Peace Officer and Firefighter Exemptions

Applications for Peace Officer and Firefighter Exemptions will not be accepted until:

Fall Semester - August 5th 
Spring Semester - December 15th
Summer Semester (I & II) - May 15th

In order to qualify, a Firefighter must:

  • Apply for the exemption at least one week before the last day of the institution's regular registration period for that semester.
  • Be employed as a paid firefighter by a political subdivision of the State of Texas or active members of volunteer fire departments who hold an accredited advanced certification (or the equivalent), under the State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association of Texas volunteer certification program, OR a Phase V (Firefighter II) certification (or the equivalent) under the Texas Commission of Fire Protection's voluntary certification program under Section 419.071, Govt Code.
  • Apply for admission and be accepted
  • Provide the college registrar proof of employment as a currently paid firefighter (required each semester in which the exemption will be used)
  • Provide letter on letterhead dated within 30 days of application that you are a peace officer, or provide a copy of pay stub within 30 days of application and a copy of your employee ID that shows you are a peace officer.
  • Be enrolled in courses offered as part of a Fire Science Curriculum* and for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs) https://www.oag.state.tx.us/opinions/opinions/50abbott/op/2006/pdf/ga0397.pdf
    *Master of Public Administration
  • Submit completed Registrar's Application for Texas Peace Officer and Firefighters Exemption each semester .
  • Be in compliance with the institutions financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirement (http://www.shsu.edu/~fao_www/fa_intro/documents/SAPUG2011.pdf)

In order to qualify, a Peace Officer must:

  • Include all appropriate documentation to help avoid delays and denial.
  • Apply for the exemption at least one week before the last day of the institution's regular registration period for that semester.
  • Be employed as a Peace Officer by the state of Texas or by a political subdivision of Texas
  • Apply for admission and be accepted
  • Provide the college registrar proof of employment as a currently paid police officer (required each semester in which the exemption will be used)
  • Provide letter on letterhead dated within 30 days of application that you are a peace officer, or provide a copy of pay stub within 30 days of application and a copy of your employee ID that shows you are a peace officer.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible criminal justice or law enforcement-related degree or certificate program at the institution
    • BA, Criminal Justice
    • BS, Criminal Justice
    • BA, Victim Studies
  • Submit completed Registrar's Application for Texas Peace Officer and Firefighters Exemption each semester 
  • Be in compliance with the institutions financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirement (http://www.shsu.edu/~fao_www/fa_intro/documents/SAPUG2011.pdf)

Eligible courses:

  • Only undergraduate courses pertaining to the major requirements of law enforcement-related and criminal justice degree or certificate programs are eligible for the tuition and laboratory fees exemption.
  • No more than 20 percent of the maximum student enrollment designated by the institution for a given law enforcement or criminal justice class may receive an exemption under this program (the application fore Texas Peace Officer and Firefighter Exemptions will be used to determine the 20% max student enrollment).
  • Pursuant to Texas Education Code, Section 54.545, the exemption does not apply to courses that do not receive Texas Education Code Section 61.059 formula funding.

Excess Hours:

  • Additional information available for excess hours for persons who have reached the limit of undergraduate hours.

For additional information please visit:http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa2.cfm?ID=589

NOT ALL TUITION AND FEES MAY BE COVERED BY THE EXEMPTION. 
STUDENT'S ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL TUITION AND FEES THAT MAY NOT BE COVERED.

For information please contact:

Casey Cox at cxc039@shsu.edu or 936-294-1019


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