- Apply before the person's 21st birthday or, if the person is eligible to participate in a school district's special education program under section 29.003, age 22;
- Had a parent who was a paid or volunteer fireman, paid municipal, county, or state peace officer, or a custodial employee of the Texas Department of Corrections, or a game warden
- Are the child of a parent who suffered an injury, resulting in disability or death, sustained in the line of duty
- 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).
A person may receive an exemption from the payment of tuition and fees only for the first 120 undergraduate semester credit hours for which he or she registers or age 26, whichever comes first.
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.
Available only for use at a Texas public college or university.
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Exemption from the payment of tuition and required fees for the first 120 undergraduate semester credit hours for which a person registers. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.
- Obtain a sample letter from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- Have parent's prior employer complete the sample letter on official letterhead.
- Submit the letter to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- In the case of a disability, also submit to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board a doctor's statement that certifies the disability.
- The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will notify the college or university of the student's eligibility.