Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program


In the fall of 2018, the University implemented the Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program for Spouses, Domestic Partners and Dependents allowing eligible dependents of University staff to benefit from a reduced base registration fee.

To apply, complete the Grant-in-Aid Application


Spouses, domestic partners and financially dependent children of active regular classified employees working at least .53 full-time equivalent at the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • "Spouse" is defined as any individual lawfully married to another individual;
  • "Domestic partner" is defined as any individual so registered with the Office of the Secretary of State of Nevada.
  • "Financially dependent child" shall mean 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. The classified staff member must attest to a dependency each time a tuition reduction is issued. The University of Nevada, Reno may at any time request proof of dependent eligibility for verification purposes.
  • The financially dependent children of a domestic partner are also eligible.

For qualified, dependent children who have served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, the age limitation will be extended for a period of such active service, but not to exceed 6 years.
There is no age limitation for a spouse or a domestic partner.

Limitations and course of study

  • The Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program may be used for undergraduate and graduate state-supported courses at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • There is no limitation to the number of credits that will be covered for each item (Fall, Spring, Summer I, II, and III).
  • Fees covered by this program will be equivalent to the current amount of the grant-in-aid benefit for professional employees and pay for a portion of the base registration fee.
  • This program does not pay for the cost of additional fees such as differential registration fees, special course fees, excess credit fees, or books.
  • Student health fees will not be waived for spouses, financially dependent children and domestic partners (even if they are covered on the employee's health insurance).
  • If a spouse 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.

Courses eligible for reduced registration fees

  1. All for-credit classes that are included in the weighted student credit hour calculation for state funding
  2. University Studies Abroad Consortium classes
  3. NevadaFIT
  4. Extended Studies/Summer Session classes (see restriction below)
  5. 365 Learning (on-line for-credit classes)

Restrictions on courses eligible for reduced registration

The following programs are not eligible or have restrictions:

  1. Pearson on-line sponsored programs (PEARSON) are not eligible. Master of Judicial Studies (JS), Justice Management (JM), and Doctor of Philosophy in Judicial Studies (JD) are not eligible.
  2. Executive MBA Program (EMBA) is not eligible.
  3. Gerontology (GERO) is not eligible.
  4. Intensive English Language classes (IELC) are not eligible.
  5. Remedial classes <100 level are not eligible.
  6. Non-credit classes offered through Extended Studies are not eligible.
  7. Extended Studies/365 Learning, including Summer Session, reserves the right to refuse to honor a Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program in a requested academic credit class.