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Adoption Exemption Program
Adoption Exemption

Program Purpose

To provide college financial assistance to students who once were in foster or other residential care and have been adopted.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who:

  • Were in foster or other residential care,

  • Were adopted, and

  • Were the subject of an adoption assistance agreement under Subchapter D, Chapter 162, Texas Family Code.

  • NEW! Effective Fall 2014, students must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in accordance with the institutions financial aid policy.  Specifically, this means that students must:

                        - Maintain a financial aid GPA of at least a 2.0 (Financial Aid GPA includes grades
                          from developmental courses), and

                         - Cannot have a maximum number of attempted hours in excess of 30 hours
                            over and above the published program length. 

For example, a student is in the AA Liberal Arts degree program. This program
                           requires 60 credit hours to complete. The student would be allowed up to 90
                           attempted credit hours to complete the program.) Students' prior credit, both
                           internal (from the College) and external (from other institutions) must be
to see what credits can be applied towards the degree. These credits
                           are counted in the total number of eligible credits allowed the student. 

                  SAP is run at the end of EACH semester.

  • NEW!  In order to evaluate prior credit, each student must submit a degree request form and have degree/credits evaluated.

          Please realize that all transcripts from prior schools MUST be submitted to the college before a
degree evaluation can be performed.    

          If you have not yet submitted a degree request form for the Adoption exemption, even
   if you have
          used the exemption at Collin College previously , you must do so before the
next semester in which
          you wish to use the exemption.        

          The degree request form can be found here: Degree Request Form

Eligible Institutions

Available only for use at a Texas public college or university.

Award Amount

Tuition and fees for courses for which the college receives tax support.

Application Process

Provide the Financial Aid Office written proof, from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS), of eligibility. To obtain a letter of eligibility from TDFPS, contact a representative in one of the district offices:

 Adoption and Foster Care

 Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) 

Additional Information

General questions may be emailed to the Department of Family and Protective Services or contact your adoption assistance case worker for additional information.

      To read more about this program check out: Texas Education Code, 54.367

     And the TDFPS website: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services


     To read more about the SB 1210 SAP legislation, go here: SB 1210 Legislation