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Tuition Benefits

Tuition Credits

Formerly known as Tuition Waiver for University of Massachusetts

Full-time benefited employees, their spouses, domestic partners and unmarried dependent children (through age 25) meeting eligibility and admission requirements, will receive a 100% tuition waiver per semester for regularly scheduled courses.  In the past, certain fees have been waived for employees.  This policy is currently under review by the five campuses and may be subject to change.  Spouses, domestic partners and dependent children must pay all applicable fees.

Part-time benefited employees must be employed at least 50% (half) time.  The waiver consists of up to seven (7) tuition-free credits per semester for employees meeting eligibility and admission requirements.  Spouses, domestic partners and dependent children of part-time employees are not eligible for tuition waiver benefits.

To be eligible for tuition waiver benefits, an employee's effective date of employment must be prior to the first day of classes.

***Please note than an employee may only take one course, not to exceed 4 credits, during their working hours. (classes during working hours are subject to supervisor’s approval and class time must be made up)

Tuition Waiver is not applicable to physician training at the UMass/Medical School or any courses at UMass Dartmouth Law School.

See below for information pertaining to CAPS courses.

Formerly known as Tuition Remission to attend the University of Massachusetts and other Massachusetts state universities, state colleges and community colleges

Full-time employees, their spouses and unmarried dependent children (through age 25) meeting eligibility and admission requirements will, after six (6) months of continuous service, receive 100% tuition remission for regularly scheduled courses and 50% tuition remission for CAPS courses.  Physician training at the UMass/Medical and UMass Dartmouth Law School is excluded.

Part-time employees (employed at least 50% time, with at least six (6) months of full-time equivalent service), their spouses and unmarried dependent children (through age 25) are eligible for a 50% tuition remission for regularly scheduled courses and a 25% remission for University College courses.  Employee, spouse and dependent children must meet eligibility and admission requirements.  Physician training at the UMass/Medical School and any courses at UMass Dartmouth Law School is excluded.

Please note that all Winter/Summer School and on-line courses at the University of Massachusetts are presently CAPS  courses.  Please also note that not all courses are eligible for tuition waiver/remission, and waivers for all on line classes are capped at a certain dollar amount.  Please contact the Bursar’s office for more information.

For more information on Tuition Remission, please visit  Massachusetts public institutions of higher education and review attached Frequently Asked Questions.

Spouse/Dependent (Benefited Employees with less than two (2) years of benefitted service):

Effective Fall 2015 semester, eligible full and part‐time undergraduate spouses and dependents (under the age of 26) of active benefited employees (full or part-time) shall be eligible to have a credit for up to the maximum of fifty percent (50%) of the previous named curriculum/operating fees waived.  Full time employee eligibility begins the semester following the completion of two years of full‐time equivalent benefited service at any of the UMass Campuses or UMass System Office. Part‐time benefited employees are eligible for the fee credit/waiver in the semester following the completion of four years of part‐time equivalent benefited service at any of the UMass Campuses or UMass System Office.  Part‐time shall be defined as a regular schedule of half‐time the normal number of hours for that position. Individuals must be eligible for benefits under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement or personnel policies.                                                          
 

Taxation of Tuition Credits:

Federal law requires that certain employer-provided educational expenses be included in your gross income. Under the Internal Revenue Code, employer-paid tuition (through tuition credits/remission or educational assistance reimbursements) for courses for which you receive academic credit may be considered taxable income if you receive more than $5,250 in assistance in a calendar year. If the course(s) maintain or improve skills needed in your present work, the educational assistance amount will not be considered taxable, even if you exceed $5,250. However, if any of the course(s) taken in the calendar year are part of an advanced-degree program (graduate credit) that will qualify you for a new trade or profession (even if you do not plan on entering that trade or profession), the University must include the value of the course(s) that exceeds $5,250 as part of your wages and automatically withhold appropriate taxes from your wages. Taxes are calculated each semester and the appropriate extra taxes are to be deducted from the employee’s paycheck, usually over 3 or 4 pay periods.

This tax-free provision does not apply to spouses or dependents taking graduate courses.  Therefore, the value of the tuition remission provided to spouses and/or dependent children of employees for graduate level course work under the Tuition Credit/Remission policy will be added to employees’ taxable wages and automatically withhold appropriate taxes from your wages.

How to Apply for a Tuition Credit or Remission
  1. Get the tuition credit and remission form at the Human Resources Office, 3rd floor, Quinn Administration Building.
  2. Complete the form before the semester starts. Then return it to the Human Resources Office.
  3. The HR representative will review your eligibility based on the completed form and will return it to you. At least two (2) working days must be allowed for the processing and approval of the waiver and remission forms.
  4. Take the form to the Bursar's Office at the university or college where you are taking the course.
  5. Register for the class at the Registrar's Office.

University of Massachusetts Boston is currently working on a tuition credit information sheet for the new changes.