Hazlewood Act Exemption

Hazlewood and Hazlewood Legacy

Texas A&M University : Corpus Christi is proud to support our Texas Veterans by providing the Hazlewood Benefit to qualified Texas Veterans, Spouses, and Dependents. The intention of the Hazlewood Exemption (Hazlewood Act) is to provide an education benefit to honorably discharged Texas Veterans and to eligible dependent children and spouses in accordance with Texas Law and under the policies and procedures established by the office of Veterans Affairs. In August 2009, the Texas Legislature added the new Hazlewood Legacy Program to the original Hazlewood Benefits, allowing qualified Texas Veterans to transfer unused benefits to one dependent child. In August 2011, the Texas Legislature added the ability of qualified Texas Veterans who are deceased to transfer unused Hazlewood Benefits to one dependent child. For more information, see below:

What is it?

The Texas Hazlewood Act provides qualified Texas Veterans, their spouses, and children with an education benefit of up to 150 credit hours of tuition and fee exemptions (not including the Student Services Fee, Parking Permit, or other non-mandatory fees, which must be paid by the student each semester) at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and certain other state supported institutions of higher learning.

This benefit is a State Benefit, not administered or managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), which provides qualified Texas Veterans an exemption from paying tuition and some fees. Students are responsible to pay fees not covered by the exemption or dropped from their courses. The benefit cannot be applied retroactively for previous semesters, only for the current or future semester in accordance with the policies and procedures of the TAMU-CC Office of Veterans Affairs and guidance from the Texas Veterans Commission.

Who qualifies for the benefit?

The beneficiary must meet ALL requirements to qualify for the Hazlewood exemption. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact the the Veterans Office at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

NOTE: Qualification for Hazlewood is based on meeting the qualifications established by the Texas Veterans Commission. A veteran may be authorized to transfer the benefit to a qualified dependent. In all cases the Texas Veteran is the applicant; spouses and dependents only qualify for benefits once the Veteran has transferred the benefit to the dependent. Veterans can submit applications for benefits to the Office of Veterans Affairs located in the Student Service Center at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Dependents submitting an applicaiton on behalf of a Veteran who is not present must have the applicaton and supporting documenations signed by the Veteran and notarized by a State Notary to apply for the benefit.

 

Veteran Qualifications 

A Veteran must:

  • At the time of entry into active duty the U.S. Armed Forces, designated Texas as Home of Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident;
  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions as indicated on the Veteran's Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214);
  • Served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training);
  • 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;
  • Not be 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 cost), unless the college’s governing board has ruled to let Veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses; and
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

Veterans who are granted their first Hazlewood Act exemption beginning fall, 2011 must reside in Texas during the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed. This requirement does not apply to the Veterans who either received the exemption prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, have reenlisted into active duty, or reside with a spouse who is on active duty.

 

Hazlewood Act application process

A Veteran must:

  • Apply and be accepted to a Texas public college or university of his/her choice. Go to  www.applytexas.org to apply or use your institution's application for admission;
  • Provide proof (DD214) from the Department of Defense regarding military service and the nature of discharge;
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post-9/11) by requesting a certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from eBenefits (if Veteran has active duty service after 9/11/2001). You will need to create a username and password to request your certificate of eligibility;
  • Fill out the Hazlewood Exemption application form; and
  • Turn in the Hazlewood Exemption application form, a copy of your letter of eligibility/ineligibility, and a copy of your DD214 into the financial aid office of the institution you will be attending.

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the institution no later than the last day of class in order to be evaluated for the semester or term.

 

Determine institution eligibility for the Hazlewood Act

Eligible Institutions:
The Hazlewood Act is available only for use at a Texas public college or university. To access listings of Texas public colleges and universities, follow this link: Texas Institutions of Higher Education and select any of the schools listed under the Texas Public Institutions. The schools listed under Independent (Private) Institutions do NOT qualify for this exemption.

 

Legacy Act (Child)

Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain conditions.

