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Benefits (HR-300)

HR-309 Tuition Reduction for Spouses and Dependents

Summary

A fifty percent reduction of tuition will be available for an eligible spouse or eligible dependent of eligible employees for up to 140 hours of University of Missouri college credit courses per spouse or dependent child. For all courses (undergraduate, graduate or professional), the rate of such tuition reduction shall be based on the tuition charged to a resident student for undergraduate courses. Under no circumstance will the reduction exceed fifty percent per student.

Eligibility

Employees must be currently employed in a Fully Benefit Eligible Academic Appointment or as a Regular administrative, service and support employee and must have one year of continuous full-time service with the university, at some point, immediately prior to the deadline for registration. The employee must remain a University of Missouri employee through the beginning of the course in which the spouse/dependent is enrolled. If the employee separates from the University, the spouse/dependent may complete the semester in which enrolled.

An eligible spouse is the legal spouse of an employee, excluding a divorced spouse or a spouse separated from the employee by contract or decree. Employees eligible for the Educational Assistance Program are excluded from this program.

And eligible dependent includes:

  • Child or children who meet the criteria required under the definitions of "Child or Children" and "Dependent" based on the terms and conditions of the University of Missouri Medical Benefits Plan with the exception that foster children shall not be eligible under this program. Employees eligible for the Educational Assistance Program are excluded from this program.
  • An eligible Sponsored Adult Dependent who meets the criteria required under the definitions of "Sponsored Adult Dependent" based on the terms and conditions of the University of Missouri Medical Benefits Plan. Employees eligible for the Educational Assistance Program are excluded from this program.

If a spouse/dependent ceases to meet the terms and conditions of the Missouri Medical Benefits Plan after the beginning of the course the spouse/dependent is enrolled in (ie. dependent turns age 26), the spouse/dependent may complete the semester in which enrolled.

Special Circumstances Affecting Eligibility

Notwithstanding any other provision, if an eligible spouse or an eligible dependent has received a tuition reduction benefit during a course of study prior to the sponsoring Employee’s death, the University will continue to provide a benefit equal to a 50% reduction of tuition in that course of study for up to a total of 140 credit hours of University of Missouri college credit courses, but in no event for a period longer than five years after the Employee’s death.

  • NOTE: The statement “during a course of study prior to” can be at any point prior to the sponsoring employee’s death.

Notwithstanding any other provision, if an eligible spouse or an eligible dependent has received a tuition reduction benefit in a course of study during the semester of or immediately prior to the sponsoring employee’s retirement under the University of Missouri Retirement, Disability and Death Benefit Plan, the University will continue to provide a benefit equal to a 50% reduction of tuition in that course of study for up to a total of 140 credit hours of University of Missouri college credit courses, but in no event for a period longer than five years after the employee’s retirement.

  • NOTE: The statement “immediately prior to” refers to the semester prior to the sponsoring employee’s retirement. See Q&A for more details.

Coursework

Eligible coursework under this program is any undergraduate, graduate or professional credit course offered by the University of Missouri up to a total of 140 credit hours per eligible spouse or dependent. University programs of study, which blend undergraduate and graduate courses, are included and may be accessed up to the 140 credit hour limit.

Conditions

Only tuition is reduced under this program. Activity fees, late fees, books, and other expenses are the responsibility of the student. An eligible spouse or dependent must meet all student admission requirements. Request for tuition reduction will be accepted through the end of the semester or session for which it is being requested. No Tuition Reduction will be granted for previously completed courses. The regular refund policy of the University applies in cases of withdrawal from a course.

Although the benefits of this program for spouses and dependents pursuing undergraduate degrees are not generally taxable to the employee, the benefits of this program for spouse and dependents pursuing graduate and professional degrees may be taxable to the employee.

Procedures

Eligible employees must submit the authorization for Tuition Reduction for Spouse and Dependents (UM form UM 85) and any requested documentation of eligibility. Faculty and Staff Benefits must approve all applications for enrollment in this program.

See Also

Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 230.070: Educational Assistance Program for University Employees, Other than Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants

HR-309 Q&A Educational Fee Reduction for Spouses and Dependents Q&A

HR-303 Educational Assistance

 

Date Created: 8/1/03

Last Updated: 1/26/18