Texas Tech University

Consumer Information


In accordance with federal regulations set forth under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, below is a summary of consumer information that must be made available to all students at Texas Tech University.

Each topic provides a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and provides access to the information. Written copies of all information can be requested by emailing finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or by calling (806) 742-3681.

General Institution Information

Each year, Texas Tech distributes to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of information required pursuant to specific requirements under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), as amended, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.

A paper copy of any and all of the information provided on this page is available upon request by emailing finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or calling (806)742-3681.

For institutional, undergraduate, graduate, and professional school financial aid information at Texas Tech or to obtain printed copies, please email finaid.advisor@ttu.edu or call (806)742-3681.

Texas Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by email at questions@sacscoc.org or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas Tech University or to file complaints with the accrediting association.

For a full list of the University schools and programs accredited by other organizations, please see the comprehensive list on our website.

Each year on September 17th (or the preceding week if it falls on the weekend), Texas Tech celebrates the US constitution with a variety of events. Announcements of annual events to the University community are made on Tech Announce.

Student Disability Services (SDS) is the office on campus charged with and committed to providing educational opportunities for students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.

Student Disability Services promotes each student's learning experience by providing programs and services for students with disabilities and education of the campus community on issues related to students' disabilities.

For more information including University student rights and responsibilities, please visit the SDS website.

In 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This bill, a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965, includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.

To review Texas Tech's policies on Copyright Law and File Sharing in greater detail, please see Texas Tech's Operating Policies and Procedures on Infringement of Copyrights in Information Technology as well as our Copyright Information page.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, was passed by Congress in 1974 to protect the confidentiality of student records and information. Texas Tech's policy on student records incorporates the rights guaranteed by FERPA. Students are notified of their FERPA rights each semester by email. Additional information can be found through the Registrar's Office.

Texas Tech's Student Activities Board (SAB) organizes events each year for the University community. To see a semester calendar of activities, including Homecoming events, please visit the Student Activities Board website.

Students can seek assistance with complaint resolution from the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS), located on the second floor of the Student Union Building offers to students an explanation of the complaint processes and can facilitate resolution of student-related problems. ODOS staff members provide information to students on these services at information fairs throughout the year.

Students may utilize the following reporting forms to submit complaints: Raiders Report

For additional questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (806) 742-2984 or deanofstudents@ttu.edu.

Effective Fall 2010, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires all institutions receiving federal financial aid to "publish," in time for registration, a list of all required and recommended books and other course materials for all classes offered at the institution. This includes all schools — undergraduate, graduate and professional. The items we must display are:
  • Book title, including edition
  • Book author
  • ISBN Number
  • Retail Price
This is an effort to make more transparent the cost of education, as indicated in the following statement from the HEOA:
The purpose of this section is to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials. It is the intent of this section to encourage all of the involved parties, including faculty, students, administrators, institutions of higher education, bookstores, distributors, and publishers, to work together to identify ways to decrease the cost of college textbooks and supplemental materials for students while supporting the academic freedom of faculty members to select high quality course materials for students.

To find information on textbooks required for your courses, type in your Student ID or the Course information on our searchable website. For additional information, including FAQs, see our campus bookstore site.

To vote in Texas or in your home state, get all the information you need by accessing Election Information on our website or by emailing Texas Tech Librarian for Political Science and Government Tom Rohrig or calling him at (806) 834-2632.

Instructional Programs

Information on all of Texas Tech's Colleges, Programs, and Majors including degrees available, application instructions, and courses offered can be found online. Course descriptions, academic requirements, and general information on all academic programs offered can be found in the current Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

Academic facilities across our various campuses are maintained, renovated, and serviced by Facilities Planning and Construction. A campus master plan and vision are available online as are listings of all current facilities projects in the design, construction and completion stages. For more information or for printed copies of documentation, email fpc@ttu.edu or call (806) 742-2116.

A consortium agreement is a written agreement between two or more eligible schools and allows a student to receive financial aid funds based on hours enrolled at more than one institution in a semester. Visit our policy online to learn more.

