This section provides an overview of many benefits available to faculty and staff. In the event of conflict between the overview provided in this handbook and the plan document or insurance plan, the plan document or insurance plan will govern. Complete descriptions are not possible in the handbook; employees should contact Human Resources for specific plan details. The Labor Agreement governs in the case of Union employees in all aspects of this section. Regular non-union employees who have a schedule involving a (.46) FTE or above, and Union employees who have a (.50) FTE or above are eligible to participate in the College’s benefit programs.
Carleton College will comply with all applicable laws such as ACA, FMLA, federal, state, and any applicable regulations.
Employment & Benefits
Tuition for Dependents
Carleton College extends dependent tuition benefits to exempt employees with completion of six years of continuous employment in a benefits-eligible position at Carleton. The benefit covers legal children, age 26 years or less as of September 1 in any given year, who attend accredited undergraduate college or universities to pursue their first degree. The benefit is pro-rated (or scaled) for employees who work less than full time (1.0 FTE). The program offers three different options based on the institution the dependent attends:
- At Carleton the benefit is one-half of Carleton’s tuition.
- At fully accredited, non-ACM colleges and universities other than Carleton, the benefit is the least of:
- 50% of tuition due,
- 33% of Carleton’s tuition; or
- Tuition due minus tuition-based financial aid
The dependent tuition benefit does not apply to summer program courses, special programs, interest on loans or other special fees. The benefit will not exceed four regular academic years per child and a maximum of twelve regular academic years per eligible employee; if both parents work at the college the benefit will be shared. Tuition benefit payments will be made directly to the institution the student attends.
Starting July 1, 2023, the Dependent Tuition benefit will be extended to all benefits-eligible employees and will include an additional benefit for dependents that attend ACM institutions. Other eligibility requirements will remain the same.
- At an ACM Peer institution, the benefit is scaled based on employee FTE as follows:
- 1.0 – .83 FTE = 80% of tuition due for 4 years,
- .82 – .65 FTE = 80% of tuition due for 3 years,
- .46 – .64 FTE = 80% of tuition due for 2 years; or
- Employees with an FTE less than .83 may opt out of the ACM tuition program.
Employees who participate in the ACM Program are responsible for completing ACM related forms and paying a one-time ACM administration fee (currently $25).
Tuition for Spouses or Domestic Partners
The College will waive tuition charges for faculty and staff spouses or domestic partners who enroll as special students for one course per academic term at Carleton. All special students register for courses through the Office of the Registrar. Please refer to the Special Student section in the Academics section of this handbook.
Last Revised: January 11, 2023
Last Reviewed: January 18, 2022
Maintained by: Human Resources