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Tuition Benefits

The University of Rochester offers several tuition benefits to regular full-time faculty and regular full-time and part-time staff in order to provide you and your eligible family members with the opportunity to pursue an affordable college education.

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Plan-at-a-Glance

Eligibility

(Individuals represented by collective bargaining agreements receive benefits in accordance with those agreements)

Regular Full-Time Faculty/Staff: Upon completion of 1 year of full-time service

Regular Part-Time Staff: Upon completion of 2 years of part-time service

  • Regular Part-Time Faculty and Part-Time Senior Administrative Staff in Salary Grades 58 and above are not eligible for tuition benefits
  • Full-time Strong Memorial Hospital Residents and Fellows and full-time Departmental Fellows are eligible upon appointment for tuition waiver of two credit-bearing courses per semester or quarter only at the University of Rochester.

Regular Full-Time Faculty/Staff

The employee tuition waiver benefit is based on the current salary* (see salary bands below) of the full-time faculty/staff member at the beginning of each relevant period (e.g. semester/quarter) for up to two credit-bearing courses taken at the University of Rochester, if such course is deemed by the employee’s immediate supervisor either to be related to the employee’s job at the University or part of a degree plan that would prepare the employee for a future job within the University.**

Regular Part-Time Staff

The employee tuition waiver benefit is based on the current salary** (see salary bands below) of the part-time staff member at the beginning of each relevant period (e.g. semester/quarter) for one credit-bearing course taken at the University of Rochester, if such course is deemed by the employee’s immediate supervisor either to be related to the employee’s job at the University or part of a degree plan that would prepare the employee for a future job within the University.^

Salary Bands

Regular Full-Time Faculty/Staff and Part-Time Staff Earning: <$50,000
(Employee Tuition Salary Band 1):

  • 95% Tuition Waiver

Regular Full-Time Faculty/Staff and Part-Time Staff Earning: $50,000-$124,000
(Employee Tuition Salary Band 2):

  • 90% Tuition Waiver

Regular Full-Time Faculty/Staff and Part-Time Staff Earning: >$124,000
(Employee Tuition Salary Band 3):

  • 80% Tuition Waiver

The annual index for the salary bands are based on changes in the national average wages as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Full-time Strong Memorial Hospital Residents and Fellows and Full-time Departmental Fellows will receive the 95% Tuition Waiver Benefit.

For Other Courses

70% tuition waiver for two credit-bearing courses (one for part-time staff) per semester/quarter.**

Eastman Community Music School

Upon completion of one year of full-time service or two years of part-time service, regular full-time faculty and regular full-time and part-time staff are eligible for a 25% reduction in charges for musical instruction through the Eastman Community Music School.

How to Apply

Complete an Employee Tuition Waiver Application and submit it to the Office of Total Rewards no later than 30 days from the start of the course(s).

The University reserves the right to modify, amend or terminate the Employee Tuition Waiver Benefit at any time. This document provides only a summary of the main features of the plan. Detailed information on the benefit plans is available on the Total Rewards website Rochester.edu/totalrewards A paper copy of this information is available for free from the Office of Total Rewards.

*For an hourly-paid staff member, annual salary is standard annual hours times the hourly rate of pay; for a salaried faculty or staff member, annual salary is 12 times the regular monthly salary or 24 times the regular semi-monthly salary. For faculty members under the School of Medicine and Dentistry Master Clinical Faculty Compensation Plan, annual salary means “Targeted Salary.”

**Active employment in an eligible status must be maintained through the completion of the course and the faculty or staff member must successfully complete the course. If these criteria are not met, the faculty or staff member will be responsible for the payment of the course and any related late fees.

Tuition Benefits Service Credit Form
At the University of Rochester, the service requirement for the tuition benefits plan may be met by service at another college, university or U of R affiliated teaching hospital, as well as service at a member of the controlled group of the University that offered a tuition benefit plan for which the faculty or staff member was eligible. To receive credit for such prior service, please complete the Tuition Benefits Service Credit Form and return to the Office of Total Rewards (PO Box 270453 or TuitionBenefits@ur.rochester.edu) as soon as possible.


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Plan-at-a-Glance

Eligibility

(Individuals represented by collective bargaining agreements receive benefits in accordance with those agreements)

Regular Full-Time Faculty/Staff: Upon completion of 1 year of full-time service

  • Regular Part-Time Faculty/Staff are not eligible for tuition reimbursement benefits.

Regular Full-Time Faculty/Staff

70% tuition reimbursement for up to two courses (including approved non-credit courses and certification/recertification exams) in each relevant semester or quarter, if such course is directly related to the employee’s job at the University*

In no instance is an employee eligible for tuition reimbursement of more than a total of 2 courses/certification/recertification exams per semester or quarter.

