Parent and Family Relations

Vol. 10  Issue 1-b                                            Parent and Family eNews January 2011, part 2

In this issue...

News and Important Dates

Scholarship and Student Employment Opportunities

Extra-Curricular Activities and Campus Events

Texas Tech Parents Association Information


If you are having difficulties with the links in this newsletter, view the online version here.

 Parent and Famly Relations has Moved

The Parent and Family Relations office has moved!

We are now located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building, above the Barnes and Noble bookstore. Our mailing address and phone numbers remain the same.

Box 42024, Lubbock, TX 79409

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 2011-2012 FAFSA Renewal Information

FAFSA will begin identifying students eligible to receive a 2011-2012 Renewal. The distribution of e-mail reminders and printed reminders will officially begin on January 18, 2011 and continue through February 14, 2011.

Students who are renewal-eligible for 2011-2012 and who qualify for reminders by January 10, 2011 will be sent Renewal Reminder notifications. Eligible students who provided e-mail addresses on their 2010-2011 records will receive 2011-2012 Renewal Reminder e-mails. Renewal-eligible students whose records do not have valid e-mail addresses, or whose Renewal Reminder e-mails are returned as undeliverable, will be mailed 2011-2012 Renewal Reminder letters, provided there is a deliverable mailing address.

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 Study Abroad Information Sessions January 19th

If your student is interested in studying abroad, tell him or her about this event:

The Spring 2011 Study Abroad Fair will be Wednesday, January 19th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Croslin Room of the Main Library.

Study Abroad program representatives will be available to discuss programs located in more than 80 countries! Many Texas Tech students who have previously studied abroad will be present as well as faculty who will be taking students abroad in Summer 2011.

Information on financial aid and scholarships will also be available to make it all possible!

We have opportunities for students to study abroad in every major - come find the program that is right for you!

Stay connected and be first to hear about upcoming events. Visit us on Facebook by searching for "Study Abroad at Texas Tech" or visit

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 Academic Majors Fair Set for March 7th

Texas Tech's Student Life Council is hosting an Academic Majors fair on March 7th to provide students with information about academic majors available at Texas Tech, to assist students in making informed decisions about affirming or changing their academic major, and to provide guidance as to steps necessary to formally declare or change their academic major.

The event will be held Monday, March 7th in the Red Raider Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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 Save the Date for Family Weekend 2011

Family Weekend 2011 will be Friday, September 23-Saturday, September 24, 2011. A full schedule of fun events for the whole family is being planned, including the Texas Tech vs. Nevada football game. Football and event tickets will go on sale at in June 2011.

Hotel rooms in Lubbock fill up quickly for Family Weekend, so make your reservations early. Visit for a complete list of hotel accommodations.

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 Sibling Weekend Scheduled For February 25-26

Registration is open for Sibling Weekend 2011! This is a fun, educational, and spirit-filled weekend for Tech students and their siblings between the ages of 8-15.

Sibling Weekend 2011 is held on the Tech campus and is focused on Texas Tech students and their little brothers or sisters. All participants engage in a range of fun activities throughout the weekend. The schedule has been set and is geared to create an experience for all participants that is truly unique and special.

We hope those siblings attending will create even stronger bonds with their brother or sister who is at Tech and get a sense of what it's like to be a Red Raider. The price has been set at $45.00 per participant. This price includes all meals over the weekend, admission to the women's basketball game vs. Oklahoma State University on February 26th, an official Sibling Weekend t-shirt, a Double T nylon drawstring backpack, and more! The event promises to be a truly memorable one for those attending. Mark your calendars for February 25-26, 2011. See the full schedule, additional details and the registration form here. Call us at 806-742-3630 with any questions.

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 Form 1098T Information

Texas Tech University has contracted with Pearson Government Solutions, Inc. to provide you with your Form 1098-T. Texas Tech University cannot determine if you qualify for a tax credit or any allowable tuition and fees deduction. The financial data provided is to assist you in computing amounts that may be eligible for the Hope or Lifetime Learning Tax Credits or tuition and fees deduction. Students and parents should obtain IRS publication 970 Tax Benefits for Higher Education or contact their personal tax advisor for assistance. The IRS website for obtaining forms and publications is or you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

Please note Box 2 on the 1098-T form shows the total amounts BILLED for qualified tuition and related expenses less any related reductions in charges for the 2009 calendar year (total amount "BILLED" not payments received). If Box 6 on the 1098-T form is checked, the amount in Box 2 includes amounts for an academic period beginning January - March, 2010. See Publication 970 for guidance on how to report these amounts.
See reverse side to view the detailed information shown on the front of Form 1098T.

