Educational Aide Exemption

The Educational Aide Exemption was created by the Texas Legislature to provide a tuition and mandatory fees (other than special course fees) exemption for students enrolled in classes leading to teacher certification with an ultimate goal of reducing the teacher shortage in Texas.

To qualify, a student must

  • be a Texas resident

  • have one year of employment as a teacher's aide in the past five years or have substitute taught 180 days in the past five years

  • currently be employed with an ISD in some capacity

  • complete the FAFSA form

  • have a financial need

  • and meet SPC satisfactory academic progress requirements.


 If students do not show a financial need according to the FAFSA form, students may submit their current year tax return in an attempt to qualify by the Adjusted Gross Income method. In order to obtain an application, please log onto the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board web-site at order to receive funding, the student should submit his or her FAFSA and Educational Aide Exemption Application to the Financial Aid Office for processing.


A student needs to apply every year. There are separate applications for fall/spring and for summer. A separate application is required for the summer term since it is only funded upon the availability of funds. Spring awards are made once the roster, mailed from the Coordinating Board in November, is received back from the school district verifying the certified aide’s/substitute teacher’s spring employment.




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