Types of Tuition Exemptions and Waivers

The following is a list of the available tuition exemptions and waivers that students have the opportunity to qualify for. Qualifications vary based on the program.

Texas Tomorrow Fund (TXT)
Hazelwood Exemption (HZL)
Foster Care Waiver (FCW)
Blind/Deaf Student Exemption Waiver
Waiver of Out of District Fees
Highest Ranking High School Graduate
Competitive Scholarship Waiver

Texas Tomorrow Fund (TXT)

Purpose of the Program

The Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan (formerly the Texas Tomorrow Fund) was developed to cover the cost of tomorrow's college tuition and required fees at today's prices at Texas public colleges and universities. Plan benefits are protected by a constitutional guarantee from the State of Texas.

NOTE: This plan is currently closed to new enrollment. Plan participants may view fund information and resources and log in to their accounts on the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan Web site.

Determining Eligibility

The beneficiary has ten years from high school graduation to use the Plan or the Purchaser may request a refund. Students who live out of state and return to attend college as non-resident students will receive in-state rates for any term Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan pays on their behalf. The beneficiary has ten years from high school graduation to use the Plan or the Purchaser may request a refund. Any time spent by a Beneficiary as an active duty member of the United States Armed Services will be added to the ten-year period. Proof of time enlisted must be provided to our office.

Payment

Student must provide proof of eligibility in the form of a membership identification card or letter. The Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan can pay directly to all accredited in-state and out-of-state public and private junior/community and senior colleges and universities, and Texas proprietary schools accredited by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Amount of the Award

Required fees are those fees that are mandatory as a condition of enrollment for all students attending a college, regardless of major or program of study. In other words, the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan pays for the fees that every student must pay just to enroll at the university. This does not include course specific fees such as lab fees or any fees that are charged just to certain students in specified majors.

 

Hazelwood Exemption (HZL)

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Hazelwood Exemption (Hazelwood Act) is to provide an education benefit to honorably discharged or separated Texas veterans and to eligible dependent children and spouses of Texas veterans.

Determining Eligibility

Veterans:

1. Who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:
a. Are Texas residents,
b. Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
c. Entered the service in Texas.
2. Have served at least 181 days of active military duty, as indicated as "net active service" (the sum of 12(c) and 12(d)) on the DD214),
3. Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions,
4. Have no federal veteran's education benefits, or have federal veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only; such as Chapter 33, for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits (Pell and SEOG Grants are not relevant),
5. Are not in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas, and
6. Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs), unless the college's governing board has ruled to let veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses.

Children and spouses:

1. Of veterans who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:

a. Are Texas residents,
b. Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
c. Entered the service in Texas.

2. Have a parent or is the spouse of a veteran of the U. S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of service-related injury or illness,

3. Have no federal veteran's education benefits, or have federal veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only; such as: Chapter 33, for the term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits (Pell and SEOG Grants are not relevant), and

4. Are residents of Texas as of the term or semester in which they enroll.
The benefit may not be used for correspondence courses unless the courses are part of the student's degree plan.

 

Transferability of Benefits (Legacy Program)

Eligible veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain conditions. To be eligible, the child must:

1. Be a Texas resident,
2. Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year,
3. Be 25 years or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition), and
4. Make satisfactory academic progress in a degree, certificate, or continuing education program** as determined by the institution.

If a child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all of the assigned hours, a veteran may re-assign the unused hours that are available to another dependent child.

Veterans' spouses are not eligible to receive a transfer of unused hours.

**See note under Award Amount regarding eligible continuing education programs.

Amount of Award

Eligible veterans, their children and spouses may receive an exemption from the payment of all tuition, dues, fees, and other required charges, including fees for correspondence courses, but excluding deposit fees, student service fees, and any fees or charges for books, lodging, board, or clothing for up to 150 semester credit hours. Awards may not be used to pay tuition and relevant fees for continuing education classes unless one of the following applies: (1) the college receives state tax support for the classes, or (2) the governing board has specifically approved this benefit.

