Tuition Waivers and Exemptions

As part of ongoing efforts to update policies, regulations, and procedures that guide the operations of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), this website is designed to address issues related to the treatment of tuition waivers, affidavits, and exemptions (for those students who have been deemed eligible for the payment of in-county tuition). Eligibility for tuition waivers, affidavits, or exemptions is established via state statute and Governing Board policy. See below for Eligibility Chart.

Limitations

  • The Office of Public Stewardship monitors the use of tuition waivers for patterns of non-participation, non-attendance and non-completion in all courses of enrollment whenever a waiver is used.  We also monitor grades that are issued for a single course that is repeated (i.e. ENG 102, PED 100 and where a grade of W, Y, Z or F appears on the enrollment record 2 times in conjunction with waiver use-- the 3rd time, the course is not eligible for waiver). A person may be deemed ineligible to use the tuition waiver if the waiver/course enrollment history shows a pattern of unsatisfactory academic progress.

  • The number of withdrawals for the same course number (i.e. ECN211) is limited to two. Upon the third attempt, the eligible person will not receive a waiver of tuition for subsequent registration in the same course and the person must pay applicable course costs. The intent of this limitation is to address the potential (or possible) misuse of public funds for any activity indicating a pattern of non-participation, non-attendance, and non-completion (e.g., multiple withdrawals, Y, F, or Z grades).

  • Employees must be in active work status prior to the start date of the class for an employee or dependent waiver to be considered valid.

  • Tuition and fee waivers are limited to the per-credit-hour cost of classes only. Other fees, such as lab or towel fees and out-of-county or out-of-state fees, are not waived and must be paid by the employee.

  • Adjunct faculty members are eligible for a maximum of six (6) credit hours when assigned to teach credit courses, to be taken during the semester in which they teach. Use of a waiver may be deferred to a term that follows the assignment, but use must take place within the same fiscal year of the assignment. Assignments to teach non-credit courses are not eligible for the waiver benefit.

  • Those adjunct faculty employed on service agreements/assignments shall be eligible when working 10-19 hours per week at a single college; or that have two (2) 8 hour per week agreements/assignments during the same semester at different MCCCD colleges.  Note that each assignment must appear in the HCM system. 

  • Full-Time Classified, Non-Classified, and Specially Funded employees are eligible for a maximum of twelve (12) credit hours per semester (includes concurrent enrollment at multiple MCCCD locations).

  • Dependents/Spouses of Full-time Classified, Non-Classified, and Dependents/Spouses of Full-time Specially Funded employees are eligible for a maximum of sixteen (16) credit hours per semester (includes concurrent enrollment at multiple MCCCD locations).

  • Parties are fiscally responsible for costs above the waiver limit.

  • If a class conflicts with an employee’s normal working hours of accountability, supervisory approval is required.

  • An official request form must be presented in order to initiate the waiver process (see box to right).

More Information

Tuition Waiver Handbook—Crosswalk of revisions made to the tuition waiver handbook and forms.

Late Start Assignment Adjunct Faculty Tuition Waiver—Verified late start assignments for adjunct faculty wishing to use a tuition waiver form prior to the start of the assignment for the current semester.

Non-Employee Tuition Waiver—Verification process for determining eligibility for the Qualified Non-Employee Tuition Waiver and the Non-Employee Tuition Waiver Qualified Participant List (PDF; password protected for authorized use only).  

 

 

MCCCD Tuition Waiver Rules

Amended June 27, 2016 (Modified excerpt from the Tuition Waiver Handbook, pg. 10)

Employees

Type of Participant FTE Employee Eligibility
Classified (Full-time employees and dependents**) 0.75 to 1.00 Yes, up to 12 credit hours per semester [dependents/spouses may take up to 16 credit hours per semester]
On leave if otherwise eligible (Classified, Non-Classified, and Specially Funded) 0.75 to 1.00 With HR Solutions Center Authorization
Non-Classified (CEC, Athletic Specialists and dependents**) 0.75 to 1.00 Yes, up to 12 credit hours per semester [dependents/spouses may take up to 16 credit hours per semester]
Specially Funded employees* [Full-time employees, FTR, and dependents**] 0.75 to 1.00 Yes, up to 12 credit hours per semester [dependents/spouses may take up to 16 credit hours per semester]
Skill Center employees [Full-time employees and dependents**] 0.75 to 1.00 Yes, up to 12 credit hours per semester [dependents/spouses may take up to 16 credit hours per semester]
Short-Term (Full-time OYO and OSO) employees* 0.75 to 1.00 Yes, up to 12 credit hours per semester
Adjunct faculty during the fiscal year of contract (does not include contracts to teach non-credit courses) N/A Yes, up to 6 credit hours per semester
Adjunct Contractors/Adjunct Service Faculty (i.e., Librarians; Counselors; Hourly Adjunct; Team-Taught; Non Residential Fitness; Clinical Nursing) - must meet eligibility criteria outlined on waiver form. N/A  Yes, up to 6 credit hours per semester

Classes of Non-Employees Eligible for Tuition Waiver With Authorization by Appropriate Designee

  • Dependents of Slain Arizona Peace Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Paramedics

  • Dependents of Arizona National Guard Members–or members of the United States Armed Forces who were residents of the State of Arizona or stationed in Arizona–killed in the line of duty; Disabled Arizona National Guard members; Arizona National Guard member Purple Heart recipients; or Armed Forces or former Armed Forces members who received a Purple Heart citation with a disability status greater than 50% who, at the time of injury, resided or were stationed in Arizona.

  • Arizona Sonora Exchange Program

  • Foster Care Supplemental Waiver***


* The following categories are not eligible for tuition waivers: employees less than .75 FTE; dependents of Short Term employees (OYO and OSO); dependents of Adjunct employees, and temporary employees (including those on RPS).
** Dependents are defined as a spouse or unmarried child less than 24 years old. In order to receive a tuition waiver, the qualified employee must be in active work status prior to the first class meeting. Dependent children must be less than 24 years old at the time of the first class meeting.
***With Authorization by Office of Public Stewardship

Handbook, Forms, and Other Resources

Revised October 2017

Forms may not be altered so as to remove the terms and conditions of the waiver. Please review limitations of use.

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Important Change to Tuition Waivers

Beginning, January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2019, students that meet conditions in the Pilot Program SB1208 Arizona Revised Statutes 15-1809 , may be eligible to participate in the Foster Care Supplemental Tuition Waiver program, for up to sixteen (16) credit hours per semester (64 total credit hours for the duration of the pilot program).

Starting July 1, 2015, the Office of Public Stewardship will monitor the use of tuition waivers for patterns of non-participation, non-attendance and non-completion in all courses of enrollment whenever a waiver is used within the MCCCD. After two consecutive semesters of non-participation, non-completion, non-attendance in courses - this will be deemed as unsatisfactory academic progress - as defined in the Catalog Common Pages for students.  Such patterns of activity will result in a person being deemed ineligible to use the tuition waiver for future course enrollment - for any courses. 

Considerations

An out-of-county employee residing in a county where we have established a reciprocal agreement allowing students to be charged at the in-county rate will still be able to take courses at the in-county rate. MCCCD has established reciprocal agreements with every county in Arizona except Apache and Greenlee. However, students living in those counties may present an Out of County Residence Affidavit (to avoid the out-of-county surcharge.)

No course, regardless of format or method of delivery (including distance learning or study abroad), will be funded above $86 a credit hour. In essence, the value of a tuition waiver is $86 per credit hour.

Teachers/classroom aides who qualify for the exemption of non-resident tuition will be fully covered for classes which apply since they are eligible for the in-county rate per state statute.