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Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ

We know that the unprecedented situation around COVID-19 creates challenges and anxiety for you in the application process. We want to take this time to assure you that we will continue to process applications and plan to proceed with our Summer and Fall 2020 terms as scheduled. 

The COVID-19 health crisis has caused the closure of most centers for GRE/GMAT testing. As a result, the requirement for GRE scores is being waived for applicants for Summer 2020 as well as for academic year 2020-2021 (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021).

GMAT scores are still needed for programs that require it, but application deadlines for those programs have been pushed back in anticipation of the availability of GMAT online in mid/late-April.

 


Prospective Student Admissions Questions

Will my application or decision be delayed?

We are continuing to process applications and decisions so there will not be any delays.

If I cannot pay the application fee due to economic hardship from COVID-19, can I get a fee waiver?

Please reach out to the department you are applying to and inquire about the department paying the application fee for you.

What if I can't meet the GRE/GMAT requirements due to closed testing centers?

Due to the impacts on testing centers across the world, we are temporarily waiving the GRE test score requirements for all graduate programs for the Summer 2020 term as well as for Academic Year 2020-2021 (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021). If your program requires GMAT scores, please email rawlsgrad@ttu.edu about possible extension accommodations. GMAC is expected to have an online version of the GMAT in mid-April.

How can I satisfy the English Proficiency requirements due to closed testing centers?

We will accept the Duolingo English Test as an alternative to the TOEFL and IELTS. The minimum Duolingo score is 100. You can take the exam at englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants. ETS is also offering a Home Edition of the TOEFL. More information can be found at www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home.


Admitted Student Questions

What if I am unable to obtain a visa for Summer or Fall 2020 due to the US Embassies and Consulates being closed?

We are prepared to have you enroll in the term you were accepted for and receive remote advising and take online coursework. If you intend to enroll online for the term you were accepted, please complete this form.

If you are unable to enroll online, we may defer your term of entry up to one year for on-campus study in the US. Deferral of admission and offers of financial assistance will be contingent on approval from your program/department. Please complete this form to request your application be deferred to a future term.

If I received an offer of financial assistance, will I still receive it if I defer to a future term?

We plan to keep all offers of financial assistance (assistantships, fellowships, scholarships) in force, contingent on the availability of funds and/or approval from the program/department.

If you received a Graduate School fellowship or a Competitive Tuition Scholarship from the Graduate School, you must enroll online for the Fall term. Please complete this form to request your application be deferred to a future term.

Will there be any reduction in tuition and fees if I choose to enroll online for Fall?

Please continue to check back for any updates on reduced tuition and fees for online enrollment for Fall.

Also, check with your program or department about any scholarship opportunities.

Is there a deadline to choose if I want to defer my application to a future semester?

No, there is not a deadline to defer your application. However, it is best that you plan to attend classes online so if you are unable to get a visa you will be ready for Fall 2020 enrollment. 

We highly recommend you discuss online course options with your department as soon as possible. Please notify our office as soon as you know your deferral plans. Please fill out this form if you plan to attend online so that we can update your Fall I-20 with Spring 2021 session dates.

How long will my deferral take to process?

If you choose to defer your start term to Spring 2021, we will reach out to your academic department to confirm your admission and funding if you were provided any funding for Fall 2020. It is our goal to process deferral requests within a two-week turnaround. Please understand we are processing deferrals as quickly as possible in the order we receive them.

If you choose to defer your start term to Fall 2021, there is no guarantee of admission or funding. We will create a Fall 2021 application for you, but then you will be required to submit your application and pay a $25 deferral fee. It will then go through the regular admissions process of being sent to the department for their re-review. Processing times may vary as every department committee reviews applications on a different schedule. Additionally, we are currently processing Spring 2021 deferrals prior to Fall 2021 deferrals.

To request to defer your application to a future term, please fill out this form.

How will I know if my deferral has been approved?

You can log back into your Application Portal at any time to check the application status of your deferred application. You will also receive an email with the admission deferral decision once a decision has been made.

How can I access my admission letter?

You can download a formal PDF letter of admission. Login to your Application Portal and select the PDF icon on the right-hand side of your agreement.

When will my funding/financial aid post to my student account?

