Educational Benefits

Dependent Tuition Remission

The spouse or qualified domestic partner and/or dependent children of eligible faculty and staff members are eligible to Tuition Remission benefits upon their admission to Ithaca College as a candidate for their first undergraduate four-year degree. Tuition Remission covers the balance due of the tuition charged for courses taken less any scholarships and grants creditable toward tuition. The employee or dependent are responsible for paying all other fees.

ELIGIBILITY

An eligible employee may apply for tuition remission benefits for a spouse or qualified domestic partner, and for natural, legally adopted, or legally dependent children who are under age 25 at the start of the semester or term. Dependents must apply and be accepted for admission through the College's standard admission process. Eligibility for this benefit has no bearing on the admission decision. As Ithaca College has become more selective, there are cases in which dependents are not accepted for admission.

In order for an employee to receive this benefit, she/he must complete three years of benefits-eligible service (defined in the Eligibility Requirements section of the Introduction) prior to the semester during which their dependent wishes to enroll.

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GOVERNING GUIDELINES AND RESTRICTIONS

Tuition Remission benefits are granted only for the number of credit hours necessary to meet given degree requirements (usually 120 credit hours). Each eligible person receives a bank of credit hours equivalent to the number necessary to complete the degree requirements in the major field of study, unless the Ithaca College Cash Award benefit was previously used. In that case, the available bank of credits will be either the number of credit hours remaining after application of the Cash Award benefit (see the section Coordination with Cash Awards) or the number of credit hours necessary to complete degree requirements, whichever is lower.

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DURING THE SUMMER PERIOD AND WINTER BREAK

Tuition remission benefits are not applicable for most courses from which faculty compensation is derived as a percentage of revenue generated, i.e., for independent studies, tutorials, internships, performance study instruction, or any other type of individualized study. Employees whose dependents are enrolled in a course of study that requires individualized study during the summer period or winter break should contact the Office of Human Resources before applying for any Tuition Remission benefits. A dependent who wishes to take an independent study that is not covered under the Tuition Remission benefit is responsible for paying the normal per-hour tuition rate in effect at that time.

In addition, tuition remission benefits can be applied only to courses in which at least seven tuition-paying students have enrolled.

Note: All classes, including internships and independent studies, are covered during the regular academic year.

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ADMINISTRATION OF BENEFITS

Full-time, paying students may enroll for 12 - 18 credit hours per semester at the regular tuition rate. Similarly, full-time students eligible for Tuition Remission benefits may enroll for 12 - 18 credit hours and will use 15 hours of the benefit. If they enroll for more than 18 hours, the benefit is calculated as 15 hours plus the number of hours over 18. The benefit for part-time students (i.e., those taking fewer than 12 credits) is the actual number of credit hours taken.

It is important to note that Tuition Remission benefits are used on the basis of credit hours taken, not the number of hours successfully completed. For example, if a student attended the College for eight semesters on a full-time basis but only received 12 hours of credit each semester, he or she would have exhausted the bank of 120 hours of credits (eight semesters at 15 hours each) yet only have accumulated 96 hours (eight semesters at 12 hours each). The employee or student would then have to pay the tuition costs necessary to complete the degree. On the other hand, a full-time student could obtain as many as 144 credits (eight semesters at 18 hours each) if the maximum number of credit hours were taken each semester and successfully completed.

Most students, with reasonable planning, will average around 15 credits a semester and end up with at least 120 credits, making it possible for them to graduate in eight semesters with no tuition costs to themselves, as in the following example.

Credits
Taken
Tutition Remission
Used
Tutition Remission
Remaining

 12 
16 
16 
17 
14 
15 
16 
15 
121

 15 
15 
15 
15 
15 
15 
15 
15 
120

105
90
75
60
45
30
15
0

It is important to pay attention to how the credits are accounted for. In the previous example, if the student had taken 15 credits instead of 17 during the fourth semester, he or she would have had only 119 credits at the end of eight semesters and would need to pay for 1 credit in order to graduate.

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COMBINING FULL- AND PART-TIME STUDY

It becomes even more important to pay attention to how Tuition Remission is used when a student combines full- and part-time course loads (e.g., takes classes during a summer session or winter break) or takes over 18 credits during one semester. For instance:

Credits
Taken
Tutition Remission
Used
Tutition Remission
Remaining
 12 
15 
Winter Session: 3
15 
16 
Summer Session: 6
16 
14 
Summer Session: 6
17 
120
 15 
15 
   3 
15 
15 
   6 
15 
15 
   6 
15 
120
105
90
87
72
57
51
36
21
15
0

In this example the student took classes for seven semesters, one winter session and two summer sessions and ended up with 120 credits at no tuition cost. However, if 6 credits had been taken during the first winter session, then for the last semester the student would have needed 14 credits to graduate but would have had only 12 credits left in the Tuition Remission bank.

Remember: (1) Part-time credits decrease the number of semesters that can be taken at no charge, but they do not necessarily make it impossible to take the required number of credits. (2) Taking over 18 credits in one semester uses up extra credits. For example, a student taking 19 credits will be charged for 16 credits (the 15 for full-time enrollment plus 1.)

