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Flex your way to success with our new flex Term graduate courses

Graduate courses in the Flex Term program allow students to begin their coursework at a later date. For spring 2020, Flex Term courses start on January 30. All other graduate courses begin January 13.

Flex::Course Offerings

Available Courses

All graduate programs will offer flex courses for spring 2020 except:

  • College of Science and Engineering (exception: educator specific online physics courses)
  • Nursing
  • Art with visual communication emphasis
  • Programs offered in sub-terms

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Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid

Will there be a reduction in my cost of attendance based on enrollment in one or more flex term courses?

No. There is no adjustment to your spring 2020 cost of attendance.

Financial Aid Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5096

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When will my financial aid refund be processed?

The Financial Aid Office will release spring aid 10 days before classes start. If the start date for your classes is January 30 then your spring aid will not be released until January 20. Refunds for aid released on that date will be processed within 2-3 business days.

Student Accounts Contact Information
Contact Charles Robnett or Sherrie Phelps for an emergency loan.

Charles Robnett
903.886.5056
[email protected].

Sherrie Phelps
903.468.3089
[email protected].

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What if I decide not to take the flex course and stay enrolled in 3 hours from the main start date?

Since you will no longer have eligibility for the federal loan programs (minimum 6 hours), your loans will be returned. You will become responsible for any aid you received, and your repayment period begins following any available grace period.

Financial Aid Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5096

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What happens if I enroll in a total of 6 hours (3 hours flex, 3 hours non-flex) and then drop the flex term course before the first class day?

Since you no longer qualify for the federal loan programs (minimum 6 hours), your loans will be returned. All previously disbursed aid will be returned to the Department of Education. If you received an excess aid check from the initial disbursement, you will be responsible for returning those funds to the university. You will become responsible for any aid you received, and your payment period begins following any available grace period.

Financial Aid Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5096

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What happens if I enroll in 6 hours, all with a flex term start date of January 30, 2020?

Provided you have no outstanding unsatisfied requirements, your disbursement will occur 10 days prior to the first class day of the flex term (January 20, 2020).

Financial Aid Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5096

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If I attend all classes in the flex term, will I receive less financial aid?

No. Your aid will not be affected unless you fail to enroll in 6 hours.

Financial Aid Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5096

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How will enrollment in spring 2020 flex term course(s) affect my financial aid?

If you only enroll in flex courses, your disbursement date will be delayed. Financial aid cannot disburse earlier than 10 days prior to the first class date. Your disbursement would occur January 20, 2020. If you are enrolled in at least one course that begins on January 13, 2020, and at least 6 hours total, your disbursement date will not be affected. Your aid will disburse 10 days before your first class day (January 3, 2020) if you have no unsatisfied outstanding requirements. Enrollment must count towards your degree program.

Financial Aid Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5096

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Are financial resources available for assistance if my financial aid is delayed because of the January 30 start date for my flex classes?

Yes. Students with pressing financial needs because of the delay in financial aid disbursement may contact the Student Accounts Office for assistance. We will make emergency loans available at no cost to students with financial issues because of the delay in financial aid disbursement.

Student Accounts Contact Information
Contact Charles Robnett or Sherrie Phelps for an emergency loan.

Charles Robnett
903.886.5056
[email protected].

Sherrie Phelps
903.468.3089
[email protected].

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Housing

I am a veteran, will the January 30 start date affect my housing funding?

Veterans will not receive housing funding for January if enrolled in flex courses.

Veterans Contact Information
[email protected]

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How will flex courses affect my on-campus housing assignment and billing?

If you would like to arrive when our halls open on January 9, your assignment and billing will not change. If you would like to arrive the weekend of January 25, please contact Jess Gamez at [email protected] by January 8 and she will update your spring 2020 contract and billing.

Housing Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5797

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Human Resources

What is the spring 2020 start date for hiring GAs?

New Graduate Assistants beginning employment spring 2020 must be hired as a GA no later than January 13, 2020.

Human Resources Contact Information
[email protected]
903.468-8741

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What is the process for Graduate Assistants Teacher of Record?

