cover costs not eligible for reimbursement by the state.

Posting Fee

There is a posting fee for transcription of credit for prior learning, per instance, which includes but is not limited to credit for Advanced Placement, CLEP, International Baccalaureate, certifications, and licensures.

Returned Check Fee

A fee will be charged for any returned checks or ACH transactions.

Replacement ID Fee

The first ID is included in the Campus Security fee. This fee, charged per instance, covers the costs associated with issuing an additional ID.

Installment Plan Admin Fee

A one-time fee for enrollment into a payment plan due at the time of the first payment. This fee covers the administration of the payment plan for the semester.

Installment Plan Late Fee

A fee charged to students for any installment plan late payment.

Reinstatement Fee

Students reinstated into courses after the official reporting date (ORD) will be charged a reinstatement fee per occurrence.

Dual Credit Late Processing Fee

Fee charged (per course) to dual credit students enrolled or re-enrolled into courses after the official reporting date (ORD).

Course Specific Fees

To offset materials and other related costs for the delivery of instruction in specific courses, a varying course-specific fee, charged per course or per semester credit hour as appropriate, may be charged.

Other Charges

ID Cards

All students at TJC are issued identification cards at their first registration. Students are required to keep their identification cards on them. The identification card is required for admission to classrooms, College activities, use of library and learning resources, use of the Apache Recreation Center, as a meal ticket and for other College functions requiring identification. The card should be obtained during registration or the first two weeks of school. If the card is lost or not obtained during this period, a late/lost card fine will be assessed. Cards are invalidated upon replacement or during semesters when a student is not enrolled.

Vehicle Registration

All full- and part-time students who operate a motor vehicle on property owned or controlled by the College are required to register each vehicle with the TJC Police Department. A registration permit must be affixed to each vehicle in accordance with the Parking Rules and Regulations of the College.

Motor vehicles will be registered for an academic year (September 1 through August 31) or for the balance of the year registered, whichever is applicable. Student permits, however, are authorized on a semester basis. Permits are provided to students who show a college receipt reflecting payment of tuition and fees including current campus security fees due.

Tuition and fees must be paid to receive a registration permit. Operation of a vehicle on property owned or controlled by the College for which current semester campus security fees have not been paid may result in a parking ticket from the TJC Police Department.

A driver’s license, student identification card and motor vehicle license number must be presented at the TJC Police Department to register a vehicle.

How to Pay for College

In addition to cash, check, or major credit card, students may be awarded financial aid to satisfy payment deadlines in advance of anticipated financial aid disbursement/refund and/or elect to pay through an Installment Plan. Once registration has been completed, available options for payment may be found at www.tjc.edu/info/20019/tuition_and_cost/140/pay_your_bill.

Financial Aid Funds

Financial aid and scholarship monies must be accepted and awards made prior to registration in order to apply to your account. College charges (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) are collected from the first financial aid money available to the student regardless of due date. Students are responsible for paying any tuition, fees, room, board, and loans by appropriate due dates.

Installment Plan

The governing board of each institution of higher education, including each college district, shall provide for the payment of tuition and mandatory fees for a semester or term of ten weeks or longer through one of the following alternatives:

  1. Full payment of tuition and mandatory fees not later than the date established by the institution; or
  2. Payment in installments under one or more payment plan options that requires the first payment to be made not later than the date established by the institution. In providing for the payment of tuition and mandatory fees by installment, the institution of higher education must also establish subsequent dates at periodic intervals within the applicable semester or term by which subsequent installment payments are due.

If payments are not paid by the due dates, a late fee will be charged to the student. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or a parent or guardian’s signature is required. NOTE: Installment Plans are not available for certain Mini or Special Summer Terms (terms less than 8 weeks). Additional fees, including cost of collection, will be charged to the student.

Tuition Payment Agreement (subject to availability)

Students with tuition payment agreements are responsible for payment by the due date unless a complete withdrawal form is completed and processed by the Registrar’s Office prior to the first official day of class. Additional fees, including cost of collection, will be charged to the student.

Payment by an Outside Company

Students whose tuition and fees are being paid by an outside company or business must supply information regarding the agreement to the Business Services Office prior to registration. Advance approval from Business Services is required.

TJC Refund Policy

(Subject to change by the State Legislature, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees)

TJC refunds will be processed through Bank Mobile 4-6 weeks after the 12th class day. Refunds are issued on a weekly basis. You may access your refund preference options via the BankMobile Disbursements website.

