Are you retired and have a longing to take that college class that interested you but never got to take?  Maybe that class was not in your degree program, but it always fascinated you.  Well, thanks to many colleges and universities, senior citizens over age 65 can have access to college classes for FREE!


As Arnold Jackson from Different Strokes would say, “What you talkin’ ‘bout Willis?” That’s right, FREE access to up to 6 hours of college classes per semester at participating colleges and universities all across Texas. The catch is that you must apply for the waiver of the tuition and you are still responsible for any fees.  The schools don’t just offer it up this lovely benefit, but it’s not difficult to apply as long as you meet the eligibility requirements: 

    1. Texas residents, nonresidents or foreign students;
    2. Enroll at a college or university whose governing board has chosen to offer this program;
    3. Enroll in a class that is not already filled with students who are paying full price for the courses (If the class is too small to accommodate both regular students and senior citizens, the regular students must be given priority); and 
    4. 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 costs).1

The classes you take can be used towards an undergraduate or graduate degree program or taken in general.  Effective in the fall of 2014, the Texas legislature’s amendment to the Senate Bill 1210 added a Grade Point Average requirement for persons to receive continuation awards through the program. The Bill also establishes a Limit to the Total Number of Hours, cumulative, that a student may take and continue to receive awards through this program.2 According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, students over 65 years old must maintain a 2.0 average for undergraduate classes and a 3.0 average if they want to pursue a graduate degree.3

So, Carpe diem (seize the day) and go get that degree or take that class you’ve always wanted!  Find the school that suits you best and offers the program by asking the admissions office if they support the Texas Education Code 54.365 c4.  You can find a list of schools here. In addition to being a Lockheed Martin specialist, we are experts at providing good ideas like this as well as advice and recommendations for your investment and retirement needs! Call us today at 817-210-3444 to book a complimentary consultation!

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