Texas A&M University is committed to your success including overcoming temporary financial hardships. Here are some resources to consider.
Students who might need accommodations due to a temporary disability may want to set up an appointment with a staff member in Disability Services to discuss their potential needs. Disability Services can provide information about how to access disabled parking, where to rent equipment, and how to set-up accommodations for classes. General information for students with a temporary disabling condition is available at Disability Resources. They can also be reached at 979.845.1637.
Former Foster & Adopted Aggies
Melanie McKoin Owens, Case Manager and Foster Care Liaison within Student Assistance Services, is the primary contact for former-foster and adopted Aggies. We can provide students with information and advice on financial aid, tuition fees and exemptions, on and off-campus living options, transportation, health care, campus employment and other available campus and community services.
For more information, call 979.845.3113, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our office at Student Services at White Creek, Student Life Building 3
GETTING AROUND CAMPUS
Transportation and Parking Services offers a variety of options for either traveling to campus, traveling around campus, or navigating into the community. Visit online or call 979.845.9700 to learn more about all the features and services they offer to TAMU students.
Transportation Services operates the Aggie Spirit bus system. For information, you can visit them online or call 979.847.7433. Download the TAMU Mobile App to see bus route maps and real-time schedules.
Cycling is very popular around campus. Transportation Services provides detailed information about Cycling rules and regulations. You will find helpful information regarding Bike Registration, the Borrow a Bike initiative, Leasing Bikes, and updates to the Bike Program.
Transportation Services has partnered with Zipcar to offer car services. With Zipcar you can rent a car by the hour or day to fit your need.
FINANCIAL AID AND JOBS
Financial Aid and Scholarships can help you with any funding needs or questions. You can meet with a financial advisor by visiting their office on the 2nd floor of the Pavilion or by calling 979.845.3236.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
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TAMU Student Employment
The Student Employment office in the Department of Student Financial Aid can assist students with a job-search process for on-campus, off-campus, and work-study positions. Working on-campus is a great way to attend class and learn more about campus while at the same time earning some extra money. In addition, Texas A&M employers typically offer flexible employment schedules that allow Aggie students to schedule work and classes concurrently.
Residence Life hires student assistance to help facilitate daily operations, assist students within the galls, and help maintain the facilities. They offer a flexible work environment where your academic success takes priority.
LIVING ON OR OFF CAMPUS
Residence Life offers a variety of convenient living arrangements designed to give you an incredible on-campus living experience. Visit online or call 979.845.4744 or toll-free at 888.451.3896 for more information on available housing options.
Looking for a place to live off-campus? Try AggieSearch, the on-line searchable database of community housing options.
Student Health Services located at A.P. Beutel, offers a variety of medical services. Whether you are feeling under the weather or are needing a specific service, as a student you have access to Student Health Services. You can learn more by visiting online or by calling 979.458.8379.
Student Health Services also offers a 24-hour Dial-A-Nurse hotline. The number can be found on the back of your student I.D. and you may call at any time.
CAPS provides short-term counseling and crisis intervention, as well as academic and career services, to all Aggie students. CAPS staff incorporate into practice awareness, respect, and valuing of cultural differences. You can schedule appointments online or by calling 979.845.4427.
CAPS also offers after-hours help through the HelpLine. Dial 979.845.2700 to speak with a trained staff member after hours.
Disability Services provides services to students with disabilities to ensure accessibility to university programs. This office offers accommodations counseling, evaluation, referral, disability-related information, adaptive technology counseling and equipment, and interpreter services for academically related purposes. Visit online or speak with an access coordinator by calling 979.845.1637.
Texas A&M Psychology Clinic off campus does mental health screenings (intakes) on a sliding scale fee. Contact 979.595.1770 for more information. Additionally, they offer counseling services at their clinic on campus 979.845.8021.
GETTING AROUND B/CS
The Brazos Transit District is the public trasnportation provided for Bryan/College Station and several other cities in the region. For general routes and fare information, visit online or call 1.800.272.0039.
The Aggie Spirit Bus operates off-campus as well. For information about off-campus routes, visit online, call 979.847.7433, or download the TAMU Mobile App to see bus route maps and real time schedules.
