Educational Benefits

UNE values the education of not only our students, but of our faculty, staff and their dependents. Subsequently, there are four programs you and your family may participate in, if eligible. We offer a summary of benefits here, but full details are available in our Personnel Handbook or by consulting with one of our Human Resources representatives. Please note the important deadlines specified below for each. Due to limitations, these benefits are not guaranteed.

Tuition Grant in Aid

UNE employees can take undergraduate courses at $50 per course and graduate courses for $100 per course. Full-time employees are limited to two courses per semester. Half-time employees may take one course per semester. 

Dependent children of full-time employees may take course work in non-enrollment capped programs at a discount. UNE tuition will be discounted by 20% for each year of continuous, uninterrupted service. After merit is awarded (if applicable), the remaining tuition balance will be discounted. The combined total of merit and tuition grant in aid shall not exceed the annual tuition cost. Room, board and fees are not eligible expenses. 

Spouses of full-time employees have some limited benefits as well. 

Council of Independent Colleges

After one year of uninterrupted full-time service, your dependent children may apply for tuition-free acceptance to undergraduate programs at any members of the Council of Independent Colleges. Please submit your CIC application for any academic year by October 15 of the prior year. For example, if an employee’s child is applying for college acceptance for next fall, the CIC application is due in UNE’s Financial Aid Office by the previous October 15. Applications submitted after that date will be reviewed on a case by case basis. You can find additional information on the CIC web page.

The Tuition Exchange

If you are a regular full-time employee who has completed fifteen years of uninterrupted service or its equivalent by the date of your application, your dependent children may apply for tuition-free acceptance for a maximum of eight semesters at an eligible college within The Tuition Exchange Program. UNE must balance the number of TE students it "exports" with those it "imports" or enrolls at the University. There are a limited number of export scholarships available. Therefore, this is a more competitive program and you must remain employed full-time for the full duration of the tuition exchange period.

The University has established the following guidelines for awarding Tuition Exchange eligibility:

  • Seniority of employee-length of service at University of New England.
  • All things equal, academic achievement will be considered.
  • A maximum of four TE scholarships will be awarded each year.

Students renewing their TE scholarship must meet College eligibility guidelines each year and be re-certified by the Tuition Exchange Committee. The deadline for employees to submit tuition exchange applications for consideration for any academic year is September 30 of the prior year. For example, if an employee’s child is applying for college acceptance for next fall, the tuition exchange application is due in UNE’s Financial Aid Office by the previous September 30. Applications submitted after that date will be reviewed on a case by case basis. You can find additional information on The Tuition Exchange Program website.

UNE Blue Scholar Program

Regular full-time employees with ten or more years of continuous and uninterrupted service may apply for an annual tuition subsidy. The amount of the award will vary by years of service. You must submit applications for the UNE Blue Scholar dependent scholarship each quarter or semester you are requesting a scholarship payment. Applications along with a copy of the dependent's detailed bill should be submitted to the Office of Human Resources. Payments will be made directly to the college or university and will not exceed the cost of attendance, but may impact other aid awarded. It is important to check with the host institution regarding their internal policies. Additional details are available in our Personnel Handbook

Tuition Benefit Forms