Tuition Waiver for Children of Seven-Year Employees

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[The following was approved by the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University on May 14, 1998 and appears as SIU Board of Trustees 4 Policies A.6.f.] Per current Board Policy, the following was approved by the Chancellor on August 26, 2004.

Interinstitutional Undergraduate Tuition Waiver

Eligibility: As required by 110 Illinois Compiled Statute 520/8f, the applicant for this benefit must be under the age of 25 at the commencement of any academic year in which the benefit is claimed, must qualify for admission to the university under its usual rules, and must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward graduation (as defined in university Financial Aid rules) in order to claim the benefit in each following year.

Duration: The tuition waiver will be granted for a total of 130 semester hours. The parent must be a seven-year employee, as defined below, of a qualifying institution at the time each term's benefit is claimed. Subsequent terms need not be consecutive. The benefit is not applicable for non-credit or graduate or professional studies.

Amount: The maximum amount of waiver any student may receive under this program shall be 50% of the tuition for the number of credit hours in which the student is enrolled. Fees other than tuition are not affected.

Ownership: The statute grants the tuition waiver to the student, who consequently has sole control of it unless under some legal disability. The benefit will therefore be granted upon application of any eligible student for any school term within the duration of the waiver.

In the administration of the 110 Illinois Compiled Statute 520/8f, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth:

  1. Employing Institution: The university where the employee is actively employed at the time the partial tuition waiver is utilized.
  2. Employment at Illinois University:  Employment at any of the designated universities specified in 110 Illinois Compiled Statute 520/8f including all campus and office locations under the present or former jurisdiction of Illinois senior public university governing boards including the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.
  3. Employment Eligibility: Eligibility for the 50% tuition waiver benefit is conditioned upon the parent being employed, and having seven or more full years of total (consecutive or non-consecutive) university employment, as of the first day of the academic term or semester (in accordance with the academic calendar where the student is enrolled) for which the tuition waiver benefit would apply. Employment among different universities shall be cumulative in terms of fulfilling the seven year requirement. For purposes of eligibility standards, university employment must be a full-time-equivalent rate of 50% or more in a SURS-eligible appointment capacity. An eligible child of an employee who is on approved leave of absence, and not on permanent layoff status, at the time of application for the benefit shall be authorized for participation consistent with the public act.
  4. Employment: Employment shall be defined as 50% time or greater over a minimum of seven academic years under the jurisdiction of Illinois senior public university governing boards (as defined above) in a capacity that is eligible for participation in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). Eligibility for participation with SURS includes employees with appointments (excluding extra-help, graduate assistants and student workers) of 4 months or greater. Employees who complete a 9-month appointment comprising a full academic year for purposes of benefits eligibility shall receive the full-year service credit so long as this appointment was made on a 50% or greater basis.
  5. Child: Subject to the eligibility provisions of 110 Illinois Compiled Statute 520/8f, an eligible child include the natural, adoptive, or step child of the employee.

Appropriate documentation may be required by the Human Resources department of the employing campus.

Southern Illinois University Undergraduate Tuition Waiver

In addition to the Interinstitutional tuition waiver benefit listed above, a waiver will be extended to eligible children of a seven year employee of Southern Illinois University who has retired or who is on permanent layoff status, and to the natural or adopted children of a domestic partner, who is not an employee at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Subject to the requirements listed above, an eligible child will be entitled to a 50% waiver of the undergraduate tuition for the number of credit hours in which the student is enrolled at Southern Illinois University.