As a part of employees’ benefits program, Gallaudet University encourages employees to continue their formal education and provides tuition benefits for approved coursework. The University provides an educational assistance program, a tuition waiver program, and a tuition assistance program for dependents. Please note that employees hired or rehired on September 1, 2019 are no longer eligible for benefits under the tuition assistance program for dependents. A summary of the benefits under each program is provided below. However, if you have further questions regarding the taxes or reimbursement, please contact the Finance Office. The contact information is below.

A regular status staff employee must satisfactorily complete the initial probationary period before the employee or eligible family member may enroll in the course for which tuition waiver is being requested. (This requirement does not apply to sign language classes for employees.) A regular status faculty member or teacher may enroll and apply for tuition waiver following the effective date of employment. Part-time employees and their family members are eligible to apply for tuition waiver for one course per semester only. 

Educational Assistance Program

This policy applies to full-time and part-time (20 hours per week or more or at least half time) regular status faculty, teachers, and staff in all offices and divisions of Gallaudet University.  

The educational assistance program is designed to promote career advancement at the University and to enable employees to contribute more effectively to Gallaudet's programs and services. Educational assistance is provided for tuition and mandatory fees (those required of all students at the time of registration), only at institutions other than Gallaudet University.

For more information on educational assistance programs, please visit A&O Manual 3.13.

Tuition Waiver Program

This applies to full-time and part-time (20 hours per week or more or at least half time) regular status faculty, teachers, and staff in all offices and divisions of Gallaudet University and to their dependent children, spouses or registered domestic partners. 

The tuition waiver program at Gallaudet, including sign language classes, provided the applicant meets the admissions requirements and is accepted, and, following admission of tuition-paying students, there is available space within the class. Tuition and mandatory fees (those required of all students at the time of registration) only are waived.

For more information on tuition waiver programs, please visit A&O Manual 3.14.

Tuition Assistance Program for Employees’ Dependents

This applies to full-time and part-time (20 hours per week or more or at least half time) regular status faculty, teachers, and staff in all offices and divisions of Gallaudet University and to their dependent children, spouses, or registered domestic partners,  employees who were hired prior to September 1, 2019. Employees hired on or after September 1, 2019, including re-hires after that date, are not eligible to receive tuition assistance.

Recognizing the value of employment longevity and the benefits of a formal education beyond the secondary school level.   Gallaudet offers tuition assistance to employees with five or more years of cumulative service who have children, a spouse or registered domestic partner who wish to enroll as students in an accredited undergraduate college degree program or in an accredited post-secondary vocational-technical training program. Tuition assistance is not available for programs beyond the bachelor's degree. Tuition assistance monies may be applied towards tuition, mandatory fees (those required of all students at the time of registration), on-campus or off-campus housing, and/or on-campus board costs. Appropriate documentation will be requested for all support. No assistance is granted for courses which are eligible for reimbursement under a different program.

For more information on tuition waiver programs, please visit A&O Manual 3.15.

This program is offered as a benefits program, however, if you need the financial breakdown and more information on the program, for tuition waiver, please contact the Student Accounts Office at student.account@gallaudet.edu and for the educational assistance program and educational assistance program, please contact Jeffrey Leach with the Finance Office at jeffrey.leach@gallaudet.edu

Tuition Waivers: Forms for employees and their dependents taking undergraduate and graduate courses at Gallaudet can be found at https://my.gallaudet.edu/finance-office/forms/tuition-waiver.

Tuition Assistance: Forms for dependents of employees taking undergraduate courses at other educational institutions can be found at https://my.gallaudet.edu/finance-office/forms/tuition-assistance.

Educational Assistance: Forms for employees taking undergraduate and graduate courses at other educational institutions can be found at https://my.gallaudet.edu/finance-office/forms/educational-assistance-for-eligible-employees.