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Tuition Benefits

USF offers the following tuition benefits: Tuition Remission and Tuition Exchange (TE) and Faculty Children Exchange Program (FACHEX).

Tuition Remission

As part of USF’s comprehensive benefits package, eligible employees and family members can further their education, enhance their skills and pursue career development through Tuition Remission.

Tuition Remission is a waiver of tuition and is available to employees and their eligible family members who qualify and are admitted for enrollment at USF. Employees, spouses, Registered Domestic Partners (RDPs) and IRS tax dependent children are eligible for 100% tuition remission when they meet specific eligibility requirements.

The benefits apply to tuition only; all non-tuition expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

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Tuition Remission Application Process

To initiate the Tuition Remission process, a Tuition Remission Application must be submitted for each semester that employees or their eligible dependents will be using the benefit. In addition to the application, employees need to submit specific documentation if a spouse, RDP or IRS tax dependent child is applying for the benefit. 

Semester Filing Period Final Date Accepted*
Summer Semester March 1-15 March 15
Fall Semester June 2-20 June 20
Intersession & Spring Semesters October 20 - November 12 November 12

*If these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, then the due date is the first business day following the stated due date.

Any employee or eligible dependent considering enrollment or who has not yet received acceptance in a program should submit a Tuition Remission Application by the deadline. Tuition Remission Applications are only accepted during the filing period and may not be accepted after the due date. The individual interested in taking courses must contact the Office of Admissions regarding how to apply for a program and/or how to enroll in classes.

Enrollment in classes during regularly scheduled work hours is not permitted for members of:

  • University of San Francisco Faculty Association (USFFA)
  • University of San Francisco Public Safety Officers Association (PSOA)
  • Office and Professional Employees Union (OPE,) Local 3
  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Stationary Local 39
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1877

With written permission from your supervisor and/or Dean/Vice President, enrollment in classes during regularly scheduled work hours may be permitted for:

  • Administrative staff
  • Association of Law Professors (ALP) Members
  • Executive officers

You must secure written permission from your supervisor and/or Dean/Vice President before submitting your application for a graduate degree program.

CPS Legacy Adjunct Faculty – Please contact the Office of Human Resources for information.

Spring and Intersession 2015 Tuition Remission Applications

The deadline for filing Spring and Intersession 2015 Tuition Remission Applications has passed.

To apply after the deadline, please complete a paper Tuition Remission Application and submit with any applicable documentation to tuitionremission@usfca.edu, the Office of Human Resources, Lone Mountain 339, or via fax to (415) 386-1074. All other documentation can be submitted via fax to (415) 386-1074, USPS, interoffice mail, or in person to Human Resources, LMM 339. Please be aware that late submissions may cause a delay in the processing and posting of the tuition benefit.

As a reminder, if you are applying for a tax dependent as defined by the IRS, for verification purposes please send the first page of your 2014 Tax Return via fax, USPS, interoffice mail, or in person at the Human Resources front desk. Please also submit the tax dependent's birth certificate if you have not previously done so.

If you have additional questions, please email tuitionremission@usfca.edu or call (415) 422-2442.


TE and FACHEX programs provide the opportunity for eligible IRS tax dependent children of full-time faculty and staff to possibly receive an award for an undergraduate degree at a participating member institution. Be sure to review the TE institutions and FACHEX institutions who participate. 

Applying for a TE or FACHEX award does not guarantee acceptance at that institution or ensure that an award will be granted. Award criteria is set by the institution at which the child is applying, and as with most award decisions, the process is competitive and can be primarily based on academic credentials.

For more information, please review the FACHEX and Tuition Exchange Programs FAQs.

USF accepts TE and FACHEX applications from September 1st to November 14th each year.