|Policy:||Policy 4-3-9: Classified Family Grant-in-Aid||Date Adopted:||Nov 24, 2020|
|Department:||Human Resources||Contact:||Director of Human Resources|
|Statement:||WNC implemented the Classified Family Grant-in-Aid Program allowing eligible spouses, domestic partners, and dependents of WNC classified staff to benefit from a reduced base registration fee.|
Section 1: Definitions
- For the purposes of this policy:
- A spouse is any individual lawfully married to another individual.
- A domestic partner is any individual so registered with the Office of the Secretary of State.
- A financially dependent child is a natural, adopted or step child of a classified staff member who is not financially independent, is claimed as an exemption for federal income tax purposes under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 152), and has not attained the age of 24.
Section 2: Eligibility
- This program is available to family members of active classified employees working at least 0.53 full-time equivalent in regular classified service at Western Nevada Colleges including:
- Domestic partners
- Financially dependent children
- Financially dependent children of a classified family member’s spouse or domestic partner
- For qualified, dependent children who have served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, the age limitation specified in the definitions section will be extended for a period of such active service, not to exceed 6 years.
- There is no age limitation for a spouse or a domestic partner.
- The classified staff member must attest to the eligible relationship each time a tuition reduction is issued. Western Nevada College may, at any time, request proof of eligibility for verification purposes.
Section 3: Courses and Credits
- The Classified Grant-in-Aid Program:
- May be used for courses during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
- May be used for all for-credit classes included in the weighted student credit hour calculation for state funding
- Covers an unlimited number of credits each semester
Section 4: Fees
- Fees covered by this program include a portion of the base registration fee and are equivalent to the current amount of the grant-in-aid benefit for professional employees.
- This program does not pay for the cost of additional fees such as differential registration fees, special course fees, excess credit fees, or books.
- If a spouse, domestic partner, or dependent child does not qualify as a resident student, only the portion of the per credit registration fee allocated to the State Operating Budget is paid by this benefit.
Section 5: Limitations
- The Classified Family Grant-in-Aid Program may only be used for undergraduate state-supported courses at Western Nevada College.
- The following courses/programs are not eligible:
- Intensive English Language classes (IELC)
- Remedial classes <100 level
- Non-credit classes offered through Continuing Education
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