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FACULTY/STAFF > DEPARTMENTS & OFFICES > HUMAN RESOURCES > BENEFITS POLICIES > EDUCATION (TUITION WAIVER) STARTING FALL 2009
Education (Tuition Waiver) Effective Fall 2014

Eligibility and General Provisions
Students must apply and be accepted to the University.

After completion of five months of employment, full-time and regular part-time staff, as well as spouses and dependent children, will be eligible for education cost waivers. Faculty, ESP, and SPFPA employees should refer to their applicable contract.  Note:  Any exception to the five month waiting period requires the advanced approval of the President and will only be granted in circumstances where such an exception is in the best interest of the University.

 Full-time employees are eligible for 100% tuition remission.  Regular part-time employees are eligible for 50% tuition remission.

Tuition remission benefits are contingent upon space available for the class or classes. Employees and dependents may be ranked according to the number of credits earned during pre-registration periods to assist in determining who gets into the class if space is limited.

Classes may be taken only at periods of time which do not interfere with the employee's regular scheduled hours/work duties. Lunch periods may not be used for class attendance.

Tuition remission benefits will not apply for courses taken outside of the University, such as study abroad, unless such classes do not result in any monetary cost to the University.

The value of any course taken may be taxed as required by IRS regulations.

The Tuition Waiver benefits will replace any RMU institutional funds.

All applicable fees as well as room and board are the responsibility of the student.

If employment is terminated prior to the start of the semester, tuition remission benefits will cease.

To continue this benefit, the individual must remain in good academic standing. If enrollment ceases prior to the completion of the degree, or the dependent no longer qualifies as a dependent under the RMU education policy, the benefit will cease.

 The employee must complete one year of service beyond completion of final course or the total value of the tuition remission benefit will become payable upon termination of employment.

 The waiver applies to undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses.  Doctoral courses are excluded.  The waiver is limited to one of the following for each dependent child age 25 or younger:

                   ·       One undergraduate program, or

·         One graduate program, or

·         One integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

 Any withdrawals from courses will follow the institutional withdrawal policy. Fees will not be refunded.

Dependent Children Criteria (all criteria must be met to be eligible)

·         Must be a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter or foster child of the employee

·         Must be age 25 or younger

·         Must not be married; and

·         Must not be employed full-time


Deceased or Disabled Employee
For an employee who dies or is disabled, the University will waive tuition for undergraduate and graduate courses for the spouse and/or dependent children. Eligibility is based on the employee's classification at the time of their death or disability. The benefit continues until the degree the spouse or dependent child is working on at the time of death is completed or a period of three years, whichever occurs sooner.

Retiree Summary
Employees hired prior to April 1, 2013 who retire after at least 15 years of full-time service will continue to receive the benefits of the education program, including eligibility for spouse and dependent children. Eligibility is based on the employee's classification at retirement.


Effective: 8/1/2009
Updated: 11/30/2009
Updated:  09/2014