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Employees, or qualified family members, of Southern Oregon University who meet requirements listed below are eligible for the employee tuition rate set at 30% of resident, undergraduate tuition, in addition to appropriate fees.  Internal Revenue code section 117 mandates that educational assistance provided to family members of SOU employees enrolled in advanced degree programs or graduate-level classes for credit be reported as taxable income.  The difference between the reduced tuition and the regular graduate tuition will be taxed.  Only one staff member, spouse, domestic partner or dependent may use the staff fee benefit per term or semester.

Retired employees and employees on leave are eligible for employee tuition privileges. Subject to approval by the president, the maximum credit-hour limitation may be waived for retired employees and employees on leave.

No application fee will be required of staff members who are eligible for the staff rate.

Completed forms should be sent to your HR Specialist in the Service Center.

Staff Fee Employee 
 Staff Fees Transfer
  • Employees appointed at least half time (.50 FTE) may enroll for a maximum of twelve credit hours per term at the employee tuition rate. Credits over the 12-credit maximum are charged at the instructional rate.
  • Employees must have a 9-month, 10-month, or 12-month contract. 
  • For further information, see the Reduced Tuition Policies.
  • Temporary classified employees and graduate assistants and other student employees are ineligible for the employee tuition rate.
  • Classified employees appointed at least half time (.50 FTE) are eligible for employee tuition privileges.
  • A maximum of 12 credit hours per term may be taken at the employee tuition rate. More than 12 credits are charged at the instructional rate. The number of credit hours allowed during the work day shall be determined by the employee's supervisor and approved by the department head, taking into account the work load and staffing requirements of the department.
  • A make-up schedule must be negotiated and approved by the immediate supervisor and department head for classes attended during working hours. Overtime is not accrued as a result of make-up time.  Mandatory enrollment fees include, but are not limited to, resource, health service, building, incidental, technology, and course fees will apply.
  • For further information, see the Reduced Tuition Policies.

Excluded courses at Southern Oregon University:

  • Self-support courses
  • Contract or sponsored courses
  • High school/college programs
  • Study abroad programs: Global Student Teaching, IE3 Global Internships, OUS, NCSA/AHA International.

Self-support and contract/sponsored courses can be found on the SOU online class schedule using the Advanced Search feature. Search by Session Code to find self-support and contract/sponsored courses. The Session Code can also be used as criteria in the Look Up Classes feature on the Student SISWeb tab of MySOU. These courses also have an attribute that indicates the course is not eligible for discounted tuition.

To view a list of exclusions on other campuses, please visit their websites:

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The Southern Oregon University Staff Fee Privileges program has been expanded to permit transfer of staff fee privileges to one qualified family member per term (spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child). The approved plan permits an employee to transfer up to twelve credit hours to one family member per term. This policy will be administered by the Service Center under the guidelines set forth;under the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 580-022-0031. For further information, please see the Reduced Tuition Policies.

Financial Aid students utilizing staff fees must see a financial aid advisor. Students receiving financial aid and utilizing the staff fee privileges who completely withdraw from courses may be required to repay some or all of Title IV funds.

Questions and concerns about eligibility should be directed to:

Chris Evans
Service Center HR Specialist
Southern Oregon University
Service Center, Britt Hall

Questions and concerns about staff rate fees should be directed to:

Brett Kinsey
Information Technology Consultant
Southern Oregon University
Enrollment Services, Britt Hall