Students using the Tuition Remission benefit should also be aware that credit hours are still charged if a course is dropped after the official add-drop period or if the course is failed. For example, if a student is taking 12 credit hours and drops a 3-credit course late or fails it, he or she is still charged for full-time study, with the credits deducted accordingly.

If a student is enrolled in a program which requires more than 120 credits, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

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TUITION REMISSION FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

Tuition Remission is available for the tuition portion of the Summer Program for High School Sophomores and Juniors. Dependent children wishing to take this special program must meet the eligibility requirement as stated. Any Tuition Remission benefit used for this program will reduce the maximum Tuition Remission benefit. For further information, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

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COORDINATION WITH CASH AWARDS

Students transferring to Ithaca College after receiving Cash Awards (see section on Cash Award Scholarship Plan for Dependent Children) will have adjustments made to their Tuition Remission benefits. Their available bank of credit hours will be reduced by 1 credit hour for each $33.33 of Cash Awards used at another institution. For example, if a student has received $2,000 in Cash Awards, the Tuition Remission benefit at Ithaca College is reduced by 60 credit hours ($2,000/$33.33 = 60). (If the student's parents are both eligible Ithaca College employees, $66.66 will be used.) A student may buy back up to two semesters of Cash Award if transferring to Ithaca College and additional credit hours are needed to fulfill the degree requirement.

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EFFECT OF PART-TIME STUDY ON THE CASH AWARD BENEFIT

The Cash Award benefit will be pro-rated for part-time study at another institution, not to exceed the maximum benefit. For example, if a student is enrolled in 6 credit hours, then the Cash Award benefit would be calculated as follows: 6 credit hours X $33.33/ credit hour = $199.98.

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DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAMS

Currently, Ithaca College’s Tuition Remission benefit for dependents covers only the student’s first undergraduate degree.  For students enrolled in dual degree programs, Tuition Remission will only apply to the undergraduate portion of their degree, or their first undergraduate degree.  Graduate classes in Masters or Doctorate Degree programs will not be covered under Tuition Remission benefits. Students in the 3-2 Physics-Engineering and 3-2 Chemistry-Engineering programs will be eligible to receive three years of Tuition Remission benefits at Ithaca College, and 2 semesters of Cash Awards benefits for taking classes at the other institution. The student would be responsible for paying for any credit hours in excess of those allowed under the Tuition Remission benefit.

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COORDINATION WITH OTHER FINANCIAL AID

The maximum Tuition Remission benefit is the applicable tuition charge, less any tuition assistance specifically designated as an award to be used for tuition purposes and/or based on tuition charges, whether awarded or eligible to be awarded, to a qualifying student. That assistance may include scholarships and grants from state or federal sources, from Ithaca College, or educational benefits through other employers.

For example, if the full time course load tuition for one semester is $10,000, and the recipient is eligible to receive $2,000 from a NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant, and is also the recipient of a College merit-based scholarship of $2,500 for the same period, then the tuition remission benefit would be reduced by $4,500.  Therefore, the total tuition remission benefit would be $5,500 for the semester.

A tuition remission eligible student is required to apply for the New York State (NYS) Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) as well as any other state aid programs specified for tuition purposes that he/she may qualify for or apply for a waiver. A student who does not believe he/she is eligible for NYS TAP or other forms of financial assistance must demonstrate proof of ineligibility by submitting a letter requesting a waiver by June 1st to the College's Director of Student Financial Services. A copy of parent and student NYS taxes for the calendar year prior to the academic year Tuition Remission benefits are being requested must accompany the waiver appeal. Once a waiver is granted, subsequent documentation is not necessary unless the College believes that the student may be eligible for a NYS aid program.

A student is responsible for being aware of the deadlines for applying for financial aid as well as the Tuition Remission benefit in order to avoid late charges. Additionally, a student who fails to apply for the appropriate outside assistance or demonstrate proof of ineligibility will have his/her Tuition Remission benefit reduced by the amount the College estimates the outside assistance would have been or in the absence of the ability to determine an estimate, the minimum amount of the award(s).

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EFFECT ON BENEFIT WHEN ACTIVE EMPLOYMENT CEASES

Death, Total Disability, Retirement
Tuition Remission benefits are not necessarily terminated with the end of an employee's service. If an employee dies or receives benefits through the College's long-term disability plan, before completing 10 years of benefits-eligible service, dependents currently enrolled at the College will continue to receive their Tuition Remission benefits.

If an employee dies, retires, or receives benefits through the College's long-term disability plan after completing at least 10 years of benefits-eligible service, all of the employees dependents, whether currently enrolled or not, will remain eligible for benefits.

Termination for Other Reasons
If employment is terminated for reasons other than death, eligibility to receive benefits through Ithaca College's long-term disability plan, or retirement, Tuition Remission benefits for an employee's spouse, qualified domestic partner and/or dependent children will cease on the last day of work. The College reserves the right to charge the appropriate prorated tuition for any time that remains between the date of termination and the end of the semester or term.

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DEPENDENT TUITION REMISSION APPLICATION

Complete both sections of the following form, read the Authorization section and click 'Submit'. Fill out one form for the entire upcoming academic year. Submissions are due by February 1st for incoming freshman and by May 1st for returning students.

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