HR's Sherry Schilling explains benefits of tuition fee waiver

Sherry Shilling

Sherry Schilling

by Becky Stephenson, human resources

Sherry Schilling is the senior benefits generalist in human resources at Miami.  I caught up with Sherry to talk about a valuable benefit, the tuition fee waiver, that is offered to employees working at Miami University. 

Q: Sherry, what is a tuition fee waiver benefit and who can use it?

A: The tuition fee waiver benefit is for eligible employees and their spouse and dependent children. The eligibility for the benefit can be found in the Miami University Policy Library MUPIM section 4.10. It's a wonderful benefit, allowing many to attend Miami University at a significant reduction in cost.  

Q: What is included in the tuition fee waiver benefit?

A: The tuition fee waiver is applied to instructional fees (tuition) only. Additional fees, including the general fee, course fees and other miscellaneous fees are the responsibility of the student. Many graduate programs bundle their tuition and fees into one comprehensive fee. Only a portion of this comprehensive fee is considered tuition and eligible for the waiver. Please consult the specific graduate program staff for more information.

The tuition fee waiver is available for all academic terms, including fall, winter, spring and summer and can be used at any of the Miami campuses, including Oxford, Middletown, Hamilton, VOA and MUDEC.

Q: How do employees request a tuition fee waiver?

A: Employees can request a tuition fee waiver by logging into BannerWeb Employee Services Online or clicking on the Tuition Fee Waiver section on the Employee tab in MyMiami. When submitting a fee waiver request for a child, a Dependent Certification is also required. This form is presented once a fee waiver is submitted in BannerWeb.  

Q: Is there a deadline to request a tuition fee waiver?

A: The "soft" deadline for submission of a tuition fee waiver request for the 2016-2017 academic year is June 30, 2016. Requests can still be submitted after that date, but the student's bursar bill won't initially reflect the waiver. However, adjustments can be made to the bill after it's released.

Q: If employees have questions, where can they go for more information and who in the benefits department can assist them?

A: The Benefits & Wellness website has additional information on the tuition fee waiver benefit. You can also contact or 529-3926.

Did you know?

In the 2015-16 academic year, 328 employees and 716 eligible spouses and dependent children used the tuition fee waiver benefit.