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Eligibility & Limits

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible full-time University personnel are qualified to receive tuition benefits upon hire in conformity with semester or term add/drop deadlines. Personnel who are hired before or on the add/drop deadline will receive tuition benefits for that semester. Personnel hired after the add/drop deadline will receive tuition benefits for the following semester. Spouses and dependent children become eligible to receive tuition benefits when University personnel are at least age 30 or have five years of eligible service. The add/drop deadline also applies in situations of marriage, divorce, or termination. The tuition benefit does not guarantee admission to the University or registration in a particular class. All individuals wanting to take classes must meet University admissions and registration requirements.

Hours Limits for Employees

Full-time University personnel may register for no more than six credit hours each semester or four hours in a term. During spring/summer terms the hours limit total is six hours and may be divided into 3:3, 4:2, or 2:4. Normally, full-time University personnel will not be required to pay the cost of tuition for up to six credit hours each semester. Any full-time personnel who wishes to take more than six hours in a semester or more than four hours in a term, must petition to the Benefits Tuition Committee. The tuition benefit will not be paid until the formal petition is received and reviewed. In any unusual cases where approval is given for personnel to take more than six hours in a semester or the two combined terms, personnel will be required to pay tuition for any class hours over the six-hour limit.

Tuition Benefits for Spouses

Once personnel reaches either age 30 or five years of eligible service, whichever comes first, spouses become eligible to receive a full-tuition benefit. Spouses may register for as many undergraduate or graduate credit hours as regular students per semester as permitted by the Register's Office. Personnel must pay taxes for spouses in graduate degree-seeking programs unless the spouse is either a research associate or teaching assistant for the University.

Limits of the Tuition Benefit for Dependents

Once personnel reaches either age 30 or five years of eligible service, whichever comes first, their dependent children become eligible to receive the tuition benefit. Dependent children must be admitted as undergraduate students and register as regular students as permitted by the Register's Office. The maximum tuition benefit for eligible dependent children is a one-half tuition benefit at either BYU-Provo or BYU-Idaho (regardless of marital status). The limitations for dependent children are (1) the completion of the first undergraduate degree, (2) completion of 152 BYU-Provo/BYU-Idaho credit hours, or (3) age 30, whichever occurs first. Credit hours available from testing for language credit, advanced placement credit, or transfer credits from other institutions do not count against the 152 BYU credit limit. For eligible dependent children, the tuition benefit will be automatic until 130 hours have been reached. After that the dependent will need to contact Benefits Services, D-240 ASB, 801-422-4496 to coordinate the remaining tuition benefit. This makes the dependent aware of how many hours are still available under the 152-hour limit.

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