TAMIU’s Fresh Start Initiative clears over $ 1 million in student debt


Imagine the weight of financial debt exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic being lifted off your shoulders … and the opportunity to move forward without debt becomes a reality.

For Texas A&M International University students enrolled on or after March 13, 2020 with a pending TAMIU student account, that debt-free dream is now a sweet reality with a new offering called the Fresh Start Initiative.

Over $ 1 million in outstanding TAMIU student accounts from Spring / Summer / Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 have been deleted, affecting over 700 students. The deleted credits are credits to the university and not to loans to third parties.

Eligible students will be notified of their debt-free status from TAMIU via their Dusty email account starting Monday, June 14, 2021. The pending TAMIU student accounts that were deleted ranged from small amounts to just under $ 12,000. Students are advised to check their new status online on the university portal Uconnect by selecting “Pay my bill” and “My account”.

TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz said this type of opportunity has never been there and he hopes it will encourage beneficiaries of the Fresh Start Initiative to continue their higher education.

“The university has been the lucky recipient of federal funding provided by the CARES, CRRSA, and ARP laws … helping all students affected by the effects of COVID-19. We have used some of these funds to purge qualified students’ TAMIU student account balances so that they can return to their studies debt-free and worry-free. In short, with these outstanding student account balances, the students have run out of business, ”said Dr. Arenaz.

He noted that many TAMIU students and their families have been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: suffered losses, including the lives of their loved ones, employment and financial security.

“In this way we help to restore a certain feeling of the air we breathe. We hope these students can see this as a ‘fresh start’ … a way to start with a clean slate, take a deep breath, and renew their path to graduation, ”explained Arenaz.

Should students decide to return to university in the summer or fall, he added, a wide range of additional financial support is available.

“We have been able to build solidly our available student financial support and will work with these students to identify and explore available options so they can graduate,” he added.

Arenaz noted that those students who were not eligible for the Fresh Start Initiative will still be able to consider expanded financial aid available this fall and spring.

“Since parents and students are planning their bachelor’s or master’s degree themselves, we encourage them to explore these possibilities. In my lifetime I cannot remember any other time in the history of our country when students who want to realize their university dreams have received so much financial support. Over 800 TAMIU students graduated this May. We hope the Fresh Start Initiative provides eligible students the extra help they need to celebrate their own graduation. We want all TAMIU students to be successful … that’s what we’re about, ”he concluded.

The summer and autumn registration for TAMIU is open. You can find detailed information on registration at go.tamiu.edu/registration21.

TAMIU’s plans for Fall 2021 are focused on returning to a full and vibrant on-campus experience for all students, faculties and staff on the 300-acre northeast Laredo campus.


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