Exemption for the Surviving Spouse and Minor Children of Certain Deceased Public Servants (Employees)

Program Purpose

To provide free tuition and fees, free textbooks, and possibly free room and board to certain students whose parent or spouse was killed in the line of duty while employed in certain public service positions.

Eligibility Requirements

The public employee must have died in the performance of his/her duty on or after September 1, 2000.

New Requirements Fall, 2014

Senate Bill 1210 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) adds a Grade Point Average requirement for persons to receive continuation awards through the program. The Bill also establishes a Limit to the Total Number of Hours, cumulative, that a student may take and continue to receive awards through this program. These changes go into effect in fall, 2014. Contact your institution for more information.

Eligible Institutions

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

To access listings of Texas public colleges and universities, follow the links to Texas Public Institutions.

Award Amount

Eligible students are exempted from the payment of all tuition and fees. In addition, the institution will provide an allowance for textbooks. If the student is eligible to live in the institution's housing, the institution must also provide the student either free room or board OR (if no housing is available) provide the student a room and board stipend equal to the amount he/she could have received if living on campus. (Note: No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.)

Application Process

Contact the registrar's office at the Texas public college or university you are/will be attending for information on claiming this exemption. Students must be able to provide proof of meeting the program's eligibility requirements, as outlined above.

Additional Information

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