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Waivers and Exemptions

Listed below are the waivers and exemptions that are processed through Stephen F. Austin State University (the university). Since the language used in the specific legislation uses the words exemption and waiver interchangeably, the university has made the following distinction in the document below. The term "exemption" is used when students are not charged the tuition and fees to which the exemption applies.  "Waiver" is defined as the reduction of non-resident tuition rates to resident rates.

Students are responsible for applying for the waiver and/or exemption and ensuring the waiver and/or exemption has been applied towards his/her tuition and fees for the current semester. All waivers and exemptions must be processed and entered onto the student's account by the 20th class day during the fall and spring semesters, 15th class day during the summer semesters and 4th class day during Maymester.

Students are responsible for payment of tuition and fees not covered under the waiver and/or exemption, and are subject to late payment penalties and late registration charges if tuition and fees are not paid.

Students must be enrolled in all courses for each semester by the census date (12th class day during the fall and spring semesters, 4th class day during the summer semesters and 2nd class day during Maymester). If a student withdraws from the university prior to the census date, the student is no longer eligible to receive the exemption or waiver, and any exemptions or waivers will be removed from a student's account. This may result in a balance due the university.

Exemptions

Waivers



Adopted Students Formerly in Foster or Other Residential Care: Texas Education Code § 54.367.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition and mandatory fees.

ELIGIBILITY:

Students who:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Present certification from Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services and mail to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building Room A204

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu


Blind/Deaf Students: Texas Education Code § 54.364

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition and mandatory fees.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Send certification from DARS to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or apply in person at the SFA Business Office, Austin Building Room A204.

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu


Certain Survivors of Deceased Public Servants: Texas Education Code § 54.354.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition, mandatory fees and textbooks. If the student is eligible to live in university housing, the university will also provide the student room and board OR (if no housing is available) provide the student a room and board stipend equal to the amount he/she could have received if living on campus.

ELIGIBILITY: The public employee must have died in the performance of his/her duty on or after September 1, 2000 and student is a surviving spouse or a surviving minor child of the deceased public employee, and enrolled full-time at a Texas public college or university.

CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Mail certification from employer of deceased public servant to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu


Children of Deceased or Disabled Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers: Texas Education Code § 54.351.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition and mandatory fees for the first 120 undergraduate semester credit hours.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Mail Certification Letter to:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board,
P O Box 12788
Austin, Texas 78711-2788



Children of Prisoners of War or Persons Missing in Action: Texas Education Code § 54.343.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition and mandatory fees.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Contact:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or visit the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204


Children of Professional Nursing Program Faculty: Texas Education Code § 54.355.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition only for 10 semesters - fees are not covered.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Complete award application and mail application to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu


Distance Learning or Off-Campus Courses: Texas Education Code § 54.218.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Student Center and Recreational Sports Center

ELIGIBILITY: Texas residents who only take online courses. Students must only be registered in Web-based classes. (Hybrid or off-campus classes are not eligible.)

CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Exemption will be automatically applied to eligible students.


Firefighters Enrolled in Fire Science Courses: Texas Education Code § 54.353.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition and laboratory fees.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Provide proof of employment letter as a paid fire fighter to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu


Good Neighbor Scholarship Program (STUDENTS FROM OTHER NATIONS OF THE AMERICAN HEMISPHERE): Texas Education Code § 54.331.  

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition for the 12-month period beginning with the fall semester following the student's selection as a recipient.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS ACADEMIC YEAR: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Students interested in applying for the Good Neighbor Scholarship may contact the Office of International Programs (OIP) for further information. Application packets are generally received by OIP in February of each year. Students must complete the application before March 15th and mail to:

Office of International Programs
Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 6152, SFA Station
Nacogdoches Texas 75962


Members of State Military Forces: Texas Education Code § 54.345.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition and mandatory fees up to 12 credit hours.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY:

The student should contact the unit commander of his/her National Guard, Air Guard or State Guard unit or the Education Officer, State Adjutant General's Office, PO Box 5218/AGTX-PAE, Austin TX 78763-5218 or at 512-782-5515 or send an e-mail to education.office@tx.ngb.army.mil. The Education Office will provide instructions.


Participants in Military Funerals (Taps Performers): Texas Education Code § 54.344.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: $25 exemption from tuition and fees.

ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 6 through 12 or at postsecondary educational institutions who sound "Taps" on a bugle, trumpet, or cornet during military honors funerals held in Texas for deceased veterans.

CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Mail voucher issued under § 434.0072, Government Code to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204


Peace Officers Enrolled in Certain Courses: Texas Education Code § 54.3531.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition and Laboratory Fees.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Provide proof of employment letter as a paid police officer to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu


Preceptor for Professional Nursing Education Program or Their Children: Texas Education Code § 54.356.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: The preceptor may receive up to $500 or actual tuition, whichever is less, as long as he/she meets program requirements. The child of a preceptor may receive $500 or actual tuition charges, whichever is less, for up to 10 semesters or until the student receives his/her bachelor's degree. Summer terms of less than nine weeks count as one half a regular semester.

