Employment, Workplace Rules, Benefits and Governmental Notices
Education Benefits, Supplemental Dependent Tuition
ScopeCertain employees identified by Human Resources
Policy StatementSUPPLEMENTAL POLICY
Dependent Tuition Benefits could, in certain circumstances, be subject to taxes. If such circumstances are present, the University will withhold whatever taxes are required by applicable law.
An approved leave of absence, whether paid or unpaid, which is obtained in accordance with applicable University policies, will not affect eligibility for Dependent Tuition Benefits unless the leave of absence results in the termination of all benefits eligibility with the University. Any eligible student enrolled in classes at the point of termination of benefits eligibility may complete the courses in which he or she is enrolled that semester. Tuition and fees for classes taken in subsequent semesters will be the responsibility of the student.
Termination of benefits eligible employment will result in immediate termination of all Dependent Tuition Benefits (except to the extent the Office of Human Resources provides otherwise in writing). Any eligible student enrolled in classes during the semester in which the termination occurs may complete the courses in which he or she is enrolled that semester. Tuition and fees for classes taken in subsequent semesters will be the responsibility of the student.
Retirement, long term disability, or death
Upon retirement, death or long-term disability of an eligible employee whose eligible dependent is matriculated and actively using Dependent Tuition Benefits, the Dependent Tuition Benefit will continue under the original terms of the individual program until completed. To qualify for Dependent Tuition Benefits for eligible dependents not yet matriculated and actively using the Dependent Tuition Benefit at the time of death, retirement, or "long-term disability" (as that term is defined by the Office of Human Resources), the eligible employee must have seven (7) years of continuous full-time employment, or the equivalent for part-time employees, prior to his or her change in employment status. Hours counted toward the equivalency requirement would include all hours up to 40 hours per week. The Office of Human Resources reserves the right to make such exceptions to these requirements, in writing, as are determined to be in the best interest of the University.
Dependent Tuition Eligible dependents receive full tuition for matriculated undergraduate study only at Syracuse University, University College, or Utica College. Limited to the number of credits required for his/her first baccalaureate degree. Summer Session courses are available under the Dependent Tuition Program to those eligible students matriculated into Syracuse University, University College, or Utica College.
Eligible dependents receive tuition for full-time undergraduate study at another member institution of Tuition Exchange, Inc. leading to the first baccalaureate degree. Limited to a maximum of eight semesters. Tuition is not guaranteed at any of the participating member colleges. Tuition Exchange scholarships are awarded by the participating member institutions according to their own criteria. The value and duration of each award may be restricted. Summer Session courses are not available under the Tuition Exchange program, except for qualifying study abroad programs (see Supplemental Policy #5).
Eligible dependents receive up to $1250 per semester for a total of eight semesters of full tuition for matriculated full-time studies leading to the first baccalaureate degree. Summer Session courses are not available under the Cash Grant program, except for qualifying study abroad programs (see Supplemental Policy #5).
Transferring between programs
Changing programs within SU: Eligible students transferring from one degree program and/or school or college within Syracuse University to another will be eligible for the number of credit hours required to complete the undergraduate degree program to which the student has transferred less the number of credit hours already used under the Dependent Tuition Program since matriculation, even though some of the pre-transfer credits may not be applicable to the new degree.
Transferring from another institution to SU: For eligible students transferring from another institution to SU, the value of the Dependent Tuition Benefit shall be the number of total credit hours required for completion of the SU undergraduate degree program to which the student is admitted LESS those credits accepted by SU from other institutions toward the completion of the new degree program.
Transferring from either the Cash Grant or Tuition Exchange programs to SU: For an eligible transferring student who was the recipient of either Cash Grant or Tuition Exchange Benefits while studying at another institution, the value of the Dependent Tuition Benefits shall be the number of credits required to complete the SU undergraduate degree program to which the student was admitted LESS 12 credit hours for each semester of benefit used under the Cash Grant or Tuition Exchange program OR the number of transferred credits accepted by SU, whichever is greater.
Transferring from SU to another institution under either Tuition Exchange or Cash Grant programs: The eligible student allotment will be eight semesters LESS the number of semesters used under the Dependent Tuition Benefit program at SU.
As is the case with all of its employee benefits, the University reserves the right to amend or terminate these benefits at any time and from time to time, and retains the discretion to construe any ambiguity or uncertainty that might arise with respect to this policy.
Supplemental Dependent Tuition Benefits Eligibility Policy
Syracuse University Employees
Syracuse University employees eligible for Dependent Tuition Benefits under the Supplemental Policy are:
Under the Dependent Tuition Program for enrollment in Syracuse University, University College, or Utica College, eligible Syracuse University employees whose eligibility date (as specified by the Office of Human Resources in writing) falls after June 1 but before January 1 will be granted the benefit for the fall semester. Eligible employees whose eligibility date (as specified by the Office of Human Resources in writing) falls on or between January 1 and June 1 will be granted the benefit for the spring semester.
Under the Cash Grant and Tuition Exchange programs, if the eligible Syracuse University employee's eligibility date (as specified by the Office of Human Resources in writing) falls after the first day of classes the Dependent Tuition Benefit does not begin until the following semester.
Former employees eligible for Dependent Tuition Benefits under the Supplemental Policy are those who have been designated by the Office of Human Resources in writing as being eligible to participate in the Supplemental Policy.
As is noted at the beginning of this Supplemental Policy (see Supplemental Policy #1), eligibility for Dependent Tuition Benefits under this Supplemental Policy shall cease when a covered employee or covered former employee satisfies the eligibility requirements for dependent tuition benefits under the General Policy.
The dependents of eligible employees and former employees who have met the eligibility requirements specified above (such eligible employees and former employees shall be referred to as "Participants") are eligible for Dependent Tuition Benefits under the Supplemental Policy, provided such dependents 1) are unmarried, 2) are registered as full-time students prior to their 25th birthday, and 3) satisfy the requirements listed below during the applicable year.
Eligible dependent means:
Prior to each such child enrolling for the University's Dependent Tuition Benefits ("Benefits") and at such other times as are specified by the Office of Human Resources, the Participant certifies on the University's "Certification of Dependent Status" form ("Certification Form") that he or she:
An eligible dependent will not be eligible for Benefits beyond age 25; except that, if the dependent reaches his or her 25th birthday during a semester while registered for, and attending, classes as a full-time student, such dependent will be allowed to complete that semester. Benefits for eligible dependents who are age 24 or older could, in certain circumstances, be taxable.
An eligible dependent must also satisfy such other dependent requirements as are specified by the Office of Human Resources.
Full-Time Student Status
An eligible dependent is a full-time student if he or she is:
While spouses/eligible same-sex domestic partners are not considered dependents under IRS regulations, they may qualify for Dependent Tuition Benefits under this Supplemental Policy if the spouse/eligible same-sex domestic partner:
Links to Procedures and Related Information
Date: February 2006
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