UH Student Sues Texas to Benefit from Hazelwood Act
Keith Harris might have come to Texas as fast as he could, but it wasn’t fast enough.
Harris is suing a drove of state agencies and individuals in U.S. District Court, claiming that his exclusion from veterans’ aid for college tuition and fees is unconstitutional.
In particular, the law student at the University of Houston takes issue with the Texas Hazlewood Act, which provides tuition and fee exemptions for military veterans who attend state public universities — if they were Texas residents when they enlisted.
Named as defendants in the suit filed May 12 are the Texas Veterans Commission and its chairman, Eliseo “Al” Cantu Jr.; Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and its chairman, Harold Hahm; the University of Houston and its president, Renu Khator; the University of Houston Board of Regents and its chairman, Jarvis Hollingsworth; Governor Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Harris was born and grew up in Georgia and joined the U.S. Army at age 18, according to the plaintiff’s original complaint. During his four years of service, he started taking college courses and continued his education after discharge under the Federal GI Bill.