Waivers and Exemptions

What are Waivers and Exemptions?

Definitions:    

1.  Waiver means that nonresident tuition is put aside and the student is assessed the Texas resident rate of tuition based on specific situations.

         2.  Exemption means the student is not required to pay a portion or all of the tuition and fees based on specific qualifications.

How to Request a Waiver or Exemption

Waivers and Exemptions must be requested prior to or during the academic term (Fall, Spring, Summer) in which they are registered and no later than the 12th class day for the Fall and Spring semesters and the 4th class day for summer sessions.

All students receiving a reduction in or an exemption from the payment of state tuition must meet Federal Selective Service Registration requirements excluding the Academic Common Market Waiver and the Texas Tomorrow Fund/Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan.

Applications for some exemptions are located here.

 Program Name

(W)aive or (E)xempt

Eligibility Requirements

What is Exempted or Waived?

Required Documentation

Submit to:

Hazlewood Act

 

 

 

 

E

  • A resident of Texas, entered service in Texas or claimed Texas as home of record per DD214 and is currently residing in Texas
  • Received an honorable discharge or discharged under honorable conditions
  • Served at least 181 days of active duty exclusive of training
  • Have no State or State-guaranteed educational loans in default
  • Other Federal veteran education benefits that are limited to payment of tuition and fees must be less than the value of the Hazlewood exemption
  • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
  • Satisfactory academic progress as determined by UNT System
  • Tuition

 

  • Mandatory fees except Student Services Fee

 

  • Course Fees
  • Completed Application
  • Veterans DD214
  • Certificate of Eligibility for veterans discharged after 9/11/01
  • Registration in the Hazlewood online databaseStudent Accounting

Hazlewood Specialists

UNT Student Veteran Services Office

General Academic Building (GAB) Suite 102

Fax 940-369-5447

Hazlewood Legacy Act

E

  • The biological, adopted or step child of an eligible veteran or the veteran’s claimed dependent on the Federal Income Tax Return for the current year or the preceding year
  • A resident of Texas
  • 25 years old or younger on the first day of the semester for which the exemption is being claimed
  • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
  • Satisfactory academic progress as determined by UNT System

Same as Hazlewood Act

  • Completed Application
  • Veterans DD214
  • Certificate of Eligibility for veterans discharged after 9/11/01
  • Relationship Documentation which can be birth certificate, adoption papers or transcript of recent income tax return reflecting dependency
  • Registration in the Hazlewood online database

Student Accounting

Hazlewood Specialists

UNT Student Veteran Services Office

General Academic Building (GAB) Suite 102

Fax 940-369-5447

Hazlewood Act for Spouse/Child

E

  • A resident of Texas
  • The spouse or child of a veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, was a resident of Texas, entered service in Texas or claimed Texas as home of record per DD214
  • The spouse or child of a veteran of the US Armed Forces or the Texas National Guard who died or became totally disabled as a result of service-related injuries or illness (disability must entitle veteran to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability) or is missing in action
  • Other Federal veteran education benefits that are limited to payment of tuition and fees must be less than the value of the Hazlewood exemption
  • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Tuition

     

    • Mandatory Fees except Student Services Fee

     

    • Course Fees
    • Completed Application

     

    • Veterans DD214

     

    • Disability rating letter or a DD1300 Report of Casualty regarding the Veteran’s death

     

    • Registration in the Hazlewood online database

     

    • Certificate of Eligibility for veterans discharged after 9/11/01

    Student Accounting

    Hazlewood Specialists

    UNT Student Veteran Services Office

    General Academic Building (GAB) Suite 102

    Fax 940-369-5447

    Military Personnel and Dependents

     

    (Military Residency Waiver)

     

    TEC

    Sec. 54.241

    W

    • An officer, enlisted person, selectee or draftee of the US Armed Forces, Reserves and the National Guard and their spouse and/or dependent
    • Assigned duty in Texas (spouse and/or dependent must also be in Texas to receive waiver)
    • (Certain restrictions may apply to out of state Guard members attending training with Texas Guard.)