ELIGIBILITY: To receive an award through the Exemption Program for Children of Professional Nursing Faculty and Staff, a student shall: (1) be a resident of Texas, (2) not have been granted a baccalaureate degree, (3) be enrolled at an institution that offers an undergraduate or graduate program of professional nursing, (4) be the child of an individual who at the beginning of the semester or other academic term for which an exemption is sought: (i) holds a master's or doctoral degree in nursing, and is employed full-time by a undergraduate or graduate professional nursing program offered by the institution that the child is attending and is employed as a member of the faculty or staff with duties that include teaching, performing research, serving as an administrator, or performing other professional services other than serving as a teaching assistant, or (ii) holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing and is employed by a professional nursing program offered by the institution as a full-time teaching assistant, or during all or part of the semester or other academic term for which an exemption is sought: (i) holds a master's or doctoral degree in nursing, and has contracted with an undergraduate or graduate professional nursing program in this state to serve as a full-time member of its faculty or staff with duties that include teaching, performing research, serving as an administrator, or performing other professional services other than serving as a teaching assistant, or (ii) holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing and has contracted with a professional nursing program offered by the institution to serve as a full-time teaching assistant (5) be enrolled at the same institution of higher education at which the student's parent is currently employed or with which the parent has contracted, either as a professional nursing faculty or staff member, (6) register for the Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement.

CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Complete the Preceptor Exemption application form and mail application to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building Room A204

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu


Senior Citizens, 65 or older: Texas Education Code § 54.365(c).

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition up to 6 credit hours, provided space is available.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Notify the Business Office at:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or visit us on campus in the Austin Building - Room A204

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu


Students Enrolled in Dual Credit Courses during High School: Texas Education Code § 54.216.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO:

Tuition and fees: Students will be assessed a dual credit fee of $25 per credit hour.  Students taking online courses will also pay the distance education fee of $25 per credit hour. Private instruction course fees will be paid by students.

Tuition and fees: Beginning in the fall 2014 semester the distance education fee will increase to $33 per credit hour.

Tuition and fees: Beginning in the fall 2015 semester students will be assessed a dual credit fee of $50 per credit hour. Students taking online courses will also pay the distance education fee of $33 per credit hour and will also pay for course fees.

ELIGIBILITY:


HOW TO APPLY: Coordinate with high school counselor and SFA Admissions Office at:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or contact the SFA Office of Admissions, 936-468-2504


Students under Conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (Foster Care): Texas Education Code § 54.366.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: A student is exempt from the payment of tuition and mandatory fees for which the college receives tax support, including tuition and mandatory fees charged by an institution of higher education for a dual credit course or other course for which a high school student may earn joint high school and college credit.

ELIGIBILITY:

As of spring, 2010 if the student:

  1. Was under the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services:
    1. On the day preceding the student's 18th birthday.
    2. On or after the day of the student's 14th birthday, if the student was also eligible for adoption on or after that day; or
    3. On the day the student graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma; or
    4. On the day preceding:
      1. the date the student is adopted, if that date is on or after September 1, 2009; or
      2. the date permanent managing conservatorship of the student is awarded to a person other than the student's parent, if that date is on or after September 1, 2009;
    5. During an academic term in which the student was enrolled in a dual credit course or other course for which a high school student may earn joint high school and college credit; and
  2. Enrolls in an institution of higher education as an undergraduate student or in a dual credit course or other course for which a high school student may earn joint high school and college credit not later than the student's 25th birthday.  


Mail written proof, from the Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) of eligibility to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu


Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan (formerly the Texas Tomorrow Fund): Texas Education Code § 54.621(c). Prepaid Tuition Contract

CONTRACT PAYS FOR: Tuition and mandatory fees. For more information on what the plan does and does not pay, please go to the TEXAS GUARANTEED TUITION PLAN website at www.tgtp.org

HOW TO APPLY: Mail copy of Texas Tomorrow Fund ID card to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204


Texas Veterans (Hazlewood Exemption):  Texas Education Code § 54.341.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition and mandatory fees (not including Student Services Fee).

ELIGIBILITY:

A Veteran must:


ELIGIBILITY: Child of Veteran (Legacy Act)

Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours up to 150 hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain conditions.

A child must:


*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 can use the Hazlewood Act at a time.

ELIGIBILITY: Spouse/Child of Veteran

The Hazlewood Act is also extended to spouses and dependent children of eligible active duty, Texas National Guard, and Air National Guard Veterans 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. Each child and spouse will receive a 150 semester credit hour exemption.

Note: A child of a qualified Veteran who is not 100% disabled or has a service connected death may qualify for benefits under the Hazlewood Legacy Program.

A spouse must:


A child must:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls. The continuation requirements do not apply to the child or spouse of a deceased veteran or ex-prisoners of war.

