Tuition benefit applications due Sept. 7

Alejandro Dejesus, assistant director, University Center, wearing the orange regalia, prepares to celebrate his master’s degree in education at 2017 commencement ceremonies. He used the tuition benefit program.

Employee Services is accepting electronic Tuition Waiver Benefit forms for the 2017-18 academic year through Sept. 7. With the fall semester underway, now is the time to take advantage of the Tuition Waiver Benefit as a University of Colorado employee or qualified dependent.

The new electronic form will streamline the application processes, route immediately to the appropriate approvers and trigger emails to the employee on their application’s status. Employees must complete forms on behalf of any dependents.

CU’s Tuition Benefit provides waived or discounted credit hours to eligible employees or dependents for credit-bearing courses, online or in-person, on any CU campus. In each academic year, either the employee or dependent may use the benefit – both cannot use the benefit simultaneously. Employees must give their tuition benefit to their dependents (such as a child or spouse) for the academic year in order for it to be used by them.

Employees may have tuition waived for nine undergraduate and graduate credits at any CU campus per academic year. An academic year for employees lasts from the fall semester through the following summer semester.

Employees must apply as a student to the desired campus in order to receive this benefit and register on the day classes begin.

Dependents have two tuition benefit options: Option A – Home Campus or Option B – Other Campus.

Option A – Home Campus is available when a dependent attends undergraduate or graduate classes (some exclusions may apply) on the employee’s campus of employment. UCCS dependents can have up to nine credits waived per academic year.

Option B – Other Campus (Intercampus Dependent Tuition Waiver Pilot Program) debuts this fall. This three-year pilot is for dependents who attend undergraduate, credit-bearing courses on a campus other than UCCS.  Employees receive $270 per credit for up to nine credit hours for the academic year. This is a savings of up to $2,430 in tuition per year.


  • Both the employee and dependent cannot use the benefit in the same academic year.
  • The benefit only applies to tuition costs. All required campus-specific fees, taxes and other related educational expenses must be paid for by the employee or their dependent. Audits, continuing education, extended studies, executive and distance MBAs and the 11-month MBA program do not apply.

Questions? Visit the Employee Services’ website for full details, important deadlines and helpful FAQs and handouts.

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