Tuition Exemptions, Waivers, and Third-Party Billing

Find information about various tuition exemptions, waivers, and third-party billing arrangements.

Tuition Exemptions

Tuition exemptions are issued only for the period in which a student is currently enrolled; therefore, unless otherwise stated, applications must be submitted no later than the date of commencement at the end of the spring semester or the official graduation date at the end of the summer session or fall semester. Beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, satisfactory academic progress must be met in order to maintain eligibility for most exemptions.

Exemptions include:

  • Highest Ranking High School Graduate
  • Blind/Deaf Student Exemption
  • Exemption for Children of Disabled or Deceased Texas Firefighters and Peace Officers
  • Exemption for Children of Prisoners of War or Persons Missing in Action
  • Exemption for Children of Professional Nursing Faculty and Staff Members
  • Exemption for Clinical Nursing Preceptors and their Dependents
  • Exemption for Foster and Adopted Children
  • Hazlewood Act Exemption for Spouses/Children of Texas Ex-Servicemembers
  • Hazlewood Act Exemption for Texas Ex-Servicemembers
  • Legacy Act Exemption for Children of Texas Ex-Servicemembers
  • Peace Officers Disabled in the Line of Duty Exemption
  • Exemption for the Surviving Spouse and Dependent Children of Certain Deceased Public Servants (Employees)
  • Exemption for Participants in a Military Funeral
  • Exemption for Senior Citizens

For detailed information about who is eligible for each exemption, what is exempted, and where to apply for an exemption go here


Tuition Waivers

A waiver allows for a portion of a student's tuition not to be paid. The student is responsible for payment of the remaining tuition not covered by the waiver. Waivers are issued only for the period in which a student is currently enrolled; therefore, applications must be submitted no later than the date of commencement at the end of the spring semester or the official graduation date at the end of the summer session or fall semester. Beginning with the fall 2014 semester, satisfactory academic progress must be met in order to maintain eligibility for most waivers.

Waivers include:

  • Competitive Scholarship Waiver
  • Economic Development and Diversification Waiver
  • Waiver for Faculty Members, Teaching Assistants, and Research Assistants, and their Dependents
  • Good Neighbor Scholarship
  • Waiver for International Students Who Hold Visas Allowing for Domicile in the United States
  • Waiver for Mexican Citizens with Financial Need
  • Waiver for Military Personnel Stationed in Texas
  • Nonresidents Enrolled in the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan or Texas Tuition Promise Fund
  • Waiver for Military Veterans, Spouses, and Children Moving to Texas

For detailed information about who is eligible for each waiver, what is exempted, and where to apply for a waiver go here


Third-Party Billing

Agencies outside the university may set up a third-party billing arrangement that pays all or a part of a student’s tuition bill. The student is responsible for any amount not covered by the third party. Arrangements must be made in advance with the Special Billing Office, MAI 4.

Third-party billing arrangements include:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Staff Educational Benefit
  • Teaching assistant/assistant instructor/graduate research assistant tuition reduction
  • Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan
  • Texas Tuition Promise Fund

For detailed information about who is eligible for each, what is exempted, and where to apply go here