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Military: Exemptions for Texas Veterans (Hazlewood Exemption)

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Hazlewood Exemption (Hazlewood Act) is to provide an education benefit to honorably discharged or separated Texas veterans and to eligible dependent children and spouses of Texas veterans.

Award Amount

Eligible veterans, their children and spouses may receive an exemption from the payment of all tuition, dues, fees, and other required charges, including fees for correspondence courses, but excluding deposit fees, student service fees, and any fees or charges for books, lodging, board, or clothing for up to 150 semester credit hours.

Awards may not be used to pay tuition and relevant fees for continuing education classes unless one of the following applies: (1) the college receives state tax support for the classes, or (2) the governing board has specifically approved this benefit.

SB639 (82nd Texas Legislature, Regular) authorized new provisions which are effective with tuition and fee charges for fall, 2011. See "NEW" provisions below. 

Eligibility Requirements

Veterans:

  • Who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:

    • Are Texas residents,
    • Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
    • Entered the service in Texas.
  • Have served at least 181 days of active military duty, as indicated as "net active service" (the sum of 12(c) and 12(d)) on the DD214),
  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions,
  • Have no federal veteran's education benefits, or have federal veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapters 31 or 33; Pell and SEOG Grants are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits (this means the veteran may have already depleted his/her federal veterans education benefits or have federal veterans education benefits remaining, but dedicated to payment of tuition and fees only),
  • Are not in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas, and
  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs), unless the college's governing board has ruled to let veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses.

NEW!! Veterans who are granted their first Hazlewood exemption beginning fall, 2011 must reside in Texas during the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed. This requirement does not apply to veterans who received the exemption prior to the 2011-2012 academic year.

Children and spouses:

  • Of veterans who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:

    • Are Texas residents,
    • Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
    • Entered the service in Texas.
  • Have a parent or is the spouse of a veteran of the U. S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of service-related injury or illness,
  • Have no federal veteran's education benefits, or have federal veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapters 31 or 33; Pell and SEOG Grants are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits (this means the child/spouse may have already depleted his/her federal veterans education benefits or have federal veterans education benefits remaining, but dedicated to payment of tuition and fees only), and
  • Are residents of Texas as of the term or semester in which they enroll.

NEW!! Eligible children who receive the Hazlewood exemption for the first time beginning fall, 2011 must be 25 years of age or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition). This requirement does not apply to children who received the exemption prior to the 2011-2012 academic year.

The benefit may not be used for correspondence courses unless the courses are part of the student's degree plan.

Transferability of Benefits (Legacy Program)

  • Be a Texas resident,
  • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year,
  • Be 25 years or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition), and
  • Make satisfactory academic progress in a degree, certificate, or continuing education program as determined by the institution.

If a child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all of the assigned hours, a veteran may re-assign the unused hours that are available to another dependent child.

NEW!! Effective with tuition and fee charges for fall, 2011, a veteran's spouse or a child's guardian, conservator, custodian, or other legally designated caretaker may re-assign a veteran's unused hours to an eligible child (through Legacy) on behalf of the veteran if the veteran died prior to requesting the transfer of hours.

Veterans' spouses are not eligible to receive a transfer of unused hours.

Application Process

Veterans Using the Exemption for the First Time

Eligible Children and Spouses Who Have Never Used the Exemption

Veterans must:

  • provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI/Montgomery benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post 911) by requesting an education benefits letter from the VA office in Muskogee, OK at (888)-442-4551 or www.gibill.va.gov.
  • contact their college financial aid office regarding their status on prior federal student loans made or guaranteed by the State of Texas.
  • complete and submit the appropriate application(s) and documentation listed above to the college financial aid office.

Children and Spouses must:

  • provide proof from Dept of Defense or from Veterans Administration regarding veteran parent's death or disability related to service.
  • contact their college financial aid office regarding their status on prior federal student loans made or guaranteed by the State of Texas.
  • complete and submit the appropriate application(s) and documentation listed above to the college financial aid office.

NEW!! Effective with tuition and fee charges for fall, 2011, all applicants (veterans, spouses, and children) must complete and submit the appropriate application and documentation to their college or university's financial aid office or veterans' education office no later than one year after the earlier of the date the school:

  • provides written notice to the applicant of his/her eligibility, or
  • receives written notice from the applicant that acknowledges the applicant's awareness of his/her eligibility for the exemption.