Exemption for Peace Officers Enrolled in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice Courses

Program Purpose

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

Eligibility Requirements


New Requirements Fall, 2014

Senate Bill 1210 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) adds a Grade Point Average requirement for persons to receive continuation awards through the program. The Bill also establishes a Limit to the Total Number of Hours, cumulative, that a student may take and continue to receive awards through this program. These changes go into effect in fall, 2014. Contact your institution for more information.

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

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

Application Process

Provide the college registrar proof of employment as a paid police officer, and enroll in the courses of a law enforcement or criminal justice curriculum.

Additional Information