    Substitutes resident tuition for non-resident tuition

     

    Registrar’s Certifying Officials

    UNT Student Veterans Services Offices

    General Academic Building (GAB) Suite 102

     

    Children of Military Service Members who are Missing in Action or Prisoners of War

     

    TEC

    Sec. 54.343

    E

    • The military service member must be classified as MIA or a POW by the Dept. of Defense and must have been a Texas Resident
    • The child must be:
    • A Texas Resident
    • 21 years old or younger
    • (25 years or younger if receiving most of their support from a parent)
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Satisfactory academic progress as determined by UNT System
    • Tuition

     

    • Mandatory Fees except Student Services Fee

     

    • Course Fees

     

     

    Documentation from the Department of Defense classifying the Service member as missing in action or a prisoner of war

    Student Accounting

    Hazlewood Specialists

    UNT Student Veteran Services Office

    General Academic Building (GAB) Suite 102

    Fax 940-369-5447

    High School Honor Graduate

    (Valedictorian)

     

    TEC

    Sec. 54.301

    E

    • Highest Ranking Honor Graduate of Accredited Texas High School
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for Graduate or Post Baccalaureate to continue receiving exemption
    • No Excessive hours per TEC Section 54.014 allowed for continuing students 
    • Tuition during both long semesters of the 1st academic year after graduation

     

    • President can make adjustments in special cases such as military service

     

     

    Certificate from an accredited Texas High School

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

     

     

    Academic Common Market

     

    TEC

    Sec. 54.233

    W

    • Application/Acceptance to UNT Graduate School
    • Current residence in participating state in the Academic Common Market
    • Degree program must be part of the Common Market
    • Resident State Coordinating Board or equivalent agency certification of student’s participation in Common Market

    Substitutes resident tuition for non-resident tuition

    Letter from the Academic Common Market coordinator for their resident state

    UNT Graduate School Admissions Office

    Good Neighbor Scholarship

     

    TEC

    Sec. 54.331

    W

    • Government Certified Evidence of:
    • Native-born Citizen of a Nation in the American Hemisphere or Latin America
    • 5 years residency or more in a nation of the American hemisphere
    • Scholastic qualifications for admission
    • Satisfactory academic progress as determined by UNT System

    Does Not Include:

     

    • Members of the Communist Party or Students from Cuba

    Tuition for one year

    (fall, spring and summer)

    • Completed Application (Available early December in the Financial Aid Office)

     

    • Certification from Native Country

    Student Financial Aid and Scholarships department

    Governing Board Off-Campus Class Fees

     

    TEC

    Sec. 54.218

     

    E

    • Enrolled only in a Board of Regents Approved Off-Campus Class
    • Enrolled in an Internship or in other courses meeting off campus and requested to be included in waiver by the Department Dean or Class Professor (Case by Case basis)
    • Union Fee
    • Medical Services Fee
    • Transportation Fee
    • Recreational Facility Fee
    • Environmental Services Fee
    • Intercollegiate Athletics Fee
    • Property Damage Deposit
    • No documentation needed from student

     

    • Official request by Department Dean or Class Professor for certain courses not on the approved list, but meeting off campus – determined on a case by case basis

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Deaf or Blind Students

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.364

    E

    • Blind or Deaf as defined by section 54.364(a) of the Texas Education Code
    • Resident of Texas for Tuition Purposes
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for Graduate or Post Baccalaureate to continue receiving exemption
    • No Excessive hours per TEC Section 54.014 allowed for continuing students
    • Tuition and Fees exclusive of:

     

    • Lodging, Board, Clothing or Rental (e.g. music) Fees or Charges

    Certification from the Dept. of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

     

    Waiver for Teaching Fellows & Assistants, Research Assistants and their Dependents

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.212

     

     

     

     

     

     

    W

    • Teaching Fellow/Assistant or Research Assistant at UNT or another Texas public institution or their spouse or child
    • Employed ½ time or more in a teaching or research position related to their degree program
    • Average 20 hours a week through each semester for hourly employees

