Tuition Remission Opportunities
Meredith College supports the educational endeavors of our employees and their dependents as they earn a degree or otherwise continue their educational experience.
Employee / Retiree Options
- Individual must meet one of the following status requirements:
- A faculty or staff member employed a minimum of six continuous months in a position eligible for full benefits (must work a minimum of 1,560 hours per year, which is equivalent to 3/4 time / 30+ hours per week in a regular assignment); or
- A formally recognized retiree eligible for post-retirement benefits.
Requirements and Limitations:
- The Tuition Remission benefit is available to all eligible employees, regardless of gender. Males may take undergraduate courses but may not be admitted to the College as a degree-seeking undergraduate. Males may be admitted as graduate students for master’s level work.
- Employees must be admitted to the College through either the Office of Admissions or Graduate Studies prior to completing the Tuition Remission Application Form for Employees/Retirees. A Tuition Remission Application Form is required for all courses and must be resubmitted to the Office of Human Resources each semester. Approved applications are submitted to the Office of Financial Assistance for proper recording of remission.
- No more than two courses may be taken under Tuition Remission in any regular term. A lecture and lab count as one course with the appropriate total of hours (i.e. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour lab = 1 course, 4 hours).
- If an eligible employee wishes to take additional classes (beyond what is available under Tuition Remission) they will be charged the lowest available rate for the additional classes. For example, for a third class, they will be charged at the 1 to 3 class rate; for the fourth class, they will be charged at the 4th class rate. If enrolled as a full-time student, the additional classes will be charged at the full-time rate due to the value of additional benefits of the status, including the value of financial assistance, labs, etc.
- No more than two courses may be taken under Tuition Remission during the entire summer period.
- Courses taken must not interfere with the normal work schedule or the employee’s ability to perform their work responsibilities.
- Only one class may be taken through the normal work day and must be approved by supervisor. Hours must be logged on time card under “Other” and will be paid at straight time only. Employee will not be required to make up missed work time.
- Supervisor approval is required for all requests for work release time to attend a class during normal business hours. Courses may be taken in work-related areas or for enrichment.
- Tuition Remission may not be used to attend a class during normal work hours if the employee has been approved for Wellness Release Time during the same academic period.
- Through this benefit, if the employee withdraws more than twice from the same course, tuition expenses will be incurred if the same class is taken a third time.
- The Tuition Remission benefit is for course tuition only. The employee is responsible for all special fees, including course fees, tutorial instruction, admissions charges, student activity fees, registration fees, program fees, etc., where applicable.
- Continuing education courses, including licensure and certification programs, are not eligible for Tuition Remission.
- Degree-seeking students are eligible to register with their class based on their number of earned hours. Non-degree seeking students may register beginning the first day of class.
Tuition Remission Form for Employees (PDF)
Tuition remission is available to female dependents for undergraduate enrollment and male or female dependents for graduate school enrollment.
- To be considered an eligible dependent, the individual must meet one of the following options:
- Be a legal dependent (child or spouse) of a current faculty or staff member employed a minimum of six continuous months in a position eligible for full benefits (must work a minimum of 1,560 hours per year, equivalent to 3/4 time / 30+ hours per week, in a regular assignment).
- Be the child of a formally recognized retiree who qualifies for post-retirement benefits. The child must have been a legal dependent in the year of retirement.
- Be the child of a former employee with a minimum of seven years of full-time service who left employment due to a severe disability. The former employee must have completed Long Term Disability or other documentation to support the severity of the disability / inability to continue working at the time of separation. The child must have been a dependent at the time of separation.
- Be the child of an employee with at least seven years of eligible service who died while employed. The child must be under the age of 27 years.
- Must be the domestic partner or child of a domestic partnership, as defined by the Meredith College Domestic Partnership Benefits Policy, of an employee who meets eligibility requirements. Employee must complete Domestic Partnership Affidavit.
- Multiple dependents may participate.
