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The Office of Graduate Student Services will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The office will re-open on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Benefits for Spouses or Partners of Graduate Students Enrolled in MA and PhD Programs

Academics Courses at Wesleyan University

Graduate student spouses or qualified domestic partners holding BA degrees or equivalent are permitted to register for courses at Wesleyan according to the following guidelines:

  1. With permission of the instructor and chair of the department, two courses per semester in the fall or spring terms without payment of tuition for BA, MA, or PhD courses, subject to the terms and conditions of course enrollment.  Those who wish to be accepted as a full-time candidate for the BA, MA, or PhD are required to go through the regular admission process for that program.  The spouse or partner is responsible for the $55 application fee.  Application forms are available in the Office of Graduate Student Services.

  2. With the permission of a Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) program advisor two courses per semester during the fall, spring or summer terms, without payment of tuition.  This may not exceed four courses per academic calendar.  Eligible students may take more than two courses per semester but will be expected to pay the tuition for courses beyond these credits.  The GLS program and classes are described at http://www.wesleyan.edu/masters/admission/index.html.   The spouse or partner is responsible for the $100 nonrefundable registration fee, as well as any additional course fees that apply to a particular course.  Admission to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) or Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts (MPhil) degree programs is subject to the terms and conditions of the GLS program.

Note

Graduate student spouses and qualified domestic partners not holding a BA degree or equivalent are permitted to register at Wesleyan for up to two courses per semester, without payment of tuition.  Students must apply through the Office of Graduate Student Services.  The spouse or partner is responsible for the $55 application fee.

IRS Tax Regulations for Employee Spouse/Partner Educational Assistance

  • Tuition benefits for graduate students and/or spouses for undergraduate and graduate courses are taxable for amounts valued over $5,250 annually.  Effective January 1, 2007, if the combined annual value of educational assistance exceeds $5,250 for you and/or your spouse, the excess will be included in your taxable wages for the remainder of the year.
  • Tuition benefits for domestic partners are fully taxable.  Effective January 1, 2007, the full value of the benefit, when incurred, will be included in your taxable wages for the remainder of the year.