Ohio Admin. Code 3341-5-09 - Dependent fee waiver

(A) Policy statement and purpose

It is the policy of the university to support and promote the education of dependents of its employees.

(B) Policy
(1) Full-time permanent faculty/staff member
(a) Eligibility. For the purposes of this policy, a permanent full-time faculty/staff member is employed on a full-time basis for a minimum of nine months per year (including an individual employed full-time at the university but compensated by another agency such as ROTC or a granting agency). The employee's dependent is eligible to utilize the fee waiver the first semester following the full-time date of hire.
(b) Benefit. Dependents are eligible to utilize this benefit the first semester following the employee's full-time date of hire. Dependents may either complete a course on an audit or grade basis. The fee waiver applies to courses that are eligible for credit hour(s) only at BGSU. The dependent fee waiver will waive the in-state instructional fees only, as defined in this policy.
(i) Dependent children. The fee waiver is limited to one hundred per cent of the in-state instructional fee through one degree for each dependent child or to the end of the calendar year in which the dependent child turns twenty-four whichever comes first.
(ii) Dependent cohabitant spouse or same sex domestic partner. The fee waiver is limited to one hundred fifty per cent of the in-state instructional fee for only one degree. The number of years the waiver may be accessed is also limited depending upon the degree program:

(a) Undergraduate degree: seven years (bachelor's or associates)

(b) Master's degree: four years

(c) Doctorate: eight years

(c) Definition of eligible dependent. The employee's cohabitant spouse is defined as a person to whom you are legally married, as defined by the state of Ohio, and a marriage certificate must be on file with the office of human resources. The employee's same sex domestic partner must have an affidavit of partnership or a marriage certificate on file with the office of human resources. An employee's dependent child is defined as unmarried, a stepchild, a legally adopted child, and/or a child for whom either the employee or the employee's spouse or same sex domestic partner is the legal guardian or custodian and is considered an eligible dependent by IRS section 152. A birth certificate or other court documentation must be on file with the office of human resources. Note: If an employee does not claim the dependent child on their income taxes for the year in which they are requesting the dependent fee waiver, the application will be denied.
(d) Procedure
(i) The employee completes the online dependent fee waiver application, which is located in the my.bgsu.portal.
(ii) The supervisor is notified electronically for approval. The application is then electronically forwarded to the office of human resources for processing. A dependent fee waiver application must be completed for every semester in which the dependent is registered for courses.
(iii) An incomplete dependent fee waiver application will not be processed by the office of human resources. It will be pushed back to the employee for completion.
(iv) The dependent fee waiver application process can begin at least eight weeks prior to the commencement of the academic year for which the fee waiver is being applied. However, no No applications will be processed for retroactive semesters and therefore it must be received in the office of human resources by the last date of the semester applied for. Anyone submitting a dependent fee waiver application after the semester begins will be responsible for any late fees.
(v) The dependent enrolls in coursework through the office of registration and records.
(vi) A dependent may not receive fee waiver benefits as both an employee and as a dependent in any academic year.

(vii) Once an employee receives one degree through this benefit all future degrees, accessed as an employee or a dependent, will be at a reduced benefit.

(viii) Two plus two programs (associates degree plus bachelor's degree) and five year completion programs (bachelor's degree plus master's degree) are considered one degree.

(ix) (vii) Dependents seeking accommodations for reasons related to equal employment opportunity regulations should have the member of their family who is receiving the benefit contact the office of human resources.
(e) Responsibility for fees
(i) A dependent child is responsible for all fees, except the in-state instructional fees. A dependent spouse or same sex domestic partner is responsible for all fees except for fifty per cent of the instructional fee.
(ii) A dependent is responsible for all applicable fees that are incurred as a result of adding and/or dropping courses, regardless of the reason.
(iii) Effective May 1, 2015, BGSU will pay for each class only once. If a dependent enrolls in a class and fails the class, or wishes to retake it, any cost to retake the class will be covered by the dependent.
(f) Payroll taxes
(i) Undergraduate fee waiver benefits are not subject to taxation as long as the dependent child is considered an eligible dependent under IRS section 152.
(ii) Graduate-level dependent fee waiver benefits are subject to taxation to the employee.
(g) Reciprocity

There is no reciprocity benefit for benefits.

(2) Part-time employees

There is no dependent fee waiver benefit for part-time employees.

(3) Post-doctoral employees

There is no dependent fee waiver benefit for post-doctoral employees.

(4) Widow/widower or child of a deceased permanent full-time staff member
(a) Eligibility. The child of a deceased permanent full-time staff member (deceased while actively employed at BGSU) is eligible to receive the fee waiver benefit. The dependent(s) must be the dependent(s) of the staff member at the time of death. The spouse of a deceased staff member is eligible for the same fee waiver benefits available for spouses of active employees at the time the benefit is accessed. This benefit is available until such time he/she remarries.
(b) Benefit. The child of a deceased staff member will receive the same benefit being offered to dependent children of active employees at the time the benefit is accessed, as long as the child is considered an eligible dependent by IRS Section 152. The student may attend classes at main campus or at any branch campus or center.
(c) Procedure. Refer to paragraph (B)(1)(c) of this policy.
(5) Cohabitant spouse/ , same sex domesticated partner and/or child of a retired staff member.
(a) Eligibility. An employee who has retired with ten years of continuous full-time service from the university. Retirement is defined by the retirement program in which the employee is enrolled. The cohabitant spouse, same sex domestic partner and or child(ren) must have been dependents at the time of retirement.
(b) Benefit.
(i) Child. The child and/or children of a permanent full-time retired staff member who has completed ten years of continuous full-time service at BGSU and retires from BGSU and were the dependents of the staff member at the time of retirement are eligible for the dependent fee waiver. The benefit will be the same benefit as being offered to dependent children of active employees at the time the benefit is accessed, as long as they are an eligible dependent child under IRS section 152.

(ii) Cohabitant spouse, same sex-domestic partner. Effective January 1, 2015, the spouse or same sex domestic partner of an eligible retiree who is currently enrolled in a degree program will have a limited number of years to complete the degree and will receive fifty per cent of the in-state instructional fee for these limited years. Each type of degree will have a limited number of years in which to complete the degree:

(a) Undergraduate degree: six years to complete (bachelor's or associates)

(b) Master's degree: three years

(c) Doctorate: eight years

(c) Please note that when a dependent fee waiver is requested, the policy in force at the time of submission will be adhered to.
(d) Procedure. Refer to paragraph (B)(1)(c) of this policy.
(e) Responsibility for fees. Refer to paragraph (B)(1)(e) of this policy.

Notes

Ohio Admin. Code 3341-5-09
Effective: 3/3/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3345
Rule Amplifies: 3345
Prior Effective Dates: 3/17/15, 8/14/15, 10/28/15

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