IRS Forms Link

More Information

If you need a reprint or have a correction, please contact:

Send an email to
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ATTN: 1098T

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 For Your Complete Texas Tech News, Visit Texas Tech Today

Keep up-to-date about everything Texas Tech by visiting Texas Tech Today, a complete news source for Texas Tech University.

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 January 2011 Academic And Event Calendar

January 18, Tuesday
Last day to add a course.

January 28, Friday
Last day for student-initiated drop on MyTech without penalty (drop does not count against drop limit). Last day to drop a course and receive a refund. Does not apply to students who drop to 0 hours. Last day for graduate degree candidates to file with the Graduate School a statement of intention to graduate.

January 29, Saturday
Student-initiated drop made on or after this date counts against drop limit.


For the complete 2010-2011 Academic Calendar, please visit

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 Tech Parents Scholarship Applications due February 1st

Parents and family members, forward this link to your student so he or she can fill out the Tech Parents 2011-2012 Scholarship Application:

All applications will be submitted online and are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2011. There are scholarships available for currently enrolled Texas Tech and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center students, transfer students, and entering freshmen. There are 57 scholarships available, and criteria for each of them vary. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Texas Tech Parents Association Scholarship Committee. Winners will be notified via email.

View the Tech Parents Scholarship FAQ here.

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 Texas Tech Scholarship Applications due February 1st

Students can apply now for 2011-2012 Texas Tech University scholarships at Just click "How to Apply" and choose the "Current Student Scholarship Application". This application will get students considered for academic and need based scholarships. Your student's college or department is probably using this application too. Students can maximize their scholarship opportunities by completing the Current Student Scholarship Application. Deadline February 1!

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 Red Raider Orientation Student Employment Information Sessions

If your student is looking for summer employment, tell him or her to attend one of the Red Raider Orientation information sessions. Information about pay and hours will be given at the sessions.

Red Raider Orientation 2011 is looking for Student Counselors to lead over 7,500 new students and their families during Summer 2011. Information sessions are available so you can find out more and ask questions about being a part of this exciting opportunity. Each session lasts about 30 minutes and you only need to attend a single information session.

  • WHAT: RRO Information Sessions
  • WHEN: Wednesday, January 19 - 1:30, 3:00 & 5:00 PM
    Thursday, January 20 - 2:00 & 5:30 PM
    Monday, January 24 - 1:30, 3:00 & 5:00 PM
    Tuesday, January 25 - 2:00 & 5:30 PM
  • WHERE: SUB Traditions Room (2nd Floor)
  • WHY: Receive more information about being a Student Counselor for RRO 2011.

RRO Counselor Applications are available at

Applications are due January 28, 2011!

For more information about this, please contact the Center for Campus Life at 742-5433 or

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 University Student Housing Hiring Tutors for Fall 2011

University Student Housing is seeking to hire Residential Tutors to provide peer tutoring in the following subjects: Chemistry, Math, English, Political Science, and U.S. History. Starting pay is $9.00 per hour for undergraduate students and $9.50 per hour for graduate students. Applicants hired for this position will start in the fall of 2011. The application deadline is January 31st.

Additional Information can be found at

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 Student Union and Activities Schedule - January

The Student Union and Activities office and the Tech Activities Board always make sure there is plenty for your Tech students to do! If your student complains that he or she can't find any fun activities or meet many people on campus, tell him or her about these exciting, FREE activities.

Click HERE for the complete Activities Calendar for January.

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 Help Texas Tech Students By Serving On The Tech Parents Scholarship Committee

Tech Parents members are needed to serve on the Tech Parents Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee will meet Saturday, February 26th (11am - 2pm) on campus to select recipients for the Texas Tech Parents Association scholarships. This is a great way to volunteer your time to help worthy Texas Tech students and their families. If you are interested in serving, please contact the Tech Parents Scholarship Committee Chairman, Don Peterson, at Details about the Scholarship Committee meeting will be sent to all those interested in serving.

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