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Family Benefits

Family Benefits

  • Academic Benefit

    Academics Courses at Wesleyan University

    Graduate student spouses and qualified domestic partners holding a BA degree or equivalent are eligible to register for two undergradaute, graduate or graduate liberal studies (GLS) courses in the fall or spring semesters (or two GLS courses in the summer) at Wesleyan as non-degree students without payment of tuition.  Students may not exceed four courses per calendar year.  Courses are subject to the terms and conditions of course enrollment. 

    Students interested in graduate courses as a non-degree student should visit the Graduate Liberal Studies website:

    Students interested in undergraduate courses as a non-degree student should visit the Community Scholar website:

    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 $166 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 $166 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