JHU Benefits Site - Tuition Grant

Tuition Grant

The Tuition Grant Plan covers full-time (12 or more degree-required credits per semester for colleges with two full-time semesters (Fall/Spring); 24 or more degree-required credits required per academic year for colleges with full-time trimesters or quarters.) undergraduate studies at an accredited, degree-granting institution. Once eligibility requirements are met, entry dates for the program are October 1st for the Fall semester and February 1st for the Spring semester.

Employee Eligibility

Full-time faculty, staff or Bargaining Unit members are eligible if you:

  • complete a minimum of two consecutive years by October 1st or February 1st and continue through these dates in a full-time position, and
  • if you are on an authorized leave, your leave does not exceed one year in duration after which you return to full-time employment

The two-year minimum employment requirement will be waived for faculty and staff that come to the university directly from another college or university (within 30 days) where they were previously eligible for a similar dependent education benefit. Proof of eligibility is required from the prior employer. Waivers submitted for new faculty positions will be reviewed on a semester basis. Please see sample Waiver Letter for required language.

Each parent is eligible if both are a full-time member of the faculty, staff or Bargaining Unit and have completed two consecutive years of employment with the university.

Dependent Eligibility

Dependents are eligible to participate in this Plan through the end of the calendar year in which they turn 23.

The dependent children of same-sex domestic partners may also participate in the plan provided the employee's completed Affidavit of Marriage/Same-Sex Domestic Partnership is on file with the Benefits Service Center. Any benefit provided for dependent children of employees' same-sex domestic partners is taxable income. The amount of taxes withheld from the employee's check is based on the amount of the benefit. Tax questions should be directed to the Tax Office at 443-997-8688.

In circumstances where disability prevents an otherwise eligible dependent from enrolling as a full-time undergraduate (i.e., the 12 credit hour requirement), the university shall consider waiving the credit hour and/or age requirement. All such requests shall be considered by the university's Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) in accordance with the university's commitment to ensuring equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Additional information supporting the disability will be required by the university's Office of Institutional Equity (OIE).

About the Plan

The Tuition Grant Plan covers full-time, undergraduate studies at an accredited, degree-granting institution. It does not cover: studies at institutions that do not offer degrees, non-credit courses, part-time studies, room and board and optional fees. Cooperative programs that do not offer academic credits are not covered by the plan.

For each eligible employee, the Tuition Grant Plan pays for 50% of each dependent child's full-time, undergraduate tuition and eligible fees*, up to a maximum of one-half of Johns Hopkins University's freshman undergraduate tuition. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the university's freshman tuition is $47,060. Payment is limited to four years of full-time, undergraduate study per dependent child at any accredited, degree-granting institution.

The university's policy is to cover fees that are charged by the majority of institutions currently participating in the plan.*The following fees are eligible for students receiving their first payment for the 2014/2015 Academic Year:

1. Activity6. Registration
2. Athletic/Recreation7. Student Government Association
3. Facility 8. Technology
4. Health Center 9. Transportation
5. Orientation/Matriculation10. General(includes Graduation)

These 10 fees are considered eligible for payment when they meet all of the following criteria:

  • The fee is charged to all students no matter what type of degree they are pursuing
  • The fee does not fund debt or financial aid for other students
  • The fee is not optional and cannot be refunded to the student
  • The fee is not related to a specific course or degree
  • The purpose of the fee can be defined by the institution

*Grandfathered students (students who received a payment under the Plan prior to the 2014/2015 Academic Year) may be eligible for additional fees.

Payments are available for mini-sessions and summer courses if:

  • The student meets the definition of a full-time student completing the degree-required credits for the academic year, and
  • The child is a full time student, new to the plan, attending college in the upcoming academic year - eligible for courses taken in Summer/Fall/Spring/Summer during his/her first year, or the child is a full-time student continuing in the plan - eligible for courses taken Fall/Spring/Summer only, and
  • The child has not received the maximum grant allowance for the academic year, and
  • The employee is in a full-time position when the child begins the mini-session or summer course.

If attendance in the upcoming academic year does not occur, it will be the employee's obligation to promptly repay any monies disbursed erroneously, after notification by the university.

If other "restricted" aid (aid that must be spent on tuition and fees) is received in addition to the university's tuition grant, the total combined tuition support may not exceed 100% of the tuition and eligible universal mandatory academic fees. If the total exceeds 100%, the tuition grant will be reduced.

Payments issued for students who withdraw involuntarily (e.g., illness) before the end of the term will be refunded based on their college's refund policy. If the payment is not refunded in full, the term will be considered used and counted towards the eligible terms within the four year period.

Payments issued for students who voluntarily withdraw before the end of the term must be refunded in full.

If 100% of the grant is not refunded, the university will consider the student to have used the benefit for that cycle.

If an overpayment of tuition grant occurs, the university will request a refund of 100% of the overpayment from the college. If the college is unable to refund 100% of the overpayment, it will be the responsibility of the parent to promptly repay any monies disbursed erroneously after notification from the university. Future participation in the Tuition Grant Plan may be suspended for the employee until a repayment agreement has been signed.

To Participate

Complete the Tuition Grant Plan Application Form and return it to the Benefits Service Center, which will facilitate the processing and payment of the grant.

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