The Texas Tech University Academic catalog provides the official information on programs of study, academic requirements, teaching staff, academic calendar, student services available and other matters pertaining to study at the University. Please consult the current University Academic Catalog for more information.

For a current list of instructional personnel including all faculty, please review Texas Tech's most recent catalog.

Texas Tech is not required to submit gainful employment data because we do not have gainful employment programs.

Federal regulations specify students may receive federal financial aid funding for one repetition of a previously passed course. Federal regulations require an institution to check a student's enrollment prior to disbursement and verify the number of times a student has taken a course before paying federal aid. This policy applies to all students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional). To read a full explanation please see our repeat coursework policy online.

Students pursuing their second undergraduate degree are awarded financial aid based on federal requirements. Second degree students are not Federal Pell Grant eligible and must be offered undergrad loan types and amounts. Please see a full description of our second degree policy.

A student's enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the home institution for the purpose of applying for assistance under Title IV, of the Higher Education Act, as amended, program.

For more information on Texas Tech's Study Abroad Programs please visit our Study Abroad Office.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program was created to financially assist students who are seeking degrees in high-need fields and who anticipate teaching in those fields at the secondary or elementary level.

If you choose to participate in this program, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. If you fail to meet the requirements of the service obligation, the TEACH Grant funds you received will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

To see eligibility requirements see our website or visit the Department of Education website to learn more about TEACH grants.

Information on Texas Tech's transfer of credit is available in the University's academic catalog and a full set of FAQs outline how students can transfer credit to Texas Tech. Contact the Transfer Evaluation Office (TEO) for more information.

Students begin earning Title IV funds on their first day of attendance. If you withdraw from all classes, financial aid eligibility will be recalculated based on the number of days you were enrolled. You may be required to repay funds to the University. If your aid has not been disbursed, you may be eligible to receive a portion of the aid you have accepted.

Please visit the Registrar's website for a list of FAQs and important information for students considering withdrawal. It is also recommended that those considering withdrawal visit our website to review current Withdrawal policy and how it affects a student's financial aid.

Financial Assistance

In an effort to make the standardized format award notice more user friendly to institutions and students, ED changed the name from Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to College Financing Plan. Texas Tech University adopted the Principles of Excellence Executive Order and utilizes the college financing plan or shopping sheet format for award letters.

The Undergraduate cost of attendance is an estimate of the total of tuition, fees, room, meals, transportation, books/supplies, and personal expenses not accounting for any financial assistance from Texas Tech or any outside grant agency that may be received.

Visit our cost of attendance page to see the Undergraduate totals.

To estimate your own cost at Texas Tech (to include estimated grant aid) please go to our Net Cost Calculator.

All federal borrowers are required to complete entrance counseling as first-time borrowers and exit counseling when they graduate or leave the institution. Entrance counseling ensures borrowers understand the terms and conditions of their loans as well as their rights and responsibilities. Exit counseling ensures borrowers understand their student loan obligations and are prepared for repayment.

Both requirements can be completed online with the Department of Education. To complete Entrance counseling, please visit the Entrance counseling page on the FSA website. For exit counseling, visit the Exit Counseling page on the FSA website.

Institutional need-based and merit-based funds as well as federal, state and outside sources of grant funding are available to all undergraduates applying to Texas Tech. Work Study Funds are also available to all eligible undergraduates. Different eligibility requirements must be met to qualify for different types of funding. To review the types of funding available to undergraduates and their eligibility requirements, please visit the “types of aid” drop down tab at the top of the financial aid website.

Financial aid policies and guidelines are updated each year in accordance with federal, state, and institutional guidelines. Please visit our website for more information on Texas Tech's financial aid policies.

At some point in your college career, Texas Tech may owe you money. If that is the case, we encourage you to enroll in My Direct Deposit to receive funds electronically. For general information on Texas Tech's refunds to students and parents, visit the Student Business Services website.

To view Texas Tech's Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Terms & Conditions, please click here.

To be considered for financial aid and some scholarships, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You are encouraged to submit the FAFSA to Texas Tech as soon as possible by entering the TTU school code (003644).

