Dependent Tuition Assistance - Human Resources at Ohio State
Dependent Tuition Assistance
The Dependent Tuition Assistance Program pays a portion of the instructional and general fees for an eligible employee’s spouse/same-sex domestic partner, eligible unmarried dependent children, and eligible unmarried dependent children of their same-sex domestic partner, who take courses at Ohio State.
To be eligible for the benefit, a faculty or staff member must be employed in an eligible appointment of at least 50% FTE on the first day of the academic term for which the tuition assistance benefit is to be applied.
Some tuition benefits are subject to taxation. Refer to the Dependent Tuition Assistance Guidelines for more information.
Courses may be taken through undergraduate, graduate or professional degree-granting programs at Ohio State. The program pays based on the dependent’s fee schedule for only the Instructional and General fees.
Dependent tuition assistance benefits are available to each eligible dependent for the greater of either eight (8) total semesters or 140 semester credit hours.
A dependent of one eligible employee will receive a benefit of 50% of the cost of the Instructional and General fees, up to a maximum of $4,820 per semester; the benefit for a dependent of two eligible employees is 75% of the cost of the Instructional and General fees, up to a maximum of $7,230 per semester.* No individual is eligible to receive tuition assistance benefits as both an employee and a dependent.
*Maximum benefit amounts are based on 2015-2016 academic year tuition rates, and are subject to change.
Eligible dependents include:
- Legal spouse
- Same-sex domestic partner1
- Unmarried child. For this purpose, “child” means a biological child, a step-child, an adopted child (or a child who has been legally placed with you for adoption) and a foster child who has lived with you for at least five years.
- Same-sex domestic partner’s unmarried biological child, unmarried adopted child or unmarried foster child who has lived with that partner for at least five years.1
1 Affidavit of Same-Sex Domestic Partnership required
A dependent must first be admitted to Ohio State through either the Admissions office or the Office of Extended Education.
To enroll in the program, sign in to Employee Self Service, go to eBenefits, and complete the Dependent Tuition Assistance application each term for each eligible dependent. Refer to the Dependent Tuition Assistance Enrollment Schedule for enrollment windows. You can also download a copy of the Dependent Tuition Assistance Application.
Applications must be completed by the “No Forfeiture” (100% refund) date, the first Friday of classes in order to qualify for a tuition assistance benefit for that term.
After the application is received and the dependent has enrolled in classes, the tuition assistance benefit will reflect as a credit against the fees assessed for the applicable term on the dependent’s fee statement.
The dependent is responsible for paying the difference between the university’s tuition assistance benefits and the total tuition fees that are assessed.
A dependent must follow the rules of being an Ohio State student, including, but not limited to, registering for classes, paying fees and withdrawing from classes by the appropriate deadlines.