Application Process: Veterans or Legacy recipients (spouse or dependent) using Hazlewood for the first time at SFA, must complete the Hazlewood Application form.  For each subsequent term, the Veterans or Legacy recipients (spouse or dependent) must complete the Hazlewood Worksheet for Subsequent Terms available at:  http://www.tvc.texas.gov/additional-documents-.aspx.

Please review the list of required documents listed on the first page of the Hazlewood application. These items are to be submitted along with the application to the address below.


Mail to: 

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or E-mail: awilliams@sfasu.edu

Or Fax: 936-468-7213

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204


Valedictorian (Highest Ranking High School Graduate): Texas Education Code § 54.301.

EXEMPTION APPLIES TO: Tuition only for first two semesters (fall/spring) following graduation.

ELIGIBILITY:


CONTINUATION REQUIREMENTS: If on the completion of any semester or term a person fails to meet the GPA requirements described in the university's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid or has reached the excessive hour rule limits, the person may not receive the exemption or waiver for the next semester or term in which the person enrolls.

HOW TO APPLY: Mail certification from accredited Texas high school to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13053, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204

Or email to businessoffice@sfasu.edu

Note: To obtain a copy of the certificate format, high school counselors should contact the Texas Education Agency at 512-463-9581 or visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/HRGform.html


Competitive Scholarship Waiver: Texas Education Code § 54.213.

WAIVER APPLIES TO: Non-Resident Tuition (Student will pay resident tuition)

ELIGIBILITY: Non-resident or foreign students receiving a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 (or a combination of scholarships totaling at least $1,000). Students must have competed with other students, including Texas residents, for the award. The student may receive a waiver of non-resident tuition for the period of time covered by the scholarship, not to exceed 12 months. Waivers may be received in any year in which the student meets the competitive scholarship requirements.

HOW TO APPLY: Via mySFA. Complete Scholarship Application. If applicable, waiver will apply automatically.


Economic Development and Diversification Waiver: Texas Education Code § 54.222.

WAIVER APPLIES TO: Non-Resident Tuition (Student will pay resident tuition).

ELIGIBILITY:


HOW TO APPLY: Contact the Admissions Office at:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13050, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
936-468-2504


Faculty and Dependents Waiver: Texas Education Code § 54.211.

WAIVER APPLIES TO: Non-Resident Tuition (Student will pay resident tuition).

ELIGIBILITY: Students who are non-resident faculty or who are the non-resident, dependent children or spouse of faculty who are employed at least half-time on a regular monthly salary basis by any Texas public college or university. Faculty and their dependents are not required to enroll at the same institution listed as the employing institution in order to receive this waiver.

HOW TO APPLY: Complete attached Faculty Waiver Form and return to employing department. Mail form to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Admissions Office, Rusk Building Room R206


Foreign Service Officers: Texas Education Code § 54.206. (Employees of U.S. Department of State)

WAIVER APPLIES TO: Non-Resident Tuition (Student will pay resident tuition).

ELIGIBILITY:  Students who:


HOW TO APPLY: Contact:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or contact the Office of Admissions 936-468-2504


Graduate Research Assistants or Graduate Teaching Assistants: Texas Education Code § 54.212.

WAIVER APPLIES TO: Non-Resident Tuition (Student will pay resident tuition).

ELIGIBILITY:


HOW TO APPLY: Contact Academic Department for available positions and complete SFASU employment application.


Military Personnel and Dependents: Texas Education Code § 54.241.

WAIVER APPLIES TO:  Non-Resident Tuition (Student will pay resident tuition)

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service from states other than Texas, their spouses and/or children. Although non-residents, the member, spouse and children may pay the resident rate while stationed in Texas.

HOW TO APPLY: Mail certification on military letterhead from commanding officer to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Admissions Office, Rusk Building Room R206

For non-resident, military personnel, spouse or child that reside in Texas, complete Intent to Establish Residency § 54.241 (k). Or

For the non-resident spouse or child that resides in Texas of a military personnel stationed outside of Texas, complete form § 54.241 (g).

Mail to:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Admissions Office, Rusk Building Room R206


NATO Agreement Member and Families: Texas Education Code § 54.232.

WAIVER APPLIES TO: Non-Resident Tuition (Student will pay resident tuition).

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals who are members of a family in Texas in accordance with the agreement between the parties to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

HOW TO APPLY: Contact:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or contact the Office of Admissions 936-468-2504


Non-resident Tuition Rates at Certain Universities: (Border States) Texas Education Code § 54.0601.

WAIVER APPLIES TO: Non-Resident Tuition (Student will pay resident tuition plus $30 per semester credit hour).

ELIGIBILITY:  Students who are residents of neighboring states (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma) enrolled in a Texas public university located within 100 miles of the Texas border.  The institution must have been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer the lowered tuition rate.

HOW TO APPLY: Contact:

Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Or bring to the SFA Business Office, Austin Building - Room A204

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