The Workforce Solutions home page will provide insight into the B/CS job market. Visit the Job Seekers tab on the Workforce Solutions website to gain assistance with job searching and resources.
Former-foster students wishing to live off-campus should be aware that some apartment complexes require a lease guarantor if they believe a prospective tenant may not meet certain financial qualifications. A guarantor is someone who can support the claim that you are legally and financially responsible to sign a leasing agreement. The guarantor is also equally responsible and liable for any settlements (charges for rent, damages, etc.) that you agreed to pay through your rental agreement.
Lease agreements usually require that the guarantor must be a U.S. citizen and must also provide their own employment information; credit and rental history, address and phone number as part of the application.
These are services provided by Texas A&M to support off campus housing. Please refer back to the information for Housing under Services at Texas A&M University for more information.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally-funded program that helps provide housing assistance to low-income families. Check online to see if you qualify or contact Karla Flanagan at 979.595.2801 Ext. 2081 or email, email@example.com
Texas Medicad and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) is a group of contractors under the leadership of Accenture. Accenture administers Texas Medicaid and other state health-care programs on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. TMHP will allow you to search for a doctor, hospital, or other participating health care provided that accepts Texas Medicaid insurance.
Texas Medicaid Program
If you are 21 or older, the Texas Medicaid Program Client Hotline can provide information on Medicaid benefits, lists of Medicaid providers, health plans, and other general information, including the process for filing complaints about Medicaid health care providers or health plans. For more information, call toll free 800.252.8263, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST.
Texas HealthSteps coordinates free medical and dental checkups to people under age 21 who have Medicaid. Eligible treatments for transportation include:
- eye exams
- case management
- hearing tests
- health advice
For more information, visit online or call 1.877.847.8377.
The Brazos County Health Department provides health services and resources including and adult health clinic, Immunization clinic, Sexually Transmitted Infection clininc and more! Visit online or call 979.361.4440 for more information.
MHMR has walk in assessments for currently $10. They are located at 1504 S. Texas Ave., Bryan, Tx. 979.822.6467. For after hour emergencies, weekends, and holidays call 979.361.9815.
Rock Prairie's inpatient program is designed to effectively treat people suffering from acute behavioral helath problems. For a free confidential assessment call 979.703.8848 or go to their location at 3550 Normand Dr. College Station, TX 77845.
Call 2-1-1 for access to information about health and human services in the Bryan/College Station community. If you are calling from outside the state of Texas or have technical difficulties dialing 2-1-1, please dial the toll free alternate access number at 877.541.7905.
BVCAA has many resources available through their agency ranging from affordable housing and utility assistance to health and wellness programs. For more information please check out their website under "programs" and "resources" or call them at 979.846.1100.
Students who take part in a State or federally financed work study program or who work at least 20 hours a week may be eligible for SNAP food benefits.
Voices for Children currently has a mentoring program called UP. The Unlimited Potential Program is a new program developed by Voices for Children, Inc. to empower current and former foster youth ages 16 and older to reach their full potential through education, individualized support, and integration with community members and community resources.
The Texas Youth Hotline helps young adults under 21 years of age who have aged out of the foster care system locate services available in their communities. Contact the statewide hotline at 800.210.2278 for telephone counseling and information and referrals.
REGION 7 INFORMATION
Brazos County is located within DFPS's Region 7 the E. Central District. The central PAL office is located in Austin, however the PAL Coordinator for this county is Jessycah Smith - contact information is; Jessycah.firstname.lastname@example.org or office 979.774.6781, Cell 979.504.9822.
You will be able to access your financial benefits by contacting your PAL Coordinator Jessycah Smith at 979.774.6781 email@example.com OR Aftercare Case Manager, Julie Baker from LIFEWORKS at 512.735.2181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Transitional Living Allowance (TLA)
TLA will be accessed through your State PAL Coordinator Jessycah Smith at 979.774.6781 or email email@example.com If you completed your PAL Classes you can receive this money 2 years after you came out of care. You must be working or in school to access your TLA. TLA is $1000 and will be given to you in 4 increments of $250 or 2 increments of $500 depending on the region. This money can be spent on anything you need.
