Waivers and Exemptions

What are Waivers and Exemptions?

Waivers and exemptions may allow qualifying students to waive the out-of-state tuition rate to the in-state tuition rate or allow students to be exempt from paying some or all tuition and fees.

How to Request a Waiver or Exemption

Waivers and Exemptions must be requested during the academic term the student is registered in. Such requests must be made prior to the 12th class day in long semesters and the 4th class day in summer sessions. Requests for retroactive refunds cannot be honored. If you have any questions, please email Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services at Student.Accounting@unt.edu.

Examples of Waivers and Exemptions Available to Qualifying UNT Students

Brief descriptions of some exemptions and waivers available to qualifying UNT students are listed below. 

  • Hazlewood Exemption* 
    Certain Texas veterans and dependents of deceased Texas veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States are exempt from payment of tuition. Hazlewood State application and other documents are required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees except for the Student Service Fee and Property Deposit. The student must pay the Student Service Fee each term. See our Veterans page for more Hazelwood Exemption information.

  • Dependent of Texas Veteran Killed or Missing in Action Exemption* 
    Certain orphans of members of the Armed Forces, Texas Nat'l Guard and Texas Air Nat'l Guard are exempt from payment of tuition. Documentation is required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees.

  • Good Neighbor Exemption* 
    Certain students from other nations of the American hemisphere are exempt from payment of tuition. The Good Neighbor Exemption is administered by the Financial Aid Department. This exempts the student from paying tuition.

  • Deaf Blind Waiver* 
    Deaf or blind Texas residents are exempt from payment of tuition. The Deaf Blind Waiver official letter is required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees.

  • Disabled State Employee Police/Fire Exemption* 
    Certain disabled peace officers are exempt from payment of tuition and fees. The Disabled State Employee Police/Fire Exemption official letter is required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees.

  • Dependent of Disabled State Employee Exemption*
    Children of disabled or deceased firemen, volunteer law enforcement officers, peace officers, employees of the Texas Department of Corrections and game wardens are exempt from the payment of tuition. The Dependent of Disabled State Employee Exemption official letter is required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees.

  • POW-MIA Dependent Exemption* 
    Children of U.S. prisoners of war or persons missing in action are granted exemption of tuition. Documentation is required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees.

  • Academic Common Market Waiver 
    Resident rather than non-resident tuition is applied to out-of-state students enrolled through the Academic Common Market Program. This waiver waives out of state tuition. The student pays in-state tuition rates. See additional information and a list of Southern States participating in the program.

  • Military Waiver 
    Resident rather than non-resident tuition is applied to U.S. military personnel, their spouses and dependents if they meet designated criteria. The certificate must be approved and submitted by UNT Student Veterans Services prior to registration. This waiver waives out of state tuition. The student pays in-state tuition rates.

  • Off Campus Exemption 
    Certain university fees are exempt for students enrolled only in courses designated as off-campus or internships. Students enrolled in all classes that are held off-campus automatically receive the off-campus exemption that exempts the Student Union Fee, Medical Service Fee, Transportation Fee, Student Recreational Center Fee, Environmental Services Fee, Intercollegiate Athletics Fee and Property Deposit.

  • Valedictorian Waiver 
    Highest ranking graduates (valedictorians) of accredited Texas high schools are exempt from payment of tuition for the first two long semesters after graduation from high school. Student must pay mandatory fees and course fees. The official letter and UNT application required. This exempts the student from paying tuition.

  • Orphan Waiver 
    Certain Texas residents who are or have been in foster care or other residential care are exempt from the payment of tuition and mandatory fees. A copy of official letter is required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees.

  • Economic Development and Diversification Waiver 
    Resident rather than non-resident tuition is applied to individuals and dependents relocating to Texas as part of the program of state economic development and diversification. This waiver waives out of state tuition. The student pays in-state tuition rates. See a list of companies participating in the Economic Diversification Program.

  • Senior Citizen Exemption* 
    Students 65 years of age or older are exempt from paying tuition and graduate tuition up to 6 credit hours each semester. Students must pay mandatory fees and course fees. The UNT application (Word or PDF) and a copy of driver's license is required. This exempts the student from paying tuition up to 6 hours each semester.

  • Adoption Exemption* 
    Certain Texas residents who have been adopted (who required adoption assistance) and were formerly in foster or other residential care are exempt from the payment of tuition and mandatory fees. A copy of official letter is required. This exemption pays all tuition and fees.

  • Texas Firefighter Exemption* 
    Certain paid firefighters employed in the State of Texas may be exempt from payment of tuition and laboratory fees for PADM and EADP classes. Must have a letter from their employer and fill out an application (Word or PDFwith Student Accounting each semester.

  • Exemption Program for Clinical Preceptors and Their Children* 
    Certain clinical preceptors and their children are exempt from payment of up to $500 in tuition per semester. The completed application (Word or PDFand current documentation are required. This exemption pays up to $500 in tuition each semester for a total of ten semesters.

  • Peace Officer Exemption*
    Certain paid peace officers employed by the State of Texas, or a political subdivision of the state, may be exempt from the payment of undergraduate tuition and laboratory fees for qualifying CJUS classes. Excessive hour students are not eligible for the exemption. Must have a letter from their employer and fill out an application with Student Accounting each semester. The application (Word or PDFmust be submitted at least one week prior to the last day of regular registration for each semester/session attending.

 

* Students applying for this waiver/exemption must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. This waiver/exemption is subject to Senate Bill 1210 passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013. The relevant portion of the education code reads as follows:

Sec. 54.2001. CONTINUED RECEIPT OF EXEMPTIONS OR WAIVERS CONDITIONAL. (a) Notwithstanding any other law but subject to Subsection (f), after initially qualifying under this subchapter for a mandatory or discretionary exemption or waiver from the payment of all or part of the tuition or other fees for enrollment during a semester or term at an institution of higher education, a person may continue to receive the exemption or waiver for a subsequent semester or term only if the person:

(1) as a graduate or undergraduate student, maintains a grade point average that satisfies the institution's grade point average requirement for making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate in accordance with the institution's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid;