St. Olaf College offers a partial tuition waiver for dependent children of faculty and staff to attend and receive a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College or other eligible ELCA post-secondary institutions around the country.
Employee must be employed and paid at .50 FTE or more by St. Olaf College with a minimum of three consecutive years of full-time (1.0 FTE) service or its equivalent prior to the student’s enrollment.
Employee’s dependent consists of a natural born child, legally-adopted child, or a step-child under the age of 25 who has not yet received a bachelor’s degree.
The Tuition Benefit Application starts with the employee who completes their section and returns it to Human Resources to verify employee eligibility. Human Resources will then send the completed application to Financial Aid, who will communicate with the Colleges listed.
St. Olaf does not require families to apply for financial aid to receive the tuition benefit. However, families are encouraged to complete the financial aid application at least the first year to determine eligibility for all types of assistance. Other participating ELCA colleges may require families to complete the financial aid application. Please check with the college your dependent is interested in.
If the dependent attends St. Olaf, the Tuition Benefit amount is 80% of the tuition charged that semester.
If your dependent is attending one of the other participating colleges, the dollar amount of the tuition benefit will vary based on the college your dependent will attend. Each college has a different tuition benefit policy that they follow.
Room and Board is always an additional cost and is not used to determine the amount of the tuition benefit.
A dependent can receive the tuition benefit for a maximum of eight semesters or until they have earned a bachelor degree, whichever is less.
Families will not be informed of the actual tuition benefit amount until the dependent has completed the application for the college, the Tuition Benefit Application, and has been accepted to the college.
An email will be sent by Financial Aid to employees in early October requesting confirmation of their dependent’s enrollment in a participating ELCA college for the current academic year. This information is included in employees’ Total Compensation Statements sent by Human Resources.