Tuition Exemption for Blindness or Deafness

Texas offers a college tuition exemption for students who are blind or Deaf.


To qualify for the exemption, you must be a Texas resident, have a high school diploma or GED, and meet the criteria for either disability.

Tuition Exemption Criteria for Blindness or Deafness


Hearing is nonfunctional for normal conversation after all necessary medical treatment, surgery, and hearing aids are used.


A visual condition for which medical prognosis indicates a progressive deterioration that may result in a substantial vocational handicap.

Request the Exemption

Submit the required documents to Student Accessibility Services at least 10 days before you register for classes. Remember: Include your name on all documents and include the appropriate signature. Incomplete documentation will not be processed.

Required Tuition Exemption Documents Submit each of the following to Student Accessibility Services to claim a tuition exemption.
Cover letter A letter from you requesting the tuition waiver under Texas Senate Bill 183. Include your name, address. and phone number.
Disability certification Submit either:
A statement on letterhead from the Texas Workforce Commission – Division of Blind Services or Division for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services that states you are a person who is Deaf or blind according to the criteria above;
Diagnostic proof of disability on letterhead from a physician specialist in ophthalmology, audiology, ear, nose, throat, or other licensed practitioner.
Letter of recommendation A letter from a principal, public official, instructor, or otherwise responsible person stating your ability to benefit from college.
Statement of Purpose A signed statement from you describing your reason for attending ACC and your plan for how this will help you vocationally.

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