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AFT Spouse/Civil Union Partner Tuition Waiver Program Guidelines

AFT* Unit Members, CWA Unit Members, Confidential and Non-Unit Staff


A The dependent children, spouse, or party to a civil union with a unit employee who has been employed by the College/University for five (5) years shall be eligible for a tuition waiver program at the College/University where the unit member is employed provided:
1. The student fulfills the academic and administrative requirements for admissions.

2. Eligibility
a. Student must be a dependent child of the employee based upon IRS definitions, or a spouse of the employee, or a party to a civil union with the employee as defined by NJSA 37:1-29 et. al.
b. Student must apply for all available Federal and State grants and/or scholarships by submitting the FAFSA from each year. For students who receive financial aid, the grants and scholarships (gift aid) will be applied to tuition first. Private grants received and earmarked for “tuition only” also will be applied to tuition first. The University shall waive at least 40% of tuition not covered by the scholarships or grants.
c. Students must be matriculated, studying for their first baccalaureate degree and must remain in good academic standing in accordance with the College/University regulations.
d. If an employee dies while employed in an eligible position, and if his or her dependent child was admitted or enrolled under the program at the time of the employee’s death, he or she shall be eligible for the program until completion of the first baccalaureate degree. All policies and restrictions otherwise applicable to this tuition waiver will apply.
e. This program shall not affect existing locally negotiated dependent tuition program agreements, except to the extent the local agreement does not meet the minimum standards set forth in this article.

3. Benefits
Students shall receive at least 40% tuition waiver in a program leading to the first baccalaureate degree up to the number of credits required by the degree program for graduation.