The University of Colorado tuition benefit program provides
a waiver of tuition for up to 9 credit hours per year. The 9 credit hours can
be used against tuition on a space-available basis, and registration must take
place on the first day of classes for the tuition to be waived.
The tuition benefit is available only to faculty members and
other eligible staff members who are employed by the University of Colorado and
who hold full-time (at least 0.5 FTE) appointments. The tuition credit may be used
for most undergraduate or graduate credit-granting courses. The tuition credit
may not be used for Continuing Education, Extended Studies, or the Executive or
11-Month MBA programs.
Supervisor approval is not required to use the tuition
benefit. Supervisor approval for class attendance during normal work hours is
required (as for any absence), but class attendance does not have to be
documented in HRMS or CU-SIS.
Employees may use the 9 credit hours on any University of
Tuition Waiver for Dependents
Employees may distribute some or all the tuition credits to
eligible dependents. However, dependents may only use the credit hours on the
campus where the employee works, and only for undergraduate (1000-4000 level) credit-granting
courses. Dependents of CU Denver employees can use the credits at either the
Denver or Anschutz Medical Campus.
Faculty and staff members have pointed out repeatedly that
the tuition benefit program still has too many restrictions and is not
competitive with tuition benefits available at peer universities. For example,
as noted above, faculty members and dependents can only use the tuition credit
if they register on the first day of classes and only on a space-available
basis. Also, undergraduate-level courses at CU Boulder are not available to
dependents of Anschutz Medical Campus-based faculty members. The tuition
benefit is even more limited for dependents of Boulder-based faculty.
University of Colorado system officials, and various campus faculty and staff
councils, are continuing to discuss options to strengthen the tuition benefit
and view step-by-step application instructions.