The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) is available for all non-US citizens who are Texas residents at collegeforalltexans.com

If you are experiencing financial hardships within the last year, click here to learn how Texas Tech can assist you further.

In an effort to make the lender selection process easier for our students and parents, and to ensure that they are choosing reliable and stable lenders, the University uses FASTChoice to provide a list of lenders who made a loan at the school within the last three years. The University does not endorse any one lender and students and parents can choose any lender they would like, whether they are on these lists or not. To see where Texas Tech students have borrowed, visit our website.

To view the University's policy on when federal Title IV funds must be returned, and the policies surrounding those funds, please scroll down to find information at this link.

Federal regulations require that to be eligible for assistance from any Federal Title IV student aid program (Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct/PLUS Loan, and State Student Incentive Grant Programs), a student must be making satisfactory academic progress.

Please see our full SAP policy online and our written policy here.

Texas Tech University has established a set of publicly available principles and policies to govern educational lending practices for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. These principles emphasize that our lending practices come from a commitment to the best interests of our students. Neither Texas Tech nor its employees accept financial payments, goods or services of material value from lenders. All employees involved in financial aid and student lending are subject to a rigorous conflict-of-interest policy. Please review our full Educational Lending Code of Conduct.

A range of need-based and non-need based loans are available to students and parents of undergraduates at Texas Tech. To see how to apply, review the terms and repayment schedules, see the information on Federal Direct Loans, Federal PLUS loans, College Access Loans, and private loans from the drop down menu listing under Types of Ai.d

The Texas Tech University Office of Financial Aid provides federal, state, and institutional funds to help defray the cost of education. Student financial aid recipients have a number of responsibilities and rights.

If a student withdraws from school before the end of the term, there may be an adjustment of the amount of tuition charged depending on the withdrawal date. To see the official university schedule of percentage of tuition to be refunded at a particular time during the semester please visit Student Business Services Withdrawal Dates.

Use our interactive calculator for an estimate of how much financial aid you might be eligible to receive and what your overall cost to attend Texas Tech undergraduate programs might be.

Verification is the process required by the Department of Education to verify the accuracy of the information submitted by or on behalf of a student for the purpose of applying for financial aid. The intent is to reduce errors in applicant reported data and to insure, to the maximum extent possible, applicants receive the financial aid they are eligible for.

To read Texas Tech's verification policy, please see our website. You can also follow these steps to complete the process.

Health and Safety

Texas Tech prepares Annual Security Reports in compliance with the Clery Act and distributes them by email to the university community in the beginning of October each year. It includes reported campus crime statistics for the past three years and information about campus security policies.

A printed report is available by visiting the Texas Tech Police Department at 413 Flint Avenue, Lubbock Texas Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm. You may also request a copy by emailing clearycompliance@ttu.edu or by calling (806) 834-3931.

Texas Tech prepares an Annual Fire Safety Report in accordance with the guidelines established by Texas Tech University, the Texas Tech University Fire Marshal, and pursuant to the federal law 34 CFR 668.49(b). A printed report is available by contacting the Texas Tech Fire Marshal at (806) 742-0145 or the Texas Tech Police Department at (806) 742-3931 Monday thru Friday, 8am -5pm. Copies may also be requested from University Student Housing at (806) 742-2661 or by e-mailing housing@ttu.edu or police@ttu.edu.

The Texas Tech Police Department maintains and provides daily and weekly summaries of all reported campus crimes. To view the campus crime log, choose the report for the specific campus on the website.

Texas Tech's full listing of Crime Prevention programs can be found on the Police Department's website. The Texas Tech Police Department has full time Police Officers who are available to give presentations and discuss crime prevention topics to any student, faculty, or staff. You may call or e-mail the Texas Tech Police Department to request the presentation of any of these crime prevention programs.

Texas Tech University is committed to fostering a campus community that promotes the overall wellbeing of its community members and is free from illegal drugs and alcohol abuse. In the annual notification, you will find information about the university's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP), policies regarding drugs and alcohol, substance abuse prevention programs and services, and other resources for students, faculty, and staff.

All campus community members should be aware that the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on Texas Tech University property or as part of any Texas Tech University activity is prohibited by law and Texas Tech University Policy.

