Tuition Grant Program Eligibility
Guidelines & Resources
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Important: U.S. tax laws administered by the Internal Revenue Service govern the tax-free status of the Tuition Grant Program (TGP). Therefore, the TGP is subject to changes within these laws and Stanford University reserves the right to make changes at any time. Any determination of eligibility for the Tuition Grant Program is only valid for the upcoming school term.
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Subject to special rules that apply in the case of retirement, disability or death, you must continue as a benefits-eligible employee (50% FTE or greater) during each academic term for which tuition payments are provided. Benefit levels are described in Section IV: Annual Benefit Amount of the TGP Guidelines.
If two parents are both Stanford employees, only one four-year benefit is allowed for each eligible child, regardless of which parent applies to TGP. The same limits and conditions apply as if Stanford employed only one parent.
Employees of organizations affiliated with Stanford University are not eligible for TGP. Example organizations include Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
Contingent employees (temporary, casual, or student) are not eligible for the TGP benefit.
In addition, service in a contingent role does not apply toward the required five (5) years of service for TGP.
Please refer to the TGP Guidelines for information regarding life events (reduction of FTE, loss of employment, employee death).
Children are considered eligible if they meet the following requirements and your relationship with the child is one of the following:
a. Your biological child or legally-adopted child
b. A stepchild
c. A foster child who has lived with you for at least 24 months immediately before you request benefits under the Program
d. A child of your registered domestic partner (as defined by the Domestic Partner Benefits Policy) - Review Eligibility Here
e. Your ward under a court-approved legal guardianship and who has been your ward for at least 60 months
AND for tax-exempt benefit payments, one or more of the following statements is also true:
f. The child is claimed as your dependent on your federal income tax returns
g. You provide more than 50% of the child’s financial support
h. The child lives primarily with you when he/she is not away at school
If 'f' applies to you, the TGP benefit will not be taxable income to you.
If only 'g' or 'h' or both apply to you, the TGP office will contact you for clarification, as additional tax laws may determine whether the TGP benefit will be taxable income to you.
If neither 'f' or 'g' or 'h' apply to you, then TGP benefit will be taxable income to you.
Please review the TGP Dependent Eligibility Documentation for information about acceptable documents.
Eligible institutions must offer undergraduate associate or bachelor degree programs. This does not include graduate level degrees or certificate programs.
Only accredited institutions are eligible for TGP. The accreditation process is rigorous and Stanford must adhere to it. Additionally, accredited institutions have to meet quality standards for their educational curricula, helping to ensure a high quality academic program.
Accredited U.S. Institutions - TGP payments will be made to accredited United States colleges and universities listed at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation.
Foreign Institutions - TGP payments may be made to foreign colleges and universities if Stanford University determines, at its discretion, that the foreign institution’s academic standards are equivalent to those of accredited United States institutions. You may be required to provide accreditation information if requested by the TGP administrator.
TGP does not provide payment to institutions that have not completed the accreditation process.
Note: If you do not find your child’s school in the system, please reach out to the TGP Office.