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Hazlewood Exemption for Spouses and Dependents

What is the Hazlewood Dependent/Spouse Program
Veteran Eligibility Requirements
Student Eligibility Requirements
Required Documentation for First-Time Applicants
Requied Documentation for Renewal Applicants

What is the Hazlewood Dependent/Spouse Program?

The Hazlewood Act is also extended to spouses and dependent children of eligible active duty, Texas National Guard, and Air National Guard Veterans 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. Each child and spouse will receive a 150 credit hour exemption.

Note – A child of a qualified Veteran who is not 100% disabled or has a service connected death may qualify for benefits under the Hazlewood Legacy Program.

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Veteran Eligibility Requirements

The following are requirements a veteran must meet to be considered a qualifying veteran:

  • At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, designated Texas as Home of Record, entered the service in Texas, or was a Texas resident
  • Served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training)
  • Received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions
  • Is missing in action or as a result of service related injuries or illness died, became 100% disabled, or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability

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Student Eligibility Requirements

The following are requirements a student must meet to have Hazlewood transferred to them:

  • Be a Texas resident
  • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year
  • Make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in a degree, certificate, or continuing education program as determined by the institution (only pertains to dependent/spouse of veteran who became 100% disabled or receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability as a result of service-connected injuries or illness)
      • GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates; GPA of 3.0 for graduates
      • Cannot “excessively exceed” hours required for degree – Undergraduate Credit Limitation (Begins Fall 2014)
    Note – These requirements are not the same as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements necessary to maintain financial aid eligibility. For financial aid SAP info please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress web page.
  • Have no federal Veteran’s education benefits, or have no federal Veteran’s education benefits dedicated to payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31) for semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits
  • Cannot be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas
  • If you are a male, you must be registered for Selective Service

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Required Documentation for First-Time Applicants

First time applicants must submit the items below by the Census date for the first term of the academic year in which the student is applying for the exemption. If the student wants to use the exemption other terms within that year, the student will simply make their request on the HE-D application or notify SFAES. The following is the initial documentation that is required:

  • Hazlewood Statement of Understanding
  • HE-D Application
  • DD214 must indicate Place of Entry, Home of Record, Character of Service and Active Duty days
  • Rating Decision Letter if disabled due to service-related illness or injury OR DD1300 if parent or spouse died while active duty
  • Proof of Dependency – birth certificate, tax return for current or previous tax year, adoption papers, etc OR marriage certificate for a spouse
  • If the veteran was discharged after 8/1/2009, submit proof of ineligibility or exhaustion of GI/Montgomery benefits (Chapter 31 and/or Chapter 33 Post 9/11) by requesting an education benefits letter from one of the following:
  • Hazlewood Database Hours for student (submit even if hours are zero)
  • If you are a male who has not submitted a FAFSA, please submit proof of having registered for Selective Service. If you have not registered, you can register at www.sss.gov
    • Note: In submitting a FAFSA, the Department of Education notifies us of your selective service status. For this reason only males who have NOT submitted a FAFSA must submit documentation

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Required Documentation for Renewal Applicants

After initially receiving the Hazlewood Exemption, applicants must submit renewal documentation by the Census date for the first term of the academic year in which the student is applying for the exemption. If the student wants to use the exemption other terms within that year, the student will simply make their request on the HE-D application or notify SFAES. The following is the renewal documentation that is required:

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