The Hazlewood Exemption (Hazlewood Act) provides an education benefit to honorably discharged or separated Texas veterans and to eligible dependent children and spouses of Texas veterans.
81st Texas Legislative Changes (effective 6/19/2009): Senate Bill 93 authorized new provisions which remove certain residency restrictions, extend eligibility to spouses, and permit eligible veterans to assign their unused hours to their child. These new provisions are known as the “Hazlewood Legacy Act”.
Senate Bill 297 authorized a new exemption from the payment of tuition (fees not included) for a child, or stepchild, of a member of the Armed Forces who is deployed to active duty in a combat zone outside the United States.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
For Hazlewood Legacy Recipients:
In order to receive the Hazlewood waiver, you must meet the university’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy. This means you must maintain a specific minimum grade point average (depending on your student status) and complete 70 percent of the courses in which you enroll. Below is the state education code referencing this.
Sec. 54.341 of the Texas Education Code provides that, under certain circumstances, a waiver of in-state tuition and fees may be given to a designated dependent child or stepchild of a veteran. Commonly known as the Hazlewood legacy benefit or waiver, eligible students may receive this waiver for up to a maximum of 150 semester hours. Subsection (l) of this statute also requires that to retain this waiver, an eligible child must:
- Make satisfactory academic progress in a degree, certificate, or continuing education program as determined by the institution at which the child is enrolled in accordance with the policy of the institution’s financial aid department.
Under the Hazlewood Act, certain Texas veterans/dependents are exempt from tuition costs for college courses taken at any publicly funded higher education institution in Texas. The legislation allows payment exemption only if the courses apply toward the student’s approved degree plan and the Texas Veterans Commission eligibility requirements are met. The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including some fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
To claim the Hazlewood exemption, the veteran must have been accepted by a degree-granting institution in Texas; have an approved, current degree plan on file; and have the courses taken via distance learning approved by the degree-granting Texas institution. For all students, the dean/advisor and the Office of Veterans Affairs at the student’s home university must sign a Hazlewood Verification of Eligibility and Course Acceptability form, which states that the student who wishes to enroll in a distance learning course has satisfied the above requirements. Students should present this form with their application.
To obtain a Hazlewood eligibility packet, contact the Texas Southern’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs at 713.313.7862