Tuition Exemptions and Waivers Commonly Used at UT Health San Antonio

Exemptions

Exemptions are a type of financial assistance which can reduce some or all of a student’s tuition and fee expenses (not health insurance). Listed below are the exemption programs commonly used at UT Health San Antonio and the documentation required for consideration. Submit documents to Veteran Services and Financial Aid (VSFA) before census day of the term the student is attending.

  • Blind/Deaf Student Exemption Program: Students must provide certification from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission of status as deaf person or the Texas Workforce Commission of status as blind person. Males must also provide proof of Selective Service Registration which can be retrieved from www.sss.gov. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for continuation awards but are not required to resubmit eligibility documents.
  • Firefighters Taking Fire Science Courses: Submit a complete Texas Firefighter Exemption Request form located in the VSFA Forms website. Males must also provide proof of Selective Service Registration which can be retrieved from www.sss.gov. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for continuation awards within the same academic year. A new request must be submitted annually.
  • Hazlewood Act (for Texas Veterans and eligible Dependents): An initial application with all supporting documentation is required for students using the exemption for the first time at UT Health San Antonio. Click here for more details on the process.
  • Adopted Students and Current or Former Foster Care Students. Click here for more details on tuition exemption and other helpful and programs.

For a complete list of programs and eligibility criteria, visit College for All Texans but please note that UT Health San Antonio only participates in mandatory exemption programs.

Waivers

A non-resident tuition waiver is also a form of financial aid which allows an out-of-state student to pay the resident rate of tuition. The student is responsible for payment of the in-state tuition and fees not covered by the waiver. Submit documents to Veteran Services and Financial Aid (VSFA) before census day of the term the student is attending.

  • Competitive Scholarship: Awards are subject to availability of funding and candidates are selected by their academic department. Upon selection, the academic department will inform VSFA to apply the non-resident tuition waiver, if available. The waiver is valid for one academic year and is not guaranteed to renew. Students currently receiving this waiver at another Texas institution should provide proof of the waiver for consideration at UT Health San Antonio. Males must also provide proof of Selective Service Registration which can be retrieved from www.sss.gov.
  • Active Duty Military in Texas: Available to the service member, spouse, or dependent residing in Texas. Submit a copy of military orders reflecting assignment in Texas and most recent Leave and Earning Statement (LES). Dependents must also provide a birth certificate and the spouse must provide a marriage license. Males must also provide proof of Selective Service Registration which can be retrieved from www.sss.gov. Submit recent LES for continuation awards.
  • Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants: The student’s academic department must complete the annual request found in the VSFA Forms website and delivered in person or via inter-office mail (no electronic copies). Students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are subject to full-time enrollment. All other students are required to enroll at least half-time. Students currently receiving this waiver at another Texas institution should provide proof of the waiver and enrollment for consideration at UT Health San Antonio. Males must also provide proof of Selective Service Registration which can be retrieved from www.sss.gov.

For a complete list of programs and eligibility criteria, visit College for All Texans but please note that UT Health San Antonio only participates in mandatory waiver programs.