In any given academic year, running from fall to summer, an eligible employee may give their Tuition Assistance Benefit to an eligible dependent or split it between multiple dependents. Multiple dependents must use the same option, either Option-A Home Campus or Option-B Other Campus. Dependents cannot use different dependent options under the same employee's tuition assistance benefit. The benefit cannot be split between the employee and a dependent.

Dependent options

As part of the Intercampus Dependent Tuition Assistance Pilot Program, which runs through the 2019-2020 academic year, a dependent’s tuition assistance amount is determined by which campus they attend. See the table below for details.

Option A - Home Campus
Dependent attends the same campus where employee works
Option B - Other Campus
Dependent attends a CU campus other than the campus where the employee works

CU Colorado Springs, CU Denver, CU Anschutz: Eligible to waive up to 9 credits per academic year. 

CU Boulder:  Eligible to receive a 30 percent tuition discount each semester throughout the academic year.

System Administration:  If dependents attend CU Colorado Springs, CU Denver or CU Anschutz, they are eligible to waive up to 9 credits per academic year.  If they attend CU Boulder, they are eligible to receive a 30 percent tuition discount each semester throughout the academic year.

Dependents may take eligible undergraduate or graduate courses. 

All Campuses: The employee may receive $270 per credit hour for up to 9 credits ($2,430) per academic year to apply to their dependent’s tuition.

Dependents may take eligible undergraduate courses.

Watch our video on dependent tuition assistance options.

Tuition Assistance Benefit Highlights
FOR DEPENDENTS
Qualified dependents are spouses, common-law spouses, civil union or domestic partners and children up to age 27
  • Employees must waive their tuition benefit for the academic year to allow their dependents to use it.

  • Credits are counted from the fall semester through the following summer.

    • Credits can be used in one semester or over the year.

    • Unused credits do not carry over.

  • The dependent registers on their designated registration date.

  • Course exclusions: audits, study abroad, Continuing Education, Extended Studies, the min-MBA, the Execuitive MBA program, the One Year MBA program or CU Boulder's Part-Time, Evening MBA Program

  • For CU Anschutz, only Public Health and Nursing courses are eligible (except PUBH 6606 and PUBH 6955).

  • Student fees apply, and fees vary by campus.

  • The tuition assistance program may be subject to taxation and affects financial aid eligibility. 

  • For Colorado residents, each undergraduate student must apply for and authorize the College Opportunity Fund (COF) and pay the difference if COF is exhausted.