Tuition Waiver

Tuition Waiver Program:

After six months of consecutive employment with the University, UCO offers a Tuition Waiver of up to $1,500 per academic year, limited to $750 per semester, to benefited employees or their dependents per the UCO policy.

If an employee or dependent has not depleted the benefit allocation for the fall and spring semesters, up to $750 of the remaining balance can be applied to summer coursework.

Waiting Period:

Eligibility for this benefit is effective after completion of six months of continuous permanent employment starting with the semester which begins after the six month waiting period is met.  Six months of continuous permanent employment must occur prior to the tuition due date.

Eligibility for Tuition Waiver:

  • Full-time employees who have completed the required waiting period
  • Retired UCO employees, who are eligible to audit coursework at UCO up to six hours per semester, but credit hours are not transferable.
  • The legal spouse of a full-time employee who has completed the required waiting period
    • Valid documentation for a spouse includes:
      • Marriage certificate
      • Most recent 1040A
  • The child(ren) of a full-time employee who has completed the required waiting period
    • The benefit is limited to children under the age of 26     
      • The child must be under the age of 26 on the tuition due date
    • Valid documentation for a child includes:
      • Birth Certificate
      • Court documents establishing legal guardianship
      • Most recent 1040A

How to apply the Tuition Waiver:

Applying Tuition Waiver to UCO Employee

  • Eligible employees using the tuition waiver benefit for themselves do not need to fill out an application. However, they must be enrolled in their classes at least 15 days prior to the tuition due date for the upcoming semester. The waiver will be automatically applied to the employees’ bursar accounts by the tuition due date.

Applying Tuition Waiver to a Dependent of UCO Employee: 

    • Marriage Certificate
    • Page 1 of most recent year’s 1040 tax form
  • Submit a copy to TuitionWaiverBenefit@uco.edu seven days prior to the tuition due date for consideration. Late applications and requests may be ineligible to recieve the benefit
  • Upon request, proof of dependent relationship and status must be resubmitted annually for all dependent children

Additional Requirements:

Employees who transfer their waiver to an eligible spouse or dependent must submit the Tuition Waiver Benefit application each semester to receive the benefit. 

Applications must be submitted seven days prior to the tuition due date for consideration.  Late applications and requests may be ineligible to receive the benefit. 

Waiver Guidelines:

The program waives the cost of tuition, but does not waive fees and other costs.  In addition, full-time employees enrolling in a class that meets during regular work hours must obtain approval from the designated department supervisor prior to enrollment. 

For more information, contact The Benefits Department: