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Exemptions and Waivers

Exemptions:

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

Adopted - Those adopted from DFPS to pursue a higher education in Texas by providing eligible students free tuition at state-supported colleges or universities.

Children of Disabled Fireman/Peace Officers - Provide tuition assistance in the form of exemption of all dues, fees, and charges for any child of an eligible disabled or deceased firefighter or law enforcement officer injured in the line of duty.

Children of Nurse Faculty - To provide an exemption of tuition to eligible students to encourage their parents to continue employment as professional nurse faculty or staff members in the State of Texas.

Children of POW's & MIA's - To provide an education benefit to the children of persons listed as Missing in Action or Prisoners of War by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Community College District Employees - Full-time employees may attend college district courses tuition-free.

Deaf or Blind - Help enable students who are blind or deaf to attend public colleges or universities in the state of Texas.

Dependents of Deceased Public Servants - Provide higher education benefits to the spouse and children of individuals in specific public servant positions who were killed in the line of duty.

Disabled Peace Officer - Provide tuition assistance to eligible peace officers and firefighters permanently disabled due to injury suffered during the performance of duty.

Education Aides - To encourage certain Educational Aides to complete full teacher certification by providing need-based exemptions from the payment of tuition and certain mandatory fees at Texas public institutions of higher education.

Firefighters taking Fire Science CoursesProvide tuition assistance to eligible employed and volunteer firefighters in the state of Texas enrolled in college-level fire science courses

Foster Care - Encourage foster youth currently or formerly under the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to pursue a higher education in Texas by providing eligible students free tuition at state-supported colleges or universities.

Hazlewood - Provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas.

Highest Ranking High School Graduate - To provide an award to students graduating top in their classes in high school.

National Guard - Tuition assistance provides financial assistance to Soldiers pursuing an academic certificate, baccalaureate and master degrees.

Peace OfficerProvide tuition assistance to eligible employed peace officers in the state of Texas enrolled in undergraduate criminal justice or law enforcement courses.

Preceptor's and/or their Children - To encourage nurses to serve as Clinical Nurse Preceptors by providing a partial exemption from tuition to them and/or their children. 

TAPS Performers - To provide students who play taps at military funerals with a voucher for tuition reduction at certain institutions of higher education in Texas.

 

 

Waivers:

Border States - To provide a waiver of nonresident tuition for students from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico or Oklahoma enrolled in certain public institutions in Texas.

College Teachers, Professors, and their Dependents - To provide a waiver of nonresident tuition to teachers and professors employed at least half-time on a regular monthly salary basis by any Texas public college or university. Such waiver is also applicable to the spouse and dependent children of the teacher or professor.

Competitive Scholarship - 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.

Good Neighbor - Provide tuition assistance to students from nations of the Western Hemisphere (other than the United States of America or Cuba)

Military: After Assignment in TexasTo provide a continuation of the waiver of nonresident tuition for the spouse and/or dependent children of military personnel who remain in Texas when the military member is reassigned to duty outside the state.

Military: Assigned to Duty in Texas - To provide a waiver of nonresident tuition to the member, spouse and dependent children of non-Texas members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service while they are stationed in Texas.

Military: Honorably Discharged, Separated or Retired Veterans who Move to Texas - To provide an immediate waiver of nonresident tuition to the veteran, spouse and dependent children who move to Texas upon separation from the military.

Military: Member, Spouse or Child who Remains Continuously Enrolled in Higher Education in Texas - To provide a waiver of nonresident tuition for members of the U.S. Armed Forces or commissioned officers in the U.S. Public Health Service, their spouse or child. (Effective for students enrolled in Fall 2003)

Military: Persons Eligible for Veterans Educational Benefits, Their Spouses and Children who Move to Texas - To provide an immediate waiver of nonresident tuition to the veteran, spouse and dependent children who move to Texas.

Military: Spouse and Dependents Who Previously Lived in Texas - To provide a waiver of nonresident tuition for the spouse and/or dependent child of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States (including the Public Health Service), who is not currently assigned to duty in Texas.

Out-of-State Military: If Family Intent is to Make Texas HomeTo provide a waiver of nonresident tuition to the spouse and/or dependent children of non-Texas members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service whose intent it is to make Texas his/her new home.

Military: Survivors - To provide a waiver of nonresident tuition to the spouse and/or children of non-Texas members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service who died or were killed while in service if the spouse or child becomes a Texas resident.

NATO Forces - To enable an individual in the state in accordance with the agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and his/her spouse and children to enroll in public institutions in Texas while paying the resident tuition rate.

Teaching & Research Assistants - To permit an individual employed at least half time by a public institution of higher education as a research or teaching assistant, and his/her spouse and children, to enroll in public institutions in Texas while paying the resident tuition rate.

 

All of the above information has been obtained from College for All Texans, and is subject to change.  For more information, please click on each link to be re-directed to the College for All Texans website.