The Office of Graduate Student Services is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Family Benefits

Family Benefits

  • Academic Benefit

    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.  Click here for Information & Application .
    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   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.


    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.
  • Dependency Allowance

    Dependency Allowance

    Financial support is available for graduate students whose sole income is a graduate stipend and whose dependents reside full time with the graduate student.  Interested graduate students must submit an application to be considered for this support.  Financial assistance in the form of $152 per dependent per month will be approved for graduate students who meet the criteria listed below.  The amount paid per dependent may be less than $152 per dependent in years when many students apply and the total amount exceeds the available funds.   A new application is required each year. 

     Criteria for Eligibility

    1. Applicants must receive a graduate stipend
    2. The graduate stipend must be the sole source of income in the household
    3. Dependents covered by the dependency allowance must reside full-time in the household


    Dependency Allowance Application

    Applications must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Student Services

    Deadline for continuing graduate students: May 20

    Deadline for new incoming graduate students:  Sep 15