PRP 6538 Tuition Waiver Policy

PRP 6538 Tuition Waiver Policy

Document History

Date Activity/Organization

7/1/1987 - Originals Issued by Robert Parrish - VP for Administration
2/2/2005 - PRP’s 6535, 6536, and 6537 combined into one comprehensive policy by GAC; Approved by Forum
2/2/2005 - Reissued by Richard Rugen - VP for Administration
4/26/2016 - Recommended GAC
0/26/2016 - Endorsed by Forum
2/6/2017 - Approved by President Soltz

1. RATIONALE FOR POLICY

It is the policy of the Council of Trustees of Bloomsburg University upon recommendation by the President and in accordance with Board of Governors (BOG) Policy 1983-18A, Waiver of Fees, and BOG Policy 1996-01-A: Sources of Funding for University Scholarships, that the University grant all permanent, full-time faculty, staff and managers of Bloomsburg University and their spouses and children tuition waiver benefits.

2. KEYWORDS

Tuition, Waiver, Benefits

3. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

This policy addresses tuition waiver concerns not addressed in employee Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA). This policy should be read in conjunction with the applicable section, if any, of the employee's CBA for bargaining unit faculty and staff. In the event that a conflict between this policy and the CBA is noted, the CBA prevails.

Recognizing the absence of this benefit in the OPEIU Agreement Memorandum, this policy grants undergraduate tuition waiver benefits to children and spouses of permanent, full-time employees in positions covered by OPEIU.

This policy addresses employees not covered by a CBA and employees covered by a CBA which does not have a tuition waiver provision.

This policy is also the controlling document for management employee tuition waivers at Bloomsburg University.

This policy addresses tuition waiver for visiting scholars not covered by a CBA.

4. POLICY

A. EMPLOYEES:

Employees in permanent, full-time appointments shall be granted a waiver of undergraduate tuition for courses offered at Bloomsburg University for credit, regardless of whether or not the course is directly related to the employee's position or job classification.

Management employees in permanent, full-time appointments shall be granted a waiver of graduate tuition for courses offered at Bloomsburg University for credit, regardless of whether or not the course is directly related to the employee's position or job classification.

Management employees in permanent, full-time appointments shall be granted a waiver of undergraduate tuition for courses completed at a State System university other than the university where employed until he or she obtains the first undergraduate degree.

Employees covered by this policy must pay all fees not specifically waived.
Employees may take a course only on a "seats available" basis. An employee enrolled to take a course under this program could lose his/her opportunity to take the course if any regularly enrolled tuition paying student, up to the end of the "drop-add" period, wishes to have that seat. He/she could not lose their seat thereafter.

Should the course be offered only during working hours, it is the responsibility of the employee, prior to registering for the course, to negotiate with his/her supervisor a work schedule which will enable the fulfillment of his/her full-time responsibilities. If such adjustment is not possible or will have an adverse impact upon the operation, then permission to utilize this procedure shall be refused.

B. CHILDREN:

The Employee’s child/children shall be granted undergraduate tuition waiver at Bloomsburg University until the age of 25 or until he or she obtains the first undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. The waiver remains in effect through the semester the child reaches his/her 25th birthday. This policy shall apply to undergraduate students who maintain satisfactory progress as defined by the academic program.

The waiver shall not apply when financial aid is specifically made available for tuition purposes.

Tuition waiver shall be discontinued upon termination of employment. If such termination takes place after the second day of a semester, tuition will be waived only for the remainder of that semester.

Permanent, full-time management employees’ children shall be granted a fifty percent (50%) waiver of undergraduate tuition at State System universities other than the university where the employee is employed.

The admission of children under this policy will not adversely affect the regular enrollment goals of the university nor reduce the availability of educational opportunity to other Bloomsburg students or applicants.

C. SPOUSES:

Permanent, full-time employees’ spouses shall be granted a waiver of undergraduate tuition at Bloomsburg University. The waiver of tuition shall apply until the spouse obtains his/her first undergraduate degree.

Spousal tuition waiver shall be discontinued upon termination of the employee’s appointment. If such termination takes place after the second day of a semester, tuition will be waived only for the remainder of that semester.

D. VISITING SCHOLARS:

Visiting Scholars, such as those placed by the Fulbright Foundation, who are not entitled to a tuition waiver through an applicable CBA, and who provide teaching or research activities for the university, are eligible to receive a tuition waiver for up to six (6) graduate credits per semester

These waivers shall be requested by the respective Dean or Director, and approved at the discretion of the University President

5. DEFINITIONS:

A. Children:

1. Biological child
2. Legally-adopted children;
3. Step-children;
4. Court appointed legal ward

B. Employee:

A permanent, full-time faculty, staff and manager employed by Bloomsburg University.

C. Management Employee/Manager:

A non-represented employee in a position classified as “management” in accordance with applicable provisions of the State System’s Management Classification and Compensation Plan.

D. Spouse:

A legally married partner.

E. Termination:

The severance of the employer-employee relationship between the university and any of its employees whether by resignation, dismissal, retirement, retrenchment, furlough or otherwise.

F. Tuition:

A basic educational fee only.

G. Undergraduate degree:

A baccalaureate degree granted by any accredited university. An earned Associate degree does not diminish eligibility.