Saves You Money and Time
The university’s Graduate-On-Time Partnership Agreement program (GOT contract) saves students money on their undergraduate education. National and state statistics reveal students take an additional 1 to 1.5 years beyond institutional expected timelines to graduate (i.e. 5.5 years to graduate with a 4 year degree or 6.5 years to graduate with a 5 year degree).
When students sign and follow the GOT plan, they can save one to three semesters of college, translating into a savings of $9,931 to $29,793 or more in out-of-pocket expenses simply by actively planning to graduate on time.
The GOT partnership agreement not only helps students save money but also catapults them into a career or graduate/professional program as soon as possible.
The GOT partnership agreement is a two-party agreement signed by the student and the Provost of Texas Tech University. The agreement is offered to first-year freshmen to help ensure their college investment will be used as efficiently as possible. First-year students will receive information about the Graduate-On-Time initiative in the academic college and/or advising sessions during Red Raider Orientation. Students may sign the GOT partnership agreement during Red Raider Orientation or any time prior to advance registration during the second long semester of their first year of classes (early April for students who enter in the fall).
More than 70 percent of undergraduate degrees at Texas Tech are designated for a four year graduation timeline with a minimum course load of 15 hours a semester. For students in programs requiring more hours, such as engineering or architecture, a timely graduation could mean 5 to 5.5 years. Dropping courses, retaking classes or registering for less than a full course load will delay graduation. The GOT agreement helps students understand their degree plan, intentionally plan their own graduation timeline, track academic progress, and earn a degree within a time frame that meets the student’s goals. Students can save time and money by being more aware of how today’s decisions might affect their intended graduation.
Students will work with an advisor to develop an educational plan that will assist the student in graduating within the specified time period. The plan will include but is not limited to the following:
- A semester-by-semester plan of course sequencing strategically tailored to the individual student’s academic needs and goals.
- A timeline for making informed decisions leading to a best-fit choice of major and career.
- A means of making efficient use of academic support services available to the student to enhance academic success.
By signing the GOT partnership agreement, the student agrees to the following conditions:
- Choose a major that qualifies for the GOT partnership.
- Be admitted to a major (or change majors) in time to meet the sequence of required courses in the GOT agreement period.
- Stay on track by earning a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic calendar year (September to August).
- Avoid being placed on academic suspension.
- Maintain a current email address, local mailing address, and other contact information using the MyTech tab on the website www.raiderlink.ttu.edu.
- Meet with the academic program advisor for the major at least once each semester to discuss progress toward graduation, identify courses needed the next semester, and make appropriate adjustments to the educational plan.
- Register during the advance registration period.
- Enroll in and successfully complete the courses needed for the chosen academic program of study with the understanding that certain courses must be taken during specific terms to allow for appropriate progress toward the degree and timely graduation.
- Accept responsibility for monitoring own academic progress to stay on schedule for graduating on time. This includes filing a degree plan and submitting Intent to Graduate forms by the stipulated deadlines.
- Keep documentation to prove that all these requirements were satisfied.
- Avoid cancellation of an advance registration schedule by meeting all payment obligations to Texas Tech.
- Accept responsibility for timely annual application for all necessary financial assistance.
- Notify the academic program advisor for the major immediately if graduation appears in danger of being delayed.
Texas Tech Commitment
Texas Tech University assures GOT partnership agreement participants that they will be able to enroll in courses that permit graduation in the specified and mutually agreed upon time period. The plan does not apply to programs combining a baccalaureate and master’s degree. Texas Tech will ensure the availability of courses. In the event the university does not satisfy the commitments made herein and the student would be unable to graduate due to the unavailability of a course(s), the department and college offering the major will choose one of the following options as the exclusive remedy for GOT partnership agreement signers:
- Allow the student to graduate in the specified and mutually agreed upon time period, substituting a different course(s) or independent study assignment for the unavailable course(s) as determined by the department and college offering the major.
- Allow the student to graduate on time by waiving the requirement to be met by the department or college offering the major.
- Allow the unavailability of a course(s) to delay the student from graduating on time, in which case the university will pay the institutional tuition and fees for the student to take the unavailable course(s) at Texas Tech University in a later term.
For more information on the GOT program and its benefits, refer to www.graduateontime.ttu.edu or contact DaNay Phelps, 234, West Hall, 806.742.0876.
Note: The Graduate-On-Time Partnership Agreement program is not a rebate program. This program is a savings program. For information concerning the State of Texas Tuition Rebate for Certain Undergraduates see www.depts.ttu.edu/studentbusinessservices/1000rebate.php
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