  • New GAT-Departments must follow the same GA hiring process as usual and then complete the forms indicated below
  • Current GAT-Departments must complete and submit a GA Teacher of Record Hiring Checklist to Brenda Walker at [email protected]

Human Resources Contact Information
[email protected]
903.468-8741

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What is required for new graduate assistants?

  • Meet all graduate school requirements before being hired into Workday
  • Complete the federally required Form I-9 with acceptable documents on or before the first day of employment

Human Resources Contact Information
[email protected]
903.468-8741

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My courses don’t begin until January 30, 2020, but I have a GA position. When do I need to be at the university?

All GAs must begin work on January 13, 2020.

Please note: Form I-9 must be completed on or before the first day of employment.

Human Resources Contact Information
[email protected]
903.468-8741

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How early can pre-hire paperwork be submitted to HR for spring 2020?

Pre-hire paperwork for spring 2020 can be submitted by the department to Human Resources as early as November 18, 2019. The deadline for submission is December 13, 2019.

Human Resources Contact Information
[email protected]
903.468-8741

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International Students

What are check-in sessions and orientation programs? Am I expected to attend these as a new TAMUC international student?

New international students are required to attend one check-in session and orientation program. These programs will provide information about immigration regulations and your responsibilities as an international student in the F-1 status. We’ll introduce you to new and returning international students, student organizations, and on-campus services that will enhance your integration experience and academic success.

Information on check-in sessions and orientation program will be provided by the Office of International Program (OIP) once we send your Form I-20. Be on the look out for OIP emails and instructions.

Office of International Programs Contact Information
Ferguson Building Rooms 220 & 221.
[email protected]
903.886.5097

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Now that I am accepted to Texas A&M University-Commerce, when can I enter the United States and begin studying?

You may enter the United States up to 30 days before the official program start date, as listed on your Form I-20. You are expected to report at A&M Commerce by the program start date. Please contact the university’s Office of International Program (OIP) immediately upon your arrival in Dallas, TX. You are required to attend one check-in session and the New International Student Orientation program.

If you cannot enter the United States for the term listed on your Form I-20, or you will be late reporting to school, you must immediately contact the university’s Office of International Programs to update your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) status.

Office of International Programs Contact Information
Ferguson Building Rooms 220 & 221.
[email protected]
903.886.5097


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MyLeo Online

When do my online Flex courses start?

Flex courses start on January 30 for the spring 2020 semester. All other non-flex graduate courses begin January 13.

myLeo Online Contact Information
[email protected]
Tech support: 1.877.325.7778

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Payroll

When do GAs get paid?

  • Graduate Assistant Teaching (GATs) and Graduate Assistant Research (GARs) are paid on a monthly basis. Paychecks are issued on the first working day of each month. The first check for spring 2020 will be issued on February 3.
  • Graduate Assistant Non-Teaching are paid on a bi-weekly cycle (every 2 weeks). Hours must be submitted on a timesheet and approved by the supervisor. The payroll calendar can be found on the Payroll Services Website.

Payroll Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5118

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Registrar's Office

What is the last day to withdraw from all classes?

April 21, 2020

Registrar’s Office Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5665

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What is the last day to enroll without the instructor’s and dean’s approval?

February 2, 2020

Registrar’s Office Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5665

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What is the last day to drop a class and remain enrolled?

The last day to drop a class and remain enrolled in at least 3 hours is April 3, 2020.

Registrar’s Office Contact Information
[email protected]
903.886.5665

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Student Accounts

Will I be able to access a tuition loan or installment payments for flex courses?

Yes. Students in flex courses start date will be able to enroll in the tuition loan or installment payment plan for the spring.

Student Accounts Contact Information
Contact Charles Robnett or Sherrie Phelps for an emergency loan.

Charles Robnett
903.886.5056
[email protected].

Sherrie Phelps
903.468.3089
[email protected].

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Will course charges be calculated differently for flex courses?

No. Course charges will be the same regardless of the start date for your classes.

Student Accounts Contact Information
Contact Charles Robnett or Sherrie Phelps for an emergency loan.

Charles Robnett
903.886.5056
[email protected].

Sherrie Phelps
903.468.3089
[email protected].

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