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Guidelines for Blind and Visually Impaired Accommodations

Who is Considered a Qualified Student with a Disability?

In order to provide quality services to students with disabilities, Texas State University, requires a student provide verification of disability to the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at the time services are requested.  This information will be used to establish the need for appropriate accommodations.  A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.  A temporary disability does not usually qualify as a disability; however, severity and duration will be considered.

Certificate of Blindness Tuition Waiver

“Legally blind Texas residents are eligible for a certificate of blindness tuition waiver. The waiver is valid for any public college in Texas and waives all tuition and fees, except refundable deposits, when presented to the college’s registrar. Private and out-of-state colleges will not honor the waiver.  [Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS)] will issue the waiver upon the student presenting a current eye exam report that shows legal blindness. Students are responsible for submitting the waiver to the college and ensuring that the student is not charged for the items covered” (Texas Workforce Solutions, 2016, p. 16).

Students who are legally blind may be eligible for a tuition waiver by following the steps below:

  • Step 1: Apply for services with Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services office by following the steps provided on the Vocational Rehabilitation – Youth & Students website
  • Step 2: Provide TWS-VRS a current eye exam report that indicates legal blindness.  If eligible, they will issue you a Certificate of Blindness.
  • Step 3: Begin the application process of the Blind/Deaf Student Exemption Program and submit the following items to Texas State University Student Business Services:
    • Certificate of Blindness from the TWS-VRS, which needs to be an original document and to include the name of the student
    • Written statement of purpose, which will be provided by the student. It must be an original document the student has handwritten/typed and signed.  The letter must state the student’s purpose in pursuing higher education, also indicating the certificate or degree the student is pursuing.
    • Copy of high school transcript and a letter of recommendation.  The letter should be obtained from the principal, teacher of the high school attended, clergyman, public official or some other responsible person who knows the blind person.  The letter must be an original document signed by the provider and must be on letterhead.  If letterhead is not available have the provider to attach their business card.
    • Proof that all admissions requirements have been met

These items can be submitted to Student Business Services in person, mail, or email.  Please find the department's contact information below:


J.C. Kellam Room 188
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666


Additional Information about Texas State University Tuition Waivers & Exemptions

Contact Student Business Services via phone at 512.245.2544 or email at

Additional Information about the College for All Texans Blind/Deaf Student Exemption Program

Visit the College for All Texans: Blind/Deaf Student Exemption Program website

Additional Information about Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Students

Review the College Handbook by the Texas Workforce Solutions – Vocational Rehabilitation Services


Texas Workforce Solutions (2016).  College handbook.  Retrieved from