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Transfer Student

A student entering the reporting institution for the first time and who is known to have previously attended another institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate to undergraduate, graduate to graduate; not undergraduate to graduate). This does not include an institution’s own graduates who enter for further education.

Tuition and Fees

Also known as revenues, the amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. Required fees are those fixed sums that are charged to students for items not covered by tuition and that are required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does not pay the charge is an exception. The base tuition charge should be assessed only once during each term, regardless of the length of the term or the start date of the class.

Tuition Exemption

Enter the eligibility of the student to get the aid (Exemption/Waiver code). Enter the tuition fee impact, whether it is through the COA or financial aid. Enter the award amount or the fee amount charged.


Employee's Social Security number (SSN), submitted in the TWC SSN-level amounts paid file submitted by employers. Per TWC, employers file two items each quarter: 1) summary-level data on employers for the quarter; and 2) SSN-level amounts paid to each worker during the quarter (this is the one which THECB receives). As part of the summary-level data, TWC asks employers to submit the total number of people on payroll on the 12th day of the 1st month of the quarter, the 12th day of the 2nd month of the quarter, and the 12th day of the 3rd month of the quarter.

TWC Wage

Employee wage per employer.