Waivers and Exemptions

UHCL extends to students any waivers and exemptions for which they qualify. The university reserves the right to evaluate each individual waiver and exemption for compliance with existing regulations and will base any decision on the merit of such review. 

  Hazelwood Exemption
 

Please see the Veterans Service Office to apply for Hazelwood:

  • The Office of Student Financial Aid will coordinate with the Veterans Service Office, Hazelwood benefits. Students should apply for the Hazelwood Exemption through the Veterans Service Office, the Office of Student Financial Aid will monitor the Grade Point Average requirement and Excess Hours limits to determine your eligibility for the Exemption.
  • The Hazelwood Exemption is subject to the Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement and Limit to the total number of hours. Students not meeting one/or both of these requirements will need to appeal directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine future eligibility for the Hazelwood Waiver.
  Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants Waiver
 

The Office of Student Financial Aid will coordinate with each School to award the Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants waiver. Schools will be responsible for hiring Research Assistants/Teaching Assistants and communicating with the Office of Student Financial Aid to award the waiver.

  Waiver for College Faculty and their Dependents
 

Provide a waiver of nonresident tuition to teachers and professors employed at least half-time on a regular monthly salary basis by any Texas public college or university. Such waiver is also applicable to the spouse and dependent children of the teacher or professor. Learn more

  Adopted Students Formerly in Foster or Other Residential Care
 

Please submit documentation from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services of eligibility to the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Adopted/Foster Exemption is subject to the Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement and Limit to the total number of hours. Students not meeting one/or both of these requirements will need to appeal directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine future eligibility for the Adopted/Foster Care Exemption

  Exemption for Students under Conservatorship of the Dept. of Family and Protective Services
  Please submit documentation from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services of eligibility to the Office of Student Financial Aid. More Information.
  Blind/Deaf Student Exemption Program
 

Please submit certification from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services of status as a blind or a deaf person to the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Blind/Deaf Exemption is subject to the Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement and Limit to the total number of hours. Students not meeting one/or both of these requirements will need to appeal directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine future eligibility for the Blind/Deaf Exemption.

  Exemption for Highest Ranking High School Graduate
  Please submit document issued by school indicating they are the highest ranking high school graduate to the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Exemption for Highest Ranking High School Graduate is subject to the Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement and Limit to the total number of hours. Students not meeting one/or both of these requirements will need to appeal directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine future eligibility for the Exemption for Highest Ranking High School Graduate.
  Exemption Program for Children of Professional Nursing Program Faculty and Staff
  Provides an exemption of tuition to eligible students to encourage their parents to continue employment as professional nurse faculty or staff members in the State of Texas. More information
  Exemption Program for Clinical Preceptors and Their Children
  To encourage nurses to serve as Clinical Nurse Preceptors by providing a partial exemption from tuition to them and/or their children. More information
   Firefighter Tuition and Laboratory Fee Exemption Program
 

If you are employed as a firefighter by a political subdivision of Texas, or are an active member of an organized volunteer fire department, and are enrolled in our B.S. in Public Service Leadership degree program, you may be eligible for a tuition and laboratory fee exemption. This exemption applies to selected course work.

In order to be considered for the exemption as a volunteer firefighter, you must:

Currently be, and for at least one year prior to your enrollment have been, an active member of an organized volunteer fire department participating in the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System or a retirement system established under the Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act, and

  • Hold either
    • An accredited advanced level of certification (or the equivalent), under the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas volunteer certification program, or
  • A Phase V (Firefighter II) certification (or the equivalent), under the Texas Commission of Fire Protection’s voluntary certification program under Section 419.071, Government Code.

Obtaining the Exemption

To apply for the exemption, you will need to submit the Firefighter Tuition Exemption Request Form to the Office of Student Financial Aid, or via fax at 281-283-2502. Please submit your exemption form as soon as you register, so that if you are eligible for the exemption, the tuition and laboratory fee exemption waiver can be applied to your student account prior to the payment deadlines.

Notification of Award

Prior to the semester payment deadlines for Open and Late Registration, the Office of Student Financial Aid will report via university email the status of your exemption request. If you receive an exemption, the Office of Student Financial Aid will send you an email notice that your exemption has been applied to your student account.

What is Covered; What is not?

If you are eligible, your waiver will be applied toward the following types of tuition: undergraduate statutory tuition, designated undergraduate tuition, and differential designated undergraduate tuition for the College of Human Sciences and Humanities. Any laboratory fees associated with the eligible courses listed below will also be waived.

This waiver does not cover excess tuition charges accumulated through repeated or additional hours. You will be responsible for the payment of any tuition in excess of the regular tuition rate.

Changes to Your Class Schedule

To make changes to your class schedule after you have submitted an Exemption Request form, you will need to submit the Firefighters Add/Drop Form before the Late Registration payment deadline. Doing so will ensure that all waiver adjustments are accurately reflected in your student financial account.

To add or drop courses that are not listed on the Add/Drop form and therefore do not require a tuition waiver adjustment, you should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid directly by email at uhcl_fao@uhcl.edu. For verification purposes, you must use your official UHCL email address when making this request and provide the specific information (e.g. name, section number, etc.) for the course(s) that you are requesting to change. During this process, you will not be able to make schedule adjustments through E-services. Your ability to add or drop courses through E-services will be restored shortly after the census date for the semester.

