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Northwest Missouri State University


Reduced Tuition

Full-time, regular employees and their dependents are eligible for a reduced tuition after the employee has been employed by Northwest for one year.

Employees

Employees must have been employed by Northwest at least 1/2 time in a regular position at least one year on the first class day.

Employees who enroll in University courses after one year of service will receive a fee reduction of 100% which will apply toward Northwest tuition only. The percent will be pro-rated if the employee is part-time. Employees will be responsible for the technology and textbook fees.

Full-time, regular employee may request release time from work with class time not to exceed 96 clock hours per year (July 1 through June 30). This course work should be related to the individual's job skills and is subject to the approval of the individual's supervisor. Employees may take an unlimited number of courses if they are held during non-working hours, with the exception that a full-time employee may not exceed six graduate hours per semester. Office hours are not to be used for class preparation.

If an employee ends employment, or withdraws before the end of any enrolled trimester, the employee will reimburse Northwest the full amount of any fee reduction received that trimester.

Dependents

Dependents are classified as any spouse, child/stepchild/adopted child who has been claimed as a dependent on an employee's federal income tax return for the past calendar year. Dependents who enroll in University courses after one year of the employee's service will receive a fee reduction of 50% which will apply toward tuition only. The percent will be pro-rated if the employee is part-time.

If the qualifying parent ends employment or the student withdraws before the end of any enrolled trimester, the employee will reimburse Northwest the full amount of any fee reduction received by the dependent that trimester.

Only one parent may claim a fee reduction.

If the child is of divorced parents, the parent who is the employee does not have to claim the child on the federal income tax if the other parent does.
If the child was not claimed the past calendar year, but will be claimed the current year a refund may be requested upon presentation of the tax return.

Others

There are also fee reductions available for the following...

  • Retirees
  • Disabled Employees
  • Dependent of Retiree
  • Dependent of Disabled Employee
  • Dependent of Deceased Employee
  • Contracted Service Employee (ARAMARK, Barnes & Noble)

Senior Citizen

Please see the Office of Human Resources or the Bursar for more information on the limitations, special conditions, and amount of fee waiver.

Authorization for Fee Reduction

The employee is responsible for completing the Authorization for Fee Reduction View PDF. The form needs to be signed by the supervisor and returned to the Cashiering Office by the first day of class.

Taxable Fee Reductions

The Fee Reduction Program is a qualified tuition reduction plan under Section §117 of the Internal Revenue Code. Under this program, fees waived for enrollment in undergraduate courses are exempt from federal, state and social security taxes; fees waived for graduate level courses are subject to tax and will be included in the employee's taxable gross income during the trimester of enrollment. Provisions of federal or state law may, however, change at any time.