Differential tuition is an additional charge that pays for enhancements to the learning experience of undergraduate students in engineering. These enhancements include extra sections of overfull courses, new computers and equipment, and even extra lecturers to teach classes.
In 2010, the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System approved differential tuition to help make sure that we can keep up with our peers in terms of resources available to our students. Currently, seven of nine public institutions with undergraduate engineering programs ranked higher than or equal to Texas A&M Engineering charge differential tuition. The College of Engineering provides more details on their website.
The Department of Nuclear Engineering has used funds received from differential tuition as follows:
- Additional sections for NUEN 301, 405 and 406 (Fall 2011) and NUEN 460 (Spring 2012)
- Equipment upgrades for the AGN reactor to enhance utilization
- Equipment upgrades for the radiation detection laboratories to bring equipment up to date with industry standards and accomodate for larger class sizes
Additional improvements are planned for the department's remaining allocated funds, look for the logo and see where your money is working for you!