Employee Tuition Assistance Programs

(Revised August 10, 2022)

Undergraduate Tuition Remission for University Employees – Programs offered at Limestone University

Limestone University will provide the difference between tuition charges and state, federal, and institutional scholarship and grants for full-time faculty and staff employees, their spouses, and dependent children auditing or enrolling in Limestone University courses at the undergraduate levels.  The student is responsible for all other fees and charges for room and board, laboratory fees, private lessons, etc., as well as a $50 academic year processing fee. Children who marry will no longer be considered to be dependents, no matter what their income tax status. A dependent child who marries while enrolled under Limestone’s tuition remission program will be allowed to complete the current semester as an employee dependent. Undergraduate Tuition Remission is only available to those seeking their first bachelor’s degree. Employees and their dependents seeking an undergraduate degree will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before tuition remission will be granted.

Permanent 20-hour-per week employees are eligible to take 15 credit hours per calendar year at Limestone University with the normal processing fee and no tuition charges.

Tuition remission is not automatic.  Students must complete the Tuition Remission Form at least two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester; you may access the link from the employee tab located on the Halo Portal.

The tuition remission benefit ceases when an employee is no longer working at Limestone University (except through retirement or death). In such circumstances, the student receiving the tuition remission benefit will be allowed to complete the current semester.

Employees are expected to take their classes in the Online Programs. If special circumstances make on-campus classes necessary, an employee may take no more than one each semester. Written permission to take on-campus classes must be given by the Provost or appropriate Vice President and the President.

The University provides tuition benefits for adjunct faculty according to the following guidelines:

  • if teaching 3 credit hours per semester - 1/4 Online Program tuition reduction
  • if teaching 6 credit hours per semester -1/2 Online Program tuition reduction
  • if teaching 9 credit hours per semester -3/4 Online Program tuition reduction
  • if teaching 12 or more credit hours per semester – Full Online Program tuition reduction

Benefits do not extend to fees, private lessons, or books and supplies. Also, benefits are not extended to family members of adjunct faculty.

To continue tuition remission support, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as outlined in the Academic Catalog. Satisfactory Academic Progress is reviewed at the end of each semester. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress will result in forfeiture of Tuition Remission benefit.

The Tuition Remission Form will only be required to be completed once per academic year, at the time of initial enrollment. There will be a $50 academic year processing fee that will incorporate Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollments. Employment status will be checked prior to the start of each semester to confirm continued eligibility. 
Deadline for Tuition Remission Form 
  • Fall start (covers fall, spring, and summer): August 1st

  • Spring start (covers spring and summer): December 15th 

  • Summer start (summer only): April 15th

Undergraduate Tuition Exchange Program

Limestone University is also a member of The Tuition Exchange, Inc., and the Tuition Exchange Program of the Council of Independent Colleges.  The Tuition Exchange Program allows spouses and children of full-time Limestone University employees an opportunity to receive full tuition toward their first bachelor’s degree at more than 200 colleges and universities. Tuition Exchange requests are not guaranteed.  Institutions receiving the request make the determination of approval. Program materials and application forms may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. Participants must pay a participation fee of $50 each academic year.

Only fulltime employees are eligible for Graduate Tuition Exchange. Graduate Tuition Exchange is not available to employee spouses or dependents. 

Permanent 20-hour-per-week employees are not eligible to participate in the Tuition Exchange Program.

Participants must pay an annual participation fee of $50.00 each Academic Year by August 1st.

Graduate Tuition Remission for University Employees – Programs offered at Limestone University

Full-time faculty or staff employees, their spouses, and dependent children who are accepted in any of Limestone’s graduate programs and wish to seek Tuition Remission may apply. The Tuition Remission application, which may be accessed from the employee tab located on the Halo Portal, should be submitted along with a total degree plan. Permission will be granted by the Provost or the appropriate Vice President over the employee’s division. Approved employees will be on “Standby” status and will be assigned to one of the graduate studies start dates as space allows. The employee will be responsible for books and all fees associated with the program and for the $50 academic year tuition remission processing fee.  In addition, if a Limestone employee is required to complete BA 500 – Foundations in Business Prerequisite Course, the employee will have to pay the cost of the modules, up to a maximum of $350.

The tuition remission benefit ceases when an employee is no longer working at Limestone University (except through retirement or death). In such circumstances, the student receiving the tuition remission benefit will be allowed to complete the current semester.

