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.
SB 639 (82nd Texas Legislative, Regular) authorized new provisions that are effective with tuition and fee charges for Fall 2011. See New provisions below.
At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, eligible veterans:
New: Beginning Fall 2011, veterans who are granted their first Hazlewood Exemption 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.
At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, eligible children and spouses of veterans:
Children and spouses of veteran must:
New: Beginning Fall 2011, eligible children who receive the Hazlewood Exemption must be 25 years of age or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unlessgranted 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.
Eligible veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain conditions.
To be eligible, the child must:
If a child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all of the assigned hours, a veteran may reassign the unused hours that are available to another dependent child.
Veterans' spouses are not eligible to receive a transfer of unused hours.
New: 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 reassign unused hours to an eligible child (through Legacy) on behalf of the veteran if the veteran died prior to requesting the transfer of hours.
Eligible veterans, their children and their 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:
Learn how to apply for Hazlewood benefits.
Updated July 31, 2014