Waivers


If your employer pays more than $5,250 for educational benefits for you during the year, you must generally pay tax on the amount over $5,250. Your employer should include in your wages (Form W-2, box 1) the amount that you must include in income. For inquiries please contact the IRS or your employer Human Resources department.

 

Adoptee Care Waiver

  • Students whose adoption from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) was after May 5, 1997 are eligible for education tuition and fee exemptions as defined in the Florida Statutes, Title XLVIII, K-20 Education Code, Chapter 1009 Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance, 1009.25(2) (d) Fee exemptions. The caseworker for these students will provide a letter with DCF letterhead specifying eligibility in the program. If currently awarded, a student will be eligible without restrictions to complete a degree program until the term in which the student reaches age 28. Students with letters drawn based on the statutes prior to July 1, 2010 will have four (4) year eligibility after high school graduation to use this benefit.

    Students must submit their letter prior to the fee payment deadline to Student Account Services. See the Academic Calendar for each term's Fee Payment Deadlines. Submit letters by fax or as a scanned attachment in an e-mail (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu.

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Certificate of Participation (COP) Waiver

  • A Certificate of Participation may be issued to persons who supervise student interns for a state university. This certificate entitles the holder to exempt the Tuition Fee portion of the hourly rate for up to six (6) hours during one term of instruction, at any state university. Both Graduate and Undergraduate courses may be covered. The holder will be responsible to pay all other current fees by the fee payment deadline. The COP recipient must use their COP by or before the expiration date that is on the form.
  • The COP requires three signatures: the Program Administrator's Signature, the Academic Dean's (or designee's) signature and the Recipient's (holder's) signature. COP missing any one of the signatures are unacceptable. Expired Certificates are not accepted.
  • The recipient should submit the COP to Student Account Services on or prior to the Fee Payment Deadline of any given term and pay any remaining fees by the Fee Payment Deadline to avoid a late payment fee. See the Academic Calendar for the Fee Payment Deadline. Submitted COPs are for use one term at a time and cannot be used again. This means that the COP cannot be split between terms, i.e., 3 hours in the Fall term and 3 hours in the next term.
  • Submit COP form by fax or as a scanned attachment in an email (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu. You may also mail the form to the following address:

    Mail the COP to:
    UCF Student Account Services
    Attn: Waivers Processing
    P.O. Box 160115
    Orlando, FL 32816-0115

 

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Child Protection and Child Welfare Personnel Waiver (effective Fall 2014)

  • Students who are employed as child protection and child welfare personnel as defined in the Florida Statutes, Title XXIX, Public Health, Chapter 402 Health and Human Services: Miscellaneous Provisions, 402.403 Child Protection and Child Welfare Personnel Tuition Exemption Program, are eligible for a tuition and fee exemption for up to six (6) hours of courses per term.
  • All child protection and child welfare personnel who participate in the tuition exemption program established under this section must remain employed by the department, a state agency, or a contracted provider for 5 years after completion of a graduate level social work program. If employment ends before the 5-year period, the benefit shall be repaid according to a pro-rate calculation based on the number of years of service.
  • Students must submit documentation from their employer by the first day of classes to Student Account Services and must pay tuition fees for all other registered courses over six hours by the payment deadline. See the Academic Calendar for each term's Fee Payment Deadlines. Submit documentation by fax or as a scanned attachment in an e-mail (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu.

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Combat Decoration Waiver

  • All military personnel who were and still are Florida residents when awarded a Purple Heart or another combat decoration superior in precedence are eligible for this waiver. This will waive the undergraduate tuition and incidental registration fees. Such a waiver shall be applicable for 110 percent of the number of required credit hours of the Undergraduate degree or certificate program for which the student is pursuing; as defined in the FL Statutes, Title XLVIII, K-20 Education Code, Chapter 1009 Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance, 1009.26(5) Fee Waivers. In order to use this benefit, the student must submit the DD-214 form issued at the time of separation from service as documentation that the student has received a Purple Heart or another combat decoration superior in precedence to Veteran Services for approval before submitting the form to Student Account Services. Combat Decoration recipients must submit an approved form to Student Account Services on or prior to the Fee Payment Deadline. See the Academic Calendar for the Fee Payment Deadline.
  • Veteran Services

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Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver (effective Fall 2014)

  • Students who are honorably discharged veterans and physically reside in the state while enrolled as defined in the Florida Statutes, Chapter 2014-1, Section 36, 1009.26 Fee Waivers, are eligible for a waiver of out-of-state fees. In order to use this benefit, the student must submit the DD-214 form issued at the time of separation from service as documentation to Veterans Services for approval. Additionally, the student must submit a Request for Veteran Tuition Waiver form, available from the Veterans Academic Resource Center. Waiver recipients must submit their waiver form and documentation to Veterans Services by the first day of classes.

