Faculty/Staff Educational Privileges
Effective September 1, 2015, the Tuition Discount benefit (Newly-revised HR 37 - Grant-In-Aid for Dependents of Faculty, Staff, and Retirees) has been updated, as outlined below:
1. The eligibility criteria for dependent children, married or unmarried, has been redefined to match all other benefit eligibility - up to age 26 - with the following additional provisions:
- Any dependent who has already been approved for the tuition discount and is beyond the age of 26 as of September 1, 2015, they will continue the tuition discount until the attainment of a Penn State bachelor's degree, as long as they do not have two consecutive semesters of non-registration.
- Dependents who reach the maximum age of 26 can continue the tuition discount until the attainment of a Penn State bachelor's degree, as long as the original approval for the tuition discount was prior to the depedent reaching age 26; and the dependent has not had two consecutive semesters of non-registration after reaching age 26.
- If the dependent is an active or honorably-discharged member of the military on his/her 26th birthday, the dependent will be eligible for the tuition discount beyond the age of 26 with proof of military discharge. The tuition discount will apply until attainment of a Penn State bachelor's degree.
- In all circumstances outlined above, unless the eligible dependent has a serious accident or illness, after two semesters of non-registered status, the tuition discount will be permanently discontinued.
2. The 2-year waiting period for spouses to receive grant-in-aid has been eliminated.
3. Dependent children are eligible to receive the grant-in-aid discount for all undergraduate credits, up to the attainment of a Penn State bachelor's degree; the student cannot be enrolled in a Master's level or higher level program.
4. All enrolled dependents will receive grant-in-aid for the entire semester in the event that the employee becomes ineligible at any time after the start of the semester.
5. The ongoing benefit for eligible surviving children and/or spouses of employees who die during active service with the University is defined as:
- Employee with 0-5 years of full-time, continuous service: 2 semesters of grant-in-aid
- Employee with 5-10 years of full-time, continuous service: 4 semesters of grant-in-aid
- Employee with 10 or more years of full-time, continuous service: 8 semesters of grant-in-aid
- Dependent must be enrolled within the number of years equal to the employee's years of service
- To initiate the grant-in-aid application in this circumstance, please contact the Employee Benefits division.
Educational privileges are available to full-time faculty and staff members, their spouse, and dependent children up to the age of 26. The grant-in-aid benefit is a 75% discount on the tuition charge and applies to World Campus, Penn State resident instruction at all campuses, and Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Educational privileges DO NOT apply to courses offered through:
- The College of Medicine, Medical School Program and Physician's Assistant Program, at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
- The Smeal College of Business Administration Executive MBA Program
- The Dickinson School of Law and Penn State Law
Summer camps or workshops operated by the University unless University credit is given and regular tuition is charged
Employee Credit Limits
- If you are on a 12-month appointment, there is a 16-credit maximum per academic year (summer, fall, spring) for the employee. Dependents do not have a credit limit.
- If you are appointed for fall and spring semesters only, there is a 12-credit maximum per academic year (summer, fall, spring) for the employee. Dependents do not have a credit limit.
A spouse, except one receiving educational assistance from the University, such as a graduate assistantship, is eligible for the grant-in-aid beginning with the semester coincident with or next following your effective date of full-time employment. There is no limitation on the number of credits that may be taken. All levels of degrees may be earned. Tuition discounts on Graduate level classes for a spouse are a taxable benefit. For more information regarding taxation on Graduate level courses for a spouse, please visit the controller's office FAQ.
Eligible dependent children are eligible beginning with the semester coincident with or next following your effective date of full-time employment. The grant-in-aid applies only toward undergraduate credits only until a Penn State bachelor's degree is attained. The discount does not apply toward Master's level class or higher. Undergraduate classes for dependent children are not a taxable benefit.
Employees wishing to use the tuition discount for themselves do not need to submit any forms. This will be an automatic process through the Bursar's office to apply the discount.
Active employees applying for the grant-in-aid for an eligible dependent must use the Online Grant-in-Aid Form (link below).
NEW - The online form must be completed prior to EACH semester or summer session in which the grant-in-aid is to applied. Grant-in-aid will NOT be applied retroactively to previous semesters.
Grant-in-Aid Form (Penn State University and Pennsylvania College of Technology)