COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
DEPENDENT TUITION REDUCTION BENEFIT
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Issued: August 8, 2008
General Description: Dependents of eligible employees may attend the Colorado
School of Mines at a reduced tuition rate. The amount of the tuition reduction under this
benefit is up to 50% of in-state tuition as defined in the procedures below. In
compliance with I.R.S. rules, the benefit applies to undergraduates only.
Definition of Dependent – This benefit is available to children of eligible employees
(through the semester in which the dependent turns 24 who meet the I.R.S. definition of
dependent). In general, this means that the dependent must be: a natural born child,
legally adopted child, or step-child for whom a dependent exemption can be claimed on
the employee’s federal income tax. The School may request documentary proof of the
Amount of Benefit – Up to 50% of in-state tuition for attendance at the Colorado
School of Mines, undergraduate hours only, capped at 145 hours. However, when the
dependent completes the course requirements for graduation, irrespective of whether
the dependent applies for graduation, the benefit ceases. Please note, the benefit will
be pro-rated to the employee’s percent of full time for part time eligible employees.
Full Time Status – In order to qualify for this benefit, the dependent must be enrolled
as a full time student and taking course work that meets the School’s definition of full
time student (12 credit hours per fall or spring semester, 6 credit hours for summer
session). If an otherwise eligible student falls below the full time threshold (as of the
census date for the semester), the student will not be eligible for the benefit in that
semester. Full time status for field session will be determined by the student’s status in
the immediately preceding spring semester.
Eligibility – Dependents (as defined above) of eligible employees may be eligible for
this tuition reduction benefit. To be an eligible employee, the employee must be
employed on the first day of the semester in a benefits eligible position and meet one of
the following conditions: be an academic faculty member employed as an Instructor,
Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor for at
least a 50% assignment for the full academic year; be a classified employee or an
administrative faculty member regularly employed for at least the academic year for at
least a 50% assignment; or be a research faculty member employed for at least the
academic year (or its equivalent length of time) with a 50% assignment and a salary
equivalent to the rank of his or her appointment.
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If the employee leaves CSM eligible employment during the semester, the dependent
will not be eligible for the tuition reduction in subsequent semesters.
None of the above eligible groups of employees includes employees whose
employment is temporary. Adjunct faculty, temporary classified, temporary
administrative or temporary research faculty are not eligible for this benefit regardless of
the duration of their employment or their percent of assignment. Retirees are not
eligible for this benefit.
Requirement to apply for College Opportunity Fund (COF) – In order to receive this
benefit, dependents must apply for COF (within the deadlines established by the
Registrar’s Office in order to allow the Registrar’s Office to determine eligibility prior to
the start of the semester). The tuition benefit will be 50% of the remaining tuition after
all other scholarships have been applied. In accordance with I.R.S. rules, this benefit
may only be applied to tuition; it cannot be used for books, fees, housing, etc.
Standing – Dependents must satisfy the School’s requirements for admission and must
maintain satisfactory academic progress and standards of scholarship and conduct.
Students who do not maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the
Financial Aid Office will not be eligible for further tuition benefits until their academic
standing has improved to the point at which they are meeting the satisfactory academic
progress standards. Irrespective of academic standing, students who otherwise fail to
remain in good standing with the School will not be eligible for the dependent tuition
benefit. If the student is suspended or dismissed from school during an academic
semester, the dependent tuition reduction will be removed and the full amount of tuition
for that semester will be owed by the suspended or dismissed student.
Withdrawal from all classes – Students who withdraw from all classes after the end of
the course add/drop period will have their benefit subject to a reduction according to the
School’s official refund policy.
Application – In order to be eligible, application must be made no later than the first
day of the semester for which the dependent will be requesting the benefit. Late
applications will not be accepted.
Coursework – Only courses that are part of the dependent’s undergraduate degree
program are eligible for the benefit.
Non-eligible fees – Lab fees, books, computing fees, special course fees, etc. are not
eligible under this benefit.
Appeals – Employees or students who have been determined to be ineligible for the
Dependent Tuition Reduction Benefit may appeal this decision. Appeals regarding the
eligibility of employees for the benefit or dependent status must be made to the
Associate Vice President for Human Resources. Appeals regarding student eligibility
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must be made to the Director of Financial Aid. Appeals must be in writing and must
clearly specify the basis for the appeal. Appeals must be made within 30 days of the
first day of the semester to which the decision that is being appealed applies. Appeals
filed after this day will not be accepted. The decisions of the AVP-HR or the Director of
Financial Aid are final.
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