     

    Employed as of the:

    •      12th class day of a long

         semester

    •      4th class day of a

         summer semester

    •      2nd class day in a

         3 week session

     

    • Work in the semester the waiver is active
    • For teaching employees, work directly w/ students in an academic environment at least 51% of their time

    Substitutes resident tuition for non-resident tuition

    • Waiver Form (comes from employing department)

     

    • Official letter from the employing institution, if different from UNT, verifying that the employee meets their program eligibility requirements

     

    • For dependents, proof of relationship to qualifying employee

    UNT Graduate School Admissions Office

    Faculty and their Dependents

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.211

    W

    • Professor at UNT or another Texas public institution
    • Employed ½ time or more on a regular monthly salary basis
    • Employed as of the:
    •      12th class day of a long   semester
    •      4th class day of a summer semester
    •      2nd class day in a3 week session

    Substitutes resident tuition for non-resident tuition without regard to the length of time they have resided in Texas

    • Waiver Form (comes from employing department)
    • Official letter from the Director of Personnel at the employing institution, if different from UNT, verifying that the employee meets their eligibility requirements
    • For dependents, proof of relationship to qualifying Faculty

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Senior Citizen

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.365

    E

    • Must be 65 years of age or older
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for Graduate or Post Baccalaureate to continue receiving exemption
    • No Excessive hours per TEC Section 54.014 allowed for continuing students

    Tuition for up to 6 hours each semester

    • Completed Application

     

    • Documentation of qualifying age

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Economic Development & Diversification

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.222

    W

    • Student or student’s primary caretaker (must reside with student) establishes residence prior to  institution’s enrollment date as a result of employment in a business or organization that was established, not earlier than five years before enrollment date, as part of Texas’ economic development and diversification program
    • Student files with institution a letter of intent to establish residency in Texas

    Substitutes resident for non-resident tuition and fees without having established residency per the Texas Education Code

    • Certification of the eligibility of the business or organization
    • Letter of intent to establish residency

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Children under Conservatorship of the Dept of Family and Protective Svcs

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.366

    E

    • Texas Resident who is or has been in foster care or other residential care
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support

    Tuition and Fees

    Certificate of eligibility from the Tx Dept. of Family and Protective Services

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Children of Disabled or Deceased Firefighters & Law Enforcement Officers

    (includes Peace Officers, Game Wardens and Employees of Correctional Institutions)

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.351

    E

    • Apply before the age of 21
    • Meet UNT Entrance Requirements
    • Remain in Good Standing
    • Begin term or session prior to 26th birthday
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for Graduate or Post Baccalaureate to continue receiving exemption
    • No Excessive hours per TEC Section 54.014 allowed for continuing students
    • Tuition and Fees for the first 120 undergraduate semester credit hours for which the person registers

     

    • Excludes:

    Property Deposit

    Late Fees

    Rental Fees

     

     

     

    • Certificate from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

     

    • Student must inform Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services of their enrollment each semester.

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

     

    Adopted Students formerly in Foster Care or Other Residential Care

    (Adoption)

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.367

    E

    • Texas Resident who is or has been in foster care or other residential care
    • Adopted and the subject of an adoption assistance agreement per Texas Family Code, Chapter 162, Subchapter D
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for Graduate or Post Baccalaureate to continue receiving exemption
    • No Excessive hours per TEC Section 54.014 allowed for continuing students

    Tuition and Fees

    Certificate of eligibility from the Tx Dept. of Family and Protective Services

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Surviving Spouse and Minor Children of Certain Deceased Public Servants (Employees)

     

     

     

    E

    • Surviving spouse or a surviving minor child of a deceased public servant (employee) as defined in the Texas Government Code, Section 615.003
    • The public servant’s death must have been in the line of duty on or after 9/1/00
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for Graduate or Post Baccalaureate to continue receiving exemption
    • No Excessive hours per TEC Section 54.014 allowed for continuing students

    Tuition and Fees

    (also includes an allowance for textbooks and, in some circumstances, room and board)

