Encourage foster youth currently or formerly under the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and those adopted from DFPS to pursue a higher education in Texas by providing eligible students free tuition at state-supported colleges or universities.
To find out whether you are eligible for this tuition exemption, contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and request Form 1810: DFPS Verification of the State College Tuition and Fee Waiver. The form is processed by either DFPS Adoption Eligibility staff or Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) staff.
- Are not required to be Texas residents when awarded, as long as they meet the DFPS program requirements.
- Are not required to demonstrate financial need.
- Must be registered with Selective Service, or be exempt.
- Must meet the enrollment eligibility requirements before the age of 25*. However, students are not required to receive the exemption before the age of 25.
- *Adopted students who were the subject of an adoption assistance agreement may enroll in an institution at any age.
- Can continue receiving the exemption even if they are not meeting the institution’s grade point average (GPA) requirement, as long as they are meeting institutional registration requirements.
- Can continue receiving the exemption even if they are enrolled in excessive hours (TEC, Section 54.014).
- Who meet the enrollment eligibility requirements can receive the exemption while attempting any program of study offered at an eligible institution (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree).
- Exemption from tuition 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).
- The student may be awarded tuition and all fees authorized by TEC, Chapter 54 (such as lab fees) for any eligible course attempted.
- Enroll and be admitted at an eligible institution in Texas.
- Request a tuition exemption approval letter (Form 1810) from DFPS staff.
- DFPS staff issues Form 1810 to the student by mail or email, confirming the student’s program eligibility at the relevant institution.
- Eligible student submits Form 1810 to the institution.
- Institution verifies enrollment eligibility in the tuition exemption program.
- Institution verifies each year that the student remains eligible. (Student does not have to reapply each year.)
- Contact your Texas public college or university if you have questions.
- Students Under Conservatorship of DFPS—TEC, Section 54.366
- Adopted Students Formerly in Foster Care—TEC, Section 54.367
- Tuition and Fee Waiver for Youth Returning to a Parent—40 TAC, Section 700.1630
- DFPS: State College Tuition Waiver - Texas
- General questions? Call 888-311-8881
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All Texas public colleges and universities are required to participate in this program. Your institution may have a tuition waiver liaison to help you navigate the enrollment process.
Once DFPS confirms eligibility for the exemption, students are able to receive the exemption indefinitely.