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Exemption Program for Professional Nursing Faculty and Staff
Children of Professional Nursing Faculty and Staff

Program Purpose

To provide an exemption of tuition to eligible students to encourage their parents to continue employment as professional nurse faculty or staff members in the State of Texas.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who:

  • Are residents of Texas, and
  • Are registered with the Selective Service System as required by federal law or are exempt from selective service registration under federal law, and
  • Have not been granted a baccalaureate degree, and
  • Enroll at an institution that offers an undergraduate or graduate program of professional nursing, and

  • Enroll at the SAME institution of higher education at which the student’s parent is currently employed or with which the parent has contracted, either as a professional nursing faculty or staff member, and
  • Be the child of an individual who:

            - At the beginning of the semester or other academic term for which an exemption is
              sought:

              (i)     holds a master's or doctoral degree in nursing, and is employed full-time by a undergraduate
                     or graduate professional nursing program offered by the institution that the child is attending
                     and is employed as a member of the faculty or staff with duties that include teaching,
                     performing research, serving as an administrator, or performing other professional services
                     other than serving as a teaching assistant, or

              (ii)   holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing and is employed by a professional nursing program
                    offered by the institution as a full-time teaching assistant, or

            - During all or part of the semester or other academic term for which an exemption is
              sought:

              (i)     holds a master's or doctoral degree in nursing, and has contracted with an
                     undergraduate or graduate professional nursing program in this state to serve as a full-time
                     member of its faculty or staff with duties that include teaching, performing research, serving
                     as an administrator, or performing other professional services other than serving as a teaching
                     assistant, or

              (ii)  holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing and has contracted with a professional nursing
                    program offered by the institution to serve as a full-time teaching assistant.
 

  • 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 Children of Professional
         Nursing Faculty and Staff 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 exemption covers the student’s tuition only – fees are not covered.

Application Process

 Submit the following to the Financial Aid Office:

  • A written letter from the Human Resources Department confirming your parent’s employment.

        *The letter must include the preceptor’s name and that they employed as a Professional
          Nursing faculty or staff member.

Additional Information

Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information or assistance with this program.

     To read more about this program check out: Texas Education Code, 54.355

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