Requirements and Limitations:
- Dependent must meet all regular enrollment requirements, be a degree-seeking student and be admitted to the College through either the Office of Admissions or Graduate Studies prior to the employee completing the Tuition Remission Application form for Dependents.
- The Tuition Remission Application Form for Dependents must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources each semester for approval. Approved applications are submitted to the Office of Financial Assistance for proper recording of remission.
- Tuition Remission is not available to dependents for summer terms or for licensure and certificate programs.
- Tuition Remission covers on-campus tuition only. The student will be responsible for all special fees, including course fees, tutorial instruction, admissions charges, student activity fees, registration fees, room and board, study abroad, program fees, etc., where applicable.
- If a dependent occupies residence hall space, thereby excluding a tuition-paying student, tuition may be charged. However, should space become available in the residence halls so that a dependent can become a resident student without excluding a tuition-paying student that dependent may be a resident student with free tuition, but must pay the regular fees for room and board.
- All normal academic policies apply.
- Dependent must maintain good standing (academic, social and financial) in accordance with College policy.
- Dependent is encouraged to complete FAFSA each year
- The Tuition Remission benefit is available for up to 150% of the hours required for degree.
- Students must earn at least 75% of hours attempted at MC, as consistent with the financial assistance satisfactory academic progress policies.
Additional information about Tuition Remission benefits is available in the Office of Human Resources.
Tuition Remission Form for Dependents (PDF)
Tuition Exchange Opportunities
Meredith College participates in two exchange programs. These are scholarship programs. Employees are eligible to apply to the program on behalf of their dependents but there is now assurance of approval. Generally the decision to approve is made by the importing school and a student must meet their guidelines for acceptance to the program. Additional information about these programs and application forms will be available in the Office of the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management.
Program I: The Tuition Exchange, Inc.
The Tuition Exchange is a reciprocal scholarship program for children and other family members of faculty and staff employed at over 625 participating institutions. The Tuition Exchange, Inc. is a non-profit association. Details about the Tuition Exchange, Inc. program »
Program II: The Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an international membership of colleges and universities in several countries dedicated to assisting faculty and staff with the costs of higher education. Details about the CIC tuition exchange program »
Imports refer to dependents of Employees of CIC or TE Colleges/Universities who wish to come to Meredith College.
- Must be certified by CIC or TE school where sponsor is employed
- Student must meet Meredith College admissions requirements
- Must complete FAFSA
Requirements for Continuance:
- Must be full-time each semester
- Must be First Degree-Seeking Student
- Must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5
- Must be recertified by home college each year
- Must complete FAFSA each year
- Award is for 4 years or 8 semesters
- Award is not for summer terms
- Students are expected to be resident students
- Award is for tuition only
- Students are responsible for additional fees, housing, parking, etc.
- Not available for graduate programs
Exports refer to dependents of Meredith College employees who wish to attend CIC or TE Colleges/Universities.
- Export slots must be available (The number of exports available is based upon a balance of imports and resource availability)
- Must be a dependent of an Meredith employee who has been employed for a minimum of six months in a benefit-eligible position (working a minimum of 1,560 hours per year)
- Dependent can be certified for 8 semesters or 4 years
- Employee should apply for CIC or TE through the Office of the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management as soon as possible after dependent’s application for admittance to the import school
Requirements for Continuance:
- Employee/Faculty must continue in benefit-eligible position (1,560 hours per year minimum - 3/4 time equivalent or 30+ hours per week)
- Dependent must remain in good standing as dictated by import school
- Employee must reapply each year to the CIC or TE through the Office of the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management for continuance of their dependent in the program (priority date, December 1st) for the following academic year.
- Employee will be responsible for any fees associated with the program on behalf of the student (CIC or TE fees). Fees will be billed to the employee upon certification of acceptance into the program.
- If selection priority is needed, preference will be given to employees with longevity, their first dependent receiving the benefit, then by first-come/ first serve.
- Multiple dependents may participate in the program.