 

Foster Care Waiver (FCW)

Purpose of the Program

To provide college financial assistance to students who once were in foster or other residential care and have been adopted.

Determining Eligibility

A student should provide evidence of at least one the following situations:

1. were in foster or other residential care,
2. were adopted, and
3. were the subject of an adoption assistance agreement under Subchapter D, Chapter 162, Texas Family Code.

Payment

Available only for use at a Texas public college or university.

Amount of the Award

Tuition and fees, other than property deposit fees, for courses for which the college receives tax support. There are no durational limitations in statute referencing how many semesters or years a student may receive this exemption.

 

Blind/Deaf Student Exemption Program

Purpose of the Program

To help enable blind and deaf students to attend public colleges or universities in the state of Texas.

Determining Eligibility

Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

1. Are Texas residents
2. Declare a program of study at the time he/she applies for the exemption
3. Provide certification from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services of status as a blind person or a deaf person
4. Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs)

Application Process

1. Provide the registrar with certification from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services of status as a blind person or a deaf person;
2. Provide the registrar a written statement of purpose indicating which certificate, degree program, or professional enhancement will be pursued;
3. Provide the registrar a copy of the high school transcript and a letter of recommendation; and
4. Provide the registrar proof that all admissions requirements have been met.

Amount of the Award

All dues, fees, and enrollment charges whatsoever for which exemptions may be lawfully made, including: fees for correspondence courses, general property deposit fees, and student service fees; but, does not include fees or charges for lodging, board, or clothing. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.

 

Waiver of Out of District Fees

To permit junior/community colleges the opportunity to choose to offer students living outside their taxing district to pay in-district rates.

Determining Eligibility

Students who:

1. Reside outside the district and own property subject to ad valorem taxation by the district or their dependents, or
2. Reside outside the district and in the taxing district of a contiguous public junior college district, or
3. Reside outside the district but within the service area of the district (if the individual is not in an ineligible independent school district and also demonstrates financial need).

The student must be able to provide the college or university with proof that he/she meets the program eligibility requirements.

Payment

Recipients will be selected during the Fall and Spring semesters only of each award year.

Amount of the Award

All dues, fees, and enrollment charges whatsoever for which exemptions may be lawfully made, including: fees for correspondence courses, general property deposit fees, and student service fees; but, does not include fees or charges for lodging, board, or clothing. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.

 

Highest Ranking High School Graduate

Purpose of the Program

To provide an award to students graduating top in their classes in high school.

Determining Eligibility

Students who:

1. Are Texas residents, nonresidents, or foreign students
2. Graduate from an accredited high school in the State of Texas and
3. Are the highest ranking graduate in their high school

Provide a copy of the certificate you received from your high school indicating you are the highest ranking high school graduate for your high school to the registrar of the college you attend. These certificates are issued by the high school you are attending.

Payment

Recipients will be selected during the Fall semester of each award year.

Amount of the Award

Tuition during both semesters of the first regular session immediately following the student's high school graduation.* Fees are not covered. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.

*This exemption may be granted for any one of the first four regular sessions following the individual's graduation from high school when in the opinion of the institution's president the circumstances of an individual case, including military service, merit the action.

 

Competitive Scholarship Waiver

Purpose of the Program

To allow a public institution to grant a waiver of nonresident tuition charges to individuals who receive scholarships totaling at least $1,000 awarded by their institution in competition open both to residents and to nonresidents.

Determining Eligibility

Nonresident or foreign students receiving competitive scholarships of at least $1,000 (or a combination of scholarships totaling at least $1,000). Students must have competed with other students, including Texas residents, for the award. The student may receive a waiver of nonresident tuition for the period of time covered by the scholarship, not to exceed 12 months. Waivers may be received in any year in which the student meets the competitive scholarship requirements.

The process for applying for a tuition waiver varies from college to college. Normally, the office of the registrar processes tuition waivers. However, waivers may also be processed by the admissions office and/or financial aid.