(a) The governing board of an institution of higher education shall exempt from the
payment of tuition and laboratory fees charged by the institution for a criminal justice
or law enforcement course or courses an undergraduate student who:
(1) is employed as a peace officer by this state or by a political subdivision of
(2) is enrolled in a criminal justice or law enforcement-related degree program at
(3) is making satisfactory academic progress toward the student's degree as determined
by the institution; and
(4) applies for the exemption at least one week before the last date of the institution's
regular registration period for the applicable semester or other term.
(b) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a student may not receive an exemption under this
section for any course if the student has previously attempted a number of semester
credit hours for courses taken at any institution of higher education while classified
as a resident student for tuition purposes in excess of the maximum number of those
hours specified by Section 61.0595(a) as eligible for funding under the formulas established under Section 61.059.
(c) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), the governing board of an institution of higher
education may not provide exemptions under this section to students enrolled in a
specific class in a number that exceeds 20 percent of the maximum student enrollment
designated by the institution for that class.
(d) An exemption provided under this section does not apply to deposits that may be
required in the nature of security for the return or proper care of property loaned
for the use of students.
(e) The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall adopt:
(1) rules governing the granting or denial of an exemption under this section, including
rules relating to the determination of a student's eligibility for an exemption; and
(2) a uniform listing of degree programs covered by the exemption under this section.
(f) If the legislature does not specifically appropriate funds to an institution of
higher education in an amount sufficient to pay the institution's costs in complying
with this section for a semester, the governing board of the institution of higher
education shall report to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations
Committee the cost to the institution of complying with this section for that semester.
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