Education Benefits

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Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR) is a benefit provided to full benefits-eligible employees or their qualifying dependents to receive reduced tuition at any of the three Arizona public Universities: the University of Arizona (including Global Campus), Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University.

QTR for Domestic Partners

The Domestic Partner Tuition Program (DPTP) extends the tuition reduction benefits to employees’ qualified domestic partners and dependents. DPTP is available only for courses at the University of Arizona. 

Complete and submit a Qualified Domestic Partner Affidavit before each semester your partner or dependent applies. For more information, review the eligibility guidelines (below).

Eligibility for DPTP does not extend to University affiliates, employees affected by reduction in force/layoff, employees on long-term disability, or the surviving domestic partner/dependents of a deceased employee.

QTR Eligibility

Employees whose employment is at least .50 FTE and who are full benefits eligible (in a position anticipated to continue at least 6 months) may receive the QTR/EAP benefit for themselves, their spouse/partner, and their dependent children. 

Employees must be in active status on the first official start date of the semester in which they wish to apply for QTR/EAP benefits, regardless of the date any specific class begins. For all summer sessions, employees must be active on the first day of the summer pre-session. Visit the University academic calendar for specific dates.

Key IRS Requirements for Eligibility: Children must be claimed on an eligible parent’s tax return to be eligible for the QTR benefit. To be claimed on your tax return, the child must be:

  • Your son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, adopted child, or foster child for whom you have legal guardianship, and
  • Living with you (except for school), and
  • Dependent on you for at least half of their support, and
  • Under 30 years of age.

A child age 24 or older also must not earn more than $5,050 in income during the calendar year in which QTR/EAP is applied. This may mean that graduate students and medical students are ineligible for their last semester.

Please review the Dependent Child Tuition Reduction Eligibility (PDF) questions carefully before submitting a QTR application for a child.

The University is required to conduct random audits at the end of the tax year to ensure that children who received QTR do qualify as dependent children/relatives. If the audit reveals your child was not your dependent, the QTR benefit will be retroactively withdrawn and you will owe tuition. 

The employee must be legally married or have a domestic partnership established prior to the start of the semester in which they want to apply on their spouse/domestic partner's behalf. We verify this by requesting marriage certificates or the domestic partner's affidavit.

Retirees: Employees who retire from the University with Official Retirement Status remain eligible for QTR/EAP benefits for themselves and their spouses and dependent children. In order to remain eligible, retirees must take a distribution from their retirement plan within 31 days of their retirement date.

Employees on Leave of Absence: Employees on an approved leave of absence, and their spouses and eligible dependent children, continue to be eligible for the QTR/EAP benefits for the duration of the approved absence.

Former Employees: Classified Staff and University Staff employees who are separated from University employment through reorganization/reduction in force following at least 5 consecutive years of satisfactory service, along with their spouses and dependent children, remain eligible for QTR/EAP benefits for 12 months following layoff.

Spouses and dependents of deceased employees may remain eligible for QTR/EAP benefits. Please consult the Qualified Tuition Reduction policy.

Affiliate DCCs: Some affiliates and their qualifying dependents are eligible for QTR/EAP. To determine eligibility, please consult the Approved Affiliate Institutions table.

What is Discounted

Use Financial Service’s Tuition Calculator to calculate total tuition before and after applying QTR.

Tuition Calculator

Note: QTR only applies to tuition; it does not apply to housing, books, or other fees. 




Dependent Child

Tuition Reduction

UA, NAU and ASU only 

Tuition is reduced to $25 per semester/term. Tuition is reduced to $25 per semester/term. Tuition is reduced to 25% of in-state tuition amount.

Tuition Reduction

University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC) only

Coming soon in Fall 2024

  • Tuition is reduced to $3.57 per credit hour for undergraduate programs.
  • Tuition is $4 per credit hour for master's and doctoral programs. 
  • Tuition is $3.57 per credit hour for undergraduate programs.
  • Tuition is $4 per credit hour for graduate programs. 

Includes qualified domestic partners.

Tuition is reduced to 25% of in-state tuition amount.
Credit Hours Covered by QTR and DPTP
  • Fall/Spring: 1-9 credit hours.
  • Summer/Winter: 1-6 credit hours

Credits above these ranges are charged at the in-state per-credit resident tuition rate.

  • Fall/Spring: 1-9 credit hours.
  • Summer/Winter: 1-6 credit hours

Credits above these ranges are charged at the in-state per-credit resident tuition rate.

No Limit
Undergraduate Courses Tax Impact* Tuition savings are not taxable Tuition savings are not taxable Tuition savings are not taxable
Graduate Courses Tax Impact* Tuition savings up to $5,250/year are not taxable. Savings over $5,250 will be taxed as employee income. Tuition savings are taxed as employee income. Tuition savings are taxed as employee income.

*Tuition Benefits Taxation Guidelines

The Tuition Benefits Taxation Guidelines page provides a general overview of the tax liability of the QTR and DPTP benefits. 

This does not constitute tax advice. We strongly encourage you to discuss all tax liability questions with a tax advisor. 

How to Apply

QTR applicants must be admitted as students at their respective universities and have a student ID to apply.


Complete the online application in UAccess Employee each semester/session. After logging in:

  • Select the Benefits tile.
  • Select Qualified Tuition Reduction.
  • Choose QTR Application Form.

For detailed guidance, select one of the following:

Retirees and Certain Employees


Once you log into UAccess, select the compass (diamond in a circle) in the top right corner. Then navigate to Self Service > Qualified Tuition Reduction > QTR Application Form

Employees of the University of Arizona Applied Research Corporation and Campus Research Corporation

Complete the Component Unit Application Form (PDF) and submit it directly to your department for approval, as the departments verify eligibility and then the employee will submit the form to HR to record and submit to the appropriate university.