Qualifications
A child (legacy recipient) must: 

  • Be classified by the institution as 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 old 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
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

Legacy recipients will receive an exemption for the number of degree certified hours reported by the institution for that term or semester. Maximum degree certified hours awarded to the Legacy recipient will be dependent upon the degree or certificate program in which the student is enrolled for that term or semester and shall be consistent with the program length as defined within the school catalog as approved by the regional accreditation commission. *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 child. Only one child will use Hazlewood Legacy benefits at a time.

 

Legacy Act Application Process

Qualifications
A child (legacy recipient) of a Veteran must:

  • Apply and be accepted to a Texas public college or university. Go to www.applytexas.org to apply or use your institution's application for admission;
  • Fill out the Hazlewood Exemption Application;
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post-9/11) by requesting a certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from eBenefits. You will need to create a username and password to request your certificate of eligibility;
  • Take both applications, letter of eligibility/ineligibility (if needed), along with a copy of the Veteran’s DD214, to the financial aid office of the institution you will be attending. 

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the institution no later than the last day of class of a term in order to be evaluated for that semester or term.

 

Hazlewood Act for Spouse/Child

Spouses and dependent children of eligible Active Duty, Reserve, and Texas National Guard who died in the line of duty or as a result of injury or illness directly related to military service, are missing in action, or who became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of a service-related injury or illness are entitled to each receive a 150 credit hours exemption.

Qualifications

A spouse must:

  • Be a spouse of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, be classified by the institution as a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas;
  • Be a spouse of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Texas National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled (100%) as a result of service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;
  • Have no federal Veterans 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;
  • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident; and
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours. This requirement does not apply to the spouse of a MIA, KIA, or service connected deceased Veteran.

 

A child must:

  • Be a child of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, be classified by the institution as a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas;
  • Be a child of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled (100%) as a result of a service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;
  • Have no federal Veterans 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;
  • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident; and
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours. This requirement does not apply to the child of a MIA, KIA, or service connected deceased Veteran.

 

Application process for Spouse/Child

A spouse or child of a Veteran whose death was service connected, is MIA, or is/was 100% permanently disabled must:

  • Apply and be accepted to a Texas public college or university. Go to www.applytexas.org or use your institution's application for admission;
  • Provide a DD214 and a disability rating letter or a DD1300 Report of Casualty regarding the Veteran's death;
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post/9-11) by requesting an education benefits letter from the VA at eBenefits. You will need to create a username and password to request your certificate of eligibility;
  • Fill out the Hazlewood Exemption application form.

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the institution no later than the last day of class of a term in order to be evaluated for that semester or term.

Required Documents

Hazlewood Veterans Checklist (link to forms and publications)

Hazlewood Dependents Checklist (link to forms and publications)

 

Stacking with the GI Bill®:

The Hazlewood Benefit can be used in conjunction with all versions of the GI Bill except the Post-9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33 at the 100% rate or the Vocational Rehab Program Chapter 31. Applicants must meet all the requirements for the Hazlewood Program and submit a complete packet with all required forms and documents to qualify. Students must apply for the benefits separately each semester to start and maintain their benefits.  Apply for VA education benefits at Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)

Application Forms

To use Hazlewood benefits or to transfer unused benefits to an eligible child, applicants must complete an application and supporting documents to Office of Veterans Affairs at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi.   Late applications will be subjet to delays.  The student assumes temporary financial responsibity for late submissions.  Forms can be downloaded here.

Hazlewood Due Date: Published priority processing deadline. 

 

* Note: The Hazlewood Benefit is not a benefit under the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is a benefit passed by the Texas Legislature for Texas Veterans Only. This program is administered by the TAMU-CC Office of Veterans Affairs in compliance with the Texas Hazlewood Law. There are no exceptions to the requirements to qualify for the benefit.  The Hazlewood Benefit cannot be applied retroactively for past semesters.  New applications and supporting documents must be received no later than the last day of class in order to be evaluated for the semester.  Priority processing deadlines apply

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