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Dependent Child Tuition Program

Texas State University recognizes that employees and their families are at the heart of what we do. Supporting Texas State families helps us all succeed. As part of our continuous goal of enhancing the Texas State University employee benefits package, we are pleased to share a valuable addition to an already rich program. 

For the 2023-2024 academic year, Texas State University will provide a 25% undergraduate designated tuition benefit to dependent children of benefit-eligible employees

Effective in the Fall 2024 semester, this benefit will increase from 25% to 50%

Before applying, please explore the eligibility requirements, benefits breakdown, and frequently asked questions below.

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Dependent Child Tuition Applications


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This program is open to qualified dependent children (as defined by the IRS) of active, benefit-eligible employees of Texas State University (TXST) and the Texas State University System (TSUS) housed at TXST who have:

  • been admitted as an undergraduate student of Texas State University
  • submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*

*Offer and acceptance of financial aid is not required in order to receive the dependent child tuition benefit; however, a completed FAFSA must be on file.

Provided you meet all other eligibility criteria, there is:

  • no waiting period for the dependent child tuition benefit
  • no limit or cap on the number of dependent children who may qualify for the dependent child tuition benefit
  • no minimum or maximum semester credit hour (SCH) to qualify for the dependent child tuition benefit
  • no degree-seeking classification requirement (i.e., the benefit may be applied to students enrolled as non-degree-seeking (non-matriculating))


Step 1: Qualified dependent child is admitted to TXST as an undergraduate student through the admissions process
If already admitted, skip to Step 2. 

Step 2: Student submits a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolls in classes.

Step 3: Employee completes and submits the Dependent Child Tuition Benefit Application and Tax Attestation form along with supporting documentation* to Human Resources for verification of dependent child relationship. Human Resources notifies employee of application approval/denial.

Step 4: If approved, Student Business Services applies dependent tuition benefit to the student’s account.

Step 5: Student Business Services reports the tuition benefit amount to the Payroll and Tax Compliance Office. Based on the information provided by the employee on the Dependent Child Tuition Benefit Application and Tax Attestation form, Payroll and Tax Compliance Office will determine if the benefit is taxable.
If taxable, the applicable amount will be added to an employee’s gross taxable wages on the employee’s next paycheck for the appropriate payroll tax withholding.

*Required Supporting Documentation

DependentSupporting Documentation
Biological ChildGovernment-issued birth certificate
Adopted ChildAdoption certificate 
Adoption Placement Agreement AND Petition for Adoption
StepchildGovernment-issued marriage certificate OR 
Declaration of Informal Marriage with the county courthouse
Government-issued birth certificate
Child of Managing ConservatorManaging conservatorship court document signed by a judge
Foster ChildPlacement order AND Affidavit of Foster Child
Legal WardCourt order signed by a judge appointing participant as the child's guardian (documentation of legal custody) AND Government-issued birth certificate
Other ChildGovernment-issued birth certificate
Government-issued marriage license to prove family relationship

All forms must be submitted prior to the academic term census date. 
Census dates occur on the twelfth-class day for the fall or spring semesters and the fourth-class day for the summer term. For specific calendar dates, please see the Academic Calendar.

  • If the deadline (i.e., academic term census date) in a semester has passed, the benefit will apply in the next academic term, provided there are no changes in an employee or dependent’s eligibility. Employees must submit a new Dependent Child Tuition Benefit Application and Tax Attestation form each calendar year; however, documentation of dependent child relationship is only required once, upon initial application. Documentation will be held in a secure file in the Human Resources department.
  • The dependent child tuition benefit program starts in Fall 2023 for a pilot period of one year. Benefits will be applied from Fall 2023 forward through the duration of the program. The dependent child tuition benefit program cannot be applied retroactively.
  • The dependent child tuition benefit should apply to the student account within 3 days of application approval. Please contact Student Business Services if the benefit isn't applied after 3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions