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.
- 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 2021-22 Application (PDF)
- Educational Aide Exemption 2020-21 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.
**Note: The schools listed under Independent Institutions do NOT qualify for Educational Aide Exemptions