Education Tuition Waivers
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Murray State University
POLICY NUMBER: V K
SUBJECT: EDUCATION TUITION WAIVERS
APPLIES TO: ALL REGULAR, FULL-TIME AND REGULAR, PART-TIME FACULTY AND STAFF, RETIREES, AND INDIVIDUALS SIXTY-FIVE (65) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013
REVISED FROM: June 30, 1997
EDUCATION TUITION WAIVERS
It is the policy of Murray State University to encourage the professional growth of all employees. To facilitate such growth, Murray State University will waive the selected amounts of tuition in each fiscal year for up to six (6) credit courses per twelve month fiscal year, not to exceed one (1) course offered during working hours in any given semester or session. The tuition waiver may be used for undergraduate or graduate courses. The university must maintain adequate support for high cost programs; therefore, tuition waivers may be restricted in some instances.
Additionally, an eligible employee may transfer any unused portion of the existing employee tuition waiver benefit as noted below to their lawful spouse, dependent child(ren), and/or extended family partner.
For purposes of this policy, a dependent includes natural, adopted or step-child or person for whom the employee has been granted legal guardianship. Additionally, a dependent is defined as a person under 24 years of age at the beginning of the academic term during which the benefit is effective. Also, for purposes of this policy, a partner is defined as an extended family member as defined in the universiy's medical plan documents.
1. General Qualifications
a. Regular, full-time and regular, part-time employees currently working or on an approved leave of absence with or without pay and retired employees are entitled to a waiver of tuition. Eligible staff employees who have at least six months of continuous service or eligible faculty members with one academic semester of continuous service may transfer any unused portion of the tuition waiver to eligible dependents, as noted below.
b. International exchange faculty at Murray State University in conjunction with MSU's inter-institutional programs and projects will be allowed to take one course per semester tuition free, upon the recommendation of the Director of the Institute for International Studies and the approval of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
c. When any person sixty-five (65) years of age or older, who is a resident of the Commonwealth, is admitted and enrolls as a student in any state-supported institution of higher learning in this Commonwealth, the board of trustees of the institution or other appropriate institution officials shall waive all tuition charges and fees for such student, except as provided in the next statement. In the event that classes are full or the granting of free admission requires additional units, the institution may deny admission under law.
d. The tuition waiver form must be completed at the time of registration or prior to the time of registration.
2. Qualifying Courses
a. A course can only materialize if a sufficient number of tuition paying students enroll. The enrollment of tuition waiver employees will not be counted to determine if a course materializes. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that if it is determined by the University that the value of a course offering as continuing education for employees is sufficiently important to justify the offering of the course, then in such event, the limitations as to paying students will be disregarded.
b. The tuition waiver does not extend to correspondence study, life and learning courses, and overseas programs.
a. Baccalaaureate and Post-Baccalaureate non-graduate courses:
For employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents who are taking baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate courses, but not graduate level courses, the tuition for xix courses per academic year may be waived.
b. Graduate Level - Masters, Post-Masters, Specialist, Doctoral-level courses:
For employees who are pursuing Masters, Post-Masters, Specialist, Doctoral Program or taking Doctoral-level courses, the tuition for six courses per academic year may be waived. For employee spouses and partners who are taking Masters, Post-Masters, Specialist, Doctoral Program or taking Doctoral-level courses, the tuition for 2 courses, 6 credit hours, maximum per academic year may be waived. An employee's dependent is not eligible for waivers at this level.
4. Employee Responsibility
a. One course per semester or session can be taken during working hours if (1) the supervisor approves the time off during working hours, and (2) the lost working time is made up at times satisfactory to the employee's supervisor.
b. The employee must work the following academic year to be eligible for a summer session tuition waiver. If the employee voluntarily terminates after the summer session he/she will be billed for tuition of the course.
c. If an employee voluntarily terminates his/her empoloyment during a semester in which he/she is using the tuition waiver benefit, he/she will be billed for the total tuition of the course(s).