The Hazlewood Exemption (Hazlewood Act) is intended to provide an education benefit to honorably discharged or separated Texas Veterans and to eligible dependent children and spouses, in accordance with Texas Law.
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 under the age of 26.
The child designee must be the biological, stepchild, or adopted child of the parent Veteran; dependent who are not biological children must be claimed as a dependent on a federal income tax return filed by the Veteran for the preceding or current tax year. The child must be a resident of the State of Texas, be 25 years or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed, and must be making satisfactory academic progress in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution. Only one qualified beneficiary can use the benefit at any one time. Veterans’ spouses are not eligible to receive a transfer of unused hours under the Legacy Program.
Hazlewood for the Dependents of Qualified Disabled or Deceased Texas Veterans:
Qualified Texas Veterans who meet the qualifications for Hazlewood and who are 100% Disabled as determined by the VA or Texas Veterans who died in the line of duty or as a result of injury or illness directly related to military service (as determined by the VA), missing in action, or who became totally disabled for the purposes of employability as a result of a service-related injury or illness qualify to pass their Hazlewood Benefit to their spouse and dependents.
- Hazlewood application (Veteran and dependent application to transfer benefits) (Please complete all applicable sections) If the veteran and/or student is eligible for benefits under title 38, the student must submit copy of the Veteran benefit eligibility letter dated no later than 3 months to the date of application
- Copy of the Veteran’s DD214 – member 4 copy (Veteran must have served more than 181 days in active duty, discharged as honorable or under honorable conditions, entered in or declared the state of Texas as their home of record upon entering into active duty, and have not defaulted on any Texas state loans);
- Proof of Dependency (Childs birth certificate showing relation to veteran or recent tax return or child support decree);
- Both the veteran and dependent must register with the Hazelwood online database system. The link provided will take you to the log-in page https://www1.thecb.state.tx.us/Apps/HSH/students/?CFID=351605&CFTOKEN=31218876&jsessionid=8430b4746c9ecf69cafe28486245774e13a6 (Please print the confirmation screen for both the veteran and dependent and submit with applications.)
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).
This is a state benefit and is not administered or managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 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 university and guidance from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
This program is administered by the Veteran Services Office in Evans Hall, room 323 in compliance with the Texas Hazlewood Law. There are no exceptions to the requirements to qualify for the benefit. All forms must be filled out and submitted each summer and fall semester by the semester census date (12th class day) to use the benefit each semester. No late applications for benefits will be accepted.
Visit the Texas Veterans Commission at http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx for qualifications, forms, and more details. Hazlewood Due Date is the semester census date.
Angela R. Dickson, Ph.D.
Phone: (936) 261-3563
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