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Hazlewood Exemption

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.

  • Overview

    Who can receive Hazlewood Benefits?

    Qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children. (Each will have specific requirements for the application.)

    What education costs are covered by Hazlewood Benefits?

    • All tuition, dues and most fees - Up to 150 credit hours maximum
    • Courses must be on degree plan and/or fulfill degree requirements
    • Enrollment in classes for which the university receives tax support (unless the college’s governing board ruled to let recipients receive benefit while taking non-funded courses)

    What is not covered by Hazlewood Benefits?

    • Student services fee, international study abroad fees, lodging, meals, clothing, books and all self-supporting courses or degree programs
    • Distance Education students who are classified as non-resident are ineligible for Hazlewood as courses are considered self-supporting

    What else should I know about Hazlewood Benefits?

    • Hazlewood recipients must meet Senate Bill 1210 excessive hours and Satisfactory Academic Progress GPA policies as outlined on these sites: Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy & Senate Bill 1210. Your GPA matters in keeping your benefits.
    • Spouses and dependents of veterans of service connected death, KIA, or MIA are excluded from SAP policy.
    • Hazlewood does impact other financial aid awards. Please contact Financial Aid, Hardeman Building-Room 100 or at (800) 933-6299 for more information.
    • Angelo State University may perform audits of your Hazlewood records at any time.  If the audit finds that you are not meeting a requirement, Hazlewood will be removed from your account, and you will be responsible for all account balances.
    • If TVC determines that you are no longer eligible, or have run out of benefits, Hazlewood will be removed from your account, and you will be responsible for all account balances.

    When do I apply for Hazlewood Benefits?

    • Hazlewood benefits can be used for any of these four semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer I or Summer II.
    • Applications should be completed immediately following registration for the semester.
    • All necessary supporting documentation should be submitted with the application, either by mail or in person, no later than the 12th class day (Fall or Spring) or 4th class day (Summer I or Summer II) of the semester.
    • Allow 30 days for processing your application before you can expect to see the Hazlewood benefits post to your student account.
    • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • Applications may be accepted through the end of semester. However, you will be responsible for all account balances until your application is processed or your classes may be cancelled.

    What will I need to do before I begin my Hazlewood application?

    • Complete registration at Angelo State University with no expected changes in registered hours or classes.
    • Get your DD214: Permissible copies of the DD214 include: Member 4, Service 2, Service 7, For other permissible copies see TVC advisory.
    • Get your IRS Tax Transcript: Submit an IRS Tax Transcript. The 1040 tax return is not permissible to prove dependency and will not be accepted in place of the IRS Tax Transcript.

    How do I apply?

    • Complete each step within the following group that identifies you.
    • Incomplete or illegible applications or skipped steps will delay or deny your benefits.

    Where do I send my application?

  • Veterans

    Eligibility

    • 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.
    • Served at least 181 days of active military duty service as indicate in block 12C, excluding training
    • Received an honorable discharge or separation, or a general discharge under honorable conditions
    • Have no federal veterans education benefits, or have federal veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only, such as Post 9/11 or Vocational Rehab, 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
    • Reside in the state of Texas for the term or semester in which they enroll
    • Meet GPA requirements of the institution’s satisfactory academic progress policy
    • Undergraduates must not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours

    Application Process

    1. Please make sure you have registered for classes prior to completing your application.
    2. Complete the Hazlewood Application.
    3. Complete Sections. A, C, & D.
    4. Sign application. Signature required in Part D.
    5. Review Hazlewood Application instructions, ASU Overview and understand all documents.
    6. Submit Documents to ASU
      • Campus ID – Put Campus ID in upper right hand corner on all documents
      • Signed Hazlewood Application
      • Official DD214 showing place of entry or home of record as Texas, at least 181 active days, and an honorable or under honorable conditions discharge.  
      • VA eligibility letter or denial letter of federal benefits if served after 9/11/01
      • Proof Currently Resides in Texas - Attach copy of utility or phone bill with veteran’s name and address less than 30 days old
      • TVC Database Verification– Attach Hazlewood database registration verification. Create a user name and password. Log in and screen print reported information.
    7. Retain a copy of all documents – Keep a copy of all documents for your records.
  • Spouse/Children

    Spouses and Children of Veterans 100% Disabled, KIA, MIA or Service Connected Deceased

    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

    Eligibility

    • Be the spouse/ child of a Veteran who:
      • At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces:
        •  was a Texas resident,
        •  designated Texas as Home of Record,
        •  or entered the service in Texas;
    • Be the spouse/ 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 federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Post 9/11) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits and;
    • Be classified as a resident of Texas for the term or semester enrolled. 
    • Meet GPA requirements of the institution’s satisfactory academic progress policy (only applies to 100% disabled)
    • Undergraduates must not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours (only applies to 100% disabled)

