November 20-21, 2003


ITEM 121-104-R1103����������������� Tuition Waivers for Dependents� (New)


THAT:�������������������������������������� During FY 2005 only, effective beginning with the 2004 summer session, employees of the Montana University System will be eligible for a partial tuition waiver benefit for their dependents.� This program shall be piloted during FY 2005 in order to better assess the future financial and other implications of implementing such a benefit on a permanent basis.


EXPLANATION:����������������������� Employee/Dependent Eligibility:� Employees must be employed at least � time for five or more consecutive years before being eligible for a dependent tuition waiver benefit.� Employees who utilize the faculty and staff tuition waiver are not eligible for a dependent tuition waiver during the same academic term.� Only one dependent may utilize the dependent tuition waiver in an academic term.� A dependent includes the employee�s spouse, and financially dependent children as defined by the Internal Revenue Code who are unmarried and under age 25.� This benefit shall only apply to employees included in a bargaining unit after it has been incorporated in a ratified collective bargaining agreement.

Dependent Tuition Waiver Benefit:� The tuition waiver benefit for dependents shall be for 50% of the residential tuition.� In no case may registration, course fees or any other mandatory or miscellaneous fees be waived.� Dependents may utilize the tuition waiver benefit to take courses at a college of technology or in any other two-year or certificate programs and to obtain a first undergraduate degree at any unit of the university system.� Dependents may not use the tuition waiver benefit to attend law school or obtain a graduate degree.� The tuition waiver does not apply to non-credit, continuing education or other self-supporting courses.