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Peace Officer Exemption
Peace Officer Exemption Program


Program Purpose


To encourage persons employed as peace officers to take college courses designed to help them in their work.


Eligibility Requirements

• Are employed as a Peace Officer by the state of Texas or by a political subdivision of the State of Texas

• Are enrolled as an undergraduate in an undergraduate program, including certificate, associate
  and baccalaureate degrees leading to a law enforcement-related or criminal justice certificate or degree.
  At Collin College, the approved degree programs consist of the following:
                                           

                        AA, Criminal Justice

                        Certificate, Criminal Justice

                       

           

• 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).

• Enroll in classes beginning Fall 2011 or later.

• To receive a continuation award, the student must meet the institution's financial aid satisfactory
  academic progress (SAP) requirements.  Specifically, students must maintain a financial aid GPA of at least
  a 2.0
to remain eligible. (Financial aid GPA includes grades for developmental courses.)

  In addition, students 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 enrolled in the AA Criminal Justice degree.  This program requires 60 hours to
  complete.  The student would be allowed up to 90 hours to complete the program.  Students' prior credit, both
  internal (from Collin) 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.


  Note: SAP is run at the end of EACH semester.

• NEW! In order to evaluate prior credit, each peace office 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 Fall 2014 semester, even if you have used the
  Peace Officer Exemption at Collin previously, please do so immediately.  Click here for the degree request
  form.

 

Award Amount

Tuition and laboratory fees for courses offered as part of a law enforcement-related or criminal justice curriculum which pertain to the major requirements of the identified programs are eligible for reimbursement.

Courses not directly related to law enforcement or criminal justice are NOT eligible for reimbursement, even though they may be required for completion of the certificate or degree. (I.e. general education classes.)

No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.


Application Process

Each semester, provide the financial aid office proof of employment as a paid Peace Officer, and enroll in the courses of a law enforcement-related or criminal justice curriculum as noted above.  The letter must always have a current date, and cannot be just a copy of an older letter.
 
Important: Please realize that each subsequent semester, your exemption may be posted prior to SAP running for that semester. If, upon the SAP program running, you are NOT meeting the SAP requirements,

the exemption will be removed from your account and you will be responsible for paying your tution and fees

out-of-pocket.

 

This may also apply to the first semester you have a degree evaluation completed.  If we post the exemption and then  your degree evaluation is completed showing you have attempted in excess of 30 hours over and above the published program hours, the exemption will be removed from your account and you will be responsible for paying your tution and fees out-of-pocket.

 

Additional Information

•  To read more about this program check out:

                        The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or

                        Texas Education Code §54.208