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.

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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.

*These maximum benefit amounts are based on current undergraduate tuition rates and, thus, 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.

The Enrollment Schedule below indicates the enrollment window open and close dates for submitting electronic Dependent Tuition Assistance applications. Active eligible faculty & staff may apply online by signing in to, click on eBenefits, and complete the application each term for each dependent.

Term Enrollment Window Opens Enrollment Window Closes
Summer 2017 March 13, 2017 June 16, 2017
Autumn 2017 June 26, 2017 August 28, 2017
Spring 2018 November 13, 2017 January 12, 2018
Summer 2018 March 12, 2018 June 15, 2018
Autumn 2018 June 25, 2018 August 24, 2018
Spring 2019 November 12, 2018 January 11, 2019
Summer 2019 March 11, 2019 June 14, 2019
Autumn 2019 June 24, 2019 August 23, 2019
Spring 2020 November 11, 2019 January 10, 2020
Summer 2020 March 9, 2020 June 12, 2020