University description (as per official university website)
Howard Payne College was founded by the Pecan Valley Baptist Association at Indian Creek, Texas, on June 20, 1889. The two men considered the founders of the college are John D. Robnett, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Brownwood, and Noah T. Byars, in whose blacksmith shop Texas declared her independence on March 2, 1836. They were memorialized when Texas State Historical Markers were placed in Old Main Park in 1998.
Robnett was president of the first Board of Trustees. Robnett busied himself in raising funds for the school during the summer of 1889. Visiting Missouri in August, he was successful in securing a sizable gift from his brother-in-law, Edward Howard Payne, and before November 1, 1889, the Board of Trustees resolved to name the school Howard Payne College.
The first session opened on September 16, 1890, with A. J. Emerson as president and a faculty of twelve. A separate preparatory department furnished instruction below the freshman level. The school granted its first academic degree in 1895 and continued as a degree-conferring institution until 1900. It operated as a member of the Baptist correlated system of schools with junior college status from 1900 to 1914, when it again become a senior college.
For information regarding admissions requirements, contact the university catalog or the Office of Enrollment Services. Applicants fall into the following categories.
Traditional freshmen are applicants who will enter the fall semester of the same year in which they graduated from high school. These students may have from 0 to 11 hours of college work.
Non-traditional freshmen are applicants who are not entering the fall semester of the same year in which they graduated from high school and who have less than 12 semester hours of college work.
Transfer students are applicants with 12 or more college hours without a degree earned and have the intent to pursue a degree at Howard Payne University
Transient Students are applicants who do not intend to pursue a degree from Howard Payne University but wish to transfer hours to another college that they attend. Transient students are usually here for summer school or for only one semester.
Former HPU students are students who have previously attended HPU.
Special students are applicants who have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally-accredited college or university.
Early admission students are applicants who have successfully completed their junior year in high school and who wish to take seven or less college hours per semester.
Our Financial Aid staff works closely with families to best match you with scholarships, grants and loans. In fact, more than 90 percent of our students receive financial assistance. We put a lot of energy into identifying resources for our families. And when you call our financial aid staff for advice, you'll get helpful answers instead of red tape.
For students entering the academic year of 2009-2010, your block rate tuition is $ 8800 per semester. Our financial aid advocates will work hard to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of financial aid for which you qualify.