The University of Maine encourages the full participation of all of its members in its educational mission by offering tuition waivers for eligible employees and their dependents. Employees should consult the appropriate collective bargaining agreement or the employee handbook (non-represented employees) for more information on tuition waiver benefits.
Generally, eligible full-time employees are allowed a maximum of two tuition-free courses per semester or summer session, not to exceed a total of eight credit hours. Eligible part-time employees are allowed a maximum of one tuition-free course per semester or summer session, not to exceed a total of four credit hours.
The spouse, domestic partner, or dependent children of the employee are eligible for a 50% tuition waiver provided the spouse, domestic partner, or dependent children are attending the University of Maine as a full-time or part-time matriculated student.
Dependents of employees called to active military service are eligible for the dependent tuition waiver.
Dependents of retirees with 20 or more years of service are eligible for the dependent tuition waiver.
The waiver does not apply to mini-courses or other non-semester or non-credit course offerings.
Under IRS Regulations, the value of dependent tuition waivers used for graduate courses and tuition waivers used by an employee’s domestic partner for both undergraduate and graduate courses are treated as imputed income to the employee and are taxable.
This benefit is not available when an employee (except for employees in the AFUM unit) is on an unpaid leave of absense of more than 90 days (except for military call-up), long-term disability, or Worker’s Compensation.
Requests by an employee to take a course duing his or her normally scheduled work hours shall be subject to supervisory approval. Such requests shall not be unreasonably denied. In the event that approval is granted, the supervisor must make arrangement for the employee to make up time which was missed from work unless the employee is approved to take a leave without pay or annual leave for this purpose.