QTR Application Deadlines

Apply for QTR in UAccess during the following application timeframes. These deadlines apply to all University of Arizona employees, whether using QTR at ASU, NAU, or University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC), regardless of class start dates.  Medical school applications are also subject to these dates and deadlines.  Note: You must submit a separate application for each semester or session. However, only one application is required for all summer sessions.

For example, to attend classes at UAGC, an employee must submit a QTR application based on the dates and deadlines below, even if the UAGC course start date is before or after the deadlines.  Learn more about using QTR at UAGC.

Applications can be submitted online up to three months before the beginning of the semester for which the tuition reduction is requested. However, submitting an online application does not guarantee continuation of this benefit if the employee's status changes before the first day of the semester.

**If you or your dependent attends ASU or NAU, you must submit a screenshot of your approved application directly to that university’s tuition office. Please see the FAQs below for more information.

SEMESTER                                                    APPLICATION OPENS:                      APPLICATION DEADLINE:                      MUST BE ACTIVE EMPLOYEE ON:                        
Summer I/II 2024 Feb. 13, 2024 June 23, 2024 May 13, 2024
Fall 2024 May 29, 2024 Sept. 30, 2024 Aug. 26, 2024

Verifying Application Status

Once you have submitted your application online, you can view its eligibility status in UAccess Employee at any time. 

  1. After logging in, select Main Menu > University Benefits > Qualified Tuition Reduction > View QTR Applications
  2. To view a specific application, enter your transaction number and click "Search." If you do not know your transaction number, you may click "Search" to view all submitted applications.

Once Human Resources has approved the application, the Bursar’s Office will adjust student account balances within 48–72 hours. Please contact the Bursar’s Office for more information about tuition and student accounts.

Frequently Asked Questions

If the student is registered for classes and tuition has posted, the tuition reduction will post once it has been entered by the Bursar’s Office. The student will be able to see it in his/her student account in UAccess Student.

Yes, if you are enrolled in courses at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, or Northern Arizona University, you can simultaneously receive the QTR benefit at each university. QTR credit limits still apply.  To apply for QTR at two different universities, you must complete the application process twice in UAccess by applying first for one university and then for the other. QTR applications for courses taken at NAU or ASU must be sent directly to those institutions for processing.

If your employment status changes before the first day of the semester or session you have applied for, your application will be automatically deactivated.

If your employment status changes after the semester or session begins, the tuition reduction that was applied to your student account remains in place for the remainder of that semester or session. That means you can complete the course (or courses) you are already enrolled in.

Guidance is available on the Internal Revenue Service website in Publication 501: Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. See the section on "Exemptions for Dependents."

Important: If your child is age 24 or older, there are income limits on how much the child can earn and still qualify as a dependent. (The amount is $4,400 per calendar year for 2022; check the QTR application for future adjustments.) This means children age 24 and older may not be eligible for QTR in their last semester or session. If the child secures a job after graduation, all income earned for the remainder of the calendar year is applied to the income limit. Consequently, an end-of-year audit may reveal that the child has retroactively become ineligible for QTR, and you may be required to reimburse the value of the QTR benefit the following year.

No. Student workers and graduate assistants/associates are excluded from QTR eligibility.

No, QTR is not valid for study abroad.

Complete the online QTR application in UAccess Employee. When the online application is approved, there will be a prompt to print a confirmation. The printed confirmation must be turned in at the university where the student will be attending classes. You are responsible for submitting your approved application confirmation to the university (ASU or NAU) you are attending. Check with that university's service center for waiver processing requirements and deadlines.

ASU: Student Accounts Office
Tel: (480) 965-6341
Fax: (480) 965-9242

NAU: Office of Student Financial Aid
Tel: (928) 523-4951

Log in to UAccess Employee. Open the "Benefits" tile, then open the "Qualified Tuition Reduction" drop-down and select "View QTR Applications." Leave the Search Criteria blank and hit "Search." All the QTR applications you have previously submitted will appear, and you can select the one you need.

Yes, if you (or your dependent) are planning to take any courses during a semester, submit a QTR application before the deadline for that semester. It is important to submit the application prior to the deadline, even if the class has not started yet (or in some cases acceptance to the University of Arizona may be pending).

An application will be in a "pending" status if supporting documentation verifying the relationship of that dependent has not previously been submitted to the Division of Human Resources. Once documentation is submitted to and approved by Human Resources, the application status will be changed to "approved."

An application will be declined if:

  • You did not meet the eligibility requirements for QTR.
  • Responses to dependent eligibility questions did not qualify the dependent as eligible (either as a qualifying child or a qualifying relative).

If you have questions about why your application was declined, please contact HR Solutions:

Phone: 520-621-3660

Yes, you can verify the status of your QTR application in UAccess Employee. After logging in to the Employee Main Homepage select the Benefits tile > Qualified Tuition Reduction > View QTR Applications. Once your eligibility is approved, it is sent to the Bursar's Office for processing. Once processed, the student will be able to see the QTR applied in his/her student account in UAccess Student.

Yes, random audits are conducted every semester. If you are audited, you will be required to submit documentation supporting your application.

Yes. The Graduate Tuition Waiver may offset any portion of the base tuition that QTR does not cover. QTR is applied first, and the Tuition Waiver award will apply to the remaining balance.

No. GAs who are entitled to tuition benefits through QTR must choose between the two benefit options.

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