Graduate Admissions 2011-2012

4. Graduate Admission and Costs

1. Admission to Graduate Programs

Applicants for admission to graduate programs should use Apply Texas at and complete the application. All other admissions materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, P.O. Box 10078, Beaumont, Texas, 77710.The Graduate Admissions office assembles application materials and when the application is complete, forwards it to the appropriate program for evaluation. The graduate departments then select those to be recommended to the Graduate Dean for admission. Graduate Admissions provides official written notification of admission status to applicants.

Admission to any degree program is granted for a specific term. The applicant who does not enroll during that term will be required to request a deferment to a later term and pay the application fee for that term. Application materials may also need to be resubmitted length of time of the deferment. Graduate students wishing to change from one major field to another must make application to the Office of the Graduate Dean and must meet all specific program admission requirements for the new major.

  1. Application Deadlines: Domestic students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) must submit all application materials at least 30 days before Fall, Spring, or Summer registration. Priority deadlines for international students are April 15 for Fall semester, September 1 for Spring, and February 15 for Summer terms.
    1. Application Submission by Domestic Students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents): Applicants for admission to the College of Graduate Studies must submit the following to the Graduate Admissions Coordinator at least 30 days before registration.
      • Complete the Application Form found at
      • Transcripts. Submit an official transcript sent directly from each college or university attended to the Graduate Admissions Office at the above address. All transcripts submitted to Lamar University become the property of the university and are not returnable.
      • GRE and GMAT Test Scores. With two exceptions, all prospective graduate students are required to submit scores on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Applicants should have the Educational Testing Service, which administers the GRE, send test scores directly to Lamar University. The two exceptions to the GRE requirement are applicants for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and deaf applicants. MBA applicants are not required to take the GRE but must submit scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test, GMAT. See the College of Business section of this catalog for specific requirements. Deaf applicants may substitute performance intelligence and reading ability test scores for the GRE. GRE and GMAT scores more than five years old will be accepted only with permission of the Graduate Dean.

Deaf applicants

Those who have a severe or a profound hearing loss acquired congenitally or prelingually will be considered on an individual basis and need not submit GRE or GMAT scores. In lieu of GRE/GMAT scores, deaf applicants must submit above-average performance intelligence scores (preferably the performance scale of the WAIS-R) and above-average university grades, pass an interview with an admission committee comprised of faculty from the receiving department, and demonstrate adequate literacy and communication skills for graduate training. Literacy in this case includes both the reading and writing of English, but not necessarily equivalent to hearing norms. Communication skill may be demonstrated in sign language and/or speech. 

Admission Standards for Domestic Students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents):

  1. Undergraduate Degree. A prospective student must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution approved by a recognized regional accrediting agency.
  2. Admissions decisions are made by directors of individual graduate programs. Refer to the appropriate section of this catalog for specific information. Domestic applicants should provide official transcripts, GRE or GMAT scores, letters of reference and other pertinent qualifications data.
  3. GMAT Scores. Admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is based in part on a formula that considers both the undergraduate GPA and the GMAT score. See the College of Business section of this catalog for details.
  4. MAT Scores. Admission to the Master of Nursing (MSN) program is based in part on a formula considering both the undergraduate GPA and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. For MSN applicants from nationally accredited nursing programs with undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 or higher, the GRE and MAT will not be required. For MSN applicants from non-nationally accredited nursing programs or students with an undergraduate GPA of less than a 3.0, the GRE and MAT will be required. See the Department of Nursing section of this catalog for details.
  5. Provisional Admission. Lamar allows graduate programs to grant provisional admission to domestic students. A student admitted provisionally must complete the first nine semester hours of graduate work with a GPA of at least 3.0. A student who does not meet the 3.0 GPA after nine semester hours is subject to dismissal.
  6. Undergraduate Work in Intended Major Field, Prerequisites and Deficiencies. The applicant for graduate study ordinarily must have completed no fewer than 24 semester hours of undergraduate work in the intended major field, 12 of which must be at the junior and/or senior level. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be required to make up such deficiencies as prescribed by the graduate major. A GPA of 3.0 for assigned deficiency/leveling courses must be maintained and grades below “C” will not be accepted. Departments may establish more stringent requirements. MBA students with deficiencies will be required to complete first year MBA courses as determined by the College of Business with a grade of “C” or better and an overall GPA of “B” or better in all course work taken.