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Dual Enrollment Waiver

  • Students in a public high school in an accelerated program of study are allowed to register for post secondary courses to complete high school credits and are eligible for education tuition and fee exemptions as defined in the Florida Statutes, Title XLVIII, K-20 Education Code, Chapter 1009 Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance, 1009.25(2) (a) Fee exemptions. High school guidance offices can provide more information to eligible students. Prospective students need to apply for UCF admission to be a dual enrollment or early admission student. Prospective students can also check Dual Enrollment Waivers for more information as well as the Academic Calendar for deadline dates.

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Foster Care Waiver

  • Students who were in the Foster Care system from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) are eligible for education tuition and fee exemptions as defined in the Florida Statutes, Title XLVIII, K-20 Education Code, Chapter 1009 Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance, 1009.25(2) (c) Fee exemptions. The caseworker for these students will provide a letter with DCF letterhead specifying eligibility in the program. If currently awarded, a student will be eligible without restrictions to complete a degree program until the term in which the student reaches age 28. Students with letters drawn based on the statutes prior to July 1, 2010 will have either four (4) year eligibility after high school graduation or eligibility until age 24, depending on the condition to use this benefit designated on the letter.

    Students must submit the letter prior to the fee payment deadline to Student Account Services. See the Academic Calendar for each term for the Fee Payment Deadlines. Submit letters by fax or as a scanned attachment in an e-mail (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu.

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Linkage Waiver

  • The Florida Legislature has established 11 International Linkage Institutes as defined in the Florida Statutes 288.8175. According to statue 1009.21, students who qualify will be eligible for non-resident tuition fee waivers. The Institutes are:
    • Florida-Brazil Institute
    • Florida-Canada Institute
    • Florida Caribbean Institute
    • Florida-China Institute
    • Florida-Costa Rica Institute
    • Florida-Eastern Europe Institute
    • Florida-France Institute
    • Florida-Israel Institute
    • Florida-Japan Institute
    • Florida-Mexico Institute
    • Florida-West Africa Institute
  • The Linkage Institutes notifies the students that they are certified to receive an out-of-state exemption/waiver. The student must submit the award letter to Student Account Services prior to the Fee Payment Deadline each term and pay any remaining fees by the Fee Payment Deadline. See the Academic Calendar for the Fee Payment Deadline. The letter is very specific and it will state the terms, program of study and the number of hours that the award covers. Submit letters by fax or as a scanned attachment in an e-mail (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu.

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Out-of-State Tuition Waiver for Specific Florida High School Graduates (effective Fall 2014)

  • Students who have attended a secondary school in Florida for three (3) consecutive years immediately before graduating from a high school in this state; have applied for enrollment in an institution of higher education within 24 months after high school graduation; and submit an official Florida high school transcript as evidence of attendance and graduation are eligible for an out-of-state fee waiver, as defined in the Florida Statutes, Chapter 2014-62, Section 5, 1009.26 Fee Waivers. The waiver is applicable for 110 percent of the required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for which the student is enrolled.
  • Incoming students need to apply for the waiver using the waiver form and instructions found here: https://admissions.ucf.edu/files/2014/06/Florida-HS-Graduate-OOS-Waiver.pdf. Current UCF students should contact Bunnie Jackson in the Registrar's Office for more information at Bunnie.Jackson@ucf.edu. Students must submit the form and any necessary documentation by the first day of classes.

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Reciprocal Exchange Student Waiver

  • The "Reciprocal Student Exchange" is a program in which degree-seeking students from UCF attend a foreign partner university in exchange for students from the partner university attending UCF. Participants must stay registered at their university of origin (home institution). An official agreement between UCF and an institution abroad establishes the reciprocal exchanges.

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School Psychology Waiver

  • Graduate students in a state-approved school psychology program of study are entitled to a waiver of tuition and fees associated with internship credit hours, as defined in the FL Statutes, Title XLVIII, K-20 Education Code, Chapter 1009 Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance, 1009.26(5) Fee Waivers. The School Psychology Program Coordinator will inform Student Account Services of each term's recipients. Recipients of this waiver will have all tuition and fees waived if the internship is the only course registered. Students must pay tuition and fees for all other registered courses by the Fee Payment Deadline. See the Academic Calendar for deadlines.

