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Academic Requirements for Exemptions

New Academic Requirements for Exemptions

Beginning Fall 2014, the following requirements must be met at the end of every semester by students receiving exemptions at all public Texas institutions:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates
  • Cannot "excessively exceed" hours required for degree- Undergraduate Credit Limitation
    • If initially enrolled prior to Fall 1999, there is no maximum number of attempted hours
    • If initially enrolled Fall 1999 – Summer 2006, cannot exceed required hours for your degree by more than 45 hours
    • If initially enrolled Fall 2006 – Present, cannot exceed required hours for your degree by more than 30 hours

Hazlewood Note:  ALL students under the Hazlewood Exemption must now be meeting the requirements listed above. This now includes those under the Veteran Program and the Dependent/Spouse Program. The only exception is dependents and spouses of veterans who are MIA or who were killed in action or who died as a result of service related injury or illness. Legacy students must meet the Exemption Requirements and Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to receive the Hazlewood Exemption.

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Exemption Requirements VS Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Students must meet certain academic requirements to be eligible for Exemptions, Financial Aid, or a combination of both. To determine what requirements you must meet, refer to the chart below:

This chart shows the difference between the exemptions requirements (mentioned above under New Academic Exemption Requirements) and Satisfactory Academic Progress for students receiving financial aid.

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Exemption Appeal Information

If you are not meeting the requirements necessary to receive your Exemption, there is an appeal process depending on the academic requirement. Please see below for the process(es) which apply to you:

  • GPA: submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal to Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
  • Excessively exceeding hours (Floating 30/45): meet with your assigned academic advisor about appealing Floating 30/45
  • Both GPA and Excessive hours: submit a SAP Appeal and meet with your assigned academic advisor about appealing Floating 30/45  

Submitting an appeal does not guarantee you will regain eligibility for your exemption. Your appeal will be reviewed and a decision to approve or deny it will be made. Be sure to submit your appeal as soon as possible as this can delay the application of your exemption to your account. Should your exemption be delayed, be sure to make other payment arrangements to prevent cancellation of your registration.

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Exceptions to Academic Exemption Requirements

Students receiving exemptions under the following programs DO NOT have to meet the new academic requirements in order to maintain eligibility for their exemption:

  • Hazlewood Exemption –child/spouse of veteran killed on active duty, who is missing in action, or who died as a result of a service-related illness or injury
  • Dual Enrollment at All Institutions
  • Dual Enrollment at Junior Colleges
  • Ex-Prisoners of War
  • Foster Care/TX Department of Family and Protective Services
  • 100 Mile Waiver
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Military in Texas
  • NATO Members and Families
  • Nursing Graduate Students Planning to Teach
  • Olympic Programs Waiver
  • Teaching and research Assistants
  • Tech Fee at UT Austin

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