Domestic Partner Tuition Assistance Program

Who is eligible?

Domestic partners of NAU benefit-eligible employees and children of their domestic partners who meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Effective January 1, 2015 only same sex domestic partners will be eligible for this program. The 2014 Fall Semester is the last semester that opposite sex domestic partners will qualify for this program.

Determine if a domestic partner qualfies

 The term “domestic partner” for the purpose of program eligibility means two people who sign an affidavit affirming that they:

  • demonstrate that they share residence with you and have done so continuously for the past 12 months
  • not be legally married to or separated from anyone else
  • not be a close blood relative
  • be at least 18 years old
  • meet certain tests demonstrating financial interdependency 
  • For a complete list of criteria, use the opposite-sex domestic partner packet or the same-sex domestic partner packet
Determine if a domestic partner's child qualifies

 The term “dependent child” for the purpose of program eligibility means that the child:

  • is the natural, adopted, or step-child of the domestic partner;
  • is eligible to be claimed as a dependent of the domestic partner for federal tax purposes; and
  • has not reached age thirty(30) as of the first day of the semester for which the tuition reduction is requested.

What tuition assistance is available?

Tuition assistance is available for classes taken at Northern Arizona University only. 

Domestic partners  

Fall\SpringSummer 
$25 (for 1-9 credit hours) Regular in-state tuition cost (for 7+ credit hours)$25 (for 1-6 credit hours) Regular in-state tuition cost (for 7+ credit hours)

Dependent children of domestic partners

For eligible dependent children of domestic partners the cost of classes equals 25% of actual in-state tuition for all semesters.

Tax treatment

Under current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, the value of tuition savings received by domestic partners and certain dependents is considered taxable income to the employee. The value of the tuition savings will be included as compensation on the employee's W-2 form filed with the IRS.

 How do I apply for this tuition assistance? 

for domestic partners
  1. Complete the Application for Domestic Partner Tuition Assistance, read the eligibility information on page two, and sign both pages.
  2. If your domestic partner is not currently enrolled in your health benefits, and you do not have a Qualified Domestic Partner Affidavit on file with Human Resources, complete the Qualified Domestic Partner Affidavit in the opposite-sex domestic partner packet or same-sex domestic partner packet, have it notarized, and attach supporting documentation.
  3. Submit all documents to the Human Resources Department at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which you are applying for tuition assistance.
  4. Submit all forms and documentation to NAU Human Resources, Attn: Benefits, Box 4113, Flagstaff, AZ 86011.
for a domestic partner's dependent child
  1. Complete the Application for Domestic Partner Tuition Assistance, read the eligibility information on page two, and sign both pages.
  2. If your domestic partner is not currently enrolled in your health benefits, and you do not have a Qualified Domestic Partner Affidavit on file with Human Resources, complete the Qualified Domestic Partner Affidavit in the opposite-sex domestic partner packet or same-sex domestic partner packet, have it notarized, and attach supporting documentation.
  3. If you do not have a Qualified Domestic Partner Dependent Child Affidavit on file with Human Resources, complete one, and have it notarized.
  4. Submit all documents to the Human Resources Department at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which you are applying for tuition assistance. Submit all forms and documentation to NAU Human Resources, Attn: Benefits, Box 4113, Flagstaff, AZ 86011.