Refund of Mandatory Tuition and Fees

(16-week/Regular Terms Only)

Students who completely withdraw or reduce their credit-hour load (remain enrolled at TJC) by completing the proper forms shall have their tuition and mandatory fees refunded according to the following schedule:

Prior to the first official class day 100%
During the first fifteen class days 70%
From the sixteenth through twentieth class day 25%
After the twentieth class day 0%

Registration fees are non-refundable.

Students who “swap” credit hours (exchange one three-hour course for another three-hour course) may do so without a monetary drop penalty. The even exchange applies only if the course add and drop are completed by your advisor and presented to the registrar at the same time. Additional fees may apply.

Students with financial aid who completely withdraw on or before the 60% point in time of the enrollment period may have a federally required return of Title IV calculation done to determine the amount of money the student will owe to the federal government and/or College.

Special Notes

It is the student’s responsibility to drop courses. The dates used for determination of refunds are those entered by the Registrar’s Office when the drop form is received and processed by them. Refunds will be applied to outstanding debts owed to TJC. Unpaid student accounts will be turned over to a collection agency. Any cost associated with the collection of outstanding account balances, including reasonable attorney’s fees, cost of collection, and court cost incurred in the prosecution of suit, will be paid by the student.

The refund policy is subject to change by the vote of the Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees or the legislature of the State of Texas.

Refund of Mandatory Tuition and Fees

(8-week/Special Terms Only)

Students who completely withdraw or reduce their credit-hour load (remain enrolled at TJC) by completing the proper forms with their academic advisor shall have their tuition and mandatory fees refunded according to the following schedule: Prior to the first official class day 100%

After classes begin (see table)

Drops and Withdrawals

Term Length (weeks) Last Class Day for Refund
70% 25%
2 2 N/A
3 3 4
4 4 5
5 5 6
6 5 7
7 7 9
8 8 10
9 9 11
10 9 12
11 10 14
12 12 15
13 13 16
14 13 17
15 14 19
16+ 15 20

Example: Three-Week Course

Prior to the first official day of class 100%
During the first through third class days 70%
During the fourth class day 25%
After the fourth class day 0%

Career Planning

Career Planning helps students become more knowledgeable and empowered regarding their choice of major and career options in relation to their personal strengths and professional goals.

By utilizing various tools for assessment, we help students identify their interests and skills to aid in the selection of a major, determine a career direction, develop career goals and successfully complete college. Career Planning Consultation Sessions are beneficial to all students–as a support during the determination of a major and career outcome, or for the purpose of confirmation.

Apache Next Steps Center

The Apache Next Steps Center focuses on helping students determine, plan, and achieve successful long-term outcomes in their collegiate and professional lives. Transfer and Career Success coaches provide individual sessions and group workshops centered around students’ needs and career goals of transferring to a university after TJC, or launching directly into the workforce. Students are empowered by developing employability skills and acquiring educational connections to navigate their college and career journey more effectively. Professional development training for faculty and staff supplemented through the Apache Next Steps Center also supports the functional and academic needs of under-served students. Provided through a Title III Grant Project, the Apache Next Steps Center is located on the third floor of the Rogers Student Center.

Academic Advising and Testing

Academic advising at TJC is a collaborative process among students, staff, and faculty designed to empower students to develop educational plans consistent with their values, interests, and goals through which they become committed to their own success.

Students must meet with an Academic Advisor before attempting to register IF they: are First Time in College (FTIC) students; have placement test scores indicating a need for Developmental Education coursework and non-TSI complete status; or are on academic probation or on academic suspension. Students should meet with an academic advisor if they have less than a 2.0 GPA; have reached 45 credit hours and need to confirm final coursework for graduation consideration, or confirm core completion for transfer to a university; before dropping classes; on financial aid first strike; or needing help on steps to apply to a university. Students should also visit with academic advising, their faculty mentor, or the Office of Career Planning if intending to change their major. Lastly, TJC student athletes and students planning to transfer to four year institutions should meet with an academic advisor each term to receive help with degree planning and academic success.

Academic advising for each student includes interpretation of test scores, confirmation of selected degree or certificate, development of an educational plan, selection of courses, transfer advising, and assistance with identification of campus resources. For more information on Academic Advising and Advisor locations to go www.tjc.edu/advising.

