The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(2) Commission--The Texas Veterans Commission.
(3) Census date--The date in an academic term or semester
for which an institution is required to certify a person's enrollment
in the institution to the Board for the purposes of determining formula
funding for the institution.
(4) Contact Hour--A time unit of instruction as defined
in 19 Texas Administrative Code §13.1.
(5) Continuing education unit or CEU--A unit of measure
of instruction as defined in 19 Texas Administrative Code §9.1.
(6) Degree certified hours--Hours for which the student
is registered as of the census date of a term or semester.
(7) Dependent--An individual who was claimed as a dependent
for federal income tax purposes by the individual's parent or court-appointed
legal guardian, or as defined in Texas Education Code §54.341(k)
and (m) in a particular year and in the previous tax year. A child
was a dependent if he or she was claimed as such by a parent or legal
guardian during the veteran's year of entry into the service and in
the previous tax year.
(8) Deposit fees--Fees that an institution may collect
under Texas Education Code §54.502.
(9) Eligible Person--
(A) Veteran as defined in Texas Education Code §54.341(a);
(B) Spouse as defined in Texas Education Code §54.341(a-2);
(C) Child or Children as defined by Texas Education
(10) Extraordinary costs--Only applicable for public
junior colleges, public technical institutes, or public state colleges
as defined in Texas Education Code §61.003. The cost of tuition
and fees that exceed the average tuition and fee charges at the institution.
(11) Federal income tax return--An IRS Transcript of
Tax Return for that particular year.
(12) Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce
Education (GIPWE)--A Board approved publication as defined in 19 Texas
Administrative Code §9.1.
(13) Hazlewood Act Exemption--The tuition and partial
fee exemption authorized under Texas Education Code §54.341.
(14) Hazlewood Legacy Act--The tuition and partial
fee exemption authorized under Texas Education Code §54.341(k).
(15) Initial entry training--Includes Basic Combat
Training and Advanced Individual Training, One Station Unit Training,
Officer Candidate School, service as a cadet at the United States
Military Academy, and service as a cadet candidate at the United States
Military Academy Preparatory School (Army); Recruit Training and Skill
Training (or 'A' School), Officer Candidate School, service as a midshipman
at the United States Naval Academy, and service as a midshipman candidate
at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (Navy); Basic Military Training
and Technical Training, Officer Training School, service as a cadet
at the United States Air Force Academy; and service as a cadet candidate
at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School (Air Force);
Recruit Training and Marine Corps Training (or School of Infantry
Training), Officer Candidates School (Marine Corps); and Basic Training,
Officer Candidate School, and service as a cadet at the United States
Coast Guard Academy (Coast Guard), or the equivalent training for
that branch of service.
(16) Institution--A Texas public institution of higher
education as defined in Texas Education Code §61.003(8).
(17) Qualifying service--Discharged under honorable
conditions after serving on active military duty, excluding initial
entry training, for more than 180 days as documented by the Certificate
of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD FORM 214) issued by the
Department of Defense or other qualifying discharge document. Other
qualifying discharge documents are:
(A) WD AGO 53, Enlisted Record and Report of Separation
(B) WD AGO 53-55, Enlisted Record and Report of Separation
(C) WD AGO 53-58, Enlisted Record and Report of Separation
(D) NAVCG-553, Notice of Separation from U.S. Coast
(E) NAVMC 78-PD, U.S. Marine Corps Report of Separation;
(F) NAVPERS-553, Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval
(G) NA Form 13038, Certification of Military Service.
This form may only be used upon written verification from the National
Archives that a DD Form 214 or equivalent discharge document has been
lost or destroyed and may only be used to verify days of qualifying
service and character of service.
(18) Resident of Texas--A resident of the State of
Texas as determined in accordance with 19 Texas Administrative Code
Chapter 21, Subchapter B (relating to Determination of Resident Status).
(19) Satisfactory academic progress--A grade point
average that satisfies the institution's requirement for making satisfactory
academic progress toward a degree or certificate in accordance with
the institution's policy regarding eligibility for financial aid.
This requirement does not apply to spouses or children of veterans
who died from a service-related injury or illness, or who were classified
as missing in action (MIA) or killed in action (KIA).
(20) Semester Credit Hour--A unit of measure of instruction
as defined in 19 Texas Administrative Code §13.1.
(21) Stacking--Concurrent use of state and federal
veteran education benefits by an eligible person.
(22) Student services fees--Fees that an institution
may, under Texas Education Code, §§54.503, 54.5061, and
54.513, elect to charge to students to cover the cost of student services.