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Senior Citizen Waiver

  • Persons 60 years of age or older who meet Florida Residency requirements may register only to audit classes without payment of tuition and application fees as defined in the FL Statutes, Title XLVIII, K-20 Education Code, Chapter 1009 Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance, 1009.26(4) Fee Waivers. Registration is on a space-available basis and occurs on the last day of regular registration, at the time specified on the Academic Calendar for each term. See the Academic Calendar for Registration and Fee Payment Deadlines.
  • The Registrar's Office personnel are responsible for verifying senior citizen status, residency and eligibility for enrollment in the requested courses, as well as enrolling senior citizens in the classes. Then the Registrar's Office staff delivers the Senior Citizen Audit Registration Forms to Student Account Services for waiver processing by the Fee Payment Deadline each term. Contact the Registrar's Office for information regarding eligibility and/or what form to submit.

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Special Risk Waivers

  • There are two types of Special Risk Waivers:
    Dependents of Law Enforcement Officers
    Dependents of Firefighters
     
  • Dependents of Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty are eligible for education tuition and fee exemptions as defined in the Florida Statutes, Title X, Chapter 112, 112.19(3). This waiver covers an amount equal to the cost of tuition and matriculation and registration fees for a maximum of 120 credit hours of an undergraduate education or a postgraduate education. Eligible students should submit a Letter of Verification on letterhead from a superior official or Human Resources Department of the deceased officer's employ. The verification letter should include all pertinent information as it relates to the statutes as well as student name, date of birth, etc. The student must submit the verification letter to Student Account Services prior to the Fee Payment Deadline of the first term at UCF. Submit letters by fax or as a scanned attachment in an e-mail (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu. See the Academic Calendar for the Fee Payment Deadline.

  • Dependents of Firefighters killed in the line of duty are eligible for education tuition and fee exemptions as defined in the Florida Statutes, Title X, Chapter 112, 112.191(3). This waiver covers an amount equal to the cost of tuition and matriculation and registration fees for a maximum of 120 credit hours of an undergraduate education or a postgraduate education. Eligible students should submit a Letter of Verification on letterhead from a superior official or Human Resources Department of the deceased firefighter's employ. The verification letter should include all pertinent information as it relates to the statutes as well as student name, date of birth, etc. The student must submit the verification letter to Student Account Services prior to the Fee Payment Deadline of the first term at UCF. Submit letters by fax or as a scanned attachment in an e-mail (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu. See the Academic Calendar for the Fee Payment Deadline.

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Sponsored Institute Waiver

  • Participants of sponsored credit institutes and programs are eligible for a waiver of tuition and fees of all courses of the designated program as authorized by the board of trustees of each university. The department offering a sponsored program will submit a list of all participants to Student Account Services for processing. Students should view the Fee Invoice before the fee payment deadline to ensure waiver is processed.

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State of Florida Employees Tuition Waivers

  • Full-time state employees who meet academic requirements are entitled to a waiver of tuition and fees as defined in the FL Statutes, Title XLVIII, K-20 Education Code, Chapter 1009 Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance, 1009.265(1-5) Fee Waivers. State employees are any individuals who work in any of the State of Florida agencies (i.e. Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families, Department of Transportation etc.). State University employees as well as educators of the different counties of the state are not state employees. Eligible employees may be allowed to enroll for up to six (6) credit hours of eligible instruction per Fall, Spring and/or Summer terms without payment of tuition and fees including the late registration fee.
    • State Employee registration occurs on the last day of regular Registration for each term, at the time specified on the Academic Calendar for each term.
    • Summer term has two employee dates: one for sessions A, C, D, and a separate one for session B.
    • The following registration activities prior to the state employee registration timeframe may invalidate the use of the waiver:
      • The initial registration attempt of the course(s) to be waived even when the course(s) were dropped and later added to the schedule during the State/UCF employee registration timeframe.
      • Department/Advising registration.
      • The initial request to waitlist course(s).
    • The tuition waiver cannot be used for courses that have increased costs. These courses include, but are not limited to, continuing education courses, executive development courses, independent study, clinical courses, supervised research, supervised teaching labs, thesis hours, dissertation, internships, practicum courses, third-attempt repeat courses and surcharges, co-ops, or applied individualized instruction in Music, Art, Dance, etc.
  • Any state employee who uses an Employee Tuition Waiver for approved courses must submit a completed and signed tuition waiver form to Student Account Services by or prior to each term's Fee Payment Deadline. See the Academic Calendar for each term's Fee Payment Deadlines. To view a complete set of instructions, employees may obtain the "State Employee Tuition Waiver Form and Instructions" from the Registrar's Office Web site. Students are encouraged to list alternate courses on the waiver form to substitute for preferred courses that are closed. Student Account Services will not waive courses not listed on the waiver form.
  • Waived amounts above the I.R.S. threshold are reportable.


Submit completed waiver forms by fax or as a scanned attachment in an e-mail (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu.

