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Tuition and Fee Summaries

Summary of Statutory Authority for Fees & Charges

Tuition and Fee Exemption Summary | In-State Tuition for Nonresidents Summary

 

The OGC tuition and fee summaries are a way for us to provide you with general information about your catalog. True legal advice must be provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship specifically with reference to all the facts of a particular situation. Such is not the case here, and therefore, this information must not be relied on as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney. Revisions necessitated by laws passed by the 82nd Legislature are marked in red.

 

Please direct questions or comments regarding these summaries to Priscilla Lozano.

 

 

Tuition and Fee Exemption Summary

 

 

Accredited School Scholarship

*Active Military Dependent Children (including
     stepchild)

Adopted Children formerly in Foster or other
     Residential Care

Blind and Deaf Students

Children of Disabled/Deceased Texas Firefighters
     and Law Enforcement Officers

Children of Prisoners of War or Persons
     Missing in Action

Children of Professional Nursing Program Faculty

Children and Spouse of Texas Veterans

Concurrent Enrollment-High School/University
     Credit

Disabled Peace Officers

Distance/Off-Campus Learning

*Early High School Graduates

Economic Hardship

 

 

* Due to Legislative funding cuts, this exemption is not available for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

*Educational Aides

Firefighters enrolled in Fire Science Courses

Fully Funded Courses

Good Neighbor Scholarship

Interinstitutional Academic Programs
     (Permissive)

Members of State Military Forces

Nursing Preceptors and their Children

Prisoners of War

Senior Citizen

Students Under Conservatorship of Department
     of Family Protective Services

     
(formerly Foster Children)

Surviving Spouse and Minor Children of Certain
     Police, Security or Emergency Personnel Killed
     in the Line of Public Duty

*TANF Students

Texas Ex-Servicemen

 

 

This information is provided in summary form. For more information contact the Office of General Counsel and/or refer to Texas Education Code 54.201, et seq. Several exemptions were recodified. The reference is correct but the link will be broken until such time as the Texas Statutes are updated.

 

*Required Fees are those required as a condition of enrollment. They do not include room, board, books, transportation, lab fees or other course specific fees or optional fees.

 

**Must have Regental approval.

 

Description

Eligibility

Exempted Charges*

**Accredited School Scholarship (permissive)

Texas Education Code, 54.301

 

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Highest ranking graduate of an accredited Texas high school

Tuition during first two semesters (long session) following graduation

Active Military Dependent Children (including stepchild)

Texas Education Code, § 54.2031

 

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Child or stepchild of member of U.S. Armed Forces who is resident of Texas or eligible for resident tuition

 

Military member deployed on active duty for purpose of engaging in a combative military operation outside the U.S.

Tuition

 

NOT TO EXCEED 150 CREDIT HOURS

 

*Due to Legislative funding cuts, this exemption is not available for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

Adopted Children formerly in Foster or other Residential Care

Texas Education Code, § 54.367

 

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• For individuals who were adopted; and

 

• Were subject of an adoption assistance agreement under Texas Family Code Subchapter D, Chapter 162, that provided monthly payments and medical assistance benefits and was not limited to providing only for the reimbursement of nonrecurring expenses

Tuition and Fees

Blind and Deaf Students

Texas Education Code, § 54.364

 

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• A blind disabled person, or a person whose sense of hearing is nonfunctional

 

• Must be a Texas resident

Tuition

 

Required Fees

 

General Property Deposit

Children of Disabled/Deceased Texas Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers

Texas Education Code, § 54.351

 

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• For children under 21 years of age (or 22 if the student was eligible to participate in special education under Texas Education Code, § 29.003) of disabled full-paid or volunteer firefighters, full-paid municipal, county, state peace officers, custodians of the Department of Criminal Justice, or game wardens

 

• Disability/death occurred in the line of duty

Tuition

 

Required Fees not to exceed 120 undergraduate credit hours or any semester begun after age 26

