Catalog 2015-2016


Exemptions for Texas Veterans (Hazlewood Exemption)


The Hazlewood Act exempts qualified veterans and dependent children of certain disabled or deceased veterans from specific tuition and fee charges at public institutions of higher education in the state of Texas. The exemption is for a maximum of 150 credit hours and may be awarded regardless of financial need. The benefit is not available to spouses of veterans.

Eligible veterans must have been a resident of Texas at enlistment and must provide official military documentation to prove eligibility for the exemption. Veterans must serve more than 180 days of active duty service, excluding training, and discharge must be characterized as “honorable” or “general, under honorable conditions.”

Veterans or dependents must provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for VA education benefits. Verification may be obtained by calling the VA Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 or by sending us an email through the "Questions & Answers" section of our website

Contact the Texas Veterans Commission for more information about the Hazlewood Act and other education benefits for Texas veterans.  Call 1-800-252-VETS.


Senate Bill 1210 passed during the Regular Session of the 83rd Texas Legislature now requires students who receive the Hazlewood Exemption to maintain a cumulative 2.0 out of 4-point grade average. It also limits to 30 the number of hours a student can take beyond their degree plan and still receive an exemption. The law does not allow for grandfathering.

Financial Aid began monitoring for Satisfactory Academic Progress at the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester. Students may regain eligibility to the Hazlewood Exemption if/when they complete a term in compliance with SB1210 requirements or by submitting an Exemption/Waiver Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Form and being approved based on medical reasons, due to the death of direct family member, or other special circumstances.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.