As per the Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System, you must meet the following requirements to obtain a waiver of tuition for a deaf or blind student at a state-funded Texas college or university:
- Proof of Texas residence for one year before entering school.
- Certification that you are a “blind person” or a “deaf person” by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division of Blind/Deaf Services, in a written statement, which certification is considered conclusive.
- A written statement of purpose that indicates the certificate or degree program you plan to pursue or the professional enhancement from the course of study for that certificate or degree program.
- A high school diploma or its equivalent.
- A letter of recommendation from the principal of the high school you attended, a public official or some other responsible person who knows you and is willing to serve as a reference.
- Proof that you meet all other entrance requirements of the institution.
- A cumulative passing rate of at least 67% at the end of each semester.
- Credit hours that do not exceed 150% of the minimum number of hours required to complete your primary program of study.
- A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale or higher at the end of your first period of enrollment at Dallas College. This average must be maintained at the end of each subsequent period of enrollment for you to continue to receive the waiver. If you do not meet this minimum CGPA requirement, you will not be eligible.
If you do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements but meet all other waiver requirements, you have the option of appealing to use the waiver. If you have additional questions regarding the waiver, or wish to apply for a waiver, please contact the Disability Support Services Office.