Fringe Benefits

Employee Tuition Assistance Program

Faculty and Staff Southwestern Scholarship Program (one year waiting period):

Employees* and their eligible dependents who meet the academic eligibility requirements for admission to Southwestern University may receive a Southwestern Scholarship equal to the cost of tuition and fees (not room and boards, books and other related costs) after one year of service .  The funds for this benefit are provided by the Grace Pate Downs Scholarship fund.  While it is not required, employees are encouraged to contribute to the fund to ensure the continued level of contributions needed to offset the cost of this benefit.

Tuition Exchange Programs:

The university participates in tuition exchange programs which provide the possibility for employees and their family members to attend other member institutions.

  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Tuition Exchange Program (one year waiting period):

The University participates in the CIC Tuition Exchange Program which awards scholarships to the matriculating students based upon guidelines agreed to by the participating institutions.

  • Tuition Exchange, Inc. Program (three year waiting period and possibility for wait list) :

The University participates in the Tuition Exchange Inc. programs which awards scholarships to the matriculating students based upon guidelines agreed to by the participating institutions.

Other opportunities:

In addition to the programs listed above, the University also has bilateral tuition scholarship arrangements with a number of other institutions, including Austin College, Trinity University, and tuition exchange with the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS).

*As with other employee benefits, employees must work a minimum of thirty hours per week (75% FTE) to be eligible for this benefit.  The value of the benefit is prorated according to the employee’s FTE for the Southwestern Scholarship only.  None of the other programs allow for part-time/prorated scholarships.

Employee Tuition Assistance Policy

Tuition Exchange and Faculty/Staff Scholarship Application