    Letter from employer of the deceased public servant certifying eligibility

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Firefighter

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.353

     

     

     

     

    E

    • Employed by a political subdivision of Texas        or
    • Currently active now and for at least a year in an organized volunteer fire department that participates in TESRS or a retirement system under Tx Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act and holds an advanced certification under the SFFMA of Tx volunteer certification program or a Phase V certification under TCOFP’s voluntary certification program
    • Enrolled in EADP & PADM courses within the following programs:
    • Public Administration &    Management
    • Emergency Administration & Management
    • Masters or PhD in Public Administration
    • (Includes these general courses w/in EADP:  ENGL 1310, TECM 2700, BIOL 1112, GEOG 1710 and GEOL 1610)
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for Graduate or Post Baccalaureate to continue receiving exemption
    • No Excessive hours per TEC Section 54.014 allowed for continuing students
    • Tuition and Lab Fees

     

    • Excludes:

     

    Additional tuition charges for excess or repeated hours under TEC 54.014(a) or (f) or TEC 61.059(1) (1) or (2)

    • Completed Application

     

    • Proof of eligibility from employer or volunteer fire department

     

    • Proof of advanced certification (Volunteer firefighters only)

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Peace Officer

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.3531

    E

    • An undergraduate enrolled in a Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement degree plan
    • Employed by Texas or a political subdivision of Texas as defined in Tx Code of Criminal Procedure 2.12
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for Graduate or Post Baccalaureate to continue receiving exemption
    • Apply for the exemption at least one week before the last date of the regular registration period for the applicable semester or other term
    • No Excessive hours per TEC Section 54.014 allowed for continuing students
    • Tuition and Lab Fees for CJUS courses

     

    • Awarded on a first come, first served basis.
    • Completed application – due one week before the last day of regular registration for the semester or session.

     

    • Letter from employer verifying current employment as a Texas Peace Officer

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Mexican

     

    W

    • A citizen or permanent resident of Mexico residing in Mexico and plans to return to Mexico to live immediately after finishing his/her educational program
    • Enrolled in Full-time  Degree Granting Program
    • Maintain UNT Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
    • Verified Financial Need

    Substitutes resident tuition for non-resident tuition

    • Submit application package by July 1st for the upcoming academic year:
    • Completed application
    • Copy of Passport
    • Photo/Information Page
    • Copy of Visa (If the student has not yet been issued a visa, the student should indicate the type of visa on the Mexican Waiver application form)
    • Statement of Financial Need

    UNT International Office

    Competitive Scholarship

     

    TEC

    Sec 54.213

    W

    • Non-resident
    •  Awarded a scholarship(s) by UNT in competition with other students, both resident and non-resident, totaling $1,000 or more
    • Substitutes resident for non-resident tuition and fees without having established residency per the Texas Education Code
    • Cannot exceed 12 months

    Form must be completed by the academic department and forwarded to Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Student Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Clinical Nurse Preceptors and their Children

     

    TEC

    SEC 54.356

    E

    • Texas Resident
    • Registered Nurse or Child of Qualifying Nurse Preceptor
    • Serves under a preceptor agreement w/in an undergraduate professional nursing program as a clinical preceptor for enrolled students
    • Enrolled in classes for which the college receives tax support
    • Maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate and a 3.0 GPA for Graduate or Post Baccalaureate to continue receiving exemption
    • No Excessive hours per TEC Section 54.014 allowed for continuing students

    Does Not Include:

    • Individuals with a baccalaureate degree or individuals who have received this exemption for 10 semesters or summer sessions at an institution(s) of higher education

     

    $500 or tuition amount whichever is less

    • Completed Application

     

    • Written proof of eligibility from the Nursing department through which the Preceptor has or had a written preceptor agreement

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services

    Texas Tomorrow Fund/ Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan

    W

    Must use fund to cover tuition and mandatory fees for the semester

    Substitutes resident for non-resident tuition and fees without having established residency per the Texas Education Code

    Copy of Texas Tomorrow Fund/ Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan card

    UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services