The university Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP) seeks to provide students and employees education and support regarding the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) as detailed in 34 CFR Part 86 requires institutions of higher education to certify that they have adopted and implemented drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs and to disseminate that report to all students and employees annually.

To read the full DAAPP document, please view our website or download copies of the Biennial Report.

Texas Tech University employees must abide by Texas Tech University System OP 07.07 and Texas Tech University OP 70.20, and OP 70.35. Other applicable policies include The Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and the Drug Free Work Force Rules for Department of Defense (DOD) Contractors and the requirements of the Department of Transportation or other regulatory bodies and applicable state laws. Specifically, Texas Tech University prohibits:
  • Conduct that could constitute a violation of applicable criminal law while in the course and scope of employment, while on duty, at a University function, or on university property, regardless of whether criminal prosecution is pursued or conviction is attained
  • Being unfit for duty, including being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or refusing to submit to a drug or alcohol test

The objectives of the TTU emergency management program are to provide for the planning and resources necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the members of our university community and to preserve both public and private property. To view our full Emergency Management Plan, please visit the website.

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Texas Tech University has developed a policy for notifying the designated emergency contact for a student who is determined to be missing.

If members of the community believe that a student has been missing for 24 hours, it is critical that they report that information to the Texas Tech Police Department at (806) 742-3931 or call the Office of the Dean of Students at (806) 742-2984.

For a full record of Texas Tech's Policy on Missing Student Notification please see the Annual Security Report beginning on page 38.

Sexual violence can include sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape), domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Our prevention efforts begin by engaging our community. You can make a difference by understanding healthy relationships, educating yourself and others on consent and sexual health, and supporting those impacted by sexual violence.

For more information on sexual assault prevention, reporting an incident, intervening in a potential instance of sexual misconduct, how to support a survivor, and other Texas Tech resources available, please visit our website.

To search a database through the Texas Department of Public Safety or to receive email alerts when a sex offender registers in your community, visit the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program website. Additional information can also be found beginning on page 42 of Texas Tech's most recent Annual Security Report.

Texas Senate Bill 1107 (now TEC 51.9192 requires all students entering an institution of higher education (public and private) to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination. Texas Tech requires proof of vaccination prior to registering for clases for the first time. To learn more about Texas Tech's immunization policies, please visit the Student Health Services website.

Intercollegiate Athletics

For the report on Texas Tech's athletic program's participation rates and financial support data pursuant to the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act view Texas Tech's Equity in Athletics Report (EADA) which lists the number of participants in varsity athletics, information on the coaching staff including salaries, athletically related student aid as well as information on revenues and expenses by team and in total.

NCAA Division 1 Graduation Success Rates (GSR) lists the overall GSR for Division I, Football subdivision GSR, football championship subdivision GSR as well as Division I (non-football) GSR. To see Texas Tech specific graduation success rates, please scroll down and click Texas Tech University in Search.

Student Outcomes

Data regarding Texas Tech University graduates is furnished by Equifax, using the Work Numbers database. All earnings information is reported in current dollars. Industries are summarized based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). To review where Texas Tech graduates work and what they earn, visit the Institutional Research website and learn more.

The Common Data Set outlines Institutional enrollment, persistence by sex and ethnicity. It also outlines graduation rates separated out by Pell grant recipients and Federal Loan recipients.

Please visit Institutional Research to view the most recent Data Set.

Texas Tech reports its retention and graduation rates through the Integrated Post Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). It outlines first-to-second- year retention rates, overall graduation rate, 4-year, and 6-year bachelor's degree graduation rates, and graduation rates by ethnicity. Outcome measures are broken out by Pell grant and non-Pell grant recipients.

Please visit this link to view Duke's most recent Graduation and Retention rates in IPEDS and in our University Factbook.

The IPEDS Report contains university-specific annual data relating to cost, aid available, net price, enrollment, admissions, retention and graduation rates, Outcome measures, program/majors, veterans information, athletic teams, accreditation, campus security, and cohort default rates.

View Texas Tech University's most recent IPEDs report.