Employee Tuition Programs
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The Tuition Remission Program provides financial assistance to Hofstra University employees, their spouses or same sex domestic partners, and their IRS dependent children. To be eligible for tuition remission, the student must meet all University admission and registration requirements. All University policies apply to tuition remission recipients. Tuition remission for employee and/or spouse is available for both undergraduate and graduate courses. In the case of an IRS dependent child, tuition remission applies only to undergraduate courses. If you are a union member you should refer to your respective collective bargaining agreement for more information regarding your tuition remission benefits limitations.
This policy provides remission for tuition only. The payment of all non-tuition charges are the responsibility of the employee as well as the recipient of tuition remission and are not covered as a benefit under this policy. All charges not covered by this policy must be paid in accordance with the terms listed in the University Bulletin and Class Schedule. Pursuant to University policy, no one can register for courses where there is a hold on an account.
Tuition remission does not apply to: the Law School, the EMBA, the Medical School, online MBA, independent study (tutorials, graduate student teaching, graduate thesis, doctoral level course work, etc., unless required for the undergraduate degree/major) or Center for Continuing Education and Professional Advancement courses.
After four years of continuous service, full-time employees are entitled to full tuition remission coverage for his/her dependent child/children. A dependent child is defined as per federal IRS regulations. In general, a dependent child is your biological or legally adopted son or daughter who you claim as dependent when filing income tax. Normally, your child will no longer be considered dependent after age 23. Proof of dependent status may be required.
Please note that any fraudulent documents pertaining to the relationship of your dependent status will result in immediate termination and all tuition remission received will be owed to Hofstra University.
All full-time students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) forms on-line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and http://www.tapweb.org/totw/. For further information regarding FAFSA and TAP applications please contact the Financial Aid Department at 463-6677. The TAP awarded is applied as a credit against tuition remission.
If an employee resigns or is released during a semester, the course(s) that the employee, spouse or same sex domestic partner or dependent child is taking may be dropped without tuition remission charge. If the employee, spouse or same sex domestic partner or dependent child elects to continue the course(s) after the employee separates from the University, their tuition remission will be prorated for the balance of the semester.
Due Dates for Tuition Remission Applications
Winter and Spring – January 1
Summer I, II, III and Fall – April 1
Tuition Exchange Program
Hofstra University participates in the Tuition Exchange Program. A limited number of Tuition Exchange Scholarships will be awarded (in accordance with respective Collective Bargaining Agreements, if applicable) to IRS-defined dependents of full-time faculty, administrative, staff, public safety and trade employees.
The scholarship can be used at any of over 600 participating Tuition Exchange colleges and universities nationwide. A list of participating schools can be found at http://www.tuitionexchange.org. The award of tuition scholarship is subject to annual renewal. If your child will begin, or is already in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree at a participating Tuition Exchange institution, please submit the Request for Participation in the Tuition Exchange Program no later than February 28 to the Office of Human Resources.
Please plan ahead. You may first apply 18 months prior to your child entering college (normally his/her junior year of high school).
For more information, contact Shanelle Murrell at extension 3-6876.
Hofstra University offers a scholarship to all full-time faculty, administrators and staff employees, who have a full-time undergraduate dependent child attending a four year institution pursuing a bachelor’s degree. This scholarship is subject to limitations set forth by the University or the collective bargaining agreements. In order for a child to be eligible for the dependent scholarship benefit, the employee must submit the following documentation to Shanelle Murrell, Human Resources Coordinator before the beginning of each semester:
- Grades of the qualified dependent from prior semester, or
- A letter from the participating institution stating that the student is currently in good standing, and
- A copy of the upcoming semester’s tuition bill.