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Texas Hazelwood Exemption


Program Purpose & Eligibility Requirements

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.

Important changes to the State of Texas Exemption and Waiver Programs

Senate Bill 1210, which was passed during the Regular Session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, will now require students to maintain a 2.0 out of 4-point grade average in order to keep receiving any state tuition waiver or exemption. It also limits to 30 the number of hours a student can take beyond their degree plan and still receive an exemption. The law does not allow for grandfathering. The bill would exempt students under hardship, like illness, military service or for family reasons.

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 excluding training, 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 Chapter 33 or 31; Pell and SEOG are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits
  • Are not in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas nd 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.
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours. 

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

  • 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 Chapter 33 or 31; Pell and SEOG Grants are not relevant) for the term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits and are residents of Texas as of the term or semester in which they enroll.
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

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)

Eligible veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain conditions. To be eligible, the child must:

  • 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)
  • Make satisfactory academic progress in a degree, certificate, or continuing education program** as determined by the institution.
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

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.

Effective with tuition and fee charges fall, 2011, a veteran's spouse or a child's guardian, conservator, custodian, or other legally designated caretaker may re-assign 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.

Hazelwood Application Process

Veterans must

  • Provide proof (DD214) from the Department of Defense regarding their military service and nature of discharge.
  • 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 student loans made or guaranteed by the State of Texas.

Children and Spouses 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.
  • Provide proof from Dept. of Defense or from the VA regarding veteran parent's death or disability related to service.
  • Contact their college financial aid office regarding their status on prior student loans made or guaranteed by the State of Texas. 

Proof of Online Database Registration

All Hazlewood applicants (veteran and dependents) must register online in order to track hours used through the program. Once registered applicants must login and print a verification page each semester for the institution.

Hazelwood Application Form

To use Hazlewood benefits or to transfer unused benefits to an eligible child, applicants must complete an application/release form.

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