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Benefits (HR-300)

HR-309 Tuition Reduction for Spouses and Dependents Q&As

1. What are the eligibility requirements for children under this program?
Children must meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Natural children, stepchildren, adopted children, or child placed in employee's home for adoption younger than age 26;
  2. Unmarried children regardless of age, who are, because of physical or mental disability, incapable of self-sustaining employment and are dependent on the employee or the employee’s spouse for principal support and whose disability existed prior to reaching the maximum age for coverage as a dependent.


In cases of inconsistency between the above definitions and the University of Missouri Medical Plan, the language of the Medical Plan will prevail, with one exception: foster children are not eligible for tuition reduction.

2. If my dependent turns age 26 after registration but prior to the start of classes, will they receive the discount for that semester in which they registered?
If a dependent ceases to meet the terms and conditions of the Missouri Medical Benefits Plan prior to the beginning of the course in which they are enrolled, they will not be eligible for the Tuition Reduction discount for that semester.

3. Are the spouse and/or children of part-time employees eligible for this benefit?
Only currently employed, benefit eligible employees (at least 75% FTE) are included in this program.

4. Are there special circumstances where eligible spouses or dependents may continue receiving Tuition Reduction benefits following the death or retirement of the sponsoring employee? 
Yes.  An amendment to CRR 230.070, Educational Assistance for University Employees Other Than Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants allows spouses and dependents currently receiving tuition reduction benefits at the time of the sponsoring employee’s death or retirement occurring 12/7/17 or later to continue to receive those benefits for up to 140 credit hours, for a period not longer than five years after death or retirement.

5. My parent (sponsoring employee) passed away and I was utilizing the Tuition Reduction program prior to their death.  May I continue to use this benefit?
Yes. Effective 12/7/17, this policy allows for continued benefits in the event of a sponsoring employee’s death, so long as you have received the tuition reduction benefit at any point in time prior to the date of death.

Note: This policy change cannot be retroactively applied to deaths prior to 12/7/17.

6. I am scheduled to retire. Can my eligible spouse or dependent use the tuition reduction?
It depends.

  • If you retire on or before the last day of your spouse/dependent’s semester enrolled:
    • If your spouse/dependent received the tuition reduction benefit in the semester in which you retired or the semester immediately preceding, they are eligible to continue receiving the benefit in that course of study until they reach a total of 140 credit hours of University of Missouri college credit courses for which they have received the benefit, but not longer than five years after your retirement. Note that hours received with the tuition reduction benefit both before and after your retirement count toward the 140 credit hour cap.
    • If your spouse/dependent was not enrolled and receiving a tuition reduction benefit in the semester in which you retire or the semester immediately preceding, your spouse/dependent cannot receive the benefit for future terms.
Current semester Immediately prior
Fall Summer
Spring Fall
Summer Spring

 

  • If you retire after the last day of your spouse/dependent’s covered semester:
    • If your spouse/dependent received the tuition reduction benefit for the semester completed immediately preceding your retirement date, they are eligible to continue receiving the benefit in that course of study until they reach a total of 140 credit hours of University of Missouri college credit courses for which they have received the benefit, but not longer than five years after your retirement. Note that hours received with the tuition reduction benefit both before and after your retirement count toward the 140 credit hour cap.
    • If your spouse/dependent was not enrolled and receiving a tuition reduction benefit for the semester completed immediately preceding your retirement date, they cannot receive the benefit for future semesters.

7. Are spouses and dependents eligible for the Tuition Reduction program if the employee is on a leave of absence?
Yes, if the employee is on an approved leave of absence granted in accordance with University leave policies.

8. Does this program apply to high school students taking college courses at the University of Missouri?
Yes, if the high school student meets all program eligibility requirements and the course is a college credit course.

9. May an eligible spouse or dependent use this benefit on any University of Missouri campus regardless of the employee's home campus?
Yes.

10. Are Distance Education, Correspondence courses, and/or MU Direct covered under the program?
Yes, if they are University of Missouri college credit courses.

11. Do courses taken as “Audit” count toward the 140-hour benefit maximum?
Yes, whether the college credit course is taken for “credit” or “audit,” the course counts toward the 140-hour benefit maximum.

12. Are other fees in addition to the Tuition covered by the Tuition Reduction program?
No, only Tuition is included under this program. Activity fees, books and other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

13. Is the benefit received from the Tuition Reduction program for Spouses and Dependents taxable to the employee?
The University has been advised that the benefits under this program for an eligible spouse and/or eligible dependents are not taxable as income to the employee if the student is pursuing an undergraduate degree. However, if the eligible spouse and/or dependent is pursuing a graduate or professional degree, the benefits under this program may be taxable as income to the employee. Employees are encouraged to consult their personal tax advisors concerning any taxes withheld by the University.


Date Created: 08/01/2003

Last Updated: 01/26/18

Reviewed 2018-01-26.