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State Exemptions

Exemptions are a type of financial assistance allowing some Texas residents to attend a public college or university in Texas without paying tuition or, in some cases, tuition and fees.

All state exemptions, other than the Foster Care Exemption, must meet Midland College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (2.0 GPA, 67% course completion and 150% maximum time frame for current program of study).

Non-degree seeking and transient students are required to have a 2.0 GPA at Midland College since transfer coursework will not be evaluated by the Records Office.

Listed below are some exemption programs available to Texas residents. For more information on exemptions, the qualification requirements, and application information, see the links below.

Veteran eligibilIty requirements

Hazlewood Eligibility

Any State-funded CE or credit hour certificate/degree program is eligible for Hazlewood Exemptions.

Application Process

  • Apply and be accepted at Midland College (applytexas.org).
  • Provide proof (DD214) from the Department of Defense regarding military service and the nature of discharge.
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill Benefits (Chapter, 31, 33/Post 9-11) by requesting a certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from eBenefits. The Veteran will need to create a username and password to request the certificate of eligibility.
  • Fill out and turn in the Hazlewood Exemption application, along with a copy of your letter of eligibility/ineligibility and DD214, into the VA Coordinator, located in the Veteran's Resource Center, SSC 131/132.

HOW IT WORKS

Any State-funded CE or credit hour certificate/degree program is eligible for Legacy Hazlewood Exemptions.
  • Unused hours of Hazlewood exemption eligibility may be transferred to a dependent child up to 150 credit hours.
  • Maximum degree certified hours awarded to the Legacy recipient will be dependent upon the degree or certificate program in which the student is enrolled for that term or semester and shall be consistent with the program length as defined within the school catalog as approved by the regional accreditation commission.
  • 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 child.
  • Only one child will use Hazlewood Legacy benefits at a time.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Both the veteran and the dependent must: 
  • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident on the 1st day of the term for which the exemption will be applied.
  • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year
  • Be 25 years old 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Apply and be accepted at Midland College (applytexas.org).
  • Fill out the Hazlewood Exemption Application every term for which the exemption will be claimed.
  • Provide proof (DD214) from the Department of Defense regarding military service and the nature of discharge.
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill Benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post 9-11) by requesting a certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from eBenefits. Student will need to create a username and password to request a certificate of eligibility).
  • Turn in the Hazlewood Exemption Application, along with a copy of the letter of eligibility/ineligibility and DD214, into the VA Coordinator, located in the Veteran's Resource Center, SSC 131/132.

HOW IT WORKS

Spouses and dependent children of Active Duty, Reserve, and Texas National Guard who died in the line of duty or as a result of injury or illness directly related to military service, are missing in action, or who became permanently disabled for purposes of employability as a result of a service-related injury or illness are entitled to each receive 150 credit hours exemption.

Any State-funded CE or credit hour certificate/degree program is eligible for this exemption.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a spouse or dependent child of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Force, be classified by the institution as a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas
  • Have no federal Veterans education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of Tuition & Fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31 for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits)
  • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Apply and be accepted at Midland College (applytexas.org)
  • Provide a DD214 and a disability rating letter or a DD1300 Report of Casualty regarding the Veteran’s death
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill Benefits (Chapter, 31, 33/Post 9-11) by requesting an education benefits letter from the VA at eBenefits. Spouse or child will need to create a username and password to request the certificate of eligibility
  • Fill out the Hazlewood Exemption Form and turn it, along with a copy of the letter of eligibility/ineligibility and DD214, into the VA Coordinator, located in the Financial Aid Office of Midland College.

Legally blind or deaf students may be exempt from paying tuition and all fees. Application must be made through the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and the student must provide a letter of verification from DARS to the Financial Aid Office to have the exemption applied to their accounts.

Students seeking this exemption must provide a copy of their driver's license at the Financial Aid Office in the Scharbauer Student Center.

