Tuition Benefit

Tuition Benefit

A tuition benefit is available to eligible full-time employees and their spouse and children. Brief details are provided below.

Full-time Employees

Eligible full-time employees can receive a full tuition benefit. An employee must apply to the university as a student by the appropriate admission deadlines, and is subject to credit limits as follows:

  • six (6) credits per semester (Fall and Winter)
  • six (6) credits for Spring and Summer combined, with no more than four (4) in any single term

The tuition benefit will apply to the following types of classes for an employee:

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Graduate courses
  • Day*
  • Evening
  • Classes taken for audit
  • Conferences and Workshops (must be offered for credit)
  • Salt Lake Center courses (must be offered for credit)
  • Independent Study courses taken for university level credit (reimbursement after course completion)

Employees registered for any course that begins at 5pm or before must submit an "Employee Request for Class Attendance" form (Please find form attached to the bottom of this page)

Qualified retirees are eligible for the full tuition benefit the same as active employees, but are not subject to the semester credit limits.

Spouse of Employee

A spouse of an eligible full-time employee can receive a full tuition benefit once the employee either reaches the age of 30 OR has five years of FULL-TIME service with the university. The spouse must apply to the university as a student by the appropriate admission deadlines for consideration. 

The tuition benefit will apply to the following types of classes for a spouse:

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Graduate courses*
  • Day
  • Evening
  • Classes taken for audit
  • Conferences and Workshops (must be offered for credit)
  • Salt Lake Center courses (must be offered for credit)

*For a spouse in a graduate program the amount of the tuition benefit is taxable. Therefore, the employee must submit a "Tuition Taxation" form (attached at the bottom of this page) before each semester/term in which a spouse attends graduate courses. This sets up tax withholding on the employee's paycheck during each semester/term.

Children of Employee

Children of eligible full-time employees can receive a half tuition benefit once admitted to the university. The child must apply for admission to the university by the appropriate deadlines.

Once the child reaches any of the following limits, the tuition benefit will no longer be available:

  • age 30
  • bachelor's degree from any university
  • 152* total credits (including any from all CES universities)

* Once a student reaches 130 credits the Tuition Benefit is no longer automatically applied. This is to prompt the student to speak with the Benefit Services Tuition Specialist in order to plan accordingly as they approach the limit. Please call ext. 2-4496 for additional information. 

The tuition benefit will apply to the following types of classes for a child:

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Day
  • Evening
  • Classes taken for audit
  • Salt Lake Center courses (must be offered for credit)
  • BYU-Idaho
  • BYU-Hawaii
  • LDS Business College
  • Study Abroad
  • BYU Jerusalem Center

Steps to Take Classes

Step 1 - Admissions

All who wish to receive the tuition benefit -- including faculty, employees, spouses, and children -- must apply and be admitted to the university as a student. The admissions process is the same process for all students; there is no special admission process for employees, spouses, and children. Appropriate application deadlines will apply.  

However, there are several different types of admission that you can pursue.  Below is a list of the types and which office to contact for questions or assistance:

  • Seeking a Graduate Degree – Graduate Studies Office (801-422-4091 or graduatestudies.byu.edu)
  • Seeking an Undergraduate Degree – Admissions Office (801-422-5000 or apply.lds.org)
  • Post-Bacc Studies (already have a degree and want to take classes for credit without seeking a degree) – Admissions Office (801-422-5000 or apply.lds.org)
  • Evening Classes – Evening Classes Office (801-422-2872 or eveningclasses.byu.edu)
  • Audit Only Student (for day and evening classes) – Evening Classes Office (801-422-2872 or eveningclasses.byu.edu)

*Independent Study courses (employee only) – enroll in and pay for the course online at is.byu.edu. Then once you receive a final course grade, contact the Tuition Benefit Specialist for a reimbursement. You must have a final grade to receive a reimbursement.

**Conferences & Workshops courses (employee and spouse only) – enroll in the course online at ce.byu.edu or by calling 801-422-8925. The benefit will be applied during checkout. Call C&W Registration (801-422-8925) with any questions or issues.

Step 2 – Register for Class

After you are officially admitted, you’ll be allowed to register for the class(es) you want to take. This is usually done by logging into myBYU and selecting “Register for Classes” in the School section of myBYU. If you have questions or need assistance with registering, contact the Registrar’s Office at 801-422-2631.

If the system does not allow you to register for classes, that usually indicates an issue with your admission status. Go back to step 1 and contact the correct office for help.

Additionally, registering for audit courses is different than the regular method. Please contact the Evening Classes office (801-422-2872) for questions or assistance.

Step 3 – Tuition Benefit is Applied

The tuition benefit will automatically pay for the tuition charge in the following situations:

  • Employees – if all classes are after 5:00pm
  • Spouse – if not pursuing a graduate degree
  • Children – if child's total number of credits ("graded hours") are less than130.

The tuition benefit needs to be approved and applied manually by the Benefits Office for the following situations:

  • Employees – any class starts at or before 5:00pm. Will need to complete “Employee Request for Class Attendance” form (attached below) and submit to the Benefits Office
  • Spouse – if in a graduate program. Employee will need to complete “Tuition Taxation” form (attached below) and submit to the Benefits Office
  • Children – if child's total number of credits ("graded hours") are more than 130, contact the Tuition Benefit Specialist (2-4496 or benefits@byu.edu) to have benefit applied.

For questions, please contact the Tuition Benefit Specialist at 801-422-4496 or benefits@byu.edu.

Please review the Tuition Benefit Policy and Tuition Benefit Procedures for more information on eligibility, qualifications, exclusions, taxation, and other special situations.

Benefits Services
D-240 ASB
Provo, UT 84062
(801) 422-4716
benefits_assistant@byu.edu

 

Attached Documents
employee_request_for_class_attendance.pdf
taxation_of_byu_tuition_benefit.pdf