Educational Aide Exemption

Program Purpose

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.
  • Have been employed by a public school district in Texas working full-time working 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.
  • Meet satisfactory academic 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). 

TEA 2017-18 school year Teacher Shortage Areas:

  • Bilingual/English as a Second Language
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Computer Science/Technology Applications
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education - Elementary and Secondary Levels

Application Process

Complete the admissions and financial aid process at your college, including the FAFSA or TASFA.
Submit your completed EAE application to Financial Aid office.
List of participating institutions (PDF)

o Educational Aide Exemption 2016-17 Application (PDF)
o Educational Aide Exemption 2016-17 Summer Application (PDF)
o Educational Aide Exemption 2017-18 Application (PDF)

Additional Information

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