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, 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 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).
  • 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.

    2020-21 List of participating institutions

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