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Hazlewood

 

Hazlewood Decision

 

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas-Houston Division ruled that a portion of the Hazlewood Act was unconstitutional. That provision requires veterans to have been a Texas resident at the time they entered military service in order to receive exemptions of tuition and fees at Texas public institutions of higher education.

 

The office of the Attorney General is currently reviewing the decision and may appeal the ruling. In the interim, current Hazlewood eligibility requirements remain unchanged pending appeal and legislative action, except for the individual specifically named in the lawsuit. 

 

 

The Hazlewood Act is a benefit that provides qualified veterans, their spouses and dependent children with an exemption that can cover up to 150 credit hours of eligible tuition and fees at Texas public institutions.  Not all university charges are covered, and it does not include indirect expenses such as living expenses, books, or miscellaneous.  For more information on the Hazlewood Act and eligibility requirements, please see the Texas Veterans Commission website for in-depth details:  http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Veteran Application Process

Dependent/Spouse Application Process

Deadlines

 

Eligibility

Veterans must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:
    • Were Texas residents
    • Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
    • Entered the service in Texas
  • Have served at least 181 days of active military duty, as indicated on the DD214 as “net active service” (the sum of 12[c] and 12 [d])
  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions
  • 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 31 or 33) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits.
  • Are not in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas.
  • 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), unless the college’s governing board has ruled to let veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses. 
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in accordance with the university’s financial aid policy.  [Include link to SAP]

Children and Spouses meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a child or spouse of a veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:
    • Were Texas residents
    • Designated Texas as Home of Record, or
    • Entered the service in Texas
  • Have a parent or spouse who was 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 illnesses, is missing in action, or became disabled for purposes of employability as a result of service-related injury or illness.
  • Have no federal veteran’s education benefits, or have federal education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 31 or 33) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits.
  • Are residents of Texas as of the term or semester in which they enroll
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in accordance with the university’s financial aid policy.  [Include link to SAP]

Children of veterans who wish to receive Hazlewood Benefits as part of the Legacy Program must also:

  • Be 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 or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition)

If a child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all of the assigned hours, a veteran may reassign the unused hours that are available to another dependent child.

 

Application Process for Veterans

Required documents for First-Time Applicants:
The veteran must submit:

  • Hazlewood Act Exemption Application
  • DD214 from the Department of Defense showing nature of discharge
  • Report printed from the Hazlewood Database which shows the number of Hazlewood hours the veteran has used (even if the number is zero)
  • A letter from the Veteran’s Administration with proof of ineligibility for GI Bill benefits.  You may submit requests online or by phone at 888-442-4551

Required documents for Renewal Applicants:
The veteran must submit:

 

Application Process for Dependents

Required documents for First-Time Applicants:
Dependent children using Hazlewood Legacy Program (unused hours transferred from the veteran) must submit:

  • Hazlewood Act Exemption Application
  • Report printed from the Hazlewood Database which shows the number of Hazlewood hours the veteran has used (even if the number is zero)
  • Veteran’s DD214 form from the Department of Defense showing the nature of discharge
  • Proof of dependency (i.e., a copy of the student’s birth certificate or copy of the veteran’s most recent tax return showing the student claimed as a dependent)
  • A letter from the Veteran’s Administration with proof of ineligibility for GI Bill benefits.  You may submit requests online or by phone at 888-442-4551

Dependent children and spouses using the Exemption:

  • Hazlewood Act Exemption Application
  • Report printed from the Hazlewood Database which shows the number of Hazlewood hours the veteran has used (even if the number is zero)
  • Veteran’s DD214 from the Department of Defense showing the nature of discharge
  • Proof of veteran’s death or 100% service-related disability from the Department of Defense or from the Veterans Administration.
  • Copy of birth certificate or marriage license to verify dependency

Required documents for Renewal Applicants:
The dependent child or spouse must submit:

 

Deadlines

Applicants must submit required documents via mail, fax, or email by the appropriate deadline.

The University of Houston Downtown
Attention:  Elvira Rodriguez
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
One Main St.
Suite S300
Houston, TX 77002
Fax: (713)221-7483
rodrigueze@uhd.edu

 

Fall 2014

December 3, 2014

Winter 2014

January 2, 2015

Spring 2015

May 2, 2015

May Term 2015

June 4, 2015

Summer 2015

August 5, 2015


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