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Exemption Program for Clinical Preceptors and Their Children
Nursing Preceptor Exemption

Program Purpose

To encourage nurses to serve as Clinical Nurse Preceptors by providing partial exemption from tuition to them and/or their children.

Eligibility Requirements

Clinical Preceptors who:

  • Are residents of Texas, and
  • Unless attending a public community college (for which tuition is local revenue), have a statement on file with the institution of higher education indicating the student is registered with the Selective Service System as required by federal law or is exempt from selective service registration under federal law, and
  • Are registered nurses, and
  • Serve, on an average, at least one day per week under a written preceptor agreement with an undergraduate professional nursing program as a clinical preceptor for students enrolled in the program for;
  • The time period the program conducts clinical during the semester or other academic term for which the exemption is sought, or
  • The time period the program conducts clinical during a semester or academic term that ended less than one year prior to the beginning of the semester or term in which the exemption is to be used

AND

Persons who:

  • Are residents of Texas, and
  • Unless attending a public community college (for which tuition is local revenue), have a statement on file with the institution of higher education indicating the student is registered with the Selective Service System as required by federal law or is exempt from selective service registration under federal law, and
  • Have not been granted a baccalaureate degree, and
  • Are children of a Clinical Preceptor who serve, on an average, at least one day per week under a written preceptor agreement with an undergraduate professional nursing program as a clinical preceptor for students enrolled in the program for;
  • The time period the program conducts clinical during the semester or other academic term for which the exemption is sought, or
  • The time period the program conducts clinical during a semester or academic term that ended less than one year prior to the beginning of the semester or term in which the exemption is to be used

  • 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
                 evaluated
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 Preceptor or Child of
          Clinical Preceptor 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

The preceptor may receive up to $500 or actual tuition, whichever is less.

The child of a preceptor my 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 ½ a regular semester.

*This does not override the SAP limit of the published program hours plus 30 at any individual school. This is simply detailing the total time limit at all schools combined.

Application Process

Submit the following to the Financial Aid Office:

           Note: if the student wishing to use the exemption is the CHILD of the preceptor, theCHILD answers
           all the questions on the application form in reference to themselves (not the parent) with the
           exception of the center section (Name of educational institution and Name of affiliating agency {the
           parent is associated with})

  • Written proof of eligibility* from the Nursing Department through which the preceptor has (or had) a written preceptor agreement.

        *The letter must include the preceptor’s name, dates of employment, and that they serve (or served),
          on an average, at least one day per week under a written preceptor agreement with an undergraduate
          professional nursing program.

 Additional Information

General questions may be emailed to the Nursing Department of your college.

        To read more about this program check out: Texas Education Code, 54.356

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