83R9498 JRJ-D
  By: Patrick H.B. No. 2555
  relating to tuition and fee exemptions for certain military
  personnel and their dependents.
         SECTION 1.  Section 54.341, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (c), (d), and (l) and adding Subsection (o) to
  read as follows:
         (c)  A person may not receive exemptions provided for by this
  section for more than a cumulative total of 135 [150] credit hours.
         (d)  The governing board of each institution of higher
  education granting an exemption under this section shall require
  each applicant claiming the exemption to submit to the institution
  an application for the exemption and satisfactory evidence that the
  applicant qualifies for the exemption not later than the 12th class
  day of the semester or term to which the exemption applies [one year
  after the earlier of the date the institution:
               [(1)   provides written notice to the applicant of the
  applicant's eligibility for the exemption; or
               [(2)   receives a written acknowledgement from the
  applicant evidencing the applicant's awareness of the applicant's
  eligibility for the exemption].
         (l)  To be eligible to receive an exemption under Subsection
  (k), the child must:
               (1)  be a student who is classified as a resident under
  Subchapter B when the child enrolls in an institution of higher
  education; and
               (2)  meet the [make] satisfactory academic progress
  requirements of this section [in a degree, certificate, or
  continuing education program as determined by the institution at
  which the child is enrolled in accordance with the policy of the
  institution's financial aid department, except that the
  institution may not require the child to enroll in a minimum course
         (o)  To receive an exemption provided by this section, a
  person otherwise eligible for the exemption must make satisfactory
  academic progress toward a degree or certificate at the institution
  by maintaining an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on a
  4-point scale or the equivalent on all course work attempted by the
  person at the institution.
         SECTION 2.  The changes in law made by this Act apply
  beginning with tuition and fees for the 2013 fall semester. Tuition
  and fees for a term or semester before the 2013 fall semester are
  covered by the law in effect immediately before the effective date
  of this Act, and the former law is continued in effect for that
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the
  legislative session.