the purpose of this program is to encourage certain Educational Aides to complete full teacher certification by providing need-based exemptions from the payment of tuition and certain mandatory fees at Texas public institutions of higher education.
NOTE: This webpage is intended to provide basic information for the public by highlighting requirements that appear in the Texas Education Code (TEC) and Texas Administrative Code (TAC). When reviewing eligibility requirements this exemption program, you should always refer to the relevant statutes and rules. The information on this webpage is to be used solely as a resource and does not override the statute or rules for this exemption program. It is not intended as, and does not constitute, legal advice.
- Be a Resident of Texas.
- Be registered for the Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement.
- Be employed in some capacity by a public school district in Texas during the full term for which the student receives the award unless granted a hardship.
- Show financial need.
- Meet satisfactory academic progress requirements established by the college or university.
- Be enrolled in courses required for teacher certification in one or more areas that the Texas Education Agency has determined to be experiencing a critical shortage of teachers at public schools in Texas in accordance with Texas Administrative Code, 21.1083 (6).
- Have been employed by a public school district in Texas working full-time, in a classroom directly with the students, in a teaching capacity as:
- An Educational Aide for at least one school year of the past five school years preceding the term or semester for which the student is awarded their initial exemption, or
- A substitute teacher for 180 days of the past five school years preceding the term or semester for which the student is awarded their initial exemption.
- Educational Aide Exemption 2023-24 Application (PDF)
You may view the relevant Coordinating Board Rules Chapter 21, Subchapter II.
For more information on certification, visit the Texas Education Agency.
For help finding a teaching position, visit the Texas Workforce Commission website.
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Complete the admissions and financial aid process at your college, including the FAFSA or TASFA. Submit your completed EAE application to Financial Aid office.