Exemptions and Waivers

Texas offers various programs that exempt or waive tuition, fees, and other expenses related to attending public institutions of higher education. Programs offered can be mandatory which require participation while others are optional.

  • Exemptions: allow special groups of Texas residents or nonresidents to enroll and pay a reduced amount of tuition or fees.
  • Waivers: allow special groups of nonresidents to enroll and pay a reduced nonresident tuition rate.

All exemption or waiver programs, whether mandatory or optional, apply only to courses for which an institution can receive formula funding.

Formula Funding: is defined as the method used to allocate appropriated sources of funds among institutions of higher education. Formula-funded courses are those that do not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover their costs.

BLIND/DEAF STUDENT EXEMPTION 

CHILDREN OF DISABLED OR DECEASED FIREFIGHTERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN SURVIVORS

EDUCATIONAL AIDE EXEMPTION (EAE)

FIREFIGHTERS ENROLLED IN FIRE SCIENCE COURSES

FOSTER CARE EXEMPTION

GOOD NEIGHBOR PROGRAM (GNP)

PEACE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS DISABLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

PEACE OFFICERS ENROLLED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT OR CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES