Regents Scholarship Program
Frequently Asked Questions
- If the employee has a baccalaureate degree from an institution other than the University of Minnesota, including one earned in another country, and subsequently enrolls in a baccalaureate degree at the University of Minnesota, will the Regents Scholarship cover 100% of the tuition costs?
No. The Regents Scholarship benefit of 100% tuition coverage applies only to courses taken within a first baccalaureate degree program.
- Are family members of eligible employees covered under this policy?
No, family members of eligible employees do not have access to the Regents Scholarship Program.
- Can departmental, professional development, or grant funds be used to cover the employee contribution portion of the tuition cost?
No. The Regents Scholarship Program is for development at the employee's option. It is not permissible for grant funds or any type of University funds to provide more benefit than the Regents Scholarship allows.
- If the department requests or requires the employee to enroll in particular courses; can departmental, professional development, or grant funds be used to cover the employee tuition cost contribution?
No. It is not permissible for grant funds or any type of University funds to provide more benefit than the Regents Scholarship allows. In specific situations it may be permissible for the department to pay the tuition cost in full as professional development business expenses but not in conjunction with a Regents Scholarship. Refer to the Business Expense Policy for guidance on this type of expense allowability.
- Can an employee cover the full tuition cost of a course using both the Regents Scholarship benefit and a graduate assistant tuition benefit?
No. A graduate assistant appointment with tuition benefits may not be used to cover the required employee contribution of tuition costs while receiving tuition benefits under the Regents Scholarship Program.
- When does the Regents Scholarship application form need to be submitted for processing?
All Request for Regents Scholarship forms should be submitted prior to the first billing due date of the term to ensure that this benefit is processed appropriately.
- If a P&A employee entitled to a 3-month notice period receives a notice of non-renewal in June and decides to continue employment during the notice period, could the employee enroll in a fall semester course and receive a Regents Scholarship for the semester, even though the person will not continue to be employed the entire semester?
Yes, since the policy states that should the employee's appointment end due to a non-renewal of appointment, the program will cover the Regents Scholarship portion of tuition for the entire semester in which the appointment ends.
- If employed on one campus and registered for classes at another campus, where should the approved Regents Scholarship application form be submitted for processing?
Regents Scholarship applications (once approved) should be submitted to a One Stop Student Services office on the campus of registration for processing.
- How can I find information about tuition costs, fees, etc.?
One Stop Student Services has this information available at their website within the “Finances” section under “Costs, Tuition, and Fees.” This information is updated each academic year.
- How do I register for coursework as a non-degree student if I have not registered before or within the past year?
Information about registration for non-degree seeking students is available through the “Registration” link at One Stop Student Services.