Tuition Exemption for Retired Officers
Tuition Exemption for Retired Officers' Spouse or Same-Sex Domestic Partner
Upon an Officer’s retirement, the spouse or same-sex domestic partner is eligible to receive Tuition Exemption only to complete a degree program for which they were eligible, and begun before the Officer’s retirement. The spouse or same-sex domestic partner must remain continuously matriculated in the degree program. To retire with this benefit, an Officer must be 55 years or older and must have completed 10 years of continuous benefits-eligible service on and after age 45 and retire immediately after terminating employment with Columbia.
Tuition Exemption for Retired Officers' Children
Once an Officer begins Phased Retirement, he or she will be treated as an active full-time Officer for purposes of the Tuition Exemption Benefit, until the retirement date. After retirement, he or she will be treated as described above in the Retirement section.