Tuition Reduction for Spouses

Wake Forest University offers tuition reduction benefits for spouses of eligible faculty and staff.

Eligibility

All full-time faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the tuition reduction program for spouses.

Attendance at Wake Forest University

  • Full-time faculty and staff are eligible as of hire date.
  • If academically qualified, spouses of regular full-time faculty and staff of the Reynolda Campus with less than ten years of service are eligible for a tuition reduction of one-half (50%) of the tuition charged, up to the tuition balance remaining after tuition-designated scholarships have been applied.
  • If academically qualified, spouses of regular full-time faculty and staff of the Reynolda Campus with ten or more years of continuous full-time service are eligible for a tuition reduction of two-thirds (66 2/3%) of the tuition charged, up to the tuition balance remaining after tuition-designated scholarships have been applied.
  • Tuition reduction for education at the undergraduate level is tax free for a spouse.
  • Tuition reduction for education at the graduate level for a spouse is taxable income to the faculty or staff member.
  • Spouses are eligible for graduate level coursework in the Graduate School of Liberal Arts and Sciences only. School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Divinity, School of Business, and Graduate School of Management are excluded.
  • Spouses may audit classes with approval.
  • Tuition reduction benefit has taxable implications (see policy for details).
  • Tuition reduction benefit does not apply at other institutions.

The taxable amount is treated as “supplemental income” and it is automatically subject to a 25% flat federal withholding rate, 6% tax withholding for State, and 7.65% for FICA. If you would like to make a change to your W-4 or NC-4 Forms, you may contact the Payroll Department (payroll@wfu.edu).

Policy

Review the Tuition Reduction for Spouses policy for full details of this benefit.

How to Submit a Tuition Reduction Request

Submit and track tuition reduction requests for spouses electronically through WIN.