One of the most valuable benefits offered by NMSU is the Educational Assistance Program made available to employees and their qualifying family members. Employees eligible to participate in this program for themselves or their family must be either a regular benefit-eligible status employee or a non-regular employee hired into a term appointment status. New employees must be hired prior to the start of classes and request approval for course attendance from their supervisor. Employees who terminate on or before the session census date will lose waiver coverage for that session and will be responsible for the full tuition amount for that session.The waiver does not cover courses that are challenged, nontraditional, or result in no credit being earned.
UNM Course Waiver Eligibility
NMSU employees taking courses at the University of New Mexico may be eligible for a tuition waiver. For information regarding this process, please contact Benefit Services.
Credit Hour Limits
Limits include mini-semesters for all NMSU colleges. Unused credits from these totals may be used by the employee’s spouse or domestic partner.
- FALL session – up to 6 credit hours
- SPRING session – up to 6 credit hours
- SUMMER session – up to 8 credit hours
The waiver form is available to the employee in MyNMSU 10 calendar days before the start of each session. Failure to timely submit a waiver will result in full tuition billing to the student.
- FALL session – November 1st
- SPRING session – April 1st
- SUMMER session – August 1st
Cost to Employee
IRS Tax Withholding (from Employee Paycheck)
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Only tuition and required fees included in the tuition rate will be covered by this benefit. Employees are responsible for the purchase of course text books and software as well as other fees that may apply. Examples of fees not covered by this benefit are: the ASNMSU fee, Carlsbad Health fee, Course Delivery fee, Engineering Tech fee, Grad Health/Activity fee, Late Registration fee, and Payment Plan fee. For a complete list, see University Accounts Receivable information at http://uar.nmsu.edu/tuition-fees/.
Employees who are students registered as out-of-state residents will be charged out-of-state tuition costs. The tuition reduction benefit will be adjusted to cover the equivalent of in-state rates only; therefore, a balance may be owed at the end of a session. Non-resident students who are also NMSU employees may opt to petition for NM Residency to receive in-state tuition. See details at the Registrars office at http://nmsu.edu/~registra/residency.html
Approval of Tuition Waiver
All employee tuition waivers must route for approval to the employee’s supervisor regardless of when the class meets. Supervisors may approve or deny tuition waivers based on the business needs of the department. If approved, the waiver will be applied to the student account. If disapproved, the employee will be responsible for the tuition cost for the semester. Employees who take a course during their normal working hours may be required by their supervisor to either make up the time spent away from their job (work station) or use their accrued annual leave hours, unless enrollment is a requirement for continued employment. Please see NMSU Policy 7.05 Education Opportunities for Employees & Their Families for further information.
Waiver Submission Process
- If you are not currently registered as a student you will need to apply for admission (or readmission if you were formerly a student). Read more regarding registration.
- Register for classes through MyNMSU under the Student tab.
- Submit a Tuition Waiver Request for approval through MyNMSU under the Employee tab.
- For employees to receive the benefit, the waiver must be approved by his or her supervisor. Requests that are denied by the supervisor will not be waived and the employee will be responsible for paying the full amount billed.
- For a spouse or domestic partner to receive the benefit, the waiver must simply be completed and submitted by the employee. (These do not route for supervisor approval.)
- Track and understand the status of your request using the Tuition Waiver Request Status Matrix.
Degree Earning Employees
Half-time or greater regular employees (faculty and staff) with above-average job performance who earn degrees from an accredited institution of higher education during their employment will be rewarded in appropriate ways whenever possible. Employees who meet the criteria defined in NMSU Policy 7.05, Section F, will be eligible for a salary increase of:
- 5% of their current salary, not to exceed $1,000, for an associates degree
- 5% of their current salary, not to exceed $1,200, for a bachelor’s degree
- 5% of their current salary, not to exceed $1,400, for a master’s degree
- 5% of their current salary, not to exceed $1,600, for a doctorate degree
Eligible Dependents for Waiver
The following individuals are eligible for the tuition waiver program as part of the employee’s tuition waiver benefit.
- Domestic Partner- Affidavit must be on file in Benefit Services
- Dependent Child- natural, step, or adopted child under age 25 and unmarried
- Domestic Partner Child- natural or adopted child under age 25 and unmarried
- Retiree Spouse