Education Assistance

One of the most valuable benefits the university offers employees is education assistance sponsored by the Arizona Board of Regents.  This benefit allows employees and their eligible dependents to take advantage of educational opportunities at a reduced fee at:

  • Northern Arizona University (NAU)
  • University of Arizona (U of A)
  • Arizona state University (ASU). 

 Contact the institution you wish to attend for their current rates/fees. 

Find out more about how to receive education assistance including the forms you need to complete.

Eligibility and cost 

Who is Eligible

Fall / Spring 

Summer 

Benefit eligible administrative, faculty, professional and classified staff employed at 50% to 100% FTE ("Full-Time") active, on an approved leave of absence, receiving retirement benefits or long-term disability benefits

1-9 hours = $25 plus applicable books and fees

10+ hours = Actual resident tuition plus applicable books and fees for all hours over 9 hours 

 

1-6 hours = $25 plus applicable books and fees

7+ hours = Actual resident tuition plus applicable books and fees for all hours over 6 hours

 

Spouses of benefit eligible full-time and part-time administrative, faculty, professional and classified staff

1-9 hours = $25 plus applicable books and fees

10+ hours = Actual resident tuition plus applicable books and fees for all hours over 9 hours

1-6 hours = $25 plus applicable books and fees

7+ hours = Actual resident tuition plus applicable books and fees for all hours over 6 hours

Dependent children of full-time and part-time benefit eligible administrative, faculty, professional and classified staff

25% of actual resident tuition plus applicable books and fees

 

25% of actual resident tuition plus applicable books and fees

 

Important: Completed forms and total payment must be received by the Student and Departmental Account Services on or before the published deadline dates to avoid a $50 late fee and class deletion.

Domestic partners tuition assistance

NAU also sponsors a separate tuition assistance program for domestic partners. Review the recent changes to the program.

Tax treatment 

As part of The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, effective January 1, 2013, the first $5,250.00 of tuition waivers for graduate level courses taken by the employee is not to be taxed as income, according to IRC Section 127. The expiration date has been removed from this benefit; there is no sunset clause. An employee will still be taxed on the full value of the tuition waiver for a spouse or dependent in a graduate level status.

How to use the education assistance benefit

  • Register for course(s)
  • Complete the online Educational Aid Registration Permit (EARP) form available on the Financial Aid website
  • Submit payment for fees to the Student and Departmental Account Services. 

 Note: All permits require Financial Aid/Student and Departmental Account Services approval. Allow 24 hours for processing for those forms submitted via the web or up to two days for forms submitted to the office. Keep in mind that the turnaround may be longer during peak registration times due to increased volume. 

Personalized Learning 

Students enrolled in a degree through Personalized Learning must contact Extended Campuses for the appropriate Subscription Waiver form. Only eligible employees of NAU, the employee's spouse, domestic partner, and the employee's dependent children qualify. Contact: Kathleen Carpenter, Kathleen.Carpenter@nau.edu for more information.