Texas Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Texas Military and Veterans Benefits : Texas offers many special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Property Tax Exemptions, State Retirement Benefits, Veterans Home Improvement Loan Program, Texas National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Veterans Employment Preference, Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges to name a few. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status. Wartime Veterans have preference in employment with State agencies or offices, as do Surviving Spouses and Children of those killed on active duty. State law requires that some State agencies practice Veterans' preference until they have reached 20% Veteran employment.

 
Texas Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


What are my Texas Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits? 

Texas Retirement Income Taxes : Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

Texas Retired Military Pay Taxes: Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

  Texas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

Texas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Texas State Tax Benefits : Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

Learn more about Texas Income Taxes

Texas Residence Homestead Tax Exemptions: Property tax in Texas is a locally assessed and locally administered tax. There is no state property tax. Property tax brings in the most money of all taxes available to local government to pay for schools, roads, police and firemen, emergency response services, libraries, parks and other services provided by local government.

Texas offers a variety of partial or total (absolute) exemptions from appraised property values used to determine local property taxes. A partial exemption removes a percentage or a fixed dollar amount of a property's value from taxation. A total (absolute) exemption excludes the entire property from taxation. Taxing units are mandated by the state to offer certain (mandatory) exemptions and have the option to decide locally on whether or not to offer others (local option).

Exemptions from property tax require applications in most circumstances. Applications for property tax exemptions are filed with appraisal districts. The general deadline for filing an exemption application is before May 1. Appraisal district chief appraisers are responsible for determining whether or not property qualifies for an exemption.

Tax Code exemption requirements are extensive. Property owners should read applicable statutes carefully. The Comptroller's publication Texas Property Tax Exemptions (PDF) offers a short summary of the exemption provisions. The sections below provide general information regarding the Texas Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans, Texas Property Tax Exemption for Partially Disabled Veterans/Veterans over age 6 5 and Texas Property Tax Exemption for Spouses of Service Members Killed in Action.

Learn more about Texas Homestead Property Tax Exemptions

Texas Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans: A disabled Veteran who receives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 100% disability compensation due to a service-connected disability and a rating of 100% disabled or of individual unemployability is entitled to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the Veteran's residence homestead.

The un-remarried Surviving Spouse of a qualifying Veteran is entitled to the same exemption from taxation if the property was the residence of the Surviving Spouse when the Veteran died, and the property remains the residence homestead of the Surviving Spouse. A Surviving Spouse can receive an exemption on a subsequent homestead if he or she has not remarried since the death of the disabled Veteran; however, the amount of the exemption is the dollar amount of the exemption from taxation of the former homestead in the last year the Surviving Spouse received the exemption ( Texas Property Code §11.131 ). Please view the Texas Application for Residence Homestead Exemption for more information or to apply.

Learn more about Texas Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans

Texas Property Tax Exemption for Partially Disabled Veterans/Veterans over age 6 5: A partially disabled Veteran is entitled to an exemption from taxation of a portion of the assessed value of a property the Veteran owns in accordance with the following schedule:

Assessed Value Exemption Amount Disability Rating

  • $5,000 10% but less than 30%

  • $7,500 30% but less than 50%

  • $10,000 50% but less than 70%

  • $12,000 70% and over

A disabled Veteran 65 years of age or over is entitled to an exemption from taxation of $12,000 of the assessed value of a property the Veteran owns if the Veteran:

  • Has a disability rating of at least 10%;

  • Is totally blind in one or both eyes; or

  • Has lost the use of one or more limbs.

The un-remarried Surviving Spouse of a qualifying Veteran is entitled to the same exemption from taxation if the property was the residence of the Surviving Spouse when the Veteran died, and the property remains the residence homestead of the Surviving Spouse. A Surviving Spouse can receive an exemption on a subsequent homestead if he or she has not remarried since the death of the disabled Veteran; however, the amount of the exemption is the dollar amount of the exemption from taxation of the former homestead in the last year the Surviving Spouse received the exemption.

Note : A Veteran who qualifies for more than one property exemption under Texas state law is entitled to only one exemption but may choose the greatest exemption for which he/she qualifies. Please view the Texas Application for Disabled Veteran's or Survivors Exemption for more information or to apply.

Learn more about Texas Property Tax Exemption for Partially Disabled Veterans/Veterans over age 65

Texas Property Tax Exemption for Spouses of Service Members Killed in Action: If an individual dies while on active duty as a member of the Armed Services of the United States, the individual's Surviving Spouse is entitled to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the Surviving Spouse's residence homestead if the Surviving Spouse has not remarried since the death of the member of the armed services.

Note : Other conditions for exemption may apply besides those listed above. Please view the Texas Application for Residence Homestead Exemption for more information or to apply. ( Texas Property Code §11.133 )

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Texas National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program: Funded by the State of Texas, the State Tuition Assistance Program (STRP) is an education benefit that provides money for college to eligible members of the Texas Military Department pursuing their educational and career goals.

State Tuition Assistance funding is:

  • Based on available funding, STA is available for fall and spring academic semesters only.

  • The average award payment is for up to 6 credits of tuition and fees, not to exceed $2,250 per semester.

  •  Applicants can apply for a high needs exemption to receive up to 12 credits of tuition and mandatory fees with a maximum payout of $4,500 per semester

  • Private school reimbursement rates are calculated based on the average STA award for public schools.

  • Public school Out-of-State or Out-of-district resident tuition/fee charges are not eligible for reimbursement. Tuition will be paid at the in-state or in-district rate.

  • Applicants pursuing their first undergraduate, graduate or professional degree have funding priority, in that order.

  • State tuition assistance is available for five academic years or ten semesters. This applies during semesters of reduced funding as well.

