Tuition Benefits

Willamette University believes in the value of education, whether for self-improvement, social advancement, or as a means for improving knowledge, skills, and abilities for success at work. One of the many outstanding benefits afforded to full-time employees of Willamette University is our Tuition Remission and Exchange program.

Tuition Benefits for Employees

Become a Bearcat! As a benefit eligible employee, you are eligible after six (6) months of service for undergraduate course work and after three (3) years of service for graduate coursework. Tuition remission is provided for one course per semester at 100% and any additional courses at 50%. You must go through the full admission process and be admitted to the school subject to regular admission standards.

The tuition remission program is non-taxable for undergraduate coursework, and non-taxable for graduate coursework up to the IRS limit of $5,250 per calendar year. Graduate tuition benefits provided in excess of $5,250 in the tax year are accounted as a taxable benefit to employees such that they will need to pay taxes on these amounts as if they received the dollar value of the benefit in cash. Taxability FAQ

Tuition Benefits for Dependent Children

Send your child to Willamette! Your dependent children are eligible to take advantage of tuition remission or exchange after you complete five (5) years of full-time service. Service credit is avalible for your service at other institutions of higher education. Your children can receive Willamette's full tuition for eight (8) semesters of undergraduate education. Your children must go through the full admission process and be admitted to the school subject to regular admission standards. Age and dependency limits apply.

Willamette also provides the option of receiving this benefit through participation in the national Tuition Exchange program and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Tuition Remission Exchange (TRE) program. A 15% participation fee based on the mean tuition charge of participating schools must be paid by the student to the GLCA. Combined, these exchange programs provide options for tuition benefits for dependent children at over 600 schools throughout the U.S.

Tuition Benefits for Spouse/Partner

Would your spouse/partner like to go to Willamette? Willamette University also provides tuition benefits for attendance in Willamette's undergraduate College of Liberal Arts for spouse/partner of employees. These benefits are provided on the same terms as those provided to employees, one class (up to 4 hours/week) per semester/term at 100% tuition remission and any additional courses at 50% of tuition. Tuition remission for graduate program courses are not available to spouse/partners.

Tax Free Dependent Child & Spouse/Partner Tuition Benefits

Tuition exchange for dependent children is a tax free benefit, however, it is critical that the student maintain dependency status under the parent/employee's tax returns during the full period of receipt of benefits. Undergraduate tuition remission for spouse/partners is likewise tax free.