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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 22GRANT AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
SUBCHAPTER TEXEMPTION FOR FIREFIGHTERS ENROLLED IN FIRE SCIENCE COURSES
RULE §22.521Eligible Firefighters

(a) To receive an initial exemption under this program:

  (1) A paid firefighter must be employed by a political subdivision of the State of Texas.

  (2) A volunteer firefighter must:

    (A) currently, and for at least the past year, be an active member of an organized volunteer fire department in this state participating in the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System or a retirement system established under the Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act (Article 6243e, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes); and

    (B) hold one of the following credentials:

      (i) an Accredited Advanced level of certification, or an equivalent successor certification, under the State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas volunteer certification program; or

      (ii) Phase V (Firefighter II) certification, or an equivalent successor certification, under the Texas Commission on Fire Protection's voluntary certification program under Texas Government Code, §419.071.

  (3) Otherwise eligible paid or volunteer firefighters, unless attending a public community college (for which tuition is local revenue), must provide the institution proof that they meet Selective Service registration requirements or are exempt.

(b) To receive an exemption in a subsequent semester the student must be in compliance with the institution's financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirements. This provision does not apply to a student who received an exemption under Texas Education Code, §54.208 before the 2009 fall semester as long as the student remains enrolled in the same degree or certificate program and is otherwise eligible to continue to receive the exemption under the statutory provisions that existed at that time.


Source Note: The provisions of this §22.521 adopted to be effective August 26, 2009, 34 TexReg 5689; amended to be effective November 20, 2013, 38 TexReg 8201

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