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Hazlewood Exemption Elegibility

Program Purpose

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.

Award Amount

Eligible students may receive an exemption from the payment of all tuition and fees excluding deposit fees and student service fees for up to 150 credit hours.

For more information on the Hazlewood Act and eligibility requirements, please visit the Texas Veterans Commission website.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Veterans:

  • Who at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:
    • Are Texas Residents
    • Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
    • Entered the service in Texas
  • Have served at least 181 days of active military duty, as indicated as “net active service” (the sum of 12(c) and 12 (d) on the DD214.
  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions.
  • Have no federal veteran’s education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits.
  • Are not in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas.
  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs), unless the college’s governing board has ruled to let veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses.

NEW!!! Effective Fall 2014, veterans must make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the institution’s financial aid policy.

Children and Spouses:

  • Of veterans who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:
    • Are Texas Residents
    • Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
    • Entered the service in Texas
  • Have a parent or is the spouse of a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National who died as a result of service-related injuries or illnesses, is missing in action, or became disabled for purposes of employability as a result of service-related injury or illness.
  • Have no federal veteran’s education benefits, or have federal education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 31 or 33) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits.
  • Are residents of Texas as of the term or semester in which they enroll.

Transferability of Benefits (Legacy Program)

  • Be a Texas resident,
  • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year,
  • Be 25 years 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), and
  • Make satisfactory academic progress in a degree, certificate, or continuing education program as determined by the institution.

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 dependent child.

 

Application Process for the First Time

Veterans using the Exemption:

Veterans Transferring Unused Hours to an Eligible Child (Legacy)

  • Hazlewood Act Exemption Application
  • DD-214
  • VA Education Benefits Letter (required for veterans who served after 09/11/2011)
  • Proof of dependency- a copy of the student’s birth certificate, or a copy of the parent’s most recent tax return showing the student claimed as a dependent.
  • Printout of the State’s Hazlewood Student Hours Online database for both the veteran and the student (even if hours show zero)

Dependent and Children and Spouses using the Exemption:

Returning students who wish to renew their Hazlewood Exemption must submit the following:

 

Required documentation may be submitted via mail, fax, or email to:

The University of Houston Downtown
Attention: Elvira Rodriguez
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid Suite 330 South
One Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
Fax (713) 223-7483
rodrigueze@uhd.edu

 

Or it may be submitted in person at the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office.

 

Deadlines for 2013-2014

Fall 2013:  December 7, 2013
Winter 2013:  January 2, 2014
Spring 2014:  April 28, 2014
May Term 2014:  May 29, 2014
Summer 2014:  August 6, 2014

Deadlines for 2014-2015

Fall 2014:  December 3, 2014
Winter 2014:  January 2, 2015
Spring 2015:  May 2, 2015
May Term 2015:  June 4, 2015
Summer 2015:  August 5, 2015

 

 

 


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Last updated or reviewed on 6/30/14

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