Hazlewood Exemption

Education Benefits

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.

For additional information on the Hazlewood Act, visit the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) website.

Eligibility Determinations:

The MVSC determines a student's elibility for the Hazlewood exemption at UT Tyler. Previous eligibility determinations by other institutions DO NOT require UT Tyler to automatically award the exemption. Eligibility can only be determined by submitting an application and required documentation.

 

Required Documentation:

The documents required to use the Hazlewood exemption are listed in the Texas Administrative Code, and are listed below. Documents besides those listed MAY be accepted by the MVSC to determine eligibility, after consultation with TVC.

Hazlewood Veteran:

When applying for the first time for the Hazlewood Act Exemption, a veteran shall provide to the institution the Hazlewood Act Exemption Application, along with the following supporting documentation:

(1)   a copy of the veteran's Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD FORM 214) or equivalent document.

(2)    a certificate of eligibility from the VA Regional Processing Office for federal education benefits if the veteran served active duty military service on or after September 11, 2001; and

(3)    proof that the veteran is not in default on an educational loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas.

 

Hazlewood Disability Spouse/Child:

When applying for the first time for the Hazlewood Act Exemption, a spouse or child shall provide to the institution the Hazlewood Act Exemption Application, along with the following supporting documentation:

(1)   proof that the veteran's death (DD FORM 1300) or disability (VA rating decision letter) was a result of an injury or illness directly associated with military service;

(2)   a certificate of eligibility from the VA Regional Processing Office for federal education benefits if the veteran served active duty military service on or after September 11, 2001;

(3)   if a child, proof that he or she is the child of an eligible veteran (birth certificate, or marriage certificate between the veteran and child's birth or adoptive parent, or adoption certificate, or the veteran's federal income tax return);

(4)   if a spouse, proof that he or she was the spouse of the veteran at the time the veteran died or is the current spouse of an otherwise eligible member of the military who sustained a disabling injury or is classified as missing in action (MIA) (marriage certificate or federal income tax return);

(5)   documentation that the veteran, at the time he or she entered the service, was a resident of Texas, entered the service in the State of Texas (DD FORM 214), or declared Texas as his or her home of record in the manner provided by the military or other service (DD FORM 214);

(6)   for the spouse or child of a disabled veteran or guardsman, a rating decision letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying that the veteran has been rated totally and permanently disabled or meets the eligibility requirements for individual unemployability according to the disability ratings of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and

(7)    proof that the spouse or child is not in default on an educational loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas.

 

Hazlewood Legacy Child:

When applying for the first time for the Hazlewood Legacy Act transfer, a child shall provide to the institution the Hazlewood Act Exemption Application, along with the following supporting documentation:

(1)   birth certificate, or marriage certificate between the veteran and child's birth or adoptive parent, or adoption certificate, or most recent federal income tax return;

(2)   certificate of eligibility from the VA Regional Processing Office for federal education benefits if the veteran served active duty military service on or after September 11, 2001;

(3)   proof that the child and the qualifying veteran are not in default on an educational loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas; and

(4)     a copy of the veteran's Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD FORM 214) or equivalent document.