Competitive Scholarship Waiver

Program Purpose

To allow a nonresident student who receives a qualifying competitive scholarship to enroll and pay the Texas resident tuition and fee rate at a participating public institution in the state of Texas.

NOTE: This webpage is intended to provide basic information for the public by highlighting requirements that appear in the Texas Education Code (TEC) and Texas Administrative Code (TAC). When reviewing eligibility requirements this exemption program, you should always refer to the relevant statutes and rules. The information on this webpage is to be used solely as a resource and does not override the statute or rules for this exemption program. It is not intended as, and does not constitute, legal advice.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for this waiver program, the applicant must:

  • Be a nonresident student who is receiving a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 (multiple scholarships cannot be combined to meet this minimum; the individual scholarship must be $1,000 or higher)
  • Have competed with other students, including Texas residents, for the competitive scholarship award
  • Have filed a selective service statement of registration status and proof of status with their institution

Eligible Institutions

All public institutions in the state of Texas may participate.

Award Amount

Eligible students will pay the Texas resident tuition and fee rate during the semester or term covered by the competitive scholarship, not to exceed a 12-month period.

  • This waiver program is only for courses in which the institution receives formula funding (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs).
  • A waiver may be granted any year in which the student meets the competitive scholarship award requirements.
  • Student can receive the waiver while attempting any program of study offered at a participating institution.

Application Process

Contact your institution if you are interested in this waiver program. See the Office of the Registrar, the Admissions Office, or the Student Financial Aid Office.

  • Your institution will determine the documentation you must submit to confirm proof of eligibility for this exemption.

Additional Information

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