Admission Procedures and Standards for International Students

International students are required to follow the procedures and meet the standards for domestic students as stated above. Additional requirements for international students include the following:

  1. Transcripts. International students must submit official certified transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If the transcripts are not in English, the student must provide certified translations. Lamar University evaluates each foreign transcript using a comprehensive library of materials associated with the evaluation of foreign credentials, and each is notated using the standard U.S. four-point scale. In the event that the graduate admissions office cannot determine an appropriate evaluation of foreign credentials, the applicant will be required to have a course-by-course evaluation done by an accredited outside agency at his or her own expense, and no further action will be taken on the application until the Official Evaluation Report is received in the Graduate Admissions Office.
  2. TOEFL/IELTS scores. The majority of international students whose first language is not English must take an English proficiency exam prior to their arrival on campus. They are required to have official test score reports sent to Lamar University from the appropriate testing agencies. Lamar University accepts scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic). In addition, these test scores may not be older than two (2) years old. English proficiency test scores are not required of those international students who have received an undergraduate or graduate degree (bachelor or master) from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (e.g., usually universities in the United States, Canada, Australia and England but other countries may have schools where English is the primary language of instruction). The minimum scores for English proficiency are as follows:
    1. International students who took the TOEFL exam must also submit scores for the Test of Written English (TWE). The TWE is available at the same test centers that administer the TOEFL. The minimum TWE score required by Lamar University is a 5. Those scoring less than a 5 may be admitted to Lamar University but will be required to take a Lamar Language Institute (LLI) Writing Placement Exam upon their arrival and prior to registration for the semester that they have been accepted.
    2. After taking the Writing Placement Exam (WPE), students will be placed in one or two writing courses, depending on their placement scores. The presently used test is scored 0-6. Those students scoring a 4 or lower will take LLIA 0371 their first semester at Lamar, and LLIA 1301 in their second semester. Those students scoring a 5 or higher will only be required to take LLIA 1301 in their first semester. Students are required to take and pass Academic English courses (LLIA 0371 and LLIA 1301) (grade of C or better) in addition to their regular course load. These courses are considered part of the student’s degree requirements, and a student will not be eligible to graduate without satisfying this requirement for his or her degree plan.
  3. Proof of Financial Resources. International students must prove that they have the financial resources to attend Lamar University. Before an I-20 is issued, international students must submit an original Confirmation of Financial Resources form that asks for personal, family, and/or sponsor financial information and a bank verification of financial holdings. All international students are required to have health and accident insurance for themselves and all their dependent family members in the United States. Insurance must be purchased at the university during the registration period.
    1. Bridge Program. Students whose English proficiency does not allow them to be accepted to the College of Graduate Studies may apply for admission to the Bridge Program. This program allows students to take three hours of academic studies while taking six hours of English instruction within The Lamar Language Institute (LLI). LLI Bridge courses should be successfully completed (grade of “C” or better) within the first 18 hours of coursework. Students remain in the Bridge Program until they have successfully completed their required LLI courses and passed the IbT, PBT,IELTS, or PTE. However, because the Lamar Language
    2. Institute is contracted with Lamar University, those Bridge students scoring a grade of “B” or better in both assigned Bridge courses are exempted from retaking their proficiency exams, the English proficiency requirement is waived, and the student is complete with the Bridge Program. Those that do not score a “B” or higher will have to re-take their TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE to complete the program, or they can retake their courses and try to make a grade of “B” or higher. In either case, students MUST receive a grade of at least “C” to obtain credit for the class. Those students not completing their LLI Bridge deficiencies within their first 18 hours of coursework risk Academic Probation or Suspension.
  4. English Proficiency. Proficiency in spoken English may be required by some graduate programs.
    1. Conditional Admissions Policy. International graduate applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of not less than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) and who are enrolled in an approved English language program, will be conditionally admitted based on the discretion of the department to which they apply. Once the student meets the required English proficiency as stated in the Lamar University catalog and all other program admission requirements he or she will be admitted to the program.
    2. A conditional admissions letter and Lamar University I-20 will be issued to students if they attend the Lamar Language Institute. The I-20 is good for one year (i.e., students have one year to complete the language requirement and be admitted into the university). A conditional admissions letter will be issued to students if they attend a recognized language program other than the Lamar Language Institute.
  5. Health Insurance. Lamar University health insurance is required ofall international students and their dependents. An affordable insurance plan is offered by an independent insurance company for all Lamar University students. This supplemental policy covers a portion of the costs for inpatient and outpatient medical services not available at the health center. Except in emergency situations, students are required to seek treatment at the Student Health Center first, where off-campus referrals will be issued if deemed necessary. Students enrolled in the plan may also insure their dependents; however, non-student dependents are not eligible to use the health center.
Totals 71 525 (Master) 5.5 (Master) 48 (Master)
71 525 5.5 (Doctoral) 48 (Doctoral)
7980 550 (PhD) 6.0 (PhD) 53 (PhD)
Writing Component 20 5 5.5 (Master and Doctoral) 6.0 (PhD) 53 (Master and Doctoral) 54-57 (PhD)
Totals 6170 500-524 (Master) 5.0 (Master) 44-47 (Master)
6170 500-524 (Doctoral) 5.0 (Doctoral) 44-47 (Doctoral)
7179 525-549 (PhD) 5.5 (PhD) 48-52 (PhD)

