Employee Education Benefits
The Tuition Waiver benefit was updated for 2013 to include a probationary period for newly hired employees, additional credit hours available for employees, and minimum cumulative GPA standards.
Regular part-time and full-time employees and their families may take advantage of the university's tuition waiver program to work toward a degree or improve their job skills.
Employees hired on or after January 1, 2013, must satisfy the six-month new employee probationary period to be eligible for the tuition waver benefits for themselves and their dependents.
Continued Eligibility: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students is required to continue receiving tuition waiver benefits.
Credit limit: Employees may take up to eight credit hours of University course credits per semester, with no tuition fee, to a maximum of 16 credit hours per academic year (including summer session).
Classes taken during work time: Employees may take up to three credit hours during working hours without being required to make up the time, if the course will enhance job-related skills or knowledge. Prior approval must be granted by the employee's supervisor and the appropriate forms completed.
In addition, employees may have course charges waived for up to four non-credit courses from a UA-approved list per semester, with prior approval from your supervisor. These non-credit courses are designed to enhance job-related skills and work performance. Refer to the Forms section of this page for a link to these courses.
Course charges may be waived for a maximum of 16 credit hours and eight non-credit courses per academic year, beginning with the fall semester and ending with the summer term. Course fees other than tuition, such as lab, supply or technology fees, student activity or health center fees, and books, etc., are not covered by the tuition waiver and are the student’s responsibility.
Graduate classes: If the courses taken are considered graduate level courses, the value of these classes will be added to the employee’s gross income and taxed as if it were regular earnings. If the employee is taking graduate-level courses that are a requirement of an employee's position, these courses may not be subject to taxation.
Spouse and Dependent Children's Benefit
Credit limit: An employee's spouse and dependent children through age 23 may take University course credits without limitation or a tuition fee (self-support courses excluded).
The value of these courses will be added to the employee’s gross income and taxed as if it were regular earnings.