Children of Prisoners of War or Persons Missing in Action

Texas Education Code, § 54.343

 

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• A person under the age of 21 or a dependent person under 25 years of age who receives majority of support from parent

 

• Parent is a resident of Texas on active duty military and classified by Department of Defense as a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action at time of the student’s registration

Tuition

 

Required Fees

Children of Professional Nursing Program Faculty

Texas Education Code, § 54.355

 

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• For children whose parent is a faculty member or teaching assistant in a nursing program in Texas

 

• Age is 25 years or younger

 

• Texas resident

 

• Has not previously received a baccalaureate degree

 

•Has not previously received an exemption under this section for 10 semesters or summer sessions

 

• Exemption applies only at institution that employs the parent/faculty member

Tuition

(prorated if parent is not full-time)

Children and Spouse of Texas Veterans

Texas Education Code, 54.341

 

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• For children or the spouse of members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed in action, who die or died while in service, are MIA, whose death is documented to be directly caused by illness or injury related to service in the U.S. armed forces, or who become totally disabled for purposes of employability according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' disability rating as a result of a service-related injury

 

• For children or the spouse of members of the Texas National Guard who after January 1, 1946, were killed while on active duty or became totally disabled for purposes of employability according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' disability rating as a result of a service-related injury

 

• Classified as a resident on the date of registration

 

• A child is a person who is 25 or younger on the first day of the semester for which the exemption is claimed.

Tuition Fees (excluding general deposit fees, student services fees, and any charges for lodging, board, or clothing)

 

NOT TO EXCEED 150 CREDIT HOURS

**Concurrent Enrollment--High School/University Credit (permissive)

Texas Education Code, § 54.216

 

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Individuals enrolled in a course that provides simultaneously course credit towards (1) high school academic requirements; and (2) a degree offered by the institution

All or part of tuition and fees

**Disabled Peace Officers (permissive)

Texas Education Code, § 54.352

 

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• Texas resident who has resided in Texas for 12 months immediately preceding registration

 

• Permanently disabled as a result of injury sustained in performance of duties as Texas peace officer

 

• Unable to continue duties as peace officer

Tuition

 

Fees excluding class and laboratory fees

 

NOT TO EXCEED 12 SEMESTERS IN UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

**Distance/Off-Campus Learning (permissive)

Texas Education Code, § 54.218

 

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Student enrolled only in distance learning courses or other off-campus courses

Fees for activities, services or facilities that the student cannot reasonably be expected to use

Early High School Graduates

Texas Education Code, Sections 56.201-209

 

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• Graduated from high school:

  • in not more than 41 consecutive months and successfully completed the recommended or advanced high school program under Texas Education Code, § 28.025, if the person graduated on or after 9/1/2005;
  • in not more than 46 consecutive months, with at least 30 college credit hours, and successfully completed the recommended or advanced high school program under Texas Education Code, § 28.025, if the person graduated on or after 9/1/2005; or
  • in no more than 36 consecutive months after successfully completing the requirements for a high school diploma, if the person graduated before 9/1/2005.

 

• Attended for the majority of time a Texas public high school

 

• Be a U.S. citizen or otherwise lawfully authorized to be present in the U.S.

• If completed the recommended or advanced high school program:

  • $2,000 for tuition and mandatory fees if graduated from high school on or after 9/1/2005 in 36 consecutive months or less (an additional $1,000 if graduated with at least 15 college credit hours)
  • $500 for tuition and mandatory fees if graduated from high school in 37-41 consecutive months on or after 9/1/2005 (an additional $1,000 if graduated with at least 30 college credit hours)
  • $1,000 for tuition and mandatory fees if graduated from high school in 42-45 consecutive months on or after 9/1/2005 with at least 30 college credit hours

• If completed the requirements for a high school diploma:

  • $1,000 for tuition only if graduated before 9/1/2005, and if graduated from high school in not more than 36 consecutive months