Premiums are due at the time of enrollment and are available per semester. Detailed information and enrollment forms are available through the Student Health Center, the offices of Student Affairs or Residence Life, L.I.T. Student Services, or through the health center web site at If the student has dependents who will arrive with him or her or at a later date, the annual premium is in addition to the student's annual premium, and it is mandatory that they have health insurance coverage with the University Student Insurance program.

9. An international student who is maintaining legal status at another DHS-approved school may apply to Lamar University by submitting the following documents to the Graduate Admissions Office in addition to those required above:

  • Completed "Transfer In" Form
  • Copy of SEVIS Form I-20
  • Copy of applicant's passport's biographical and visa pages
  • Copy of applicant's Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Card
  • Copy of Social Security Card and Driver's License (if applicable)

Admission Procedures and Standards for Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Audiology. Prospective Doctor of Audiology (Aud.D.) students should consult the catalog entry for the Department of speech and Hearing for admissions procedures and standards.

Ed.D Educational Leadership. Students applying to the doctoral program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) should consult the catalog entry for the Department of Educational Leadership for admissions standards and procedures.

Ph.D in Chemical Engineering or Doctor of Engineering. Prospective students should refer to the College of Engineering section of this catalog for admission standards and procedures

Ed.D. in Deaf Education. Prospective students should refer to the Department of Deaf Education and Deaf Studies section of this catalog for admission standards.

Readmission of Former Graduate Students

A former graduate student who has not maintained continuous enrollment for two semesters (summers excluded), but who is academically eligible to continue in the graduate degree program where he or she was most recently enrolled, may be permitted to return, assuming the program is not at capacity. The procedures are dictated by the period of absence from enrollment as follows:

  1. Less Than Two Years. The student must notify the Graduate School and the program coordinator or department chair of plans to return. A new application must be submitted, and official transcripts must be provided if the individual has enrolled in another university since leaving Lamar University.
  2. Two to Four Years. A new application must be submitted and endorsed by the department chair or program director and by the Graduate Dean. The application must show any intervening graduate work, and official transcripts of such work must be provided. The applicable admission standards are those that were in effect when the student originally enrolled.
  3. Four or More Years. The student is considered a new applicant, and new supporting materials are required. The applicable standards are those in effect when the student applies for readmission. Coursework more than six years old may not be counted toward a graduate degree.

Appeal of Admission Denial

Prospective students who have been denied admission to the College of Graduate Studies have the right to appeal to the appeals committee in the College to which they applied. The Committee considers appeals on an individual basis and makes recommendations to the Graduate Dean. Admission for Post-Baccalaureate (PB) students

  1. Definition. The Post-Baccalaureate (PB) classification carries undergraduate status, does not culminate in a graduate degree, and should not be considered as a means to enter graduate school. The PB admission category is designed primarily for students who do not intend to earn a graduate degree but wish to enroll in graduate courses. The PB classification may be used by students who are seeking teaching certificates, but it must be understood that PB status does not lead to a master’s degree. Except for students classified as Pre-Graduate (PG), all students who enroll in graduate courses without meeting admission standards or completing the admission process are given PB status.
    1. Admission. To receive the PB classification, the applicant must:
      1. Have received a bachelor’s degree.
      2. Submit an application for admission with PB status to the Graduate Admissions Coordinator.
      3. Submit an official transcript from each college previously attended, showing highest degree earned.
      4. Be approved for admission with PB status by the university.
    1. Enrolling in Courses as a PB Student. PB students are not permitted to enroll in graduate courses without the prior consent of the chair of the department offering the course/s desired. PB students are not permitted to enroll in graduate business courses without the prior consent of the Associate Dean of the College of Business. PB students who want to enroll in elective undergraduate courses for personal or professional development are advised through the Center for Adult Studies, sec Section 2.3.
  2. PB Classification and International Students. International students will not be admitted with PB status.
  3. Application of PB Credits toward a Graduate Degree. If a PB student is eventually admitted to the Graduate College, a maximum of six semester hours earned under PB classification may be applied toward a graduate degree if approved by the department and by the Graduate Dean. In addition to these 6 hours, if a student is admitted to the graduate school during a semester in which the student is taking further graduate hours, those further hours will be counted towards the degree.

