Education Benefits for Certain Survivors of Individuals in Specific Public Servant Positions

Program Purpose

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

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for this exemption, the applicant must:

  • Be an eligible surviving spouse or surviving minor child of certain individuals killed in the line of duty on or after Sept. 1, 2000;
    • While there is no age or time limit in which to apply, children must have been younger than 18 years of age on the date of death to qualify;
  • Be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student in a Texas public college or university;
  • Have filed a selective service statement of registration status and proof of status with their institution (not applicable if attending a public community college).

Note: If the individual died in the line of duty prior to Sept.1, 2000, the child may be eligible for the Children of Disabled or Deceased Firefighters or Law Enforcement Officers program.

To continue receiving an exemption after initially being awarded, the student must:

  • Meet all program eligibility requirements;
  • Meet the institution’s financial aid GPA requirement;
  • Not have attempted an excessive number of semester credit hours as an undergraduate student (see Texas Education Code, Section 54.014).
  • Not have received a bachelor’s degree;
  • Not have attempted more than 200 semester credit hours while receiving the exemption.
  • Note: A student who does not meet the GPA requirement or excessive hour restriction may qualify for a hardship exception; contact your institution for more information.

    Eligible Institutions

    All Texas public colleges and universities are required to participate in this program.

    Award Amount

    • Exemption from tuition, fees, and textbooks 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).
    • If a student qualifies to live in institutional housing, the cost of food and housing is exempted.
    • Application Process

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

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