55+ Degree Seeking (Tuition Reduction Program)

  • Student must be degree-seeking and have a degree plan on file
  • Transcripts must be on file at Midland College from all colleges previously attended
  • Be a Texas resident, nonresidents or foreign students
  • Enrolled in classes that are not already filled with students who are paying full price for the courses. If the class is too small to accommodate both regular students and senior citizens, regular students must be given priority.

65+

  • Pays tuition only for up to 6 hours
  • Texas Resident, nonresidents or foreign students
  • Enrolled in classes that are not already filled with students who are paying full price for the courses. If the class is too small to accommodate both regular students and senior citizens, regular students must be given priority.

Students employed as fire fighters are exempt from the tuition and laboratory fees for courses offered as part of a fire science curriculum. The exempt form signed by the Department Chair of the Fire Tech & EMS program and proof of employment by municipality as a firefighter should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office to have the exemption applied. 

The highest ranking graduate from any accredited Texas high school is eligible for exemption from tuition for the first two long semesters following graduation. Students should provide a copy of their final high school transcript and certification letter from the Texas Education Agency to the Financial Aid Office to have the exemption applied to their accounts.

The exemption will cover all Tuition & Fee Charges. Once a student has been determined eligible for the Foster Care Exemption only, the benefit continues indefinitely. There are no durational limitations in statute referencing how many semesters or years a student may receive this exemption.

Students who have been in foster care or other residential care under the conservatorship of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (DPRS) must provide a letter of verification from DPRS and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Are in DPRS on or after the day preceding the student’s 18th birthday; or
  • The day of the student’s 14th birthday, if the student was also eligible for adoption on or after that day; or
  • The day the student graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school degree.

The student must enroll within 3 years of the earliest of the following dates:

  • The date the student was discharged from foster or other residential care; or
  • The date the student graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school degree; or
  • The student’s 21st birthday
  • The student must provide verification from DPRS to the Financial Aid Office to have the exemption applied to their accounts.

The purpose of this program is to encourage nurses to serve as Clinical Nurse Preceptors by providing a partial exemption from tuition to them and/or their children.

Eligibility Requirements (for clinical preceptors):

  • Are residents of Texas
  • Are registered nurses
  • Serve, on an average, at least one day per week under a written preceptor agreement with an undergraduate professional nursing program as a clinical preceptor for students enrolled in the program for:

1. The time period the program conducts clinical during the semester or other academic term for which the exemption is sought; or

2. The time period the program conducts clinical during a semester or other academic term that ended less than one year prior to the beginning of the semester or term in which the exemption is to be used.

Eligibility Requirements (for children of clinical preceptors):

  • Are residents of Texas
  • Have not been granted a baccalaureate degree
  • Are children of a Clinical Preceptor who serve, on an average, at least one day per week under a written preceptor agreement with an undergraduate professional nursing program as a clinical preceptor for students enrolled in the program for:

1. The time period the program conducts clinical during the semester or other academic term for which the exemption is sought; or

2. The time period the program conducts clinical during a semester or other academic term that ended less than one year prior to the beginning of the semester or term in which the exemption is to be used.

In order to apply for this exemption, the student must complete a Preceptor Exemption application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. The Nursing Department through which the Preceptor has (or had) a written preceptor agreement must be provided.

According to Texas Education Code, Section 54.064, "A non-resident student (including a Citizen, Permanent Resident of the U.S., a person who is eligible to be a Permanent Resident of the U.S., and an eligible nonimmigrant) who receives a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 (or a combination of competitive scholarships totaling at least $1,000) for the academic year or summer for which the student is enrolled may be allowed to pay resident tuition without regard to the length of time the student has resided in Texas. The student must compete with other students, including Texas residents; for the scholarship and the scholarship must be awarded by a scholarship committee officially recognized by the administration and be approved by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board under criteria developed by the board. However, the total number of persons receiving a waiver of nonresident tuition in any given semester under this provision shall not exceed 5 percent of the students enrolled in that same semester in the prior year at that institution." The waiver can be found in the Midland College Financial Aid Office.

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