Texas Tech University

Tuition Free Program FAQ


Who is eligible for the tuition-free school?

  • Any full-time K-12 student who is a Texas resident.

What are the requirements for students to apply to the tuition-free school?

  • An all-online program must be appropriate for the student's academic needs.
  • The student must have a computer with minimum technology requirements and reliable internet.
  • You must submit a birth certificate and proof of Texas residency.
  • Achieved satisfactory achievement or higher on each STAAR assessment administered.

How does attendance work in an online school?

  • Your “attendance” will be defined as progress within each semester course.
  • You will have six months to complete each semester course.
  • You must maintain enrollment in a minimum of four semester courses.
  • You must complete a minimum of 5% of course assignments in every seven-day period. For example, if your semester course has 20 assignments, you need to complete a minimum of one per week. If your semester course has 60 assignments, you must average a minimum of three assignments per week. Please note:
    1. Completing the minimum number of assignments does not guaranteed you will complete within the 6-month time frame.
    2. Completing the minimum number of assignments and courses may not maintain your appropriate grade level or anticipated graduation date.

How do I apply for this program?

  • New students will enter a lottery, which will be held every six months. The fall lottery is held prior to the beginning of each new school year, which begins in August/September. The second lottery, which begins in January, is for spring/mid-year transfers. During each lottery, students are admitted until the pre-established enrollment cap is reached. Enrollment between lotteries may become available and is subject to available space.

What happens if I am not selected for the lottery?

  • You will be placed on a waiting list and you will be notified if an opening occurs. If you are not admitted prior to the next lottery, you may enter the next lottery.

Will I have to take STAAR and End-of-Course exams?

  • Yes, you will take the designated state tests for your grade level. This is required by state law.

How long do I have to complete a course?

  • You have six months to complete a course.

May I have an extension if I cannot complete the course in six months?

  • No extensions are allowed.

May I take the summer off?

  • If your progress is adequate, your parent may request “vacation” days at any time during the year.

When does the school year start?

  • You may enroll in our program at any time throughout the year. You will have six months to complete each course from the day of enrollment in that course.

What happens if I do not complete a course in six months?

  • Failure to meet minimum progress requirements may cause TTU K-12 to implement truancy processes and may result in your removal from the program.

I have siblings interested in the program as well. Is it just random chance which of us will be allowed to enter?

  • Siblings of a lottery-selected student will be given admission preference if possible.

I purchased courses prior to July 12, 2021. Must I finish these within six months?

  • Yes.

May I complete a course as quickly as I choose to work?

  • You may not complete a course in less than 30 days.

My child has an IEP (or 504 plan). May he/she enroll in your school?

  • Yes. If an all-online program is appropriate for your student's academic needs, as determined by the ARD or 504 committee.
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Special Education law, mandates that children receiving special education services should be in the same classrooms as other students as much as possible. This principle is called the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). For many students, an asynchronous all-online academic program may not be the LRE for that child. The IEP would need to specify why an online program is the most appropriate and least restrictive instructional setting for that child.

Is this school a good fit for a student with special needs?

  • It depends on your child and his/her specific needs.
  • Many students with special needs do very well in our online program. Some of these needs that are readily accommodated include: students who use a screen reader, need larger font, need highlighting functionality, need a learning environment free from distractions, need extended time on exams, have social anxiety, have medical concerns.
  • TTU K-12 may not be the least restrictive environment for your child, as required by federal law.
  • TTU K-12 is a statewide online school district and does not have a physical campus through which it can provide in-person services on-site.

What does an “asynchronous” online program mean?

  • It means that all instruction takes place at your student's own timing and pace. The student will not receive instruction via Zoom or another virtual meeting platform at a predetermined time and date.
  • Some students with special needs found that a synchronous online program (one-on- one with a teacher) worked well for them during the pandemic. Our program is asynchronous (instruction is self-paced and not time-driven, so is not one-on-one with a teacher.) As a result, this instructional environment may not be the most appropriate instructional setting for your child.

Is there an age limit for the tuition-free program?

  • Yes. Students may participate in this program up to the age of 25.


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