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Guidelines for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 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.

Tuition Waver Eligibility under Senate Bill 183

To get the tuition waiver or exemption:

Students who are deaf and hard of hearing may be eligible for a tuition waiver under Senate Bill 183 by following the steps below:

  • Step I: Provide a copy of your audiogram and application for Certificate of Deafness from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  If eligible, they will issue you a Certificate of Deafness.

To receive a Certificate of Deafness:

Students who meet certain criteria can apply to have their tuition waived at state-supported, post-secondary schools in Texas. It is called the Certification of Deafness Tuition Waiver (CODTW) program.Applicants must prove:

  • Unaided average hearing loss in the better ear of 55 decibels (dB) or greater, using 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz, as verified by a licensed audiologist or licensed fitter and dispenser of hearing instruments;
  • Aided average hearing loss of 30 dB or greater, using 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz, as verified by a licensed audiologist or licensed fitter and dispenser of hearing instruments; or
  • Speech discrimination of less than 50 percent as verified by a licensed audiologist or a licensed fitter and dispenser of hearing instruments.

To apply for a Certificate of Deafness, the student needs to complete Form 3900 Certificate of Deafness for Tuition Waiver Program. This form can be filled out online or submit it per the instructions on the form. Here is the link:
https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/forms/3000-3999/form-3900-application-certificate-deafness-tuition-waiver

To get the tuition waiver or exemption (continued):

  • Step II: Submit the following items to the Texas State Cashier Office:
    • Certificate of Deafness from DHHS.
    • Letter of Recommendation from a public official, e.g. former instructor or minister- not a family member (the letter must be on letterhead or a business card attached).
    • Letter of intent stating your goals in pursuing a college education, your major (if decided), and why you chose Texas State.
  • Step III: Submit to Student Business Services at 512.245.2544, cashiers@txstate.edu, or JCK Suite 188, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666