This page is for employees using the tuition assistance benefit. Visit Employee Services for complete step-by-step instructions, forms and deadlines.

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Note: Dependents of employees are only eligible to use the benefit at the employee’s campus of employment. Beginning Fall 2017, the Intercampus Dependent Tuition Benefit Pilot Program terms apply.

Term Activate (Nondegree Only)

Nondegree students are required to term-activate in Buff Portal before registration each semester. Degree-seeking students will automatically be term-activated.

A note about the timing of term activation:You will not be able to term-activate until your nondegree application is processed and you have matriculated. You are encouraged to term-activate before the semester begins.

How to Term-Activate

  1. Go to the Term Activation card in Buff Portal. Log in using your IdentiKey.
  2. Click on "Term-activate yourself."
  3. Complete the preregistration items, if needed.
  4. Select your nondegree program, then click "Select this row."
  5. Click "Continue."
  6. Select the term you'd like to register for and then click "Continue."

You are now term-activated. You will need to term-activate every semester as long as you are a nondegree student.


Eligible CU Boulder employees using the tuition assistance benefit for themselves can register for CU Boulder Main Campus classes starting at 12:01 a.m. on the first day of the semester or the first meeting day of the class, whichever comes first. If you have questions about the registration process, visit Office of the Registrar.

Dependents seeking a degree can enroll in undergraduate or graduate courses (included in Option A) during their assigned enrollment appointment. Nondegree dependents can enroll during open enrollment. See the Academic Calendar for exact dates and add/drop deadlines.

Dependents using Option B can register for undergraduate, non-extended studies and credit-bearing classes.