Employee Tuition Grant Benefit

The University offers Employee Tuition Grants (ETG's) to all regular full-time employees, as well as part time employees and faculty.

Regular full time employees are entitled to Employee Tuition Grants for academic services/accredited courses for self, spouse and dependent children who are claimed on their Federal Income Tax Returns for the year in which the grant is awarded.  Grants may be applied to cover the cost of undergraduate and masters level credit courses that are held in-house, and have a basic enrollment in addition to the student requesting the grant.  Grants may not be available for certain master’s level programs.

Regular full-time union and non-union  employees after 90 calendar days of continuous employment, are entitled to Employee Tuition Grants for academic services/accredited courses for self.  Spouse and dependent children who are claimed on their Federal Income Tax Returns* for the year in which the grant is awarded are eligible immediately. Grants may be applied to cover the cost of undergraduate and graduate credit courses that are offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Grants are not awarded for Continuing Education non-credit programs.  Grants do not cover fees, including the $17.00 per credit ETG fee, food, lodging, books, travel, or any other charges not generally included as tuition.   

Regular part-time employees who work a minimum of 16 hours per week for 9, 10, 11, or 12 months per year and part-time faculty who teach a minimum of 3 credits per semester, after 90 calendar days of continuous employment, are entitled to Employee Tuition Grant as described above for Regular Full-time employees; except that grants are limited to maximum of 9 credits per fiscal year (Second Summer through First summer).  Part-time faculty must be working in the fall semester in order to be eligible for a grant in the fall semester.  The same rule applies to the spring semester.  Part-time faculty will be eligible for a grant in any of the three summer sessions if he/she worked in the spring semester immediately prior.   Part-time faculty will be eligible for a grant if teaching a minimum of 3 credits during the summer sessions as follows:  (a) eligible for a grant in the summer if class attending starts after class(es) taught; (b) eligible in the fall semsester immediately following the summer sessions taught.

An employee, whose employment with Fairleigh Dickinson University terminates for any reason other than for retirement prior to the completion of one-half of the academic period in which an Employee Tuition Grant is being utilized, will be responsible for payment of one-half of the dollar amount of the grant.  If termination occurs after completion of one-half of the academic period in which the grant is being utilized, the employee will be entitled to retain all of the grant.  Other rules apply for certain employees covered by salary continuation and certain employees/dependents in the event of death, retirement and/or disability.

If a full-time employee has been employed continuously for five (5) years in a full-time position, goes on long term medical disability, dies or retires, his/her eligible dependents continue to be eligible for tuition grant privileges. Full-time union employee must be employed continuously for 10 years to be eligible for this benefit.

Full-time employees who retire at age 62 or older with ten (10) years of service and their spouses and eligible dependents may continue to take advantage of the University's Employee Tuition Grant.

Effective July 1, 2011, a printed copy of the Confirmation that a FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) has been completed for full-time undergraduate studentswho have not been enrolled full-time prior to July 1, 2011 must be submitted with this application for an Employee Tuition Grant.

Dependent adult children of employees are eligible for Employee Tuition Grants between the ages of 18 and the semester in which they turn 24.   The office of Employee Benefits has the right to request a certified copy of your Federal Income Tax Return as proof of dependent status.  If requested and not supplied, the dependent will be billed for the total amount of the Employee Tuition Grant.

Employees who are on personal or medical leave may not utilize an Employee Tuition Grant for self.

FORMS:

Writable Employee Tution Grant Form - Fill out COMPLETELY, then application must be printed and signed accordingly prior to be being submitted to the Benefits Department.

Employee Tuition Grant Form (non-writable version) - To PRINT application and submit to the Benefits Department after being filled out COMPLETELY and signed accordingly.

(Employees taking Graduate courses MUST fill out both sides of the form  - ALL employees must fill out first page COMPLETELY)