Tuition Remission Benefits for Your Dependent Children

Once you have satisfied the service requirements, each of your eligible unmarried dependent children may take up to eight semesters through the Tuition Remission Program, as long as they apply, are admitted to, and are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs at Boston University or as seniors at Boston University Academy. The amount of Tuition Remission benefits granted for their courses depends upon your length of eligible service with the University. Tuition Remission is not available for any graduate courses taken by dependent children.

If your employment ends before the first day of classes, your dependent will be required to pay full tuition for the courses taken that semester. If your employment ends before the last day of classes, your dependent’s benefits will continue until the end of the semester.

In the event your unmarried dependent children have received eight semesters of Tuition Remission benefits and need an additional semester to complete their undergraduate studies, it may be possible to repay the University for one semester of Tuition Remission benefits that were previously received in exchange for Tuition Remission benefits for a prospective semester. Please contact Human Resources for additional information regarding this provision.

Service Requirements

Your unmarried dependent children may receive 50% Tuition Remission for courses taken once you have completed four months of eligible service (i.e., continuous and full-time service) and:

  • If you were hired prior to January 1, 1995, they may receive 100% Tuition Remission for courses taken after you have completed 16 months of eligible service.
  • If you were hired on or after January 1, 1995, they may receive 90% Tuition Remission for courses taken after you have completed 16 months of eligible service.

Proof of Relationship Requirements

Full-time employees are eligible to receive Tuition Remission benefits only as employees. You are not eligible for additional benefits as a dependent child of another employee eligible for Tuition Remission benefits.

Proof of relationship to the employee must be provided for eligible unmarried dependent children. The employee must provide the following:

  • A copy of the dependent’s birth certificate, or
  • A copy of the adoption certification, or
  • A copy of the most recent tax return listing your dependent(s)

These documents will be kept in confidential files in Human Resources.

Age Limit for Your Dependent Children

Dependent children are no longer eligible for benefits under this program after the end of the semester in which they reach age 27. Exceptions to this provision include:

  • Military Service. For unmarried dependent children who are honorably discharged veterans, the period of eligibility will be extended beyond age 27 by the number of months of their military service, up to a maximum of 48 months.
  • Disability. Dependent children whose disabilities prevent them from completing undergraduate work within eight semesters by the time they reach age 27 must submit a written request for an extension of Tuition Remission eligibility to Human Resources.  A physician’s statement indicating diagnosis, period of disability, and prognosis must accompany the request, along with a letter of recommendation from BU Disability Services regarding the student status of your dependent child.