Educational Opportunities for Employees, Dependents, and Spouses

Auburn University's Education Assistance Plan affords active, full-time regular employees the opportunity to take up to five credit hours of University courses per academic term and receive a waiver of some or all of the fees associated with that attendance. New, active, full-time regular employees are immediately eligible for a waiver of the Student Services Fee, and active, full-time regular employees with one year's employment receive an additional waiver of tuition charges for up to five credit hours.  Dependents and spouses of active, full-time regular employees are also eligible for a 50 percent remission of undergraduate tuition for courses offered at Auburn University. 

Application Processes

Online Registration
To register for either benefit, complete the following steps:
  1. Go to
  2. Click on AU Access.
  3. Enter your username and password.
  4. Click on the Self Service icon (Banner).
  5. Select Employee Education Benefit and Dependent Benefit.
  6. Select either Employee Education Benefit or Dependent Benefit.
  7. Complete the application as directed.  For the Dependent Education Benefit, documentation providing proof of the relationship must be provided before the request can be approved and you must be on a university network computer to upload these secure documents to the DEB portal.  You may revisit the site to monitor the progression of your application; however, you will also receive an email at each stage of progression.
  8. Contact Bill Shannon at 844-1602 or Penny Houston at 844-1693, or email if you have questions or concerns.
Important Notes
  • An Employee Education Benefit application is needed for each class each semester. 
  • Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) requires dependents attending classes at AUM to register each fall semester.  Auburn University dependents only need to apply once.
  • For additional information on these educational opportunities, please email HRD at
  • Full-time employees utilizing the EEB who are taking undergraduate level courses may not enroll in classes until seven days prior to the start of the term.

Education Benefit Facts

  • Auburn University allows active full-time, regular employees to request to enroll in University courses.  The Employee Education Benefit covers the cost of regular, on-campus, in-state tuition for up to five credit hours per semester for employees who have worked full-time for the University for at least 12 months.  Eligibility is effective the semester immediately following one year of continuous employment.  If the tuition for the chosen program exceeds the cost of regular tuition, the employee is responsible for paying the difference, per credit hour.  (Based on meeting eligibility requirements and subject to supervisor/manager approval.)
  • Auburn University offers a 50 percent tuition waiver to the spouses and dependents of AU faculty and staff for undergraduate-level courses.Dependent eligibility is based on the dependent meeting the eligibility requirements for dental insurance coverage under the University's group dental insurance plan. This tuition waiver does not apply for graduate and doctoral-level courses.  This plan is in accordance with 26 U.S. Code § 127.  You may wish to consult with an accountant regarding potential tax implications. 
  • Graduate courses are included in this plan if relevant to the participant’s current position; however, the Benefit will be taxable if the course hours are not relevant to the Participant’s current position assignment.
  • Eligible employees may also receive the benefit for up to five hours of graduate distance-education courses with the benefit limited to the resident on-campus tuition rate for those five hours (the employee covers the difference between the program rate and the resident on-campus tuition rate).
  • An attestation by the employee’s immediate supervisor which states the requested course is relevant to the student’s current position assignment is required for graduate courses will be required during the application approval process in Self Service Banner.
  • Questions about these benefits should be referred to Human Resources (844-4145).  Inquiries about bills for class attendance should be directed to the Student Financial Services Office (844-4634). 
  • Auburn Online Programs are excluded from this benefit.  The employee covers 100 percent of the cost for these online programs:

Application Fee Waivers

  • Employees applying for admission to the University are eligible for a waiver of the undergraduate and graduate admission application fee.
  • To receive the waiver of the undergraduate fee, employees should submit the online admission application,, up to the point of the application fee payment; then deliver a copy of the faculty/staff ID card to Admission Processing, 1550 East Glenn Avenue. After a copy of the faculty/staff ID card is received, Admission Processing will complete and submit the application on behalf of the employee.
  • To receive the waiver of the graduate fee, employees should go to and click "Apply Online."
  • When the application is complete except for payment, employees should not pay; instead to have the application fee waived, employees must email with the application reference number. This fee waiver is for the faculty/staff member only; it is not extended to spouses and dependents.
  • Questions about the undergraduate fee can be directed to Admission Processing at (334) 844-6429; questions about the graduate fee can be directed to the Graduate School at 844-4700. 
Last updated: 02/09/2018