*Due to Legislative funding cuts, this exemption is not available for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

Economic Hardship

Texas Education Code, § 54.262

 

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• When payment of fee causes undue economic hardship -- number of exceptions limited to 5 percent of total enrollment

General Fee

Educational Aides (permissive)

Texas Education Code § 54.363

 

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• School employee who worked as an educational aide for at least one year during the 5 years preceding the semester of the exemption

 

• Establish financial need

 

• Pursuing teacher certification (individuals receiving this exemption for the first time beginning fall 2012 must be pursuing teacher certification in at least one subject area determined by the TEA to be experiencing a critical shortage of teachers)

 

• Maintain acceptable GPA

 

• Resident of Texas

Tuition

 

Fees excluding class and laboratory fees

 

*Due to Legislative funding cuts, this exemption is not available for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Institutions wishing to provide this exemption may do so through the use of local funds.

Firefighters enrolled in Fire Science Courses

Texas Education Code § 54.3631

 

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Firefighters who:

  • are employed by a political subdivision of Texas as a firefighter; or are currently and have been for at least one year, an active member of an organized volunteer fire department in Texas, as defined by the fire fighters' pension commissioner, who holds appropriate levels of certification as specified in the statute; and
  • are enrolled in course offered as a part of fire science curriculum

Tuition

 

Laboratory Fees

**Fully Funded Courses (permissive)

Texas Education Code, § 54.217

 

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Individuals enrolled in courses that are fully funded by federal or other sources

Tuition and Fees for particular course

**Good Neighbor Scholarship (permissive)

Texas Education Code, 54.331

 

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A limited number (as prescribed by the Coordinating Board) of native-born citizens and residents from nations of the Western Hemisphere other than the United States

Tuition

Interinstitutional Academic Programs (Permissive)

Texas Education Code, § 54.368

 

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Individuals taking a course at an institution under an interinstitutional academic program agreement, but who is enrolled primarily at another institution

Tuition

 

Required Fees

Members of State Military Forces

Texas Education Code, § 54.345

 

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Individual certified by the adjutant general of the state military forces as having been awarded assistance for tuition and fees under Texas Government Code, § 431.090

Tuition not to exceed 12 semester credit hours charged at the Texas resident rate

 

Mandatory Fees for any semester in which the tuition exemption is received

Nursing Preceptors and their Children

Texas Education Code, § 54.356

 

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• Texas resident

 

• Registered nurse

 

• Serving under contract as a clinical preceptor OR

 

• A child 25 years or younger whose parent meets the criteria above, has not previously received a baccalaureate degree, and has not previously received an exemption under this section for 10 semesters or summer sessions

$500 off tuition per semester

Prisoners of War

Texas Education Code, § 54.342

 

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• Is a resident of Texas and was a resident of Texas at the time of original entry into the U.S. armed forces

 

• Was first classified as a POW on or after January 1, 1999

 

• Is enrolled for at least 12 semester credit hours

Tuition and Required Fees

 

Student Housing and Food Contract Costs

 

Textbook Costs

 

NOT TO EXCEED 120 HOURS

**Senior citizen (permissive)

Texas Education Code, § 54.365

 

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Individuals 65 years of age or older on space available basis

 

 

 

Individuals 65 years of age or older on space available basis may audit

Tuition

 

NOT TO EXCEED 6 CREDIT HOURS PER SEMESTER

 

Tuition

Students Under Conservatorship of Department of Family and Protective Services

Texas Education Code, § 54.366

 

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• For individuals under the conservatorship of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services on the day preceding the individual’s 18th birthday, on or after the day of the student’s 14th birthday if the student was eligible for adoption on or after that day, on the day the student received a high school diploma or equivalent, or during an academic term in which the student was enrolled in a dual credit course

 

• Enrolls in an institution of higher education (including a dual credit course) no later than his or her 25th birthday