 

Testing Services

TJC Testing Services offers the following services to TJC students at both its locations:

  • Placement & Admissions Exams
  • Exams required for selective admissions programs
  • Professional Exams

Some exams like GED, TCFP, TCEQ, ACT Work Keys and exams through Pearson VUE are only offered at TJC West.

The testing center locations are:

Central Campus Testing Center

Roger’s Student Center, 2nd Floor, Room 279
1327 S. Baxter Avenue, Tyler, TX 75701
903.510.2617

TJC West Testing Center

Regional Training and Development Complex (RTDC)
1530 S. Southwest Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701
903.510.2993

Visit www.tjc.edu/testing for full information on hours, services, practice tests and more.

Testing/Assessment

State Testing Requirements

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI*) was put in place by the Texas legislators to be followed by all public state institutes of higher education. TJC will determine a student’s readiness for college-level coursework through a TSI Assessment which may be required of all first-time, entering students. This statute includes students involved in distance education enrolled through TJC. Under no circumstances will the results of any assessment be used as a condition of admission to TJC. (Subject to change by state or College.)

The Texas Education Code requires that students who enter Texas public institutions of higher education may have to take a TSI Assessment prior to enrolling for courses. This includes all full-time and part-time students enrolled in a level two or three certificate or degree program. Results of the test will be used for course placement only.

TSI Exemptions/Exceptions

The following students shall be exempt from the requirements of this title, whereby exempt students shall not be required to provide any additional demonstration of college readiness and shall be allowed to enroll in any entry-level freshman course as defined in §4.53(13) of this title (relating to Definitions):

  1. For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards that cannot be raised by institutions:
    1. ACT
      1. ACT administered prior to February 15, 2023: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.
      2. ACT administered on or after February 15, 2023: a combined score of 40 on the English and Reading (E+R) tests shall be exempt for both reading and writing or ELAR sections of the TSI Assessment. A score of 22 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no composite score.
      3. The use of scores from both the ACT administered prior to February 15, 2023, and the ACT administered after February 15, 2023, is allowable, as long as the benchmarks set forth in clause (ii) of this subparagraph are met.
    2. SAT
      1. SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016: a combined critical reading (formerly “verbal”) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a combined critical reading (formerly “verbal”) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.
      2. SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016: a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score.
      3. Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016 and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable.
    3. GED: minimum score of 165 on the Mathematical Reasoning subject test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. A minimum score of 165 on the Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) subject test shall be exempt for the English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) section of the TSI Assessment.
    4. HiSET: minimum score of 15 on the mathematics subtest shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. A minimum score of 15 on the Reading subtest and a minimum score of 15 on the Writing subtest, including a minimum score of 4 on the essay, shall be exempt for the English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) section of the TSI Assessment.
  2. For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) with a minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test, a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and 89 on the reading test.
  3. For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards that cannot be raised by institutions:
    1. on the Eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections; or
    2. STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section
  4. A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  5. A student who transfers to an institution from a public, private, or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution for Reading, Writing, and Math.
  6. A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution. For students meeting non-Algebra intensive readiness standards in mathematics as defined in §4.59 of this title (relating to Determination of Readiness to Perform Entry-Level Freshman Coursework), institutions may choose to require additional preparatory coursework/interventions for Algebra intensive courses, including MATH 1314/1324/1414 (or their local equivalent). It is the institution’s responsibility to ensure that students are clearly informed of the consequences of successful completion of a mathematics pathways model which results in meeting the mathematics college readiness standard only for specific entry-level freshman mathematics courses.
  7. A student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college.
  8. A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  9. A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.
  10. A student who successfully completes a college preparatory course under Texas Education Code §28.014 is exempt for a period of twenty-four (24) months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. The student must enroll in the student’s first college-level course in the exempted content area in the student’s first year of enrollment in an institution of higher education. This exemption applies only at the institution of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course. Additionally, an institution of higher education may enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a partnering institution of higher education to accept the exemption for the college preparatory course.

An institution may exempt a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student.

ESOL Waiver–An institution may grant a temporary waiver from the assessment required under this title for students with demonstrated limited English proficiency in order to provide appropriate ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions. The waiver must be removed after the student attempts 15 credit hours of developmental ESOL coursework at a public junior college, public technical institute, or public state college; 9 credit hours of developmental ESOL coursework at a general academic teaching institution; or prior to enrolling in entry-level freshman coursework, whichever comes first, at which time the student would be administered the TSI Assessment. Funding limits as defined in Texas Education Code, §51.340 for developmental education still apply. Developmental Education is not available for high school students.