How to Apply

Complete an Employee Tuition Reimbursement Application and submit it to the Office of Total Rewards no later than 30 days from the start of the course(s).

Payment of Tuition Reimbursement

Within 90 days of successful course/exam completion, applicable course/exam documentation (i.e. grade report, proof of cost and payment) must be submitted to the Office of Total Rewards.

The University reserves the right to modify, amend or terminate the Employee Tuition Reimbursement Benefit at any time. This document provides only a summary of the main features of the plan. Detailed information on the benefit plans is available on the Total Rewards website Rochester.edu/totalrewards. A paper copy of this information is available for free from the Office of Total Rewards.

* Active employment in an eligible status must be maintained through the completion of the course and the faculty or staff member must successfully complete the course. If these criteria are not met, the faculty or staff member will be responsible for the payment of the course and any related late fees.

Tuition Benefits Service Credit Form
At the University of Rochester, the service requirement for the tuition benefits plan may be met by service at another college, university or U of R affiliated teaching hospital, as well as service at a member of the controlled group of the University that offered a tuition benefit plan for which the faculty or staff member was eligible. To receive credit for such prior service, please complete the Tuition Benefits Service Credit Form and return to the Office of Total Rewards (PO Box 270453 or TuitionBenefits@ur.rochester.edu) as soon as possible.


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Plan-at-a-Glance

Eligibility Dependent Child Tuition Waiver

Regular full-time faculty/staff* with at least 10 years of full-time service completed whose child is a first-time, first-year, matriculating freshman student at the University of Rochester

The University of Rochester will provide a tuition waiver equal to the difference between the stated full undergraduate tuition cost at the applicable UR school or college and the full undergraduate tuition cost for New York State residents for Baccalaureate Degree programs at SUNY colleges, for up to four years of undergraduate study, not to exceed a total of 8 semesters or 12 quarters (including summer semesters or quarters). Tuition Benefits will be pro-rated for part-time study.**

Regular full-time faculty/staff* with at least 5 years of full-time service completed

Service will be prorated for faculty/staff members who have changed status from part-time to full-time or vice versa

The University of Rochester will provide a tuition waiver equal to 50% of the stated full undergraduate tuition cost at the applicable UR school or college, for up to four years of undergraduate study, not to exceed a total of 8 semesters or 12 quarters (including summer semesters or quarters). Tuition Benefits will be pro-rated for part-time study.**

Regular part-time staff* with at least 6 years of part-time service completed

Service will be prorated for faculty/staff members who have changed status from part-time to full-time or vice versa

The University of Rochester will provide a tuition waiver equal to 25% of the stated full undergraduate tuition cost at the applicable UR school or college for up to four years of undergraduate study, not to exceed a total of 8 semesters or 12 quarters (including summer semesters or quarters). Tuition Benefits will be pro-rated for part-time study.**

Eastman Community Music School

Children of regular full-time faculty and regular full-time and part-time staff are eligible for a 25% reduction in charges for musical instruction through the Eastman Community Music School after the completion of one year of full-time service or two years of part-time service.

How to Apply

Apply online by logging into HRMS (www.rochester.edu/people) using your Net ID and follow the path "Self Service > Benefits > Tuition > Apply > Dependent Tuition Waiver."

The combination of any merit award(s) and tuition benefits may not exceed tuition. Any tuition benefit will be part of the needs-based calculation.

The University reserves the right to modify, amend or terminate the Dependent Children Tuition Waiver Benefit at any time. This document provides only a summary of the main features of the plan. Detailed information on the benefit plans is available on the Total Rewards website Rochester.edu/totalrewards. A paper copy of this information is available for free from the Office of Total Rewards.


*Regular full-time and regular part-time (appointed to work at least 17.5 hours or more per week) staff who are members of SEIU 1199 Upstate-SMH and SEIU Local 200 United-River Campus are eligible for tuition benefits for dependent children

- Regular part-time faculty and senior administrative staff in salary grades 58 and above are not eligible for tuition benefits.

- Children of Strong Memorial Hospital Residents and Fellows and children of Departmental Fellows are not eligible for tuition benefits.


**The dependent child tuition benefit is available only while the employee is actively employed in an eligible status. Should employment cease (or eligibility otherwise cease) during a semester/quarter, the benefit will be prorated for that semester/quarter.

Tuition Benefits Service Credit Form
At the University of Rochester, the service requirement for the tuition benefits plan may be met by service at another college, university or U of R affiliated teaching hospital, as well as service at a member of the controlled group of the University that offered a tuition benefit plan for which the faculty or staff member was eligible. To receive credit for such prior service, please complete the Tuition Benefits Service Credit Form and return to the Office of Total Rewards (PO Box 270453 or TuitionBenefits@ur.rochester.edu) as soon as possible.