Texas Education Code
Sec. § 54.364
Blind, Deaf Students


(a)

In this section:

(1)

"Resident" has the same meaning as is assigned it in Subchapter B of this chapter.

(2)

"Blind person" means a person who is a "blind disabled individual" as defined in Section 91.051(5), Human Resources Code.

(3)

"Deaf person" means a person whose sense of hearing is nonfunctional, after all necessary medical treatment, surgery, and use of hearing aids, for understanding normal conversation.

(4)

"Tuition fees" includes all dues, fees, and enrollment charges whatsoever for which exemptions may be lawfully made, including fees for correspondence courses, general deposit fees, and student services fees, but does not include fees or charges for lodging, board, or clothing.

(5)

"Institution of higher education" has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003, except that the term includes the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf.

(b)

A deaf or blind person who is a resident is entitled to exemption from the payment of tuition fees at any institution of higher education utilizing public funds if the person presents:

(1)

certification that the person is a "blind person" or a "deaf person" as defined in Subsection (a) by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in a written statement, which certification is considered conclusive;

(2)

a written statement of purpose from the person that indicates the certificate or degree program to be pursued or the professional enhancement from the course of study for that certificate or degree program;

(3)

a high school diploma or its equivalent;

(4)

a letter of recommendation from the principal of the high school attended by the deaf or blind individual, a public official, or some other responsible person who knows the deaf or blind individual and is willing to serve as a reference; and

(5)

proof that the person meets all other entrance requirements of the institution.

(c)

The governing board of an institution may establish special entrance requirements to fit the circumstances of deaf and blind persons. The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board may develop any rules and procedures that these agencies determine necessary for the efficient implementation of this section.

(d)

For the purposes of this section, a person is required to present certification that the person is a "blind person" or a "deaf person" as required under Subsection (b)(1) at the time the person initially enrolls at an institution of higher education in the course of study designated by the person under Subsection (b)(2). The certification is valid for each semester that the person enrolls at that institution in the designated course of study.

(e)

A person who qualifies for an exemption under this section is entitled to the exemption for each course in which the person enrolls at an institution of higher education.
Redesignated and amended from Education Code, Section 54.205 by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 359 (S.B. 32), Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.
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