Aftercare Room and Board (ACRB)
ACRB is worth $3000 this can be used for rent, utility bills, and or food cards. Contact Aftercare Case Manager Julie Baker at (512)2181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org You can only access up to $500 a month and the $3000 is not renewable. It is available to you from after you leave care until you turn 21 if you don't use it you lose it. It can take up to a month for a check to be written so please contact your worker with enough time to process a check. Checks will be paid directly to the person or company collecting the money in your name.
Educational or Vocational Needs (Ed-Voc)
Ed-Voc can be used for anything having to do with school or work, such as books, supplies, parking permit, etc. Available funds of $1000 are accessible for former foster students age 16-21, checks will be paid directly to the person or company collecting the money in your name.
Educational benefits will be accessed through several different places listed under each category. These benefits are to assist you financially with your educational goals after high school.
The state of Texas provides youth who have aged out of care* (* there are other caveats) with a waiver to attend any state-funded school for free.
This means public institutions of higher education such as Texas A&M, community colleges or state vocational schools. This does not include private schools. To access this you need to contact PAL Coordinator for this area, Jessycah Smith 979.774.6781 or email email@example.com
Education and Training Voucher (ETV)
The ETV is to help offset any extra bills you may have as a student. The amount awarded is up to $5000 a school year. To apply you will need to fill out the initial application and then submit specific documents by the due dates. For more information go to discoverbcfs.net/texasetv
When completing your Financial Aid application (FAFSA) make sure to mark that you were a ward of the state to qualify for the full Pell Grant. You can complete your FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov
People who were in foster care on their 18th birthday and are now age 18 through 20 may receive Medicaid. For more information, call 2-1-1, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.
Faculty & Staff Support
Often times, students can be overwhelmed with stress, classes, work and personal issues. It's important to determine if the student is experiencing a crisis. If you believe they are in an emergency or life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately. In the student is in an emotional crisis, refer them to Counseling and Psychological Services by calling 979.845.4427 for a crisis appointment. If they are not experiencing crisis, but still seek emotional support, students can set up an appointment with Student Assistance Services by calling 979.845.3113 or reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services. Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Assistance Services are both located at the Student Services @ White Creek.
You can submit a Tell Somebody Report or call Student Assistance Services at 979.845.3113 for guidance.
The Student Conduct Office promotes concepts of fairness and due process in conduct settings throughout the university community while striking a balance between community standards and individual behavior through the educational development of students. The Student Conduct Office can be reached at 979.847.7272 or by visiting the website. Student Conduct is located at the Student Services @ White Creek.
To review the Student Rules, visit student-rules.tamu.edu.
To report an incident, complete a Campus Community Incident Report.
You can call Student Assistance Services at 979.845.3113 or submit a Tell Somebody Report. Tell Somebody Reports allow submitters the option to report anonymously if desired.
Student Rule 7 reviews University attendance. Student Absence Notifications (SAN) from Student Assistance Services regarding a student missing class services as a memo of notification only and does not constitute an excused absence.
The Offices of the Dean of Student Life houses Health Promotion. In addition to other resources, Health Promotion works with students who struggle with alcohol and drugs.
It depends. Specific information can be found with our Registrar.
Aggie Search is a great tool for students looking for housing in the Bryan/College Station area.
Sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating violence or stalking can happen to anyone. Texas A&M wants to make sure students and staff have all the resources to help you or someone you know who has been impacted by sexual misconduct. Resources for those who have been affected by sexual misconduct can be found at this website.
As a staff member at Texas A&M, you must report incidents of sexual misconduct. Please report to:
Jennifer M. Smith
Assistant Vice President of Compliance & Title IX Officer
Medical Science Library
202 Olsen Blvd., Suite 007
College Station, TX 77843
The 12th Can is a student-run food pantry located at Texas A&M to serve all students, faculty, and staff in need of assistance.
The pantry is open twice a month. Dates and times located on the website.
The vision of the Brazos Valley Food Bank is a hunger-free Brazos Valley. The Brazos Valley Food Bank provides food and programming for individuals who are affected by hunger.