Open Tuition Scholarships

Open Tuition Scholarships provide scholarships to dependent children to any accredited institution of higher education, with the scholarship amount graduated based on years of service. Eligibility requirements are more clearly defined on this website. This benefit is effective beginning July 1, 2012.

What are the scholarship amounts?

The tuition scholarship benefit is graduated based on length of service as of July 1 of each year, as shown below:

Length of Service as of July 1 of the Academic Year  

Amount of Annual Scholarship at Any Accredited Institution (Not to Exceed Tuition at School Attended)


$ 3,333


$ 4,000


$ 4,667


$ 5,333


$ 6,000


$ 6,667


$ 7,333


$ 8,000


$ 8,667


$ 9,333


$ 10,000


Can an Open Tuition Scholarship be used at community colleges or vocational/ technical colleges?

This scholarship program is available for use at any accredited institution of higher education in the United States when the dependent child is in a degree-seeking program and enrolled full-time.

Can my dependent child use this benefit for an occasional course?

To be eligible for this benefit, the dependent child must be registered as a full-time, degree-seeking student and the class must be eligible for credit toward that degree.

Can dependents use an Open Tuition Scholarship to pay for Running Start?

Based on the Running Start website, Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition for the college courses, so this benefit may not be used for Running Start.

Is the Open Tuition Scholarship amount listed per academic year per student, or is that a one-time lump sum amount per family?

The scholarship amount listed is per academic year per eligible dependent child.