Course Listing Eligible for Exemption

  • FRAD 4238, PSLD 4238 or SOCI 4238 – Social Conflict or Mediation
  • FRAD 4433, PSLD 4433 or PSYC 4433 or SOCI 4433 – Public Service Management
  • FRAD 4434, PSLD 4434 or PSYC 4434 or SOCI 4434 – Public Service Leadership
  • FRAD 4435, PSLD 4435 or PSYC 4435 – Strategic Planning
  • FRAD 4436, PSLD 4436 or PSCY 4436 – Organizational Communication
  • FRAD 4437 or PSLD 4437– Management Issues in Diversity
  • FRAD 4438, PSLD 4438 or PSYC 4438 – Crisis Management
  • FRAD 4439- Ethics in Public Service Leadership
  • FRAD 4839 or PSLD 4839 - Independent Studies in Public Service Leadership
  • FRAD 4931 or PSLD 4931 - Special Topics in Public Service Leadership
  • COMM 3230 - Integrated Marketing and Communication
  • WRIT 3132 - Written Business Communication
  • PSYC 4631 - Research Design and Statistical Measurement I
  • PSYC 4632 - Research Design and Statistical Measurement II
  • PSYC 4730 - Behavioral Statistics
  • PSYC 4731 - Social Science Research Techniques
  • CRIM 4835 or SOCI 4835 - Research Methods

Making Satisfactory Progress toward your Degree

The Firefighter Tuition and Laboratory Fee Exemption is subject to the Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement and Limit to the total number of hours. Students not meeting one/or both of these requirements will need to appeal directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine future eligibility for the Firefighter Tuition and Laboratory Fee Exemption.

  Peace Officer Tuition and Laboratory Fee Exemption Program
 

If you are employed as a full-time or part-timePeace Officer by the state of Texas or one of its political subdivisions, and you are enrolled in our B.S. in Criminology degree program, you may be eligible for a tuition and laboratory fee exemption. This exemption applies to selected course work. If you are a volunteer Peace Officer you do not qualify for exemption.

Qualifying for the Exemption

In order to be considered for the exemption, you must:

  • Be making satisfactory academic progress toward your degree plan, as defined by UHCL’s financial aid policy.
  • Apply for the exemption no later than one week before the end of Open Registration for the semester or term.
  • Not have accumulated more than 150 semester credit hours while attending any Texas public community college or university where you paid resident tuition.
  • Submit Peace Officer Exemption Form no later than one week before the end of Open Registration. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for more information regarding registration deadlines.

Apply early to increase your chances of receiving the exemption

Per the Texas Education Code 54.208, no more than 20% of a given class may receive awards from the Peace Officer Exemption Program. This means that in a class of 10, for example, only 2 students can receive the exemption. When you submit a copy of the Peace Officer Exemption Request form to the Office of Student Financial Aid, or via fax at 281-283-2502, the date and time of submission will be recorded. Requests for exemption will be placed according to the order in which they were submitted.

Notification of Award

Prior to the semester payment deadline for Open Registration, the Office of Student Financial Aid will report via university email the status of your exemption request. If you receive an exemption, the Office of Student Financial Aid will sent you an email notice that your exemption has been applied to your student account.

What is Covered; What is Not?

If you are eligible, your waiver will be applied toward the following types of tuition: undergraduate statutory tuition, designated undergraduate tuition, differential designated undergraduate tuition and laboratory fees associated with the courses listed below for College of Human Sciences and Humanities.

Changes to Your Class Schedule

To make changes to your class schedule after you have submitted an Exemption Request form, you will need to submit the Peace Officers Add/Drop form no later than one week before the last day of Open Registration. This deadline is important for two reasons: first, it allows us time to check for available waivers for the classes you have added, and second, it gives fellow Peace Officers the opportunity to receive the waivers for the classes you have dropped.

To add or drop courses, outside of Criminology or those listed on the form, and which do not require a tuition waiver adjustment, you should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid directly by email at uhcl_fao@uhcl.edu. For verification purposes, you must use your official UHCL email address when making this request and provide the specific information (e.g. name, section number, etc.) for the course(s) that you are requesting to change. During this process, you will not be able to make schedule adjustments through E-services. Your ability to add or drop courses through E-services will be restored shortly after the census date for the semester.

Criminology Courses Eligible for Exemption Waivers

  • CRIM 3335 – Deviance
  • CRIM 4133 – Juvenile Delinquency
  • CRIM 4135 – The Death Penalty
  • CRIM 4330 – Criminal Investigation
  • CRIM 4331 – Prison and Society
  • CRIM 4332 – Social Problems and the Legal System
  • CRIM 4333 – Probation and Parole
  • CRIM 4334 – Criminal Law
  • CRIM 4335 – Race and Justice
  • CRIM 4337 – Organized Crime
  • CRIM 4338 – Policing and Society
  • CRIM 4839 – Independent Study in Criminology
  • CRIM 4930 – Contemporary Issues in Criminology
  • CRIM 4931 – Selected Topics in Criminology

The Peace Officer Tuition and Laboratory Fee Exemption is subject to the Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement and Limit to the total number of hours. Students not meeting one/or both of these requirements will need to appeal directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine future eligibility for the Peace Officer Tuition and Laboratory Fee Exemption.

Please see the excess hours page for information regarding Excess Hours.
Please see the Satisfactory Academic Progress page in regards to Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Contact
  • Student Financial Aid

    Phone: 281-283-2480
    Fax: 281-283-2502
    Email: uhcl_fao@uhcl.edu

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    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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