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Deaf and Blind Exemption Program
Deaf and Blind Exemption

Program Purpose

To help enable blind and deaf students to attend public colleges or universities in the state of Texas.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Texas residents

  • Declare a program of study at the time he/she applies for the exemption

  • Provide certification from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services of status as a blind person or a deaf person

  • 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)

  • 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 Deaf/Blind 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

All dues, fees, and enrollment charges whatsoever for which exemptions may be lawfully made, including: fees for correspondence courses, general property deposit fees, and student service fees; but, does not include fees or charges for lodging, board, or clothing. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.

Application Process

  • Provide the Access - Disability Services Office in D151 at SCC (NOT Financial Aid) with certification from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services of status as a blind person or a deaf person and a letter of recommendation attesting to good character.

  • Provide the registrar a copy of the high school transcript

  • Ensure that all admissions requirements have been met

Additional Information

     To read more about this program check out: Texas Education Code, 54.364

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