Educational Privileges

All faculty, staff, technical service employees, and retirees who have a dependent child or spouse receiving or applying for the Grant-In-Aid tuition discount benefit:

Please be aware that you MUST complete a new Grant-In-Aid form prior to EACH semester or summer session in which the Grant-in-Aid is to be applied. Grant-In-Aid will not be applied retroactively to previous semesters. Active faculty, staff and technical service employees - click on the appropriate button above to access the online Grant-In-Aid form. Retirees must complete a paper form, which is located in the Retiree tab of the Employee Benefits website.

Please contact HR Services if you have any questions regarding the Grant-in-Aid benefit. Your inquiry may be forwarded to Penn State Employee Benefits if additional information is needed. After your Grant-in-Aid request is approved, you will see the discount reflected on your next student account statement in LionPATH.

If you have not already completed the dependent verification program within Workday, you will be required to do so in order to maintain the dependent tuition discount. For information on dependent verification, please review information provided in the WorkLion HR portal or contact HR Services.

For more details about the dependent verification program please refer to Eligibility and Dependent Information. Dependents who do not successfully complete the verification will have the tuition discount removed from their accounts and will be responsible for the entire tuition amount.

Eligibility

Educational privileges are available to full-time faculty, staff, technical service, their spouse, and dependent children up to the age of 26. The grant-in-aid benefit is a 75% discount on the tuition charge and applies to World Campus, Penn State resident instruction at all campuses, and Pennsylvania College of Technology. Please see University policies HR36 and HR37 for additional information.

Please note that Postdoctoral fellows and scholars are not eligible for the grant-in-aid benefit.

Exclusions

Educational privileges DO NOT apply to courses offered through:

  • The College of Medicine, Medical School Program and Physician's Assistant Program, at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • The Smeal College of Business Administration Executive MBA Program
  • The Dickinson School of Law and Penn State Law

Summer camps or workshops operated by the University unless University credit is given and regular tuition is charged

Employee Credit Limits

active employee, the 75% grant-in-aid is applicable the semester which begins with, or next follows, your effective date of full-time employment.
 
  • If you are on a 12-month appointment, there is a 16-credit maximum per academic year (summer, fall, spring) for the employee. Dependents do not have a credit limit.
  • If you are appointed for fall and spring semesters only, there is a 12-credit maximum per academic year (summer, fall, spring) for the employee. Dependents do not have a credit limit. 

Spouse

A spouse, except one receiving educational assistance from the University, such as a graduate assistantship, is eligible for the grant-in-aid beginning with the semester coincident with or next following your effective date of full-time employment. There is no limitation on the number of credits that may be taken.  All levels of degrees may be earned. Tuition discounts on Graduate level classes for a spouse are a taxable benefit. For more information regarding taxation on Graduate level courses for a spouse, please visit the controller's office FAQ.

Dependent Children

Eligible dependent children are eligible beginning with the semester coincident with or next following your effective date of full-time employment. The grant-in-aid applies only toward undergraduate credits only until a Penn State bachelor's degree is attained. The discount does not apply toward Master's level class or higher. Undergraduate classes for dependent children are not a taxable benefit.

Forms

Employees wishing to use the tuition discount for themselves do not need to submit any forms. This will be an automatic process through the Bursar's office to apply the discount.

Active employees applying for the grant-in-aid for an eligible dependent must use the Online Grant-in-Aid Form.

NEW - The online form must be completed prior to EACH semester or summer session in which the grant-in-aid is to applied. Grant-in-aid will NOT be applied retroactively to previous semesters.