Dependent Tuition Remission

Application Form

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION FOR ANY FORM OF TUITION REMISSION. Applications for incoming and returning students are due by June 1st.

The spouse or qualified domestic partner and/or dependent children of eligible employees are eligible to receive Tuition Remission benefits upon their admission to Ithaca College 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 is responsible for paying all other fees. The dependent child must be under the age of 25 at the start of the semester or term.

In order for an employee to be eligible for this benefit, they must complete three years of benefits-eligible service prior to the semester during which their dependent wishes to enroll.

Instructions for Applicants

Applicants should obtain course registration information from the Office of Extended Studies if they are non-degree students or the Office of the Registrar, if they are matriculated.

Governing Guidelines and Restrictions

  • 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 occasions in which dependents are not accepted for admission.
  • Tuition Remission covers the balance due of the tuition charged for courses taken less any scholarships and grants creditable toward tuition.
  • Graduate classes in Masters or Doctorate Degree programs are not eligible for Tuition Remission benefits.
  • For students enrolled in dual degree programs, Tuition Remission will only apply to the undergraduate portion of their degree, or their first undergraduate degree.
  • Tuition Remission is available for the tuition portion of the Summer College for High School Students.  Any Tuition Remission benefit used for this program will reduce the maximum 149 credit hour Tuition Remission benefit. 
  • A dependent who wishes to take a course that is not covered under the Tuition Remission benefit is responsible for paying the standard per-hour tuition rate.
  • Students transferring to Ithaca College after receiving Cash Award benefits will have adjustments made to their Tuition Remission benefits.

During the Academic Year (Fall and Spring)

  • All classes, including internships and independent studies, are eligible for Tuition Remission during the regular academic year.

During the Summer and Winter Sessions

  • 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.
  • Tuition Remission benefits can only be applied to undergraduate courses in which at least six tuition-paying students have enrolled. As such, the Office of Human Resources will verify enrollment for each summer or winter course for which tuition remission benefits have been requested three business days prior to the start of each session.  All employees and their dependents will be notified via email of their eligibility to use tuition remission benefits in the summer or winter.

Administration of Benefits

  • Each eligible dependent receives a bank of 149 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.
  • If a dependent is enrolled in a program which requires more than 149 credits, please contact the Office of Human Resources.
  • Full-time dependents eligible for Tuition Remission benefits may enroll for 12 - 18 credit hours.  The dependent’s bank of credits will be reduced by the actual number of credit hours taken. If they enroll for more than 18 credit hours, the benefit is calculated as the actual number of credit hours taken.
  • Tuition Remission benefits for part-time dependents (i.e. those taking fewer than 12 credit hours) is reduced by the actual number of credit hours taken.
  • Tuition Remission benefits are used on the basis of credit hours taken, not the number of hours successfully completed.  Credit hours are still charged if a course is dropped after the official add-drop period or if the course is failed.
  • Part-time credit hours 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.  Additionally, taking over 18 credit hours in one semester uses up extra credits.
  • If an employee's legal dependent is entitled to tuition assistance benefits through another employer, those benefits must be applied first.