To continue tuition remission support, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as outlined in the Academic Catalog. Satisfactory Academic Progress is reviewed at the end of each semester. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress will result in forfeiture of Tuition Remission benefit.

The Tuition Remission Form will only be required to be completed once per Academic Year, at the time of initial enrollment.  There will be a $50 academic year processing fee that will incorporate Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollments.  Employment status will be checked prior to the start of each semester to confirm continued eligibility. 
            Deadline for Tuition Remission Form:
  • Fall start (covers fall, spring, and summer): August 1st

  • Spring start (covers spring and summer): December 15th 

  • Summer start (summer only): April 15th

Graduate Tuition Reimbursement Benefits for University Employees – Programs offered at other institutions

Limestone University strives to have the most highly educated and skilled faculty and staff possible. To this end, the University may support its faculty and staff in their formal education endeavors offered outside the institution provided there is a benefit to the University and provided resources are available

The University recognizes that its ability to assist faculty and staff is limited to the availability of resources. For this reason, it is necessary to establish limits on the amount and duration of support.

  • An individual must have been employed full-time at the University for a minimum of one (1) full calendar year to become eligible to receive Graduate School Tuition Benefits. Permanent 20-hour-per week employees are not eligible to participate in this program.
  • Subject to approval and the availability of resources, the University may provide tuition support up to $6,000 in any fiscal year. The following criteria are factors influencing the awarding of benefits:
    • The amount of the University support will depend on the benefit of the program to Limestone University and the availability of resources.
    • If the employee is enrolled in what is considered a full-time program, the University may provide support up to $6,000 per fiscal year. This support will be provided one semester at a time and is dependent on the benefit of the program to Limestone University and the availability of resources.
  • To be eligible for the Graduate School Tuition Benefit program, employees must submit a plan that outlines:
    • the total degree plan,
    • the plan by each quarter, semester, or unit,
    • the cost by each quarter, semester, or unit,
    • the benefit to Limestone University,
    • all time-management problems which might arise from being a student and at the same time an employee of Limestone University.
  • Schedule of administrative review and decision
    • (spring term) to receive funding for spring term, the plan as outlined above must be submitted to the Provost or appropriate Vice President by November 15. The administrative decision will be forthcoming within twenty (20) days.
    • (summer term) to receive funding for summer term, the plan as outlined above must be submitted to the Provost or appropriate Vice President by April 15. The administrative decision will be forthcoming within twenty (20) days.
    • (fall term) to receive funding for the fall term, the plan as outlined above must be submitted to the Provost or appropriate Vice President by July 15. The administrative decision will be forthcoming with twenty (20) days.
  • Evidence of satisfactory performance: To receive continued support for each additional year of Graduate School Tuition Reimbursement Benefits, the employee must submit a copy of his/her transcript to the Provost.
  • Length of approval: Approval is only granted for the duration of a quarter, semester, or unit. To receive funding for each additional, quarter, semester, or unit, the employee must resubmit a plan as outlined above.
  • Authorization: Within any given fiscal year, the administration is not authorized to grant a total dollar amount that exceeds the line item in the Board of Trustees approved budget. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that all requests will be approved or is it likely that any request will be approved for the full amount. Decisions will be based on the overall benefit to Limestone University.
  • Approval: All plans will be considered at a meeting of the President and the Provost. The notification of the administrative decision will be processed by the President’s office. Notification will normally be issued within the twenty (20) day timeframe as stated above.
  • Agreement of continued service: If the total tuition paid by the University is between $1,000 and $3,500, employees receiving this support must sign a statement in which they agree to continue as employees of Limestone University for a minimum of one (1) year or repay the benefits they received.
    • If the total tuition paid by the University is between $3,501 and $7,000, employees receiving this support must sign a statement in which they agree to continue as employees of Limestone University for a minimum of two (2) years or repay the benefits they received.
    • If the tuition paid by the University is over $7,000, employees receiving this support must sign a statement in which they agree to continue as employees of Limestone University for a minimum of three years or repay the benefits they received.

Continuous service excludes approved leaves of absence and sabbatical leaves.

The Tuition Payment Agreement Form may be obtained from the office of the Provost. Requests must be approved by the Provost.
Last Revision Date

08/10/2022