Financial aid will begin posting funding to student accounts a few days before student bills are due. Because of this, we highly recommend you enroll in the Emergency Payment Plan if you are receiving a scholarship.

For Summer 2020, financial aid is scheduled to be disbursed starting Saturday, May 23rd. Bill payment for Summer 2020 is due Wednesday, May 27th.

How do I pay my student bill?

You can pay your bill online or enroll in a payment plan by going to your Raiderlink account.

For more information regarding paying your bill and available payment plans, please see the TTU Student Business Services page.


Online Enrollment for International Students

If I enroll in online courses, will I still get the same quality of education that I would if I were enrolled on-campus?

You will receive the same quality of education. Since some fees are waived for online classes, you will be able to get a start on your coursework at a reduced cost.

If I remain in my home country and do part of my program online, will I be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

To be eligible for OPT, you must attend on-campus classes for one full academic year, which is Fall and Spring. If you are in a one-year program, you will not be eligible for OPT if you attend the Fall term online. You should defer your application to the following academic year. Please complete this form to request your application be deferred to a future term. For more information about OPT, please visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/isss/f1/optstudents.php

If I take online courses for Fall 2020 and my visa is rejected later, what are my options?

You will need to decide if you wish to continue as an online student until you can obtain your visa. As long as you are continuously enrolled, then your admission will remain valid and you can convert to an on-campus student anytime.

How do I enroll in online classes as an international student in my home country?

Please contact your program about online advising and enrolling in online classes.

What will my tuition and fees look like if I attend online classes in my home country?

Please continue to check back for any updates on reduced tuition and fees for online enrollment for Fall.

Also, we recommend you check with your program or department about any scholarship opportunities.

Additionally, TTU Student Business Services maintains a Tuition & Fee Estimator on their website. This will give you a general overview of what your course tuition and fees might look like.

Do I have to enroll full-time in online classes for Fall 2020?

Enrollment requirements for Fall 2020 may vary on if you received funding.

To see the enrollment requirements, please select the question below regarding receiving funding for Fall 2020.

If you did not receive any funding, you are not required to enroll full-time as an online international student. You can choose to take one, two, or three classes depending on your department's course offerings.

If I enroll in online courses for Fall 2020, will I still receive the funding I was offered when I was admitted?

Departmental Funding

If you were awarded an offer of employment from your department, such as a TA/RA/GPTI/GA/SA, you cannot be employed to work remotely from your home country in any capacity. Please contact your department for possible scholarship opportunities while you are attending online courses.

Once you begin taking courses on-campus, you will work with your department to begin working in the position that was offered to you.

If you were provided a scholarship offer from your department, please contact your department to verify how that scholarship will be awarded during your online studies.

Graduate School Funding

All offers of Graduate School support will remain in force as long as you enroll online for Fall. Below are the enrollment requirements for Fall 2020 based on the funding type you received.

$1,000 Competitive Tuition Scholarship - Enroll in at least 3 hours.

$4,000 Recruitment Fellowship - Enroll in at least 6 hours.

$29,000 Engineering Recruitment Fellowship - Enroll in at least 9 hours.

$25,000 Distinguished Graduate Student Assistantship - Enroll in at least 9 hours.

Do I need a visa to attend online classes for Fall 2020?

No, you do not need a visa to attend online classes for Fall 2020.

Do I need an I-20 to attend online classes for Fall 2020?

No, you do not need an I-20 to attend online classes for Fall 2020. However, you will need an I-20 for Spring 2021 if you plan to attend on-campus in the spring.

Why should I enroll online for Fall 2020?

We are highly recommending new international graduate students attend the Fall 2020 term online if they cannot obtain a visa in time to attend on-campus. This would allow you to begin your graduate studies on time and begin your coursework without having to wait an entire semester and begin in the spring. These classes will be designed so students receive the same quality of education as on-campus students.


International Visa Information

I am worried that I will not receive my visa in time for Fall 2020. What should I do?

There is currently still time for the U.S. embassies and consulates to re-open and start visa appointments again in time for Fall 2020 arrival. We recommend monitoring your home country's embassy or consulate webpage for visa appointment times to move forward with your plans to attend TTU in person in Fall 2020.

