Exemptions and Waivers

Definitions:

1.  Waiver means that nonresident tuition is put aside and the student is assessed the Texas resident rate of tuition based on specific situations.
2.  Exemption means the student is not required to pay a portion or all of the tuition and fees based on specific qualifications.

All exemptions or waivers have been authorized by statute in the Texas Education Code or through action of the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center reserves the right, without notice in this or any other publication, to change, amend, add to or otherwise alter any or all exemptions and waivers set forth herein subject to actions by the Texas State Legislature, the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System, or other authority as the case may be.
Waivers must be submitted no later than the 12th class day of a fall or spring semester or the 4th class day of a summer term. It is the student's responsibility to check the student account to ensure the application of a waiver. No waivers will be accepted after the 20th class day (15th class day in summer terms) regardless of circumstances.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center University reserves the right to apply exemptions and waivers after the census day (12th class day of a fall or spring semester or the 4th class day of a summer term). Also, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center reserves the right to audit any exemption or waiver prior to application to a student's tuition and fee account.

  • Blind Students: Exempts a student from payment of all tuition and fees excluding charges for room and board. Certification by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services or the Division for Blind Services is required.
  • Biomedical Research Program - Scholarship Student: Exempts nonresident tuition. Documentation is required through the Office of International Affairs.
  • Children of Disabled Firemen: Exempts a student from payment of tuition and required fees. Certification by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is required.
  • Children of Disabled Peace Officers: Exempts a student from payment of tuition and required fees. Certification by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is required.
  • Children of Prisoners of War or Persons Missing in Action: Exempts a student from payment of Texas resident tuition and required fees. Certification by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is required. 
  • Children of Professional Nurse Faculty and Staff:  Exempts eligible students from the payment of tuition for up to 10 semesters while pursuing a baccalaureate degree at the same institution at which the qualifying parent is currently employed or under contract as a professional nurse faculty or staff member. See Children of Professional Nurse Faculty and Staff Form
  • Competitive Scholarship: Exempts a student from payment of nonresident tuition over and above resident tuition. Student must be awarded a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 for the academic year or summer of their enrollment and be either a nonresident or citizen of a country other than the United States. Student must compete with other students including Texas residents and the award must be made through a duly recognized scholarship committee. Certification is sent to the HSC Student Business Services Office from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Deaf Students: Exempts a student from payment of all tuition and fees excluding charges for room and board. Certification by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services or the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is required.
  • Economic Development and Diversification Employees, Spouses, and Dependents: Exempts a student from payment of nonresident tuition. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides a listing of eligible companies. Students must provide employment certification accordingly.
  • Faculty Exemption (Teacher or Professor): Exempts a student from payment of nonresident tuition. Certification by employing department is required. See Faculty Tuition Waiver Form.
  • Faculty Dependent (Nonresident Dependent of Teacher or Professor): Exempts a student from payment of nonresident tuition. Certification by employing department is required. See Dependent Waiver Form.
  • Foster Care: Exempts a student from payment of tuition and fees. Must be a Texas resident. Certification from The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is required.
  • Good Neighbor (Students from other Nations of the Western Hemisphere): Exempts a limited number of students from payment of 100% of tuition. Certification through the Office of International Affairs is required.
  • Military Personnel and Dependents: Exempts a student from payment of nonresident tuition. Application must be made through Admissions and Records. Certification by Unit Commander or Unit Personnel Officer is required. A separate certification is required, in original form with original signature, for each semester or term of enrollment.
  • Nurse Clinical Preceptors and their Children:  Exempts all eligible preceptors and their children from the payment of up to $500 of tuition per semester for up to 10 semesters while pursuing a baccalaureate degree.  See Clinical Preceptors Form
  • Prisoner of War: Exempts a student from payment of tuition and required fees. The U.S. Department of Defense must have classified student as a prisoner of war on or after January 1, 1999.
  • Senior Citizens (55 Years of Age and Older): Exempts a student from payment of up to 6 semester or term credit hours of resident or nonresident tuition. Student must be 55 years of age or older by the first class day. Notification should be given to the HSC Student Business Services Office at time of enrollment.
  • Senior Citizens (65 Years of Age and Older): Exempts a student from payment of up to 6 semester or term credit hours of resident tuition. Student must be 65 years of age or older by the first class day. Notification should be given to the HSC Student Business Services Office at time of enrollment.
  • TANF Students: Exempts a student from payment of tuition and fees for the first academic year of enrollment. Certification is required from the Department of Family and Protective Services.
  • Valedictorian (Highest Ranking High School Graduate): Exempts a Texas resident student from payment of 100% of tuition during both semesters of the first regular session immediately following his or her graduation from high school. Documentation must be provided to the HSC Student Business Services Office.
  • Veterans and Dependents (Hazlewood): Exempts a student from payment of tuition and fees except the Student Services Fee and charges for class materials paid directly to the department as a reimbursement for materials used in a laboratory setting. Requires Registrar's certification.