    Application Process

    1. Please make sure you have registered for classes prior to completing your application.
    2. Complete the Hazlewood Application.
    3. Complete Sections. A, B, C, & D.
    4. Sign application. Signature required in Part D.
    5. Review Hazlewood Application instructions, ASU Overview and understand all documents.
    6. Submit Documents to ASU
      • Campus ID – Put Campus ID in upper right hand corner on all documents
      • Signed Hazlewood Application
      • Official DD214 showing place of entry or home of record as Texas, at least 181 active days, and an honorable or under honorable conditions discharge.  
      • VA Ratings letter – Required if 100% Disabled.  Attach VA ratings letter indicating 100% totally and permanently disabled
      • Form DD1300 – Required if veteran is Missing in Action or Killed in Action
      • VA eligibility award or denial letter of federal benefits if served after 9/11/01
      • Proof of Dependency to Veteran – Child – Attach a copy of child’s birth certificate, or most recent IRS transcript, or court ordered document listing veteran as guardian of child
      • Proof of Dependency to Veteran –Spouse – Attach a copy of marriage license
      • TVC Database Verification – Attach Hazlewood database registration verification. Create a user name and password. Log in and screen print reported information.
    7. Retain a copy of all documents Keep a copy of all documents for your records.
  • Legacy Act

    Legacy Act (Child)

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

    Eligibility

    • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year;
    • Be classified as a Texas resident;
    • Be 25 years old 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); and
    • Have no federal veterans education benefits, or have federal veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only, such as Post 9/11, for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits
    • Make satisfactory academic progress in a degree, certificate, or continuing education program as determined by the institution
    • Undergraduates must not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours

    Application Process

    1. Please make sure you have registered for classes prior to completing your application.
    2. Complete the Hazlewood Application.
    3. Complete Sections. A, B, C, D, & E.
    4. Sign application. Veteran (Veteran Designee) and student signatures required in Parts D & E.
    5. Review Hazlewood Application instructions, ASU Overview and understand all documents.
    6. Submit Documents to ASU
      • Campus ID – Put Campus ID in upper right hand corner on all documents
      • Signed Hazlewood Application
      • Official DD214 showing place of entry or home of record as Texas, at least 181 active days, and an honorable or under honorable conditions discharge.  
      • Student VA eligibility award or denial letter of federal benefits if served after 9/11/01
      • Proof Currently Resides in Texas - Attach copy of utility or phone bill with veteran’s name and address less than 30 days old
      • Proof of Dependency to Veteran – Child – Attach a copy of child’s birth certificate, or most recent IRS transcript, or court ordered document listing veteran as guardian of child
      • Proof of Deceased Veteran – Copy of Death Certificate required
      • TVC Database Verification –Student – Attach Hazlewood database registration verification. Create a user name and password. Log in and screen print reported information.
      • TVC Database Verification – Veteran – Attach Hazlewood database registration verification. Create a user name and password. Log in and screen print reported information.
      • Revocation Form– Only one child may use Legacy benefits at a time.  If the veteran is transferring benefits from one child to another a Revocation form is required to be on file with both institutions before benefits for the second child can be established.
    7. Retain a copy of all documents Keep a copy of all documents for your records.
  • ASU Students

    ASU Students

    ASU Students are users who have not had a break of enrollment or Hazlewood while attending ASU. Not attending or using Hazlewood for Summer I or Summer II does not constitute a break in enrollment. If you have had a break in enrollment, please refer to the appropriate application tab for your original application type.

    Application Process

    1. Please make sure you have registered for classes prior to completing your application.
    2. Complete the Continued Enrollment Application.
    3. TVC Database – Confirm enrollment and hours used.  
    4. GPA/ Excessive Hours – GPA and excessive hours will be checked after grades are posted each semester. If your benefit has posted to your account and you are found to be in violation of either of these conditions, your benefit will be removed from your account.
    5. Retain a copy of all documents Keep a copy of all documents for your records
  • Additional Resources

    Hazlewood Benefits Overview And Application Checklist

    For an overview of benefits, costs and detailed information, visit the Hazlewood Overview form. 

    Hazlewood Overview Form

    Order A New Copy Of Your DD214

    National Personnel Records Center
    Military Personnel Records
    9700 Page Ave
    St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
    Phone: 314-801-0800
    web: www.archives.gov