Military: Exemptions for Texas Veterans (Hazlewood Exemption)
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.
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.
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:
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)
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.
Veterans Using the Exemption for the First Time
Eligible Children and Spouses Who Have Never Used the Exemption
Children and Spouses must:
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: