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State of Texas Exemptions

On June 5, 2014, the new Senate Bill 1210 rules for State of Texas exemptions took effect. The following is a detailed explanation of the new rules.

Eligibility Requirements

Beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, the following requirements must be met by all students using State of Texas exemption benefits:

  • Eligibility requirements for each specific exemption remain the same. For more details on eligibility requirements as well as more detail on the program changes, please visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) website here: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  •  While the following SAP requirements are not new, the new rules did provide more detail and
    clarification on the exact conditions.

            All students receiving the a State of Texas Exemption must make Satisfactory Academic Progress
           (SAP) in accordance
with the institution’s financial aid policy.

           Specifically, you must:

                > Maintain a cumulative financial aid GPA* of at least a 2.0, and

                > Can only receive the exemption for 30 hours over the published program length** (called
                   max hours).

                   For example, a student is in the Associate of Arts (AA) degree program.  This program requires
                   60 credit hours to complete.  Under the State of Texas exemption rules, the student would be
                   allowed a maximum of 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. 

  • NEW: In order to evaluate prior credit, ALL students must submit a degree request form indicating the degree or certificate program you are enrolled in. Again, even if you have previously used the exemption at Collin College (prior to the new rules), you MUST submit this form for the next semester in which you wish to use the exemption and have credits evaluated in order to continue using the exemption.

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

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

  • Each subsequent semester, as before, students using an exemption must either let the Financial Aid Office know they wish to use it for the upcoming semester (as in the case of the adoption or foster care exemption, for example), or submit the appropriate letter or application per your specific exemption program.  (To see the continuing requirements for your specific exemption, click on the appropriate link below.)

Submitting in a Timely Fashion

Please remember there are hundreds of students using exemptions at the College.  Please submit your applications/letters as early as possible to prevent delays.  If you submit your application, for example, the week before payment deadline or later, we cannot guarantee it will be posted to your account in time to hold your classes.

In these cases, you will need to pay for your classes out-of-pocket, and once processed, and if you are still eligible for the exemption, it will be posted to your account, which will generate a refund to you.

Notes About SAP

Both GPA and Max Hours are evaluated at the end of EACH semester (i.e., when grades post).

*Financial Aid GPA includes grades for developmental courses.

**For Hazlewood Legacy students, the maximum number of hours you are allowed is the published number of hours for your program. Hazlewood Legacy students do NOT have the +30 hours over their program.

Example: If a Hazlewood Legacy student is enrolled in a certificate program that is 48 credit hours to complete, we can only post the Hazlewood exemption for 48 hours. This means that if you withdraw or fail a class, you will be one class short for your degree or certificate program (i.e., you will have to pay out-of-pocket for the class).

Not Making SAP

If upon the completion of any semester, a student fails to meet any of the above eligibility requirements, the student is not eligible to receive the exemption for the next semester in which the student enrolls. Students may become eligible in a subsequent semester if they complete a semester or semesters on their own and are once again meeting the eligibility/SAP requirements.

For students with a rare, extenuating circumstance (as described in the Financial Aid section of the website under Satisfactory Academic Progress), they may submit an appeal with supporting documentation. See the instructions for submitting appeals in that same section: Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

State of Texas Exemptions at Collin College

Click on the appropriate link below to see information about your specific exemption.

Hazlewood Exemption

Fire Science Exemption

Peace Office Exemption

Adoption Exemption

Foster Care Exemption

Deaf/Blind Exemption

Exemption for Clinical Nurse Preceptors and Their Children

Child of Professional Nursing Staff


If you do not see your exemption listed here, please speak with the staff in the Financial Aid Office.

If you are eligible for a State of Texas waiver, please see the Admissions Office.