Financial Aid and Scholarships

LU Computer Science Scholarships

  • The Crawford/Lewis Scholarship in Computer Science

    The Department of Computer Science at Lamar University awards the Crawford/Lewis Scholarship each spring semester to two to four incoming or current students in the bachelor's program in Computer Science or Computer Information Science. The scholarship award is about $1,200, and it is awarded in two payments, half in the fall semester and half in the following spring semester. Traditionally, the scholarship has been awarded to an academically exceptional incoming freshman. Dr. and Mrs. John Crawford established the Crawford/Lewis Scholarship in Computer Science in memory of her father, Edward Lewis.

    Criteria: The scholarship is open to undergraduate students seeking a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Computer Information Science. The recipient must be a full-time student taking a minimum of 12 semester hours and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

    To be eligible for this scholarship you must provide the document requested in the Special Information Question on the general application.

    If you would like to apply for the Crawford/Lewis Scholarship for this academic year, please go to LU Connect and click on myScholarships before March 1.

  • The Dr. William "Bill" Nylin Scholarship in Computer Science

    The Dr. William "Bill" Nylin Scholarship in Computer Science was established by former students, family, colleagues and Lamar University alumni in honor of Dr. Nylin for his dedication and hard work in building the excellent educational foundation that all computer science students at Lamar enjoy today.

    The Department of Computer Science at Lamar University awards the Bill Nylin Scholarship each spring semester to an incoming or current student in the bachelor's program in Computer Science or Computer Information Science. The scholarship award is about $900 and it is awarded in two payments - half in the fall semester and half in the following spring semester. 

    Criteria: The scholarship is open to all class levels pursuing a degree in Computer Science or Computer Information Science . The recipient must be a full-time student and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must provide the document requested in the Special Information Question on the general application.

    If you would like to apply for the Bill Nylin Scholarship for this academic year, please go to LU Connect and click on myScholarships before March 1.

  • The Bobby Waldron Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science

    The Bobby Waldron Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science was established in memory of Dr. Waldron, who was a former chairman of the Computer Science Department and former director of the Administrative Academic Computer Center. The scholarship award of about $700 is open to those pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. First consideration will be an incoming freshman and second will be an outstanding continuing student.

    Criteria: The recipient must have a SAT score of 1000 or better, 3 years high school math and 2 years of physical science. They must also be a full-time student enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. Continuing students must have a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in Computer Science after completing 9 hours.

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must provide the document requested in the Special Information Question on the general application.

    If you would like to apply for the Bobby/Waldron Memorial Scholarship for this academic year, please go to LU Connect and click on myScholarships before March 1.

International Graduate Students - Financial Aid

For information on financial aid for International Students, go to International Student Services Office at Lamar University.

There is no transcript evaluation fee for international students applying to the MS program in computer science.  

College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Applicants (International Students only). 
Submit official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions attended with an original signature of a school official or an original school seal. If transcripts are in a language other than English, an official translation from the school, recognized translator or translation verified by a United States Embassy or Consulate must accompany the native language transcript. Transcripts should arrive in a sealed envelope, directly from the sending institution or recognized translator. Faxed, emailed, and/or notarized scanned copies will not be accepted. Your transcripts will be evaluated within the College.

Assistantships and Scholarships

Assistantships

In general, assistantships are granted after a student has been enrolled in our program and can demonstrate useful skills. Priority is given to students who have been here for at least one year and have done well in their coursework. We do not have full time technical staff. Thus we depend entirely on our graduate students for network administration, tutoring, help desk work, and website development. Since funds are scarce, we must allocate them on a priority basis to those students whose skills can assist us in the educational process. We do not have enough money to simply give students money for attending school here. Furthermore, the fact is that if you are an international student, your family has never paid taxes in Texas. Hence, there is no reason why the government should offer you assistance and deny it to residents of this State.

Scholarships

Scholarships are generally offered on the basis of the quantitative portion of the GRE exam and are given at the time the Department reviews the applicant's application. We do not consider need as one of the reasons for giving aid. The only criteria are GRE scores, undergraduate Grade Point Average, and academic background. Thus, the financial statement that applicants are required to give the University as part of the application process has no influence on whether we offer the student a scholarship or not. At this time a score of at least 680 is needed on the quantitative part (mathematics) of the GRE to qualify for consideration for a scholarship. We do not use the Analytical and verbal portion of the GRE. Transfer Students get transfer up to 6 credit hours for courses where grade is at least 'B'.

Benefits

The main benefit of scholarships and assistantships is that they provide an out-of-state tuition waiver worth about $6400 per year. The scholarships themselves provide $1000 for one academic year. If you do not receive a scholarship and out-of-state tuition waiver before you arrive, you will receive aid after one year if your GPA is at least 3.25 regardless of what were your initial GRE scores or undergraduate GPA,

Other Sources

Another source of funds for students are on campus jobs. The Library, the Business College, the Dining Hall, the Physical Plant, the Education College, and many other departments do hire students. All of these employment opportunities can be investigated once you arrive on campus.