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Tuition Benefits

This is a summary of the tuition benefits for UMass Lowell employees, spouses and dependents.

The tuition benefits apply only to full and part-time benefited employees. Eligibility for tuition benefits for benefited employees does vary by length of benefited service. The amount of the tuition credits also depends on the program of study (undergraduate, graduate or continuing education) and the benefited status (full-time or part-time).

Tuition BENEFITS at UMass campuses


  • Benefited employees of the University of Massachusetts receive tuition benefits for undergraduate and graduate programs at all University of Massachusetts campuses, excluding the UMass Medical MD program and UMass School of Law. Tuition benefits are available at UMass campuses if the employee's benefited hire date is on or prior to the first day of classes.
  • Continuing Education classes at UMass Lowell: UMass Lowell Eligible employees receive 100% tuition credit.
  • Continuing Education classes at other UMass campuses: For continuing education classes taken at other UMass campuses, tuition credit is offered at 50% to eligible employees.

Spouses and eligible dependents

  • Tuition benefits are available at UMass campuses for spouses and eligible dependents (under the age of 26) if the employee's benefited hire date is on or prior to the first day of classes. Employees who have completed two years of full-time benefited service or four years of part-time benefited service at any of the UMass campuses will receive additional credits off the tuition costs for their spouse and eligible dependents taking undergraduate courses at UMass (excluding on-line or continuing education courses).
  • Continuing Education classes at UMass Lowell: Eligible spouses and dependents receive 50% tuition credit.
  • Continuing Education classes at other UMass campuses: For continuing education classes taken at other UMass campuses, tuition credit is offered at 50% to the spouses and dependents of eligible employees.

Tuition Waiver at other State Colleges / Universities

Employees with six (6) months or more of full-time benefited service (or equivalent benefited part-time service) are eligible for tuition waiver at other Massachusetts public community or state colleges/universities. This program provides eligible employees, their spouses and dependents with 100% waiver of tuition. Courses or programs through continuing education are offered at 50% tuition waiver.

UMass TUITION BENEFITS for Spouses and Dependents

There are recent changes in the law with respect to tuition retention that will impact current tuition and fee waivers for benefited employees and their spouses and dependents taking courses at UMass.

With the implementation of tuition retention - which eliminates the process of the University giving tuition to the state that returns it via a budget line - the terminology related to tuition benefits will change. Waivers will now be referred to as credits and the curriculum/operating fee has been rolled into tuition. The University will continue to offer total tuition benefits/credits to eligible faculty and staff. Spouses and dependents will maintain the same level of benefits, in accordance with our current program and collective bargaining agreements. The structure of these benefits, however, must change to be compliant with new regulations and to ensure that the value of these tuition benefits for employees remains the same. Therefore, to account for the recent tuition increases, the value of the 2016-17 tuition credits has been calculated and will be applied beginning in Fall 2016.

After discussions with impacted unions, the University has also clarified that in-state rates will be charged to all faculty and staff (and their spouses and dependents), regardless of residence and that a dependent child may be established by means other than Internal Revenue Service filings.

The policy does not change the current benefits for UMass Lowell employees taking classes.

Other Details

Dependents and spouses of benefited employees on unpaid leave (other than military leave, workers’ compensation and FMLA) are not eligible for this benefit. This benefit is in effect only for the period of time in which the employee is employed by the university. Should the employee resign, or is laid off, or otherwise separates from his / her position, the benefit shall be extended only through the semester in which the separation occurs. However, the spouse and dependent children of retired or deceased employees may retain eligibility under the below described conditions:

If an eligible employee retires while a dependent child or spouse is enrolled in an undergraduate program of study of undergraduate degree program, the spouse or child may complete such program, provided the enrollment is continuous.

If an eligible employee who has completed at least five (5) years of full-time equivalent benefited service dies, the surviving spouse and dependent children shall be eligible to enter and/or complete one full undergraduate program of study or undergraduate degree program for certain tuition benefits.

This summary outlines the program for benefited employees. Active Adjunct faculty who have been employed for more than one semester are entitled to take one course per year at UMass Lowell at no cost.

As with any summary, if there is a conflict between information in this summary and any programs or benefits outlined in a collective bargaining agreement or other policy, then the agreement or policy prevails. If a member of a union, please refer to the respective union agreement on the Labor Relations website.


Please contact the Benefits Office at 978-934-4100 or email for more information or for questions on the Tuition Benefit Form (doc). Forms should be submitted to the main HR / EOO office.

The fax number is: 978-934-3036.

The HR main office phone number is: 978-934-3560.