Full-time Texas Woman’s University employees and their dependents can have certain tuition and fees waived for their classes at the university through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The application deadline for spring 2021 is Jan. 8.
Information about the program will be provided in a “Lunch and Learn” session scheduled for noon Monday, Dec. 14, via Zoom. Register now for the meeting.
The TAP was launched this fall as a pilot program, allowing employees to lower the cost of pursuing a degree for themselves or their dependents. Wandaliz Elder, assistant director for campus visits and events in TWU’s Office of Admissions, learned about the program in a staff meeting and decided to apply.
Elder had earned her Bachelor of Arts in government from TWU in 2010 and wanted to pursue a master’s degree. However, she said, “some life-changing events had kept me from financially being able to move forward with attending school and balance working full time while also caring for my family.”
She was a nontraditional student as an undergraduate at TWU, transferring with both community college and military credits. She served in the U.S. Army and Texas National Guard for nine years and was able to receive the Montgomery G.I. Bill to assist with educational costs during that time.
“My now-21-year-old son still has memories of coming to class in the summer with me and how nice all my professors were to him as he sat in the classroom listening to the lectures or playing on his laptop,” Elder said. “TWU truly was and still is the best place for students who are also parents, and I share my experience as a student here with prospective students that I speak with as part of my work in admissions.”
Elder was accepted into the Tuition Assistance Program this fall and recently applied for the spring 2021 semester. She is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in political science, with a graduate certificate in history.
“This program has provided me with the financial relief I needed to attend graduate school,” she said. “I would not have been able to (attend school) without it, especially since the pandemic caused the closing of the small business where I worked a second job for supplemental income that would have helped cover tuition and book costs.”
Elder said she is grateful to Texas Woman’s for providing TAP for its employees and their dependents.
“As a first-generation student, as an undergraduate and now graduate student, my family cannot wait for me to graduate and achieve another ‘first’ they can celebrate with me,” she said.