Grant-in-Aid

Eligibility

Educational privileges are available to full-time faculty, staff, technical service employees, retirees, and those with Emeritus status, 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.

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 dependent verification article 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.

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.

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

For active employees, the discount on the tuition charge is 75%.
 
  • Educational privileges are available for any semester or summer session in which classes begin on/or after the faculty or staff member's date of full-time regular employment.
  • Employees are not eligible for educational privileges for any semester or summer session in which classes begin after the employee's final day of full time, regular employment status.
  • If you are on a 12-month appointment, there is a 16-credit maximum per academic year (summer, fall, and 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, and 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 for any semester or summer session in which classes begin on or after the employee's 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 for any semester or summer session in which classes begin on or after the employee's 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.

Application Procedure

As Penn State continues to make efforts toward substantial process improvements, Human Resources has identified opportunities to enhance the dependent grant-in-aid (GIA) process. Penn State offers a very generous tuition discount benefit for eligible spouses and dependent children, which is outlined in policy HR 37. In the interest of simplifying the application process and preventing employees from potentially missing out on this tremendous benefit, the University is currently exploring a fully automated GIA application process, with complete implementation planned for 2021. In preparation for the new process in 2021, the following improvements have been made to the application process for dependent grant-in-aid beginning with the Fall 2020 semester:

  • Employees will now be able to apply for an entire academic year at one time (Fall 2020 – Summer 2021).
  • The application deadline is now the last day of classes of each semester for which the employee is applying.

For employees who have not yet applied for Fall 2020, log into WorkLion and complete the online Dependent Grant-in-Aid Request Form. After applying for Fall 2020, employees will not need to apply for future semesters.

For employees who have already applied for Fall 2020, no further action is needed to apply for future semesters.

Employees in both instances will receive an email from Employee Benefits reminding them of the changes to the process and actions taken on their behalf. Employees will continue to receive approval or denial emails on a semester-by-semester basis. Employee Benefits will manage this process without any additional action from applicants throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

Note that a separate application must be submitted for each student seeking grant-in-aid.

Contact HR Services at 814-865-1473 with any questions.

  • Retirees, faculty, and staff wishing to use the tuition discount for themselves do not need to submit any forms. The discount will automatically be applied through the Bursar's Office.
    • Retirees wishing to extend the tuition discount to an eligible spouse and/or eligible children must complete a Retiree Application for Dependent Grant-in-Aid Request Form following the application procedure found at https://hr.psu.edu/retiree .
    • Grant-in-Aid approvals will not be applied retroactively to previous semesters.
    • Students will be responsible for the full cost of tuition, in accordance with University Bursar policies, if the application procedure is not followed, and/or the application deadlines are not met.