PB students are not eligible for graduate assistantships and scholarships.

Admission for Pre-Graduate (PG) Students

  1. Definition: The PG admissions category is designed primarily for students who intend to enter a graduate program and earn a graduate degree but have not yet met all admission standards and/or submitted all application materials. The Pre-Graduate (PG) classification does not culminate in a graduate degree unless the student is eventually admitted to graduate school. The PG status allows the prospective graduate student to enroll in a limited number of graduate courses (a maximum of 6 credits) while completing the application and acceptance process.
    1. Admission: To receive the PG classification, the applicant must:
      1. Have received a bachelor’s degree.
      2. Submit an application for regular admission to the Lamar University College of Graduate Studies and notify Graduate Admissions at that you hope to be initially admitted as a pre-graduate student.
      3. Be approved for admission with PG status by the university.
  2. Enrolling in Courses as a PG Student: PG students are not permitted to enroll in graduate courses without the prior consent of the chair of the department offering the course/s desired. PG students are not permitted to enroll in graduate business courses without the prior consent of the Associate Dean of the College of Business.
  3. PG Classification and International Students: International students will not be admitted with PG status.
  4. Application of PG Credits toward a Graduate Degree: If a PG student is eventually admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and to a graduate program, a maximum of six semester hours earned under PG classification plus current enrollment may be applied toward a graduate degree if approved by the department and by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Competitive Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships for PG Students: PG students are not eligible for graduate assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships.

2. Summary of Graduate Fees

Lamar University reserves the right to change fees in keeping with acts of the Texas Legislation and rules and regulations of the Texas StateUniversity System. By registering for classes at the university, the student agrees to abide by all the policies of the university.

Payment of Fees

A student is not registered until all fees have been paid in full or the student has paid the equivalent of a down payment on the installment plan (if available). Payment may be made by check, MasterCard/Discover/AMEX, money order, currency or any kind of financial aid (exemptions, loans, grants and scholarships). Checks and money orders should be made payable to Lamar University and will be accepted subject to final payment. The university will not accept counter checks, postdated checks, credit card checks or altered checks. Excess payments will be refunded through the Cardinal One card at the discretion of the university. Students on a “cash only” basis will be restricted to paying by MasterCard/Discover/AMEX, money orders, currency or financial aid.

All forms of payment at the Cashier’s office during working hours.
Payments may be made on the Internet at
Checks may be put into the drop box at Wimberly 114 (with student I.D.) in a sealed envelope. These payments will be considered part of the next business day’s activity if paid after 5:00 p.m. No cash should be placed in the drop box.
Checks or money orders may be mailed to the Payment Center at P.O. Box 10183, Beaumont, TX 77710.

Students who are delinquent on obligations will be prohibited from registering for class until all obligations are paid in full. Also, holds are placed on academic records so that students cannot obtain transcripts until all obligations are paid in full.

Delinquent obligations to the university will be sent to a collection agency and reported to credit bureaus. All costs of collections are paid by the student which is generally an additional 33.333% of the student’s obligations to the university. Delinquent accounts must be paid at the collection agency. Payment cannot be accepted by Lamar University if the account has been forwarded to a collection agency.

Installment Payment Program

Students may enter into the installment program of the university upon verbal or written request in a Fall or Spring semester. Students who do not pay in full the tuition and fees will be placed in the installment program if the student has paid at least the amount for the down payment (otherwise classes will be dropped). The installment program generally requires a 50% down payment with the next 25% due about a month after the semester starts and the final 25% due about two months after the semester starts. A non-refundable service charge of $20 is assessed for the installment program. A late fee of $15 will be assessed beginning the first day after an installment due date for each delinquent installment payment. Reductions of fees for students in the installment program from drops or withdrawals are calculated as a percentage of the total fees assessed, not as a percentage of any partial payments.


