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Housing and Meal Requirements

Texas A&M University - Texarkana is committed to the success of each student.  This university believes that living on campus plays a significant role in the success of students and has developed the housing and meal requirements listed below.

The University requires all students to live on campus unless the student meets one of the exemptions below:
  • Has reached the age of 21 prior to the first class day of class each semester (fall/spring)
  • Has completed 60 or more semester credit hours prior to the first day of class each semester (fall/spring)
  • Is enrolled in 9 or fewer semester credit hours for the fall or spring semester(student must file exemption for each semester enrollment is 9 or less semester credit hours)
  • Lives with parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of campus
  • Is married or has dependent children
  • Hardship exceptions are approved by the Office of Residence Life


All exemptions to the University housing requirement must be documented and approved by the Office of Residence Life.  Exemption forms are available below as well as at the Residence Life Office.  Students must seek approval for the exemption each academic year while under the age of 21 or semester credit hour requirement.  Once students achieve 21 years of age or 60 semester credit hours they are no longer required to file for an exemption to live off campus. 

On-Campus Living Exemption forms and Meal Plan Exemption forms for Fall semester are due to the Residence Life Office by July 1 each year. Any submitted after this date may not be reviewed due to time constraints of the Exemption committee.  

The forms will be submitted to the Exemption Committee and will have an answer back to the student via email by August 1st. It is advised for applicants to submit a one-page letter to the committee explaining their reasoning for exemption and any documentation to support their claim including but not limited to medical statements, financial statements, letters from current supervisors. Any questions can be directed to the Residence Life Coordinator at housing@tamut.edu.

Off-Campus Housing Form

Financial Hardship Certification

Meal Plan Exemption Form

Meal Plan Requirement

The university requires all students residing on campus to purchase a meal plan.


*Students should not make arrangements to live off campus until approved by the Office of Residence Life.  Exemption processing takes a minimum of two (2) weeks, assuming adequate information is submitted. Students who are in a current housing contract and choose to break the contract prior to completion may be charged a fee up to 10% of te contract. 

*Students living off campus without an approved exemption will be held responsible for room and board charges.

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  • Texarkana, TX 75503
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