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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.

Eligibility Requirements

Veterans

  1. Entered the military service from Texas, or Home of Record at the time of entry is Texas, or was a Texas resident at the time of entry into military service
  2. Served more than 180 days of federal military services – Excluding Basic Training
  3. Received an Honorable Discharge or General Discharge under Honorable Conditions
  4. Exhausted GI Bill benefits if eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits at the 100% rate
  5. Reside in Texas during term of enrollment
  6. Provide DD 214 or equivalent supporting documentation

Legacy – transfer of Hazlewood benefit to a child

  1. Veteran must qualify for the Hazlewood Exemption
  2. Provide death certificate if veteran is deceased
  3. Recipient must be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as dependent for current or  previous tax year on IRS 1040
  4. Recipient must be 25 years old or younger on first day of class
  5. Recipient must enroll in a degree or certificate program and maintain satisfactory academic progress
  6. Recipient must meet the institution’s resident tuition requirements
  7. Provide DD 214 or equivalent supporting documentation

Child or Spouse – child and spouse of a totally and permanently disabled or individually unemployable veteran

  1. Veteran must qualify for the Hazlewood Exemption
  2. Veteran’s disability must be verified by a current VA disability rating letter
  3. Recipient must be a dependent of a qualifying veteran
  4. Recipient must meet federal financial aid SAP (satisfactory academic progress) requirements
  5. Recipient must meet the institution’s resident tuition requirements
  6. Provide DD 214 or equivalent supporting documentation

Child or Spouse – child and spouse of a service-related deceased, missing in action, or killed in action veteran

  1. Veteran must meet Hazlewood Exemption eligibility criteria
  2. Recipient must meet the institution’s resident tuition requirements
  3. Provide DD 1300 Report of Casualty form
  4. Provide DD 214 if veteran’s service-related death was after being discharged

Application Process

Texas Hazlewood Act Documentation Checklist

Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application

Veterans and students can access other Hazlewood related forms, such as eligibility requirements, revocation and continued enrollment forms at the Texas Veterans Commission website

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 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 Office of Veterans Services.

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 the 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 Office of Veterans Services.

NOTE: All applicants (veterans, spouses, and children) must complete and submit the appropriate application and documentation to WTAMU's Office of Veterans Services.