Educational Benefits

UNE values the education of not only our students, but of our faculty, staff and their dependents. Subsequently there are three different programs in which you and your family may participate. 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 at a discount of 25% and then 50% after two and then five years, respectively, of continuous service. Spouses of full-time employees have some limited benefits as well. 

Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

If you are a full-time employee, you and your dependent children may attend any of 300+ private independent colleges that are part of the Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange Program on a tuition-free basis. 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 Program (TEP)

If you are a full-time employee who has completed ten years of uninterrupted service or its equivalent by the date of your application, your dependent children may attend up to four semesters at an eligible college on a tuition-free basis with The Tuition Exchange Program. Because of limitations placed on the number of exports, this program is a more competitive program and you must remain employed full-time for the full duration of the tuition exchange period. 

Because the University 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. Should your dependent be accepted in to this program, we advise that you consult with the host institution’s Financial Aid department to discuss financial aid resources for your dependent that may be available for semesters not covered under TEP.

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 two TE scholarships will be awarded each year.

Students renewing their TE scholarship must meet College eligibility guidelines anew each year and be re-certified by the Tuition Exchange Committee. Please submit your TEP application for any academic year by 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.

Tuition Benefit Forms