Tuition

 

Required Fees

Surviving Spouse and Minor Children of Certain Police, Security or Emergency Personnel Killed in the Line of Public Duty

Texas Education Code, § 54.354

 

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• For the surviving spouse or children of certain public peace officers, probation officers, parole officers, jailers, police reservists, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel, Texas Gov’t Code § 615.003

 

• Death occurred in the line of duty as a result of a risk inherent in the duty

 

• Must be enrolled full-time

Tuition and Fees

 

Student Housing and Food Contract Costs

 

Textbook Costs

 

NOT TO EXCEED BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR 200 HOURS

TANF Students (permissive)

Texas Education Code, 54.361

 

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• For students who during the student’s last year of public high school in this state, was a dependent child receiving financial assistance under Chapter 31, Texas Human Resources Code, for not less than six months

 

• Successfully completed the attendance requirements under Texas Education Code, 25.085

 

• Younger than 22 years of age on the date of enrollment

 

• Enrolls at the institution as an undergraduate student not later than the second anniversary of the date of graduation from a public high school in this state

 

• Has met the entrance examination requirements of the institution before the date of enrollment

 

• Must be a Texas resident

Tuition

 

Fees

 

NOT TO EXCEED FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR

 

*Due to Legislative funding cuts, this exemption is not available for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Institutions wishing to provide this exemption may do so through the use of local funds.

Texas Ex-Servicemen

Texas Education Code, § 54.341

 

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Currently resides in Texas (unless the student received the exemption prior to fall 2011)

 

• Entered the service at a location in Texas

 

• Declared Texas as the person's home of record or would have been a resident of Texas under Subchapter B at the time of entry

 

• Served in U.S. armed forces in World War II, Korean Conflict, the Cold War, Vietnam, Grenada era, Lebanon, Panama, Persian Gulf, the national emergency related to 9/11/2001

 

• Honorably discharged

 

• Not eligible for federal education benefits

Tuition

 

Fees (excluding general deposit fees, student services fees, and any charges for lodging, board, or clothing)

 

Other required charges

 

NOT TO EXCEED 150 CREDIT HOURS (assignment of unused hours to children under 25 years of age may be authorized by the veteran or following the death of an eligible veteran)

 

 

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In-State Tuition for Nonresidents Summary

 

 

Border County Waiver

 

College Faculty and their Dependents

 

Competitive Scholarship Waiver

 

Dual Medical/Philosophy Degree Waiver (Biomedical Research Scholarship Student Waiver) (Health Institutions)

 

Economic Development and Diversification Waiver

 

Good Neighbor Scholarship Program

 

Foreign Service Officers Stationed in Mexico Attending Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas Waiver

 

Mexican Citizens with Financial Need-Border County Waiver (UTB, UTEP and UTPA)

 

Mexican Citizens with Financial Need-Border Nations Waiver

 

Military: After Assignment in Texas

 

Military: Assigned to Duty in Texas

 

Military: Honorably Discharged, Separated, or Retired Veterans who Move to Texas

 

Military: Member, Spouse or Child who Remains Continuously Enrolled in Higher Education in Texas

 

Military: NATO Forces

 

Military: Spouse and Dependents Who Previously Lived in Texas

 

Military: Survivors

 

Military: Veterans, Service Members, Their Spouses and Dependents (if veteran is eligible for federal veteran educational benefits)

 

Nonresidents Enrolled in Texas Public Universities Located within 100 Miles of the Texas Border Waiver

 

Olympic athletes attending The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southermost College

 

Out-of-State Military: If Family Intent is to Make Texas Home

 

Registered Nurses Enrolled in Postgraduate Nursing Degree Programs Waiver

 

Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants Waiver

 

Students from Mexico Enrolled in Graduate Degree Programs in Public Health Waiver (UTB, UTEP and UTPA)

 

 

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Last Updated: April 5, 2010