Any student who has been determined to be exempt in mathematics, reading, and/or writing shall not be required to enroll in developmental coursework and/or interventions in the corresponding area(s) of exemption.

TSI Pre-Assessment Activity

If a student is not exempt, he or she must take the TSI Assessment before registering for classes. Before taking the TSI Assessment, a student must complete a TSI Pre-Assessment Activity Module. This activity requires students to answer several questions regarding the assessment process and exposes them to practice questions that will help them prepare for the actual TSI exam. At the completion of this activity, the student must be able to demonstrate evidence of completing the pre-assessment to TJC Testing Services staff by either printing or visually providing evidence of the Pre-Assessment Activity Completion Certificate. A student will not be allowed to take the TSI Assessment without this certificate.

Accommodations

TJC is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Students needing additional testing accommodations for the TSI should contact Disability Services. TJC students with documented disabilities who seek special accommodations for their classes should contact Disability Services (see page 39 for more information).

Credit for Prior Learning

Tyler Junior College (TJC) recognizes that valuable learning may occur outside of traditional academic settings. Through Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), students may have the opportunity to earn academic credit for demonstrably equivalent knowledge and skills gained through non-credit coursework, certifications, or other experiences.

Important Considerations:

  • Documentation: Approval for CPL requires appropriate documentation demonstrating the learning outcomes of the non-credit experience align with comparable TJC courses.
  • Transferability: While TJC awards CPL credit, its transferability to other institutions is not guaranteed. Prospective students intending to transfer should investigate acceptance policies at their desired institutions.
  • Full-Time Status: CPL credit applies towards graduation requirements but does not contribute to full-time enrollment status for scholarship eligibility.
  • Application: CPL credit can fulfill general education or major course requirements, but a minimum of 25% of credits applied to a degree or certificate must be earned through direct instruction at TJC.

Further Information:

For detailed information and application procedures, please contact the TJC Registrar’s Office or visit the dedicated CPL webpage.

Credit by Examination

Students at Tyler Junior College (TJC) have the opportunity to earn academic credit by demonstrating mastery of subject matter through approved external exams. Credit by Examination allows eligible students to finish their degree faster.

Here are the key points to consider:

  • Acceptable Examinations: Credit is awarded for qualifying scores on exams like Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject tests, International Baccalaureate (IB) assessments, and select departmental tests offered by TJC.
  • Eligibility: Participation in Credit by Examination requires current enrollment at TJC and successful completion of at least one semester of academic work on campus.
  • Credit Award and Grading: Credit earned through exams is designated with a “CR” on the transcript, signifying successful completion and contributing to graduation requirements. “CR” grades do not impact the student’s overall grade point average.
  • Finality of Decision: Once Credit by Examination is applied to a student’s record, it becomes permanent and cannot be reversed.

For further information and a comprehensive list of acceptable examinations, please visit the TJC Registrar’s Office or access the TJC Credit for Prior Learning webpage.

Credit by Licensure

Tyler Junior College (TJC) recognizes the value of experience gained outside the traditional classroom setting. Students who hold industry-recognized licenses or professional certifications issued by reputable accrediting bodies may be eligible for Credit by Licensure, a program that awards academic credit for demonstrably equivalent knowledge and skills.

Eligibility Considerations:

  • Licenses and certifications must be issued by recognized local, regional, or national accrediting bodies.
  • Successful completion of the licensure/certification evaluation serves as evidence of demonstrated competencies aligned with TJC courses.

Benefits of Credit by Licensure:

  • Potential to earn college credit for existing, validated skills.
  • Potential to expedite academic progress and shorten time to graduation.
  • Recognition of prior learning and professional achievements.

Further Information:

For detailed information regarding eligible licenses, potential credit awards, and application procedures, please visit the TJC Registrar’s Office or access the TJC Credit for Prior Learning webpage.

Center for Academic Exams

The Center for Academic Exams (CAE), located in the Vaughn Library, provides live proctoring for TJC instructor-assigned, online computer-based or paper exams. Scheduled appointments are available through the Navigate TJC app. Limited walk-ins are also available, as space allows. Information regarding the CAE may be found at www.tjc.edu/cae.