Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College offer a tuition waiver to employees who are eligible under their bargaining agreement. The tuition waiver provides the cost of tuition and, in some cases, certain fees.

Tuition Waiver Guides


The Minnesota State System offers a tuition waiver benefit to most employees based on criteria provided in the various union contracts or salary plans.

Each union contract specifies employee and dependent eligibility, the number of allowed credits, fees included in the waiver, the academic year in which the waiver can be used and where credits can be earned (technical, community or co-located colleges and/or state universities).

Submitting Tuition Waiver Requests

  1. Log in using your Star ID and password. Select your institution from the drop-down box.
  2. Create and submit your tuition waiver request(s).
  3. Check back in the Tuition Waiver system to see when the waiver is processed by HR. You will not receive a confirmation or notice of denial. It is the responsibility of the employee to check for timely processing.  Please contact HR if you have questions about the status of your request.

If you are a user of the ISRS faculty web portal or eTimesheet, you will use the same StarID and password to gain access to the Tuition Waiver (TW) system. If you have not yet activated your StarID, please go to the StarID site.

Submission Deadlines

The deadline to submit tuition waiver is 10 days after the start of the class.

If no class date is specified (ex. Independent Study), the deadline is 10 days after the start of the respective semester/session.

Please be aware of Student Financial Service’s important dates to avoid having classes dropped for non-payment. If classes are registered for but tuition waiver has not been filed for by Early Registration Guarantee Date, classes will get dropped.