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Tuition Waiver

Tulane University offers full-time employees and their family members the opportunity to continue their education by offering tuition waivers.

Regular tuition waivers are for active employees as indicated below.

  • Full-time staff or faculty employee that has completed the appropriate waiting periods.
  • A child, stepchild, or adopted child of a full time employee or full time faculty member who can be claimed on the employee’s federal income taxes.
  • The spouse of a full-time staff or faculty employee that has completed the appropriate waiting periods. The spouse of an employee is defined as the person to whom the employee is currently and legally married. Spouse does not include divorced and legally separated spouses.
  • Registered same-gender domestic partners.

Extended tuition waivers are for inactive employees as indicated below.

  • Retirees with at least 25 years of full-time service at Tulane.
  • Employees who have been approved as disabled under the Tulane Long Term Disability Plan and have at least 5 years of full-time service at Tulane at the time of the disability.
  • Employees enrolled on tuition waiver basis at the time of the disability that have been approved and accepted as disabled under the Tulane Long Term Disability Plan, with less than 5 years of full-time service at Tulane.
  • Faculty members whose tenures are terminated under extraordinary circumstances caused by financial exigencies or by a bona fide discontinuance of a program on a department of instruction.
  • The spouse and dependent children of a retired employee with 25 years full-time service.
  • The spouse and dependent children of a disabled employee with at least 5 years of service.
  • Dependents and spouses that are enrolled on a tuition waiver basis at the time of an employee's death or disability before completing 5 years of full-time service at Tulane; the spouse of a deceased employee becomes ineligible for an extended tuition waiver when he or she remarries.
  • The spouse and dependent children of an employee who has at least 5 years of full-time service at Tulane and separates from service by reason of death.  The spouse of a deceased employee becomes ineligible for an extended tuition waiver when he or she remarries.

The total number of annual tuition waivers available to an eligible employee, spouse and dependent children as a group is equal to the number of years of full-time service of the employee, including the academic year in which the retirement, disability or death occurs.

Not all employees are eligible for tuition waivers as indicated below.

  • Employees whose status is "Part-time" whether Staff or Faculty
  • Employees whose status is "Temporary Full or Part-time"
  • Student employees, including Residents (while on student payroll employee benefits are not applicable)

There is a waiting period before employees are eligible for tuition waivers as indicated below.

Staff must complete their six month probationary period.

Staff dependents may participate after the employee has completed three years full time employment.  Staff must submit proof of dependency by submitting a copy of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return to Workforce Management before the waiver can be credited.

There is no waiting period for faculty; they may participate beginning the date of hire.

There is no waiting period for dependents of faculty members; they may participate beginning the date the faculty is hired. The faculty member must submit proof of dependency by submitting a copy of the most recent federal income tax return to Workforce Management before the waiver can be credited.

Tuition waivers are not available for some programs or instances as indicated below.

  • Classes previously taken in which you received a grade and credit
  • The Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Project Tulane
  • Tulane Junior Summer Lyric Theatre
  • Freeman Summer School Abroad
  • Executive Masters of Health and Administration
  • Civic and Cultural Management Program
  • Master of Pharmacology
  • Master of Science in Neuroscience
  • Workshops or non-credit seminars
  • Graduate level courses for dependents or spouses

Additionally there are waiver limitations as indicated below.

Employees can receive a tuition waiver for a maximum of 2 courses or 6 hours, whichever is greater and regardless of sessions, for the summer, as in fall and spring.

This limitation does not apply to eligible spouses and dependent children.  Dependents may be part-time or full-time students. (However, part-time status may affect other scholarships and grants, therefore, students should check with the Office of Financial Aid.)

If a spouse or dependent children of employees is hired by Tulane University, they shall have their eligibility and class limitation for tuition waivers determined exclusively on the basis of their employment.

If the person enrolled becomes ineligible for the tuition waiver as a result of such employee's voluntary termination of employment or due to gross misconduct at any time during the semester, the former employee will be charged for the full tuition amount for that semester.

The total number of annual tuition waivers available to an eligible employee, spouse and dependent children as a group is equal to the number of years of full-time service of the employee, including the academic year in which the retirement, disability or death occurs.

For more detailed information, go to the Staff Handbook or contact the Workforce Management at (504) 865-5280.

In addition, Tulane participates in a tuition exchange program with over 500 other schools for undergraduate dependent children's study. Tulane's continued participation in this program depends upon maintenance of an overall balance between the number of students offered tuition exchange at Tulane and the number of Tulane dependents who receive tuition exchange scholarships at other schools. Because of the necessity of maintaining this balance, tuition exchange is not a guaranteed benefit.

If you have questions regarding the tuition exchange program, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (504) 865-5723.

WFMO, University Square, 200 Broadway, Suite 120, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5280 wfmo@tulane.edu