Children's Educational Assistance Plan Eligibility
Eligibility Requirements for Faculty & Staff Members
Eligibility to apply for a tuition grant occurs as follows:
If You Meet the Service Requirement
You May Apply for First Grant for the:
By June 30, 2014
Fall 2014 term
In July, August, September or October, 2014
Fall 2014 term on or after the date you meet the service requirement
In November or December, 2014; January, February or March, 2015
Spring 2015 term on or after the date you meet the service requirement
Eligibility Requirements for Retirees
If you retire (if you were hired on or before December 31, 2002, you are eligible to retire when you have attained age 55 and have at least 10 years of service. If you were hired or rehired on or after January 1, 2003, you are eligible to retire when you have attained age 55, have at least 10 years of service and 75 points, where 75 points is defined as age + years of service) and you have a child participating in the Children's Educational Assistance Plan, he/she can continue to do so. However, your child must continue his/her education in consecutive semesters, trimesters, or quarters. If there is a break in his/her education, the benefit ceases. If your child is not already participating in the program when you retire, he/she will not be eligible for tuition grant benefits.
Eligibility Requirements for Your Child
- your natural born or legally adopted child or your stepchild, legal ward or the child of your same-sex domestic or same-sex civil union partner
- enrolled as a full-time student in a program leading to an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree at a two- or four-year college accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the tuition grant is disbursed
- your dependent under the IRS Code’s definition of dependent and must be verified as a dependent
Definition of Dependent Child
- be under the age of 24 at the end of the calendar year
- be a full-time student
- claim your residence as his or her official residence while away at school and provide less than one-half of his or her own support (excluding scholarships)
- be under age 26 at the end of the calendar year
- be a full-time student
- have gross income that is less than the federal dependent exemption amount for the year (for 2013 the amount is $3,900 including scholarships)
- receive more than one-half of his or her support from you (or from your former spouse if you claim your child as your dependent for tax purposes)
Special Situations to Qualify for a Taxable Grant
Excess Gross Income
Child with a Disability
If Your Child’s Situation Changes
- your child withdraws from school during the academic year
- your child no longer is a full-time student in a degree program
- there is any other change in your child’s educational status, such as a leave of absence
- your child’s relationship to you changes
Additional Rules and Regulations
- There is a limit of one grant per child per year. Therefore, if both you and your spouse work for Princeton University, only one grant can be disbursed per child per academic year.
- 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. Taxable grants are issued if your child is grandfathered due to the change in the dependent eligibility rule or if your child has a disability that requires an academic accommodation.
- Princeton University is not responsible for late payment fees or finance charges incurred if the grant is not received prior to the payment due date stated on the application form or tuition bill. Tuition grants are processed in the order in which they are received by the Office of Human Resources and are generally processed within six weeks of receipt.
- You must indicate on your application if your child is receiving any other scholarships, grants, or awards. The Princeton University grant will not exceed the remaining tuition costs, if any, after such other financial support is deducted from your child's eligible expenses.
- Colleges and universities consider all tuition benefits in determining a student's eligibility for need based financial aid. Therefore, eligible children may experience a reduction in financial aid due to eligibility for the tuition grant benefit.
- For all schools outside of the U.S., payment is made in U.S. dollars. The exchange rate is supplied by the Treasurer's Office and we will use the rate from the particular day that the grant is processed. We are not responsible for fluctuations in the exchange rate.