The Texas Veterans Commission administers a state benefit entitled the Hazlewood Act. Eligibility for Hazlewood is determined by the institution granting the exemption. Students who qualify under the Hazlewood Act are exempted from paying tuition and required fees, provided such students are enrolled in state-funded courses. Examples of courses which do not qualify for the Hazlewood exemption include but are not limited to affiliated studies, University Extension, and executive education (option III) graduate programs. The exemption is based on the hours you are enrolled in, and not the amount of the tuition itself.
Applications for the Hazlewood exemption must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. All requests for Hazlewood exemption, including supporting documents, must be legible and submitted in a single packet. They must be received in the Office of the Registrar by the census date, but no later than the last class day as published in the academic calendar, for the semester being requested. See the veteran certification page for semester deadlines.
You must be in a degree-seeking program and
- enroll in classes for which the university receives tax support. Option III programs do not qualify.
- meet satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Office of Financial Aid even if you never applied for financial aid, and
- be in compliance with SB 1210 as determined by the student accounts receivable office (SAR).
Although the Office of the Registrar performs the initial review, SAR has the final approval. In the event SAR notifies you that you do not qualify, direct your questions to that office.
It takes up to 15 business days from the date your forms are received in the Office of the Registrar to process a request for exemption, after which SAR posts it to your tuition bill. If the exemption is not posted by your tuition deadline, be prepared to make other arrangements for payment. You must follow the prompts on your online tuition bill to complete your registration, even if you owe a zero balance. Your tuition bill should state, "Your registration is complete and your courses are secured." If you do not take this step, your courses will be cancelled and you must register again. The Hazlewood exemption does not exempt late registration fees.
If you qualify for both the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Hazlewood exemption, you may not use the Hazlewood exemption for tuition paid by the VA. Any remaining tuition that can be exempted will be processed after the census date (12th class day in the fall and spring, 4th class day in the summer) and after your Post 9/11 tuition amount is finalized.