Benefits

Tuition Assistance

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At Northeastern, you and your family have access to world-class education.

Our generous tuition benefit allows full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff nine credit hours of tuition per academic term. And after three years of consecutive full-time employment, your dependent children are eligible for full tuition (there are additional benefits for spouses and domestic partners.)

Full-time faculty and staff

  • Faculty and staff receive nine credit hours per term.
  • Spouses or domestic partners receive one graduate or undergraduate course per year (excluding doctoral courses), with a maximum of four credit hours. One-half of the tuition cost is waived for additional courses taken at the same time.
  • Dependent children receive full tuition for undergraduate and graduate courses (excluding doctoral courses).

Part-time faculty

  • Part-time faculty receive one undergraduate or graduate course per term, with a maximum of four credit hours.
  • Spouses or domestic partners can receive one graduate or undergraduate course per year (excluding doctoral courses), with a maximum of four credit hours, that is transferred from a part-time faculty member.
  • Dependent children who are full-time students are eligible to have one-fourth of standard tuition waived in the eligible term. If the student is part-time, they are eligible to have a maximum of four credit hours waived in the eligible term. Both exclude doctoral courses.

Part-time staff

  • Part-time staff who work 24 – 34 hours per week receive seven credit hours per term.
  • Part-time staff who work 17.5 – 23 hours per week receive five credit hours per term.
  • Spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children do not receive tuition benefits.

Retired faculty and staff

  • Retired faculty and staff receive two undergraduate or graduate courses per term, with a maximum of four credit hours per course.
  • Spouses or domestic partners receive two undergraduate or graduate courses per term (excluding doctoral courses), with a maximum of four credit hours per course.
  • Dependent children receive full tuition for undergraduate and graduate courses (excluding doctoral courses).

Long-term disability or deceased employee dependents

  • Dependent children receive full tuition for undergraduate and graduate courses (excluding doctoral courses).
  • Spouses or domestic partners do not receive tuition benefits.
  • For more information about tuition assistance, please see our guidelines.

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