Tyler Junior College (TJC) was founded in 1926. The campus currently resides in Tyler, Texas, which is about 100 miles east of Dallas. The academic programs provided at TJC include Liberal Arts & Sciences, Nursing & Health Sciences, Professional & Technical Programs, and the Honors Program. Through these programs there are more than 60 different concentrations offered for students allowing them to receive an Associate in Arts Degree, an Associate in Applied Science Degree, or a Certificate of Proficiency. There are also various pre-professional health programs, which allow students to pursue careers as nurses, respiratory therapists, radiologic technicians, medical transcriptionists, surgical technologists, sonographers, and vision care technicians.
TJC offers an Honors Program for students demonstrating high academic achievement. This program is a member of the Great Plains Honors Council and the National Collegiate Honors Council. Some of the benefits of participating in this program are students have access to a private lounge area, a media library, and free printing capabilities. Also students in this program will receive smoother transition to a four-year institution of their choice.
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Students interested in enrolling at TJC can complete an application online using the Texas Common Application or mail the application to Tyler Junior College Admissions. Along with their application students must also send their official high school transcripts, GED scores, and/or official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Students must also submit official THEA, Accuplacer, or COMPASS test scores. If students have not already taken a placement test, the THEA and the Accuplacer are available for students to take at the TJC Testing Center.
International students can apply to TJC online using ApplyTexas or mail an application to Admissions. These students must also take the TOEFL and have the scores sent directly to TJC. International students must have a financial sponsor, which must be proven by submitting the Oath of Affirmation of Deponent form along with a bank statement. In addition, these students must submit their official high school transcripts, evaluated college transcripts (if applicable), a copy of their passport photo, a Statement of Understanding form, and a Permission to Release Information form.
Students interested in receiving scholarships are encouraged to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester or be enrolled in a health program. Scholarships are only available for the Fall and Spring semesters. Some of the scholarships offered at TJC include the Presidential Scholarship, the Dean’s Scholarship, the Top Ten Scholarship, the General Scholarship, the Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship, the Athletic Scholarship, and the Legacy Scholarship.
Another scholarship opportunity for students is the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Scholarship Grant. This scholarship allows Texas residents to receive technical training for high demand occupations. Some of the occupations honored by this scholarship include high-tech manufacturing, computer support, nursing, and related health professions. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awards the Early High School Graduation Scholarship to students who graduated from high school in less than four years or for students who graduate with numerous college credit hours. Students awarded this scholarship will have all of their tuition and mandatory fees paid for.
There are also several grant opportunities for students at TJC. Grants are a type of financial aid in which students are not required to pay back any of the awarded money. The grant programs offered for students at TJC include the Federal Pell Grant (PELL), the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), the Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG), the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP), the Supplemental Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (SLEAP), the TEXAS Grant (TEX), the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG), the Educational Aide Exemption (CED), and the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG).
Students who need to borrow money for the expense of their education can take out Federal Stafford Loans as well as Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Subsidized Loans are awarded to students based on their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) whereas unsubsidized loans are not awarded based on financial need. However the interest rate for unsubsidized loans is slightly higher than the interest rate for subsidized loans. Also the interest rate for PLUS loans is slightly higher in comparison to both types of Stafford loans.
Work Study Progam:
TJC also provides a Work-Study program for students demonstrating significant financial need. Students in this program will be given the opportunity to work on-campus for a maximum of 18 hours a week. If students have decided their intended major of study, they can work in this area, and receive hands on experience while helping to fund their education. This program is only offered to Texas residents and students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.
The student body at TJC is made up of slightly more females than males and the majority of students are Caucasian. A large number of students attending TJC are from the area but the school attracts students from all over Texas and across the nation.
Organizations and Clubs:
The school offers more than 60 organizations to encourage student involvement on-campus. Students can also try out for the cheerleading squad, the Apache Band, the Apache Belles, and several vocal ensembles. The Apache Belles are a precision dance team founded in 1947 which performs on both the football field and on stage. This team has performed for numerous celebrities and even appeared in movies. Students also have the opportunity to be a part of the TJC newspaper called the Apache Pow Wow.
There are nine residence halls available for students living on-campus. A meal plan is included in the expense of on-campus housing. There are males- and females-only residence halls, as well as co-ed residence halls, offered for students. All residence halls have coin-operated laundry facilities. The rooms come with one phone line per room, cable television, and Ethernet Internet services. All students living on campus must have the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine. Also students living on campus are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours a semester. Students interested in living on campus can fill out an application and pay the nonrefundable application and processing fee online.
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The athletic teams at TJC are known as the Apache and the program is a member of the NJCAA Division III. The sports teams available for men include soccer, basketball, football, tennis, baseball, and golf. Women are also able to compete in several sports teams including volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis, and golf.
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