Exemptions are a type of financial assistance allowing some Texas residents to attend a public college or university in Texas without paying tuition, or in some cases, tuition and fees. Contact the Bursar’s Office for additional information. Listed below are the exemption programs available to Texas residents at COM:

  • Adopted students formerly in foster or other residential care
  • Blind/deaf student exemption program
  • Children of disabled or deceased firemen, peace officers, game wardens, and employees of correctional institutions
  • Concurrent enrollment waiver
  • Educational aide exemptions
  • Exemption for highest ranking high school graduate
  • Exemption for peace officers enrolled in law enforcement and criminal justice courses
  • Exemption for students enrolled in courses for dual high school and college level credit
  • Exemption for students under conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Exemption program for children of professional nursing program faculty and staff
  • Exemption program for clinical preceptors and their children
  • Firefighters taking fire science courses
  • Hazlewood exemption (for Texas veterans)
  • Military: Texas national guard tuition assistance program
  • Senior citizen, 65 or older, free tuition for auditing classes
  • Exemption for the surviving spouse and minor children of certain deceased public servants
  • exemption for children of U.S. POW's and MIA's

* Tuition and Fee Exemptions and Waivers are subject to change.

Types of tuition waivers:

  • Competitive scholarship waiver
  • Military: persons eligible for veterans educational benefits, their spouses and children who move to Texas
  • Waiver for college benefit eligible employees and their dependents