Hazelwood Exemption

The Hazlewood Exemption is awarded by the State of Texas to veterans, and possibly their dependents, and exempts the payment of tuition, dues, fees, and other required charges for up to 150 credit hours maximum at any public college or university within the State of Texas. The award specifically excludes deposit fees, student service fees, any fees or charges for books, application fee, travel, lodging, board, or clothing. Awards may not be used to pay tuition and relevant fees for continuing education classes unless the college receives state tax support for the class or the governing board has specifically approved this benefit.

 

See Official rules and applications at:

http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa2cfm?ID=500

 

There are three ways to use the Hazlewood exemption.

  1. Texas Veteran
  2. Legacy Program (Veteran transfer unused Hazlewood hours to eligible dependent child)
  3. Dependent and Spouse of a Texas Veteran who is 100% disabled for the purpose of employability, Missing in Action, or Killed in Action

 

Eligibility Requirements:

                  Veteran:

  1. Was a Texas resident, or designated Texas as Home or Record, or entered the U.S. Armed Forces in Texas
  2. Must have served at least 181 days of active military duty, as indicated as “net active service” (the sum of 12(c) and 12(d) on the DD214) and have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions, and have no federal veteran’s education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (Chapter 33 or 31) for the semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits.
  3. Must currently physically reside in Texas during the time for which the exemption is claimed. This applies to all new recipients effective Fall 2011.
  4. Must not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas
  5. Must 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 costs)

Legacy Program: Veterans who meet the Hazlewood requirements may transfer unused hours to a dependent child who meets the following requirements. A veteran’s spouse or child’s guardian, conservator, custodian, or other legally designated caretaker may re-assign unused hours to an eligible child through Legacy on behalf of a veteran who died prior to requesting the transfer.

NOTE: Only one dependent child can utilize one veteran’s Hazlewood Legacy at a time.

  1. Dependent must be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent on the most recent tax return AND
  2. Must be admitted by the Admissions Office as a Texas resident
  3. Must be 25 years old or younger at the beginning of the intended semester
  4. Must not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas
  5. Must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements

Children and Spouse of a Texas Veteran who is 100% disabled for the purpose of employability, Missing in Action, or Killed in Action:

  1. Must be the dependent child or is the spouse 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 for purposes of employability as a result of service-related injury or illness
  2. Have no federal veteran’s education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only, such as Chapter 31 or Chapter 33, for the term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits (Pell and SEOG Grants are not relevant)
  3. Must be admitted by the Admissions Office as a Texas resident
  4. Eligible child must be 25 years old or younger (effective Fall 2011 for new recipients)
  5. Must not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas

 

Application Process and Deadline:

Applications: There are two unique Hazlewood applications. Each application packet includes a cover sheet, eligibility and documentation requirements, specific instructions, and the application. Refer to the instructions as needed.

                  HE-V        Veteran

                  HE-D        Dependent: Used for Legacy Program and for the eligible child or spouse of a
                                   Texas veteran who is 100% disabled for the purpose of
                                   Employability, Missing in Action, or Killed in Action

 

                                                      APPLICATIONS CAN BE FOUND AT:                 

http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaidtofa2cfm?=579

                                                                                          OR

CAN BE PICKED UP IN THE VETERAN BENEFITS COORDINATOR’S OFFICE ON THE LEVELLAND CAMPUS OR IN THE VETERAN ADVISOR’S OFFICE ON THE REESE CAMPUS.

 

Application Process:

Veteran:

  1. HE-V (required the first semester of Hazlewood use each academic year) “Continuing Hazlewood Use” form to be completed for each subsequent semester of the academic year.
  2. DD214 Member 4 showing honorable or under honorable conditions discharge
  3. If veteran served after 9/11/2001 – VA Certificate of Eligibility of education benefits (see application instructions)
  4. Previous Hazlewood recipient at another institution? Submit verification of hours used from previous institutions. If hours are not reflected on line, contact previous colleges/universities and request hours used since the beginning of Fall 1995.

Legacy:

  1. HE-V
  2. HE-D (Required the first semester of Hazlewood use each academic year) “Continuing Hazlewood Use” form to be completed for each subsequent semester of the academic year.
  3. DD214 Member 4 showing veteran’s honorable or under honorable conditions discharge
  4. If veteran served after 9/11/2001 – VA certificate of eligibility of education benefits for the child
  5. Most recent tax return of veteran listing dependent child or child’s birth certificate listing veteran as parent or other court ordered document verifying dependency
  6. Previous Hazlewood recipient at another institution? If hours are not reflected online, contact previous college and request hours used.

Dependent or Spouse of a Veteran who is 100% disabled for purpose of employability, KIA or MIA:

  1. HE-D (Required the first semester of Hazlewood use each academic year) “Continuing Hazlewood Use” form to be completed for each subsequent semester of the academic year.
  2. DD14 Member 4 showing honorable or under honorable conditions discharge
  3. VA rating letter or letter of KIA or MIA
  4. If served after 9/11/2001 – VA Certificate of Eligibility of educational benefits for dependent or spouse
  5. Most recent tax return of veteran listing dependent child or Child’s birth certificate listing veteran as parent or other court order document verifying dependency
  6. Previous Hazlewood recipient at another institution? If hours are not reflected online, contact previous college and request hours used.

 

IF YOU UTILITZED HAZLEWOOD AT SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE DURING THE MOST RECENT SEMESTER – SUBMIT ONLY THE HE-V (VETERAN) OR HE-D (DEPENDENT)

 

Application Deadline:

                  To ensure proper tuition and fees are waived by this exemption, a student must submit the appropriate completed applications and supporting documents (if required) immediately following registration each semester. Due to the volume of applications, allow 5 business days for processing. The exemption is posted to the student’s account summary on Campus Connect. Retain a copy of all documents for your records. Incomplete and partial applications will not be processed. Applicant has one year to apply for retroactive benefits.

 

Application Submission:

 Application packets or Hazlewood Continuing Use Form can be submitted as follows:
 In Person to the VA Coordinator on the Levelland Campus or the VA Advisor on the Reese Campus
 
 Fax to: (806) 885-1979 or (806) 894-8653
 

 


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