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Tuition Assistance and Discounts

Vanderbilt provides tuition discounts for full-time faculty and staff members, their spouses and same-sex domestic partners, and eligible dependent children. Benefits apply to courses taken at Vanderbilt, as well as those taken at other accredited institutions.

*Note: spouses and same-sex domestic partners may only take courses at Vanderbilt.


You and your spouse/partner are eligible to participate if you have been an active, full-time faculty or staff member for three months prior to course registration. You become eligible to receive benefits for your children after you have been a full-time faculty or staff member for five years at Vanderbilt or if you have equivalent service at any other accredited college or university, if within three months of joining Vanderbilt. The benefit will apply to the first semester following the completion of five years of full-time, continuous service.


To enroll, complete a Tuition Assistance Program form available in the Benefits Office. The signature of the dean, director, or designee is required on your form prior to submitting the request.



Staff members may audit one Vanderbilt course of up to three hours per semester (see the University Registrar Faculty/Staff Audit Form). Tuition will be waived as long as you have the instructor's permission to attend. Staff may receive 70% tuition discount on courses taken for academic credit at Vanderbilt up to a maximum of one three-hour course each semester and three courses each school year. Similarly, staff may receive 70% tuition reimbursement for courses taken, with supervisor's approval, at another accredited institution. Reimbursement only applies if you receive a grade of "C" or better.

Spouse / Same-Sex Domestic Partner

Your spouse or same-sex domestic partner can receive a 47% tuition discount for one non-degree course per semester taken at Vanderbilt.


Review the Education Assistance Programs policy.