At Valparaiso University, our employees are integral to the educational community. For that reason, and because of Valpo’s commitment to education, the University offers generous tuition remission and tuition exchange opportunities for employees and their dependents. Complete details about tuition remissions/exchange can be found under the Tuition Remission/Exchange Policy. To answer questions regarding Tuition Remission/Exchange please contact Josh.McGuire@valpo.edu or contact him through the Office of Financial Aid.
To apply for tuition remission, fill out the application in the Office of Human Resource Services.
The application should be completed and submitted to the Office of Human Resource Services a month before the school term, and no later than the first day of classes. For late applications, tuition remission will be prorated based on the date the application is submitted. Any late fees that are charged to a student account will not be waived.
Be sure to attach supporting documentation to substantiate the relationship between the qualifying employee and the student:
- Child: birth certificate and most recent federal income tax return
- Spouse: marriage certificate
- Adopted child or child for whom the employee is or has been legal guardian: legal documentation appointing guardianship and most recent federal income tax return
- Stepchild: marriage certificate of employee, birth certificate of the child, and most recent federal income tax return
Note: Divorced parents can submit either a copy of a tax return on which the child is claimed, or Form 8332, “Release of Claim to Exemption for Child of Divorced or Separated Parents.”
Full-time Undergraduate and Law School Students
Full-time undergraduate and Law School students must complete the tuition remission application when they first enroll at Valpo. For those students, tuition remission will be renewed each year, as long as they continue to be full-time students and meet eligibility requirements. They will, however, need to apply separately for any summer sessions they complete.
If a student reduces his/her course load below 12 credits, drops out of school, or fails to meet eligibility criteria, she/he must submit a new tuition remission application when preparing to re-enroll.
Graduate, Part-Time Undergraduate and Part-time Law Students
Graduate students, and students taking less than 12 credit hours per semester, must complete a tuition remission each year (if enrollment plans for the fall/spring academic year are known) or each semester or summer session (if enrollment planscfor subsequent semesters are unknown).
Summer Session Students
All students who wish to use tuition remission for summer courses must complete a separate Summer Financial Aid Application available in the Office of Financial Aid and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid no later than the first day of class.
Graduate, part-time undergraduate, part-time law students, and tuition exchange students applying for tuition remission for summer sessions must complete both the Tuition Remission Application Form and the Summer Financial Aid Application.
This is for students who qualify for tuition exchange through their parent’s employer and are applying for admission to Valparaiso University.
Those who want to participate in the Tuition Exchange Program need to work with their home school to complete the necessary paperwork and submit it through the Tuition Exchange Liaison at their University. Once their liaison processes the information it will be forwarded to Valparaiso University and reviewed to determine if the student is eligible to receive tuition exchange.
The student will be notified, by email, from Valparaiso University’s Tuition Exchange liaison if Tuition Exchange is granted.
Employees and their dependents who are eligible for Valparaiso University’s tuition remission program may also be able to use that benefit at other colleges and universities. Valparaiso University can offer this benefit because of its membership in Tuition Exchange.
Tuition Exchange is an association of colleges and universities that agree to a program of reciprocated tuition remission for the other schools’ employees and their dependents. Students using TE is still subject to the entrance requirements and tuition exchange policies of the institution at which they are enrolling.
Each institution has significant discretion in awarding TE benefits, under the guidance and monitoring of the TE central office. The TE benefit is defined as either full tuition or a minimum amount established by the Tuition Exchange central office. (At Valparaiso University, Tuition Exchange eligibility policies and procedures are administered in the same manner as Tuition Remission.)
The TE program requires that Valpo maintain a balance between “imports” (TE participants enrolling at Valpo from other institutions) and “exports” (Valpo employees and their family members enrolling elsewhere.) Therefore, opportunities to receive TE are limited. Applicants for TE benefits are strongly encouraged to contact the other schools directly for information regarding:
- Confirmation of their status as participating institutions
- TE application deadlines
- Specific institutional eligibility requirements and procedures
- Number of opportunities available under the plan
Valpo Dependent Eligibility
Dependents who are eligible for tuition remission at Valparaiso University are also eligible to apply for Tuition Exchange.
The application process gives priority to dependents who plan to enroll full-time. Dependents seeking part-time enrollment can also apply. However, in the event that more exports than imports have applied as of August 1, TE approval may have to be withdrawn for exports who have applied to enroll elsewhere on a part-time basis.
Valpo Employee Eligibility
Employees are not eligible for TE benefits unless there is an imbalance of imports between the institutions of attendance and Valparaiso University. The Office of Financial Aid makes this determination and it cannot be overruled. Because of the import rule, employees should not anticipate receiving TE.
Families should check with the schools to which the student is applying for deadlines, if any, for both Tuition Exchange and admission applications. The TE application is separate from the application for admission, but the two should usually be completed concurrently.
Tuition Exchange applications are available at the Office of Human Resource Services. Applicants may list all schools to which the student is applying on one TE application form. Once Human Resource Services certifies an applicant’s eligibility, the application is forwarded to the Financial Aid Office for processing with the central Tuition Exchange office.
Please note the following process:
- October 1: First day that Financial Aid can submit TE applications to the Tuition Exchange office
- November 1: New students should submit their TE application forms to the Office of Human Resource Services
- February 1: Continuing students should submit their annual recertification forms
- April 1: Importing schools will usually review all applications by this date, although TE decisions may be offered earlier
The institution to which the student is applying for TE will notify Valparaiso University’s Office of Financial Aid of acceptance or denial of the TE application. When Financial Aid received this communication, they will email the applicant’s family to share the news.
Continuing TE Benefits
Applicants must complete a tuition exchange application annually. As long as the student continues to meet award eligibility, it should be renewed each year at the discretion of the awarding institution. However, the award could be approved one year and not approved in a subsequent year, if there is an imbalance between TE exports and imports.