University system could expand tuition remission program

September 04, 2014|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

The University System of Maryland could expand its tuition remission program for the dependent children and spouses of employees.

Under the current program, spouses and dependent children can attend the employee's college without paying any tuition. The spouse or dependent child can also get a 50 percent discount on college tuition at another college in the state system if the student is in an academic program not offered at the employee's institution.

The proposed revision to the policy would eliminate the unique academic program requirement and allow the student to get 50 percent tuition remission at any university system college where they have been accepted. The proposal is expected to come before the university system's Board of Regents this fall.

The University System of Maryland, which consists of 12 public institutions including Towson University, Coppin State University and the University of Maryland, College Park, has about 15,000 faculty and staff members. The policy change was requested by the system's faculty advisory council and staff advisory council.

Officials estimated that the change could cost about $250,000 annually, though they cautioned the costs could be hard to predict. The cost of the tuition remission would be borne by the college where the employee works.

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