II. Educational Benefits
A. Tuition Grants
It is the policy of The University of Alabama to offer educational benefits and tuition grants to eligible members of its faculty. These programs deal only with tuition. Admission to the University must be obtained through the regular admission process.
The tuition grant entitles an eligible faculty member to full tuition reimbursement (100%) for up to three (3) hours at the standard on-campus in-state tuition rate, and one-half tuition reimbursement (50%) for all other hours, taken during an eligible enrollment period, or a prorated amount if the faculty member is appointed to a part-time (not temporary) position.
Eligible enrollment periods are the Fall semester, the Spring semester, the Interim Program and the Summer sessions.
Spouses and dependent children of eligible faculty members are entitled to one-half tuition reimbursement (50%) for all hours taken during an enrollment period, or a prorated amount if the faculty member is appointed to a part-time position.
Course-related fees, such as laboratory or equipment fees, are not covered by this policy and must be paid by the student.
1. Faculty Members Eligibility
a) Eligible faculty members are those who have been appointed to full-time positions or to regular (not temporary) part-time positions. Eligible part-time appointees are entitled to a prorated amount of the tuition reimbursement, depending on the FTE (full-time equivalency). For example, an eligible part-time appointee of .50 FTE would be entitled to one-half tuition reimbursement (50%) for up to three (3) credit hours and one-fourth tuition reimbursement (25%) for all other credit hours taken during an enrollment period.
b) The faculty member must be in an eligible employment status through the first day of class to receive a tuition grant for the semester.
c) An employee who becomes eligible for this benefit after the last official date of registration will not receive a grant until the following semester.
2. Dependents Eligibility
Spouses and dependent children of eligible faculty members may receive 50% tuition grants for all courses taken. This benefit is prorated if the sponsoring faculty member is a regular part-time employee.
a) Dependent children must be unmarried and under age 24 on the first day of classes.
b) Only one tuition grant per student will be awarded, even if there is more than one eligible faculty member in the family unit.
Eligible faculty members who wish to apply for tuition grants for themselves or their dependents should complete and submit the application for tuition grant to the Benefits Office at least one month prior to the academic term. Applications are available in the Benefits Office. Only one application per student is necessary for an entire academic year, which begins with the Fall semester and ends with the end of the last Summer session.
4. Terms and Conditions
a) Tuition grants approved for students who are later determined to be ineligible will be recalled, and appropriate charges will be billed on the student’s account. The employee bears the responsibility of notifying the Benefits Office of any information that would affect eligibility for a tuition grant.
b) This tuition reimbursement benefit applies to The University of Alabama only. We do not have a reciprocity agreement with the University of Alabama at Birmingham or with the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
c) All retirees of The University of Alabama maintain eligibility for this benefit if they were eligible on the last day of their employment. The dependents of eligible retired or deceased faculty members are entitled to the same tuition benefits as dependents of other faculty members.
d) Eligible faculty and dependents will receive the tuition grant as a credit applied to the enrolled student’s account maintained by the Office of Student Receivables.
e) The tuition grant will be granted, if eligibility criteria are met, regardless of any other source of funds (i.e. State of Alabama P.A.C.T. Plan, scholarships, federal financial aid, etc.) which may also be credited to the student’s account. Excess credit will be available for refund to the student.
f) For student financial aid purposes, the tuition grant is considered a financial resource which must be deducted from estimated financial need in accordance with Federal regulations. Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office if you need additional information.
g) Tuition grants may have tax implications. The Payroll Office can give you more information concerning this possible tax liability.
B. Library Privileges for Dependents
Dependents of faculty members (including retired or deceased faculty members) may use their Identification Cards (issued by the Student Services) to check out materials from University Libraries.