Tuition Discount

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 tuition discount 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 tuition discount 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 tuition discount benefit. Your inquiry may be forwarded to Penn State Employee Benefits if additional information is needed. After your tuition discount 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.
  • Employees are subject to a 16-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 tuition discount 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 for the Graduate classification in LionPath is a taxable benefit for a spouse. For more information regarding taxation on the Graduate classification, 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 tuition discount applies to undergraduate credits and Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) programs only until a Penn State bachelor's degree or IUG degree is attained. The discount does not apply toward Master's level classes or higher. Undergraduate classes for dependent children are not a taxable benefits.

Application Procedure

Beginning fall 2021, Penn State Human Resources will now offer a fully automated tuition discount application process for eligible spouses and dependent children beginning with the fall 2021 semester. The new automated process will reduce the effort needed from applicants and simplify the process from start to finish.

What is changing with the tuition discount application process?

  • Policy HR37 is now titled “Tuition Discount for Dependents.”
  • The Penn State tuition discount process will be transparent to eligible employees and retirees. This means those taking advantage of the tuition discount benefit no longer need to “apply” for eligible spouses or dependent children for any semester or summer session.
  • Please add your dependents’ Social Security Number in Workday if you have not done so, as this is a required field for the new process to flow smoothly.
  • Since there is no longer an “application” process needed, eligible employees and retirees do not need to wait for approval or denial emails. Just simply review your student’s tuition bill in LionPath under Account Details to verify that the tuition discount has been applied.

If you believe that the tuition discount was applied incorrectly or not applied to your spouse’s or child’s LionPath tuition bill, please contact HR Services at 814-865-1473 or place an inquiry within WorkLion.

What stays the same with the tuition application process?

  • Eligible spouses and dependent children up to the age of 26 are eligible to receive a tuition discount of 75% of the Pennsylvania in-state tuition cost, as outlined in Policy HR37
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology tuition discount requests will continue to be made through the Workday Request for Dependent Tuition Discount online form. Pennsylvania College of Technology requests must be made once each academic year by choosing all applicable academic year semesters.