Blind/Deaf Student Exemption Program

Program Purpose

To help enable blind and deaf students to attend public colleges or universities in the state of Texas.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Texas residents
  • Declare a program of study at the time he/she applies for the exemption
  • Provide certification from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission of status as a deaf person or the Texas Workforce Commission of status as a blind person.
  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs)


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

All dues, fees, and enrollment charges whatsoever for which exemptions may be lawfully made, including: fees for correspondence courses, general property deposit fees, and student service fees; but, does not include fees or charges for lodging, board, or clothing. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.

Application Process

  • Provide the registrar with certification from the Texas Workforce Commission or Texas Health and Human Services Commission of status as a blind person or a deaf person
  • Provide the registrar a written statement of purpose indicating which certificate, degree program, or professional enhancement will be pursued
  • Provide the registrar a copy of the high school transcript and a letter of recommendation
  • Provide the registrar proof that all admissions requirements have been met

Additional Information

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