Application for Tuition Grant Academic Year 2021–2022

The Children’s Educational Assistance Plan is available to benefits-eligible employees with five years of benefits-eligible service. This plan is designed to assist with the cost of your eligible dependent’s full-time, undergraduate education. For more information or to determine eligibility, visit the Children's Educational Assistance Plan webpage.

Eligibility Requirements for Tuition Grant
You must be a benefits-eligible employee of Princeton University who has completed a total of five years of benefits-eligible service at the time the tuition grant is disbursed. For more information regarding the break-in-service rule, refer to the Children's Education Assistance Plan webpage.
  • The child must be verified as a dependent, unmarried, and enrolled as a full-time student in a program leading to an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree at a two-year or a four-year college that is accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you have a child who does not meet the above requirements, but requires an academic accommodation, the child may qualify for a taxable grant. Contact the Human Resources Benefits Team at (609) 258-3302 or childtuitiongrant@princeton.edu for special consideration.
  • The unmarried child must be your natural born or legally adopted child, stepchild, or legal ward.
  • To be eligible, your unmarried child must also meet one of the following criteria:
    • The child must be under 24 at the end of the calendar year; the child must claim your residence as one’s official residence while away at school; and the child must not provide over one-half of the child’s own support (scholarships excluded). Or,
    • The child must be under 26 at the end of the calendar year; the child must have gross income, including scholarship income above tuition, in an amount less than the dependent exemption amount for the year ($4,300 for 2020); and you must provide over one-half of the child’s support (if divorced, your former spouse can provide over one-half of the child’s support if you claim the child as your dependent).
  • A tuition grant is available for up to four academic years (eight semesters or 12 trimesters or quarters, including summer sessions) of full-time, undergraduate study for each child. The terms need not be consecutive, and there is a limit of one grant per child per academic year.
  • The total annual tuition grant is based on one-half of the child’s tuition costs, including eligible mandatory educational fees. If your child is receiving other scholarships, grants, or awards designed to cover the same charges, the tuition grant will not exceed the remaining eligible costs, if any. You must notify Princeton University of any such awards.
  • The application for a tuition grant will not be approved and a grant will not be disbursed to your child’s college until your child’s tuition bill has been received by the Office of Human Resources.
  • Tuition grants are sent directly to the educational institution for credit against your child’s account. The only exception to this rule is if you are receiving a taxable grant for a child with a disability who requires an accommodation.
  • If your child withdraws from school during the academic year, is no longer a full-time student in a degree program, or if there is any other change in your child’s educational status or relationship to you, you must notify the Office of Human Resources immediately at (609) 258-3302. It will be your responsibility to have the school refund the tuition grant to Princeton University. If the school will not refund the grant, you will need to repay Princeton University the full amount of the tuition grant.
  • Princeton University will not be responsible for late payment fees or finance charges incurred if the tuition grant is not received prior to the payment due date stated on the application form or tuition bill. Applications require approximately six weeks for processing.
  • Any attempt to abuse the benefits and/or any failure to abide by the rules, requirements, or procedures of this program may result in disciplinary action or termination of employment.
  • You must reapply for the tuition grant each academic year. However, if your child is enrolled at a two-year accredited college, you must reapply each semester.
  • The tuition grant application and tuition bill for the 2021–2022 academic year must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by June 30, 2022. If the tuition grant application is not received by June 30, 2022, your child will not be eligible to receive a tuition grant for the prior fall and/or spring semesters.
  • Colleges and universities consider all tuition benefits in determining a student’s eligibility for need-based financial aid. Eligible children may experience a reduction in financial aid due to the eligibility for the tuition grant benefit.
Employee Information
Employee Name:
This is a nine digit number.
Home Address:
Campus Location (check one):
Student Information
Student Name:
The child must be under 26 at the end of the calendar year.
Relationship of child to employee (check one):
College Information
College Mailing Address:
Country of college if not in the United States:
Type of Academic Year (check one):
Are you receiving any other financial assistance?
Financial aid information must be listed on the bill or the financial aid award letter must be submitted in order to process the tuition grant.
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