Published: Aug. 8, 2017

With the fall semester right around the corner, now is the time to take advantage of the University of Colorado tuition waiver benefit for employees or qualified dependents. Employees Services is accepting electronic forms for the 2017–18 academic year now through Aug. 14.

The new electronic form will streamline the application processes, route immediately to the appropriate approvers and trigger emails to employees on their application status.

Two students in classroomEmployees must complete applications on a dependent’s behalf. Both the employee and dependent cannot use the benefit in the same year.

How it works

CU’s tuition benefit provides waived or discounted credit hours to eligible employees or their dependents for credit-bearing courses on any CU campus. Employees must waive their tuition benefit before their dependents (such as a child or spouse) can use it.

For employees

Employees can be approved for up to nine credits per academic year for undergraduate and graduate classes on any CU campus. An academic year for employees lasts from the fall semester through the following summer semester.

Employees must apply as a student to the desired campus in order to receive benefit and register on the day classes begin.

For dependents

Starting this fall, dependents have the option to attend any CU campus under the Intercampus Dependent Tuition Waiver Pilot Program.

The Home Campus option is available when a dependent attends undergraduate or graduate classes (some exclusions may apply) on the employee’s campus of employment. CU Boulder dependents receive a 30 percent discount.

The Other Campus option debuts this fall. This three-year pilot is for dependents who attend undergraduate, credit-bearing courses on a campus other than CU Boulder. Employees receive $270 per credit for up to nine credit hours for the academic year, a savings of up to $2,430 a year.

What it covers

The benefit only applies to tuition costs. All required campus-specific fees, taxes and other related educational expenses must be paid for by the employee or their dependent.

Audits, continuing education, extended studies, executive and distance MBAs and the 11-month MBA program do not apply.

Visit Employee Services online for full details, important deadlines and helpful FAQs and handouts.