Tuition has two components: the portion set by the state (conventional tuition) and the portion set by the Board of Regents regulated by state statutes (local tuition). By Texas statute, both of these items must be billed together and called “tuition.” The state portion (conventional tuition) is based upon the number of hours for which the student registers and is determined by the student’s classification as a Texas resident or a non-Texas resident. The Admissions Office determines legal residence for tuition purposes on the basis of statutes of the State of Texas. State tuition is remitted to the state by the university. The current state tuition rate is $50 per hour. The local tuition portion is assessed to support university debt service and other university functions that are not supported by state funding. Approximately 70 percent of this fee is used to finance debt service. Other items supported by this fee include the post office, print shop, supply center, cashiering and other institutional support functions. The current rate is $120 per semester hour. Thus, the combined conventional and local tuition rate is $170 per semester hour.

Graduate Tuition

Graduate tuition is set by the Board of Regents and is assessed to support the Graduate Studies program. The current graduate tuition is $75 per hour. Hence, graduate students pay $245 per semester hour in tuition (conventional + local + graduate), plus applicable fees. (Note: See Item 11 in this section, a summary of current tuition and fees, and a table of average cost of attendance)

Student Responsibility for Residence Classification

Texas law specifies that if there is any question as to the student’s right to classification as a resident of Texas, it is the student’s responsibility to (1) have his or her classification officially determined and (2) to register under the proper classification. Students are classified as resident, nonresident, or foreign for tuition purposes according to state statutes (Title 3, Texas Education Code) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and regulations interpreting these statutes. These statutes, rules and regulations are available from the Office of Admissions Services in the Wimberly Student Services Building. Questions should be directed to that office.

Any student who is classified as a resident student but who becomes a nonresident at any time, by virtue of a change of legal residence by his/her own action or by the person controlling the student’s domicile, is required to notify the Registrar.

Graduate Assistantships

Teaching and research assistantships as well as scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and are available in the various graduate departments. Additional information may be obtained either from the department chair or from the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Assistantships are awarded only to those individuals who meet all requirements for admission to a graduate degree program.

Graduate assistantships at the master’s and doctoral levels are available in a number of academic departments. All assistantships are intended to be of direct educational benefit to appointees. In order to be approved by the Graduate Dean, an assistantship appointment must relate to the student’s academic objective and be supervised by Lamar University faculty. Graduate assistants are Lamar University employees who are also graduate students. They are employed by a department or college to instruct in classrooms and labs, advise undergraduate students, proctor exams, supervise practica, assist in research and creative activity, or perform other teaching, research or creative duties.

Under specified conditions Texas law permits the waiver of out-of-state tuition status for some classifications of graduate assistants. When these conditions are met, graduate assistants may be allowed to pay tuition at the less expensive instate or Texas resident rate. In addition, local tuition, graduate tuition, and some fees are waived for full-time doctoral students who satisfy certain criteria. Forms are available in the student’s major department to apply for this later waiver of tuition and some other fees.

Publication of and Public Access to Thesis/Field Study/ Dissertation Abstracts

The Graduate Council requires that thesis, field study, and dissertation abstracts be published by University Microfilms. Fees for this service are included in the binding fees. If copyrighting is desired, the cost is $45. All theses, field studies, and dissertations will be placed in the library if permission to do so is granted by the student.

Refund of Tuition and/or Fees

Students requesting a refund of tuition and/or fees resulting from dropped courses or from withdrawing from the university should direct questions to the Cashiers’ Office. Withdrawal refunds are calculated as a percentage of total fees assessed, not as a percentage of partial payments on installments. Refunds for dropped classes are generally processed at the end of the second week past the 12th semester day of regular semesters and after the 4th semester day during summer sessions. Refunds for withdrawals are generally processed at the end of the second week following the 12th semester day for regular semesters and two weeks after the 6th semester day for summer sessions.

Graduate students taking 5 week courses may view the calendar for refunds.

Dropped Courses

In order to receive a 100% reduction of tuition and fees for dropped courses, a student must drop according to the schedule following, and remain enrolled in some hours with the university. Questions should be directed to the Cashiers’ Office.

In Fall or Spring Semester, through the twelfth semester day, 100 percent. After the twelfth semester day, no refund.

In Summer Session, through the fourth semester day, 100 percent. After the fourth semester day, no refund.

Withdrawal from the University

Tuition and fees may be reduced when a student withdraws. Depending on the amount of reduction and what the student has paid, the student may receive a refund or may still owe money to the university. Any student who officially withdraws from the university will receive a reduction on tuition and fees according to the following schedule.

