Internal Tuition Benefits
Internal Tuition Benefits for Employees
Eligible employees may receive free or prorated tuition for undergraduate course work on a credit or non-credit basis at Skidmore College, subject to the following conditions:
- Employees may enroll in one course per semester during work hours. When the course is offered during the employee’s normal work schedule, a written request must be submitted to the supervisor. Courses taken outside of work hours do not require a supervisor’s approval.
- Employees must complete the appropriate Tuition Request form prior to enrollment in any class. Forms are available on the HR website.
- Employees are admitted into a course on a space-available basis after the regular registration period.
- The registration fee, cost of private instruction (for example, music lessons), laboratory fees, activity fees, and other special fees must be paid by the employee.
- If an employee transfers to part-time employment or leaves Skidmore before the course is completed, the tuition benefit will terminate at the end of the semester.
- If an employee retires, the tuition benefit will continue.
Internal Tuition Benefits for Dependents
Skidmore provides a benefit of up to 100% of tuition cost for dependents (spouse or qualified domestic partner and legally dependent children) of eligible employees, after three years of continuous full-time service. Registration fees, cost of private instruction, laboratory fees, activity fees, and other special fees are not included in the tuition benefit. This benefit is subject to the following conditions:
- At the time the tuition benefit is granted, the recipient must be the spouse, qualified domestic partner, or legal dependent of an employee who meets the criteria for the tuition benefit. For purposes of this policy, “legally dependent children” are those who qualify as dependents under the IRS code or are named to receive support for education in either a separation agreement or court-issued divorce decree.
- Dependents must apply for admission in the normal sequence and according to published admissions standards and deadlines.
- Non-matriculated dependents may take courses on a credit or non-credit basis in any semester without payment of tuition provided that the course is open after the regular registration period. To register for special student status through the Registrar’s office, the dependent student must pay registration, applicable lab, and activity fees.
- Employees must complete the appropriate Tuition Request form prior to a dependent’s enrollment. Forms are available on the HR website.
- Dependents must apply for all eligible financial aid available to the student from state or federal sources through the Financial Aid office in order to receive the Skidmore tuition benefit.
- In the event of death of an employee who held regular full-time employment at Skidmore for at least six years preceding death, the tuition benefit will continue for eligible dependents and/or spouse or qualified domestic partner.
- If the employee terminates or resigns from employment while his or her dependent is enrolled, the tuition benefit will terminate at the end of the semester.
- Cost of private instruction, laboratory fees, activity and other special fees, and room and board, are not included under the tuition benefit policy.
- Dependents eligible for the tuition benefit may be resident students at their own expense either on a space-available basis (after all other students have been assigned housing) or if they have been selected as head residents or resident assistants.
Who is eligible for the internal tuition benefits?
Eligible employees are included in this benefit upon hire. Their dependents are included in this benefit after three years of continuous eligible service. For purpose of this policy, dependents are your spouse or qualified domestic partner and their legally dependent children, or your legally dependent children. “Legally dependent” means children claimed on the employee's federal income tax return (or domestic partner’s federal income tax return) or named to receive support for education in either a separation agreement or divorce decree issued by a court.
Eligible Employment Categories
- Regular full-time in at least a nine-month appointment
- Regular part-time in a twelve-month appointment with at least 1,365 hours per year
- Temporary full-time in at least a nine-month appointment
- Full-time regular union employees
- Approved shared appointments are eligible for a prorated benefit.
- Retirees of the College
- Full-time union employees