It is best to check with the embassy in your region for guidance. For a list of US Consulates and Embassies, please see www.usembassy.gov

If I am an international transfer student, how will attending online courses for Summer 2020 affect my visa status?

Texas Tech University Graduate School has been granted permission by the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program to allow international F-1 students who are already in the U.S. to study online for the Summer 2020 semester.

For further questions, please contact your ISSS advisor. Every international student is assigned an F-1 counselor based on the first letter of your last/family name. Find your counselor here

I was admitted to a program and I want to switch my visa type to an F-1 student visa. What are my options?

You have two options to change your visa type to F-1 status. You can either:

1. Leave the United States and apply for an F-1 visa with an initial attendance I-20 issued from the TTU Graduate School Office

OR

2. Apply for a change of status within the United States through the TTU Office of International Affairs with the help of your ISSS counselor.

It is unlikely that either of these options will result in an F-1 visa in time to enroll full-time in classes for Fall 2020.

If you are a current F-2 visa holder, you are allowed to enroll as a part-time student with an F-2 visa, but you cannot accept any funding or employment that requires you to be a full-time student. This includes RA, TA, GPTI, Fellowships, DGSA, and most scholarships.

If you are a current H-4 visa holder, you may enroll as a full-time student on-campus or online, but you cannot work on campus. H-4 visa holders cannot accept any employment-based funding, such as assistantships.

If you are a current B-visitor visa holder, you may not be able to change your visa in time before your visa expires. We recommend changing your visa status while outside the United States.

You will need to think over these options and decide on which one is best for you.

You can also decide to defer to a future semester. Deferral of admission and offers of financial assistance will be contingent on approval from your program/department. Please complete this form to request your application be deferred to a future term.

I need a letter indicating my admission is still valid and on-campus classes will resume in August. Where can I obtain this letter?

You can download a letter stating your admission is still valid and in-person classes will resume in August here.

Are there any restrictions I need to be aware of if attending classes on campus for Fall 2020?

Several recent Presidential proclamations established restrictions on the entry of certain travelers into the United States in an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Students traveling from China, Iran, European Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, or Brazil will need to travel to a third country first and self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Then, travel to the United States and self-isolate for a period of 14 days after arrival in Lubbock. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html


I-20 Information

I am outside the US and need an I-20 to get my F-1 student visa. What is the process?

Once you are admitted to a TTU graduate program, you will receive an additional email with details regarding obtaining your I-20.

Once you provide the required documents needed for your I-20, our office will create and send it to you within 3-5 business days. Our business days are Monday through Friday.

You will have the option to receive a digitally-signed emailed I-20 or a physical I-20 mailed to you via express shipping.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have received reports of shipping delays when sending physical copies of the I-20.

How much financial proof do I need to provide for my I-20?

The amount of financial proof you will need to provide for your I-20 is dependent upon your program as well as any funding you might receive.

If you receive any TTU funding, you may qualify for fee waivers, which will reduce the amount of financial proof you will need to provide. You may not have to provide any financial proof if your TTU funding and waivers cover the estimated expense shown on the I-20.

What is the breakdown of expenses shown on my I-20?

Below are estimates for the expenses that will be shown on the I-20. These are approximations and are not exact numbers.

Your cost of attendance is based on the minimum full-time enrollment of 18 credit hours per academic year or 9 credit hours per long semester. You will not know the exact cost of attendance until you register for classes each semester because there may be additional course and program fees.

It is your responsibility as the student to confirm with your department how many hours you are required to take each semester.


ESTIMATED AVERAGE COSTS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR:

Please locate your academic college below to view the estimated amount.
Note: These amounts are subject to change from year-to-year.


Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering

Tuition & Fees: $16,202

Living Expenses: $11,549

International Student Insurance: $2,698

Total Amount: $30,449


Rawls College of Business
-- not including Data Science

Tuition & Fees: $18,413

Living Expenses: $11,549

International Student Insurance: $2,698

Total Amount: $32,660


Rawls College of Business -- Data Science Program

Tuition & Fees (online Summer semester): $6,357*

*NOTE: The Summer semester tuition & fee amount is not included in the I-20*

Tuition & Fees (Fall and Spring semesters): $23,426

Living Expenses (Fall and Spring semesters): $8,662

International Student Insurance: $2,698

Total Amount: $34,786


All Other Academic Colleges

Tuition & Fees: $15,693

Living Expenses: $11,549

International Student Insurance: $2,698

Total: $29,940

How is the amount of financial proof I need to provide determined?