Fall or Spring Semester

  1. Prior to the first semester day, 100 percent, less a $15 matriculation fee.
  2. During the first through fifth semester days, 80 percent.
  3. During the sixth through tenth semester days, 70 percent.
  4. During the eleventh through fifteenth semester days, 50 percent.
  5. During the sixteenth through twentieth semester days, 25 percent.
  6. After the twentieth semester day, none.

Summer Session

  1. Prior to the first semester day, 100 percent, less a $15 matriculation fee.
  2. During the first, second or third semester day, 80 percent.
  3. During the fourth, fifth or sixth semester day, 50 percent.
  4. Seventh semester day and after, none.

The $10 Property Deposit is refundable upon written request by the student to the Cashiers’ Office. Withdrawing from the university does not relieve the student of any financial obligations under the Installment Payment Program or for any student loans as these are the student’s legal financial commitments.

Summary of Fees. To find current tuition and fees for graduate study, go to

  • Student Service Fee. The student service fee supports student activities such as athletics, recreational sports, the university Press and other student services. The current rate is $23.75 per hour with a maximum of $250.
  • Setzer Student Center Fee. This fee supports the Setzer Student Center and its programs. The current rate is $30 per long semester and $15 per summer session.
  • Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center Fee. This fee supports the recreational sports center. The current rate is $72.60 per long semester and $36 per summer session.
  • Technology Service Fee. This fee primarily supports both the administrative mainframe computer and the academic mainframe computer. The current rate is $30 per hour.
  • Health Center Fee. The Health Center Fee supports the student Health Center and is $36 per long semester and $18 per summer session.
  • Library Use Fee. This fee is used to support the library. As every course (including field center courses)are given the mandate to use the library, all students are charged this fee. The current rate is $16 per hour.
  • Distance Learning Fee. A charge up to $25.00 per semester credit hour of instruction will be charged to students enrolled in courses offered by means of distance learning.
  • Private Lessons in Voice and Instrumental Music. Graduate applied music courses (per semester hour) $50.00.Maximum $150 per course.
  • Late Registration Fee. A charge of $10 is made for late registration or for paying after the start of the semester (not including the second or third payments under the installment plan).
    • Reinstatement Fee. A student seeking reinstatement to the university after withdrawing from the university without paying the full amount of tuition
    • and fees due, or after having been denied credit for work done for failure to pay an installment payment or late payment fee, shall pay a $50.00 reinstatement fee in addition to past due installment payments and late payment fees.
  • Parking Fee. Charges for parking on campus are made at registration. Automobile registration fees are as follows: Fall Semester, $32; Spring Semester, $22;Summer, $12. Only one registration is required during an academic year, and a student’s parking fee is honored until the end of Summer Session II.
  • Property Deposit. Each student will be required to pay a $10 property deposit. Any unused portion of the $10 will be refunded upon request to the Cashiers’ Office after the student graduates or withdraws from the university. If a student attends the university for more than four years, this fee will be charged again.
  • Health and Accident Insurance. Health and accident insurance coverage is available for purchase at registration for students carrying nine or more semester hours. This insurance is required of all international students. Additional information may be obtained from the Student Affairs Office.

Other Fees

  • Microfilming of abstract and binding of first three copies of thesis. $75.00
  • Microfilming of abstract and binding of first three copies of field study or dissertation. $85.00
  • Thesis, field study, or dissertation binding (each copy after the first three). $10.00 + tax
  • Diploma fees (with tax) $24.45 + tax
  • Cap, gown and hood (disposable) – Master’s (plus tax).$ 65.96
  • Cap, gown and hood (rental) – Doctor’s (plus tax). $81.96
  • Copyrighting. $45.00
  • Transcript Fee. $5.00
  • Photo Identification. $5.00
  • Insufficient Funds Fees. Checks written to the university and returned unpaid for any reason will result in a $25 charge plus applicable fees for a delinquent account (e.g. $10 late registration fee, $15 late installment payment fee, etc.). Students with a returned check will be on “cash only” status for the duration of their enrollment at Lamar University, subject to appeal. Students on a “cash only” basis are prohibited from paying with a personal check (all other payment methods are acceptable).
  • Fine and Breakage Loss. All library fines, charges for breakage or loss of equipment or other charges must be paid before a transcript of credit or a permit to re-enter the university will be issued.
  • Matriculation Fee. A matriculation fee of $15 will be incurred by students who withdraw prior to the first day of class. This $15 fee will be deducted from refunds.

3. Housing

Questions concerning the housing program, its policies and room and board rates, should be directed to the Cardinal Village, Lamar University, Box 10040, Beaumont, Texas 77710, 409.880.8550.