Veterans Affairs

  • Veterans and Dependents (Partial Hazlewood): Certification by the Registrar's Office is required. The amount exempted will be that amount calculated after the application of federal aid, which the student must utilize first.

Veterans Affairs

  • Graduate Student Fee Assistance Program: Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant Or Graduate Part-Time Instructor. Exempts, by Board of Regents action, the student from payment of certain fees. By Board of Regents mandate, appointment must be on or before the 12th class day of the fall or spring semester (4th class day of a summer term) as a benefits-eligible employee with employment of at least one-half time as a TA, RA or GPTI. See

TA/RA Fee Waiver Form

  • Graduate Student Tuition Exemption: Nonresident State Tuition Exemption — Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant. Exempts a student from payment of nonresident tuition over and above the state resident rate. By Texas Education Code and Texas Tech Board of Regents mandate, appointment must be on or before the 12th class day of the fall or spring semester (4th class day of a summer term) in a position that meets the definition of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Pay Plan in work related to the student's degree program. See TA/RA Tuition Waiver Form.
  • Employee Tuition Assistance Program:  Waives, by Board of Regents action, the employee from the payment of tuition and fees for up to 3 semester credit hours for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.  Students are responsible for the payment of Graduate Tuition.  Please be aware that all fees that are assessed are not considered mandatory fees and may not be covered under this employee benefit.  These include, but are not limited to, Malpractice Insurance Fees, Graduation Fees, and Binding/Thesis Fees.  Eligibility requirements include the following: 
    • Must maintain a 2.25 minimum cumulative GPA
    • Must have been employeed by Texas Tech for at least six months
    • Must be a full-time benefits-eligible employee of TTUHSC, TTU, or the TTU System
    • Must be in compliance with TTUHSC and/or TTU Operating Policies regarding employee enrollment
    • Must be seeking a degree certification verifiable by admissions status

    • Waivers will be applied for those employees attending Texas Tech.  Notification should be given to the HSC Student Business Services Office at the time of enrollment in TTUHSC courses to receive credit on account.
    • TTUHSC employees not located in Lubbock and attending a four-year institution or community college in their area will need to complete a certification form and submit it to the Human Resources Office at their respective campus to obtain tuition reimbursement. 

 

  • Benefits-Eligible Medical Services Waiver: Waives the student from payment of the Medical Services Fee. By Board of Regents mandate, appointment must be on or before the 12th class day of the fall or spring semester (4th class day of a summer term) in a position eligible for state benefits as defined in the Texas Civil Statutes and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. See Medical Services Waiver Form.
  • Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant Dependent: Exempts a student from payment of nonresident tuition over and above state resident rate. Certification from the employing department is required. See Dependent Waiver Form.

 

Off-Campus Waiver: Waives the student from the payment of certain fees for activities, services, or facilities not available to them at their course location. Students enrolled in only web-based instruction may also be eligible for an off-campus waiver. Notification of waiver eligibility is provided from the various academic departments to the HSC Student Business Services Office for each semester/term. Waivers must be manually entered onto a students' account after registration is completed. Students may elect to pay any or all of the waived fees by contacting the HSC Student Business Services Office.