If you did not receive TTU funding, the total amount of estimated average costs for the academic year is the amount of financial proof you need to provide. Please see the breakdown of expenses in the question above for the total amount needed based on your academic college.

If you did receive TTU funding (scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, graduate part-time instructors), the process is as follows:

1. Based on the TTU funding, the TTU Graduate School will calculate the waiver amount you will receive in addition to your award amount. Waiver amounts may vary based on award type.

2. The award amount and the waiver amount will be subtracted from the total estimated cost listed in the question above.

3. If there is an outstanding balance remaining, the TTU Graduate School will notify you of the exact amount of financial proof you will be required to provide. 

For more information on TTU funding types and how to apply for funding, please visit the TTU Graduate School - Funding Your Education page. Please also communicate with your prospective department regarding available funding opportunities.

Will a digitally-signed emailed I-20 be acceptable for my visa appointment?

Texas Tech University Graduate School has been given permission by the U.S. Student and Visitor Exchange Program (SEVP) to provide electronic signatures on I-20s due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the SEVP, they have coordinated with both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the policy of electronic I-20s. Both agencies approve of this action.

Digitally-signed I-20s are acceptable for your visa appointment. Please follow the printing instructions provided with your I-20.

If I choose to have my I-20 sent to me via express shipping, can I receive an unsigned soft copy before it is mailed to me?

No, unfortunately, we cannot provide an unsigned scanned copy of your I-20. Once your I-20 is shipped, you will receive an email with your SEVIS details. This email will contain all the information you need to schedule your visa appointment.

What if I can't arrive to the US until after classes start?

Department approval will be required for you to arrive after classes have started. If approved, our office will be able to provide you with a late arrival letter with the latest acceptable date per your department. You will use this letter at the port of entry.

Once you are registered for classes, it is up to the department to decide how soon they will require you to be on-campus. No student can register for classes past the 12th class day. If you are receiving a scholarship or funding, you must be registered before the first day of classes.

Do I need a new I-20 for Spring 2021?

If you are going to attend online classes for Fall 2020 or defer starting your program to Spring 2021, you will need an updated I-20 for Spring 2021 with the correct session dates. It will be the same SEVIS number and you should not have to pay another SEVIS fee for your updated I-20.

Please let us know if you are deferring your start term to Spring 2021 or planning on enrolling online for Fall 2020.

If I have my Fall 2020 I-20 and can get a visa interview before classes start for the fall, do I need a new I-20?

No. There is currently still time for the U.S. Embassies and Consulates to re-open and start visa appointments again in time for Fall 2020 arrival. You would use your I-20 for Fall 2020.

If I defer my application and then decide to try to appear for a visa interview to go on-campus for Fall 2020, can I use my Spring 2021 I-20?

No, you cannot use a Spring 2021 I-20 for a visa appointment for Fall 2020 on-campus attendance. However, if your I-20 has not been updated with Spring 2021 session dates, you can use your original Fall 2020 I-20 to appear for a visa interview for Fall 2020 on-campus attendance.


Official Documents for Admission

I was told I had to provide my official transcripts, degree certificates, and test scores now that I am admitted. My university is closed due to COVID-19 pandemic. What are my options?

Transcripts and Degree Certificates

If you will enroll in classes for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, you will have until October 1st, 2020 to provide us with your official documents.

We understand that it is difficult for many students to get their official documents currently. If you have your original transcripts, marksheets, degree certificates, diplomas, etc. with you, please bring them with you when you arrive on campus. Our office will make an official copy for our records and return the original documents to you.

If you choose to enroll in online classes for Fall 2020, you will need to bring your official documents with you when you arrive on campus for a future semester.

Test Scores

Please make sure to request that official scores be sent to Texas Tech Graduate School from the testing agency. The university code for the GRE and for the TOEFL for Texas Tech Graduate School is 6827.

If you additional questions not answered here, please contact us at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.