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Hazlewood Act

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.

While veterans and dependents using VA federal education benefits CAN use Hazlewood concurrently, with Chapter 33 and Chapter 31, the value of the two combined cannot exceed the students tuition and fees. The 83rd Texas Legislative Session authorized new provisions which are effective with the Fall 2014 semester.

If the value of federal benefits that may be used only for the payment of tuition and fees and are received in a semester or other term does not equal or exceed the value of the exemption for the same semester or other term, the person is entitled to receive both those federal benefits and the exemption in the same semester or other term.  The combined amount of the federal benefit that may be used only for the payment of tuition and fees plus the amount of the exemption received in a semester or other term may not exceed the cost of tuition and fees for that semester or other term.

Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application

Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application For Continued Enrollment

Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Initial Eligibility Requirements

Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Documentation Checklist

Revocation of Previously Assigned Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Hours

Hazlewood Online Database Registration:

To comply with the Federal Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements, all applicants (Veteran and Dependents) must register into the Hazlewood Online Database to use the Hazlewood Exemption. In addition, at least once a year, all Hazlewood recipients must provide a copy of the Hazlewood hours used which can be obtained through the student’s Hazlewood account. To register or log into your account, click here: https://www1.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/hsh/students/.

Veteran Qualifications

A Veteran must:

  • At the time of entry into active duty the U.S. Armed Forces, designated Texas as Home of Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident;
  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions as indicated on the Veteran’s Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214);
  • Served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training);
  • Have no federal Veteran’s education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; for semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;
  • Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas;
  • Enroll in classes for which Galveston College receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its cost), unless Galveston College’s governing board has ruled to let Veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses; and
  • Meet the GPA requirement of the Galveston College’s satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by Galveston College’s financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

Veterans who are granted their first Hazlewood Act exemption beginning fall, 2011 must reside in Texas during the semester for which the exemption is claimed. This requirement does not apply to the Veterans who either received the exemption prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, have reenlisted into active duty, or reside with a spouse who is on active duty.

Hazelwood Act Application Process

A Veteran must:

  • Apply and be accepted to a Texas public college or university of his/her choice. Go to www.applytexas.org to apply or use Galveston College’s Application for Admission;
  • Provide proof (DD214) from the Department of Defense regarding military service and the nature of discharge;
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post-9/11) by requesting a certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from eBenefits (if Veteran has active duty service after 9/11/2001). You will need to create a username and password to request your certificate of eligibility;
  • Fill out the Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application; and
  • Turn in the Hazlewood Exemption application form, a copy of your letter of eligibility/ineligibility, and a copy of your DD214 into the financial aid office at Galveston College.

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by Galveston College no later than the last day of class in order to be evaluated for the semester.

Legacy Act (Child)

Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain qualifications:

A child (legacy recipient) must:

  • Be classified by the Galveston College Admissions Office as a Texas resident;
  • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year;
  • Be 25 years old or younger on the first day of the semester for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition); and
  • Meet the GPA requirement of Galveston College’s satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by Galveston College’s financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

Legacy recipients will receive an exemption for the number of degree certified hours reported by Galveston College for that semester. Maximum degree certified hours awarded to the Legacy recipient will be dependent upon the degree or certificate program in which the student is enrolled for that semester and shall be consistent with the program length as defined within the school catalog as approved by the regional accreditation commission. *If a child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all of the assigned hours, a Veteran may re-assign the unused hours that are available to another child. Only one child will use Hazlewood Legacy benefits at a time. 

Legacy Act Application Process

A child (legacy recipient) of a Veteran must:

  • Apply and be accepted to a Texas public college or university. Go to www.applytexas.org to apply or use your Galveston College Application for Admission;
  • Fill out the Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application;
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post-9/11) by requesting a certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from eBenefits. You will need to create a username and password to request your certificate of eligibility;
  • Take both applications, letter of eligibility/ineligibility (if needed), along with a copy of the Veteran’s DD214, to the financial aid office at Galveston College.

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by Galveston College no later than the last day of class of a term in order to be evaluated for that semester.

Hazelwood Act for Spouse/Child

Spouses and dependent children of eligible Active Duty, Reserve, and Texas National Guard 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 are entitled to each receive a 150 credit hours exemption.

A spouse must:

  • Be a spouse of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, be classified by the Galveston College Admissions Office as a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas;
  • Be a spouse of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Texas National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled (100%) as a result of service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;
  • Have no federal Veterans education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31) for semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;
  • Be classified by the Galveston College Admissions Office as a Texas resident; and
  • Meet the GPA requirement of Galveston College’s satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by Galveston College’s financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours. This requirement does not apply to the spouse of a MIA, KIA, or service connected deceased Veteran.

A child must:

  • Be a child of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, be classified by the Galveston College Admissions Office as a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas;
  • Be a child 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 (100%) as a result of a service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;
  • Have no federal Veterans education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; for semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;
  • Be classified by the Galveston College Admissions Office as a Texas resident; and
  • Meet the GPA requirement of Galveston College’s satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by Galveston College’s financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours. This requirement does not apply to the spouse of a MIA, KIA, or service connected deceased Veteran.

Application Process for Spouse/Child

A spouse or child of a Veteran whose death was service connected, is MIA, or is/was 100% permanently disabled must:

  • Apply and be accepted to a Texas public college or university. Go to www.applytexas.org to apply or use your Galveston College Application for Admission;
  • Provide a DD214 and a disability rating letter or a DD1300 Report of Casualty regarding the Veteran’s death;
  • Fill out the Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application;
  • Provide proof of eligibility or ineligibility for GI Bill benefits (Chapter 31, 33/Post-9/11) by requesting a certificate of eligibility for federal education benefits from eBenefits. You will need to create a username and password to request your certificate of eligibility;

Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by Galveston College no later than the last day of class of a term in order to be evaluated for that semester.

How Much can be Awarded?

Eligible veterans, their children and spouses may receive an exemption from the payment of all tuition, dues, fees, and other required charges, including fees for correspondence courses, but excluding deposit fees, student service fees, and any fees or charges for books, lodging, board, or clothing for up to 150 semester credit hours.

Important Contacts and Websites

Meghann Nash
Director of Financial Aid 

4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, Texas 77550
Business: 409-944-1238
Fax: 409-944-1505
Email: mnash@gc.edu

Texas Veterans Commission

http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act
Official Hazlewood Act Exemption Website

eBenefits

https://myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil/identitymanagement
Request Certificate of Eligibility or Benefits Letter if Veteran served on or after 09/11/2001
Department of Veterans Affairs: 1-888-442-4551

National Archives

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/
Request DD214 and other military documents
314-801-0800/866-272-6272
MPR.center@nara.gov

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Online Database for Hazlewood Hours

https://www1.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/hsh/students/
Online database of Hazlewood hours used by student and/or veteran