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UCF Tuition Waiver Benefit Program-UCF Employee

Full-time UCF employees who meet academic requirements are entitled to a waiver of tuition and fees as defined in the FL Statutes, Title XLVIII, K-20 Education Code, Chapter 1009 Educational Scholarships, Fees, and Financial Assistance, 1009.265(3) Fee Waivers. Eligible employees may be allowed to enroll for up to six (6) credit hours of eligible instruction per Fall, Spring and/or Summer terms without payment of tuition and fees including the late registration fee. Employees who are classified as Faculty, Administrative and Professional (A&P), University Personnel Systems (USPS), on Sabbatical, undergoing professional development, using grants-in-aid, or on medical and educational leave; who are employed in an established full-time position with a 1.0 FTE on the date fees are due; and who meet academic requirements to enroll. Adjunct instructors, employees employed as Other Personnel Services (OPS) and part-time employees are not eligible to participate.

  • UCF Employee registration occurs on the last day of regular Registration for each term, at the time specified on the Academic Calendar for each term.
  • Summer term has two employee dates: one for sessions A, C, D, and a separate one for session B.
  • The following registration activities prior to the employee registration timeframe may invalidate the use of the waiver:
    • The initial registration attempt of the course(s) to be waived even when the course(s) were dropped and later added to the schedule during the State/UCF employee registration timeframe.
    • Department/Advising registration.
    • The initial request to waitlist course(s).
  • The tuition waiver cannot be used for courses that have increased costs. These courses include, but are not limited to, continuing education courses, executive development courses, independent study, clinical courses, supervised research, supervised teaching labs, thesis hours, dissertation, internships, practicum courses, third-attempt repeat courses and surcharges, co-ops, or applied individualized instruction in Music, Art, Dance, etc.

Any UCF employee who uses an Employee Tuition Waiver for approved courses must submit a completed and signed tuition waiver form to Student Account Services by or prior to each term's Fee Payment Deadline. See the Academic Calendar for each term's Fee Payment Deadlines. Prior to enrolling into courses each term, refer to the Human Resources Web site for eligibility requirements, course restrictions, and the Employee Waiver Form. Students are encouraged to list alternate courses on the waiver form to substitute for preferred courses that are closed. Student Account Services will not waive courses not listed on the waiver form.

Waived amounts above the I.R.S. threshold are reportable.

Submit completed waiver forms by fax or as a scanned attachment in an e-mail (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu.


UCF Tuition Waiver Benefit Program-Dependent Child/Spouse

Full-time UCF employees who are classified as Faculty, Administrative and Professional (A&P), University Support Personnel System (USPS) on Sabbatical, undergoing professional development, using grants-in-aid, or on medical and educational leave; who are employed in an established full-time position with a 1.0 FTE on the date fees are due, are eligible for a dependent or spouse tuition waiver benefit. The benefit allows employees to assign some or all of their unused portion of their six (6) credit hours to family members (defined as spouses and dependent children under the age of 26).

Spouses and dependent children of employees employed as Other Personnel Services (OPS), Adjunct instructors, and part-time employees are not eligible to participate.

Eligible spouses and dependent children must meet academic requirements to enroll, and may take up to six (6) credit hours of eligible instruction per Fall, Spring and/or Summer terms without payment of tuition and fees including the late registration fee.

  • Registration occurs on the last day of regular Registration for each term, at the time specified on the Academic Calendar.
  • Summer term has two registration dates: one for sessions A, C, D, and a separate one for session B.
  • The following registration activities prior to the registration timeframe may invalidate the use of the waiver:
    • The initial registration attempt of the course(s) to be waived even when the course(s) were dropped and later added to the schedule during the State/UCF registration timeframe.
    • Department/Advising registration.
    • The initial request to waitlist course(s).
  • The tuition waiver cannot be used for courses that have increased costs. These courses include, but are not limited to, continuing education courses, executive development courses, independent study, clinical courses, supervised research, supervised teaching labs, thesis hours, dissertation, internships, practicum courses, third-attempt repeat courses and surcharges, co-ops, or applied individualized instruction in Music, Art, Dance, etc.

Spouses and dependents must submit a completed and signed Tuition Waiver Form to Student Account Services by each term's Fee Payment Deadline. See the Academic Calendar for each term's Fee Payment Deadlines. Prior to enrolling into courses each term, refer to the Human Resources Web site for eligibility requirements, course restrictions, and the UCF Tuition Waiver Benefit Program Contingent Tuition Waiver Transfer Form. Both the UCF employee and spouse/dependent must sign and date the form. Students are encouraged to list alternate courses on their waiver form to substitute for preferred courses that are full. We will waive up to six (6) credit hours of courses listed on the approved waiver form.

Submit completed waiver forms by fax or as a scanned attachment in an e-mail (preferred method) to saswaivers@ucf.edu.

 

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