FAQ: Benefits for My Dependent Children
ON THIS PAGE:
- What's Covered
- Dependent Children Attending Penn
- Dependent Children at Other Colleges
- Tax Liability
Tuition FAQ Dependents: Children Eligibility
There are two definitions of dependency. The first is Penn’s, which your child must meet to be eligible for your tuition benefit. This definition states your child must meet one of the four relationship statuses listed in Policy 407.3/408.3 for at least three years, during which time you have been providing at least half of your child’s support. You must continue to provide at least half support, beyond the tuition benefit, for the duration of your child’s benefit use.
The second, the Federal Definition of Dependent Children, determines whether the tuition benefit is considered taxable income. Your child must meet one of the two standards in the federal definition, one of which references age, and the other the child’s gross income.
Both definitions are detailed in the Scholarship for Dependent Children Attending The University of Pennsylvania Policy or Scholarship for Dependent Children Attending Other Colleges.
Tuition FAQ Dependents: Spouse What's Covered
Tuition FAQ Dependents: Children at Penn
add dependentto add in your child’s name, birthdate, and Penn ID. If your child is in the system without their Penn ID, click on
edit dependentand add in their Penn ID number. Choose Request Payment and follow the instructions to apply.
You can submit an application as early as when we open our system to requests, once your child has registered for courses, but the latest you should request payment is upon receipt of your child’s first term bill. Requests for payment will not be accepted after the final deadline for the term:
System Opens to Requests
Deadline for Submitting Requests
Summer Session I and
Summer Session II
Tuition FAQ Dependents: Children at Other Schools
This is a specific fee on your bill labeled “tuition”. The benefit is restricted to this charge. You may see other charges on your bill such as mandatory course fees, technology fees, or health fees, but the benefit does not cover any other fees or charges on the bill.
For example, if your child’s line-item tuition charge is $25,000 for the academic year, and Penn’s maximum benefit (40% of Penn’s tuition) is $15,000, then you could receive the full $15,000. If your child’s line-item tuition charge is $10,000 for the academic year, you would receive a benefit of $10,000, even if your total bill was over the benefit maximum of $15,000. Keep in mind, other scholarships that have restrictions similar to Penn’s benefit could affect your benefit amount.
Pending Your request has not yet been approved. If your request is pending for more than seven business days from the date you sent us your tuition bill, please email us at email@example.com to check if we’ve your bill.
Approved We have received a copy of your tuition bill and have approved payment. A check is generally sent out within three business days after the date of approval. Because we can’t show the exact date that a check was sent out from within the online tuition management system, it’s a good idea to follow up with your dependent’s school two to three weeks after the date of approval to confirm that they’ve received payment.
Canceled The request has been canceled, either by you or by our office. A canceled term doesn’t count against your dependent’s total allotted terms. Contact the Tuition Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org if your request has been canceled and you don’t know why.
You should submit an application as soon as the student has received an itemized tuition bill, but requests for payment submitted later than the following dates will not be accepted:
Winter term: March 15
Spring term: April 15
Summer term: August 15
Fall term: November 15
The online tuition management system features a list of approved institutions we have made payments to in the past. If you do not see your child’s school listed, use the online site to apply for approval of the school.
To see the list of schools, log into the tuition management system and click on “Dependent Direct Grant School List” on the left-hand menu.
Tuition FAQ Dependents: Children Tax Liability
Questions? Contact the Tuition Administrator at email@example.com.
For questions about your tuition bill (charges, amount due, and payment options), contact the Office of Student Financial Services: 215-898-1988; 3451 Walnut Street 1st floor.
For questions about policies related to an academic program, please contact the coordinator of that program directly.