  • Incomplete, Dropped or Failed classes are ineligible for reimbursement.

  • Continuing education classes (not receiving state tax support) are not eligible for reimbursement.

  • STA will not pay for the same class twice.

State Tuition Assistance Program of Texas Instruction and Application

Who is eligible for the Texas National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program?

  • Active drilling members in “Good Standing” with TXARNG, TXANG or TXSG.

  • Eligible ranks are: Enlisted (E1-E9), Officers (O1-O5) and Warrant Officers (W1-W3).

  • Applicants must be accepted and registered in a Texas qualifying college or university for a minimum of 3 semester credit hours. Part-time or full-time students are eligible.

  • Applicants must have completed Basic Training prior to the start of the semester. TXSG must complete BOT, RBOT or AIT.

  • Members must continue to serve in their component through the end of the semester. As of the date of signature on the application, the Service member’s Expiration of Term of Service (ETS) or Mandatory Retirement Date (MRD) must be a date after the official last day of class. State Guard Members do not have a contract ETS date, but must serve through the end of the semester in order to receive the award payment.

  • ROTC (GRFD and DANG) Cadets utilizing the Room & Board scholarship option or non-scholarship contracts are eligible.

  • AGR are not eligible.

  • Eligible school must be a public or private Texas state college or university with headquarters in Texas as defined in Texas Education Code Section 61.003. For profit schools are not eligible.

  • Must have and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA

Learn more about the Texas National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

 Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Veterans: The Texas Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
Who is eligible for Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Veterans: To be Eligible a Veteran must:

  • At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, designated Texas as Home of Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident;

  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions as indicated on the Veteran's DD214 or other certificate of release;

  • Served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training);

  • Have no federal Veteran's education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; Pell and SEOG are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;

  • Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas; and

  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its cost), unless the college's governing board has ruled to let Veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses.

  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

( Texas Education Code §54.341 )

Learn more about Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Veterans

Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Spouses and Dependent Children: Spouses and dependent Children of eligible Active Duty, Reserve, and Texas National Guard who died in the line of duty or as a result of injury or illness directly related to military service, are missing in action, or who became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of a service-related injury or illness are entitled to each receive a 150 credit hours exemption.
Who is eligible for Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Spouses and Dependent Children? To be Eligible a Spouse must:

  • Be a Spouse of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, was a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas;

  • Be a Spouse of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled (100%) as a result of a service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;

  • Have no federal Veterans education benefits, or have federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; Pell and SEOG are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;

  • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident; and

  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours. This requirement does not apply to the Spouse of a MIA, KIA, or service-connected deceased Veteran.

To be eligible a Child must:

  • Be a Child of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, was a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas

  • Be a Child of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled (100%) as a result of a service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;

  • Have no federal Veterans education benefits, or have federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; Pell and SEOG are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;

  • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident; and

  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic program in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours. This requirement does not apply to the Child of a MIA, KIA, or service-connected deceased Veteran.

( Texas Education Code §54.341 )

Learn more about Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Spouses and Dependent Children

Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Child Legacy Act: Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a Child under certain conditions.
Who is eligible for Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Child Legacy Act?
To be eligible, the Child must:

  • Be classified by the institution as a Texas resident;

  • Be the biological Child, step-Child, adopted Child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year,

  • Be 25 years or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition), and

  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

Legacy recipients will receive an exemption for the number of degree certified hours reported by the institution for that term or semester. Maximum degree certified hours awarded to the Legacy recipient will be dependent upon the degree or certificate program in which the student is enrolled for that term or semester and shall be consistent with the program length as defined within the school catalog as approved by the regional accreditation commission.

Note: If a Child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all of the assigned hours, a Veteran may re-assign the unused hours that are available to another dependent Child. Only one Child can use the Hazlewood Act at a time.
( Texas Education Code §54.341 )

Learn more about Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Child Legacy Act

Texas "TAPS" Tuition Voucher Program: Tuition vouchers may be issued to students in grades 6 through 12 or at postsecondary educational institutions who sound "Taps" on a bugle, trumpet, or cornet during military honors funerals held in this state for deceased Veterans. A voucher will be issued in the amount of $25 for each time a student performs "Taps" as described.

Learn more about the Texas "TAPS" Tuition Voucher Program

Texas High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: (Texas Education Code §28.0251 ) This legislation provides for a school district to issue a high school diploma to certain Veterans. A Veteran or person acting on behalf of a deceased Veteran may apply for a high school diploma.
Who is eligible for Texas High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? An eligible applicant is one who:

  • Is or was an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces of the United States;

  • Was scheduled to graduate from high school after 1940 and before 1975 or after 1989; and

  • Left school after completing Grade 6 or higher, but before graduating from high school, to serve in World War II; the Korean War; the Vietnam War; the Persian Gulf War; the Iraq War; the war in Afghanistan; or any other war formally declared by the United States, military engagement authorized by the United States Congress, military engagement authorized by a United Nations Security Council resolution and funded by the United States Congress, or conflict authorized by the president of the United States under the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 United States Code (U.S.C.) §1541 et seq.).

The completed Texas Application for High School Diplomas for Certain Veterans and all required documentation must be submitted to the local Texas school district where the Veteran was last enrolled. If the Veteran's school district no longer exists, the form should be submitted to the consolidated (new) district, which will be responsible for issuing the diploma.

Please contact the Texas Education Agency's Division of Curriculum at 512-463-9581 if you have questions.

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Texas Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.

  •  Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Shelly Ramos, Texas Commissioner Designee
Senior Director
Curriculum Standards and Student Support
Texas Education Agency
Address: 1701 N. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-1494
Email: shelly.ramos@tea.texas.gov
Phone: 512-463-9581

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?