Children of Disabled or Deceased Firemen, Peace Officers, Game Wardens, and Employees of Correctional Institutions

Program Purpose

This exemption provides a benefit to the children of eligible public servants who have been killed in the line of duty, or who have been disabled in the line of duty. Injuries resulting in death that occurred on or after September 1, 2000 please see refer to  Surviving Spouse and/or Dependent Children of Deceased Public Servants.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible parent suffered an injury, resulting in disability or death as a paid or volunteer fireman, paid municipal, county, or state peace officer, or a custodial employee of the Texas Department of Corrections, or a game warden .

Eligible Institutions

Available only for use at a Texas public college or university.

To access listings of Texas public colleges and universities, follow the links to Texas Public Institutions.

Award Amount

Exemption from the payment of tuition and required fees for the first 120 undergraduate semester credit hours for which a person registers or age 26, whichever comes first. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.

Application Process

Certification letter must be submitted to either the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or Texas Public Institution of Higher Education depending of the date of injury. Provided for your reference is a sample certification letter that can be used as a guide.

Additional Information