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Tuition Remission Program

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First Published  :Mon Dec 01 19:57:34 GMT 2014
Last Modified  :Mon Sep 10 13:25:41 GMT 2018
Last Published  :Mon Sep 10 13:25:41 GMT 2018
Summary :  Reference for current benefits eligible, employees who have inquiries about the tuition remission program at Tufts. Audience: Benefits Eligible Employees and dependents

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    Tuition Remission Program Overview
     The Tufts University Tuition Remission Program was developed to assist eligible employees in pursuing Undergraduate or Graduate Level Courses (including courses at the SMFA) offered by Tufts University. This exciting opportunity can be used for career enhancement or a particular academic interest. In addition, eligible dependents may also participate in this program. The goal of the program is to provide educational assistance to benefit eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Costs related to books, supplies, living expenses and fees are not covered under this program.
     

    1. Employee Tuition Remission Benefit: Eligible full time employees are entitled to take up to two (2), undergraduate or graduate/professional level, full-credit courses, tuition-free, per semester. Eligible part time employees are entitled to take one (1) undergraduate or graduate level full-credit course, tuition-free, per semester.  Please review the following notes and restrictions:
    • Although the summer semester has two sessions, it is one semester, and the per-semester benefit outlined above includes the summer semester. The Registration Fee for the Summer Session is not included in the Tuition Remission benefit.  Summer online courses are permitted. Summer "Mini-Sessions" are not eligible for Tuition Remission.
    • If a single course is a half-credit (half-semester) course, then it is possible for a full time employee to be approved for three (3) courses (two half-credit courses and one full-credit course) and for a part time employee to be approved for two (2) courses (two half-credit courses).
    • Costs related to books, supplies, living expenses and fees are not covered under this program.
    • If an employee terminates employment while enrolled in a course under the tuition remission program, they may continue the course and receive the tuition remission benefit until the course is completed.
    • Employees are subject to certain restrictions which are defined in detail in the sections entitled “Taxation”, “Restrictions and Requirements”, and “Definitions”.
    • Course auditing is only allowed during the summer. 
    • Employee Taxation: Undergraduate courses for employees are excluded from taxation. Non Job Related Graduate courses for employees are excluded from taxation up to $5,250.00 per calendar year. Graduate courses for employees are excluded from taxation if the course is considered job related to your current position. Please note: A course or degree program that helps to prepare you for a future job at Tufts or elsewhere will does not qualify as job-related.

    2. Spouse or Domestic Partner Tuition Remission Benefit: The spouse or domestic partner of an eligible (Full or Part Time) employee is entitled to take one (1) undergraduate or graduate level full-credit course per semester. Please review the following notes and restrictions:

    • Although the summer semester has two sessions, it is one semester, and the per-semester benefit outlined above includes the summer semester. The Registration Fee for the Summer Session is not included in the Tuition Remission benefit. Summer online courses are permitted. Summer "Mini-Sessions" are not eligible for Tuition Remission.

    • If a single course is a half-credit (half-semester) course, then it is possible for a full time employee to be approved for three (3) courses (two half-credit courses and one full-credit course) and for a part time employee to be approved for two (2) courses (two half-credit courses).

    • Costs related to books, supplies, living expenses and fees are not covered under this program.

    • If an employee terminates employment or dies while an eligible dependent is enrolled in a course under the tuition remission program, the eligible dependent may continue the course and receive the tuition remission benefit until the course is completed.  

    • Spouses Taxation Undergraduate courses for spouses are excluded from taxation. Graduate courses for spouses are taxable to the employee.
    • Domestic Partners Taxation: All courses (undergraduate and graduate) for domestic partners are 100% taxable to the employee.

     Employees are subject to certain restrictions which are defined in detail in the sections entitled “Taxation”, “Restrictions and Requirements”, and “Definitions”.

    3.
    Dependent Child Tuition Remission Benefit: A dependent child(ren) is entitled to receive tuition remission for up to four (4) years of undergraduate study (no graduate) under this program. The child(ren) must be formally admitted to an undergraduate program offered by Tufts University, limited to one bachelor’s degree only. This excludes extra tuition incurred because of dual bachelor’s degree programs or 5 year bachelor’s / master’s programs. Any Inquiries on dual bachelor degree program billing will need to be addressed to Student Services. The remission program is open to all candidates with special learning disabilities, no longer limited to candidates who participate in  the R.E.A.L. program.
     

    • A dependent child(ren) who has not been formally admitted to Tufts University may take up to two (2), undergraduate level courses, tuition-free, in a non-degree status during the summer semester only. Although the summer semester has two sessions, it is one semester. The Registration Fee for the Summer Session is not included in the Tuition Remission benefit.  Online summer courses are permitted. Summer "Mini-Sessions" are not eligible for Tuition Remission.
    • If an eligible employee dies while a dependent child is enrolled in the Tufts University remission benefit, the dependent child will continue to receive benefits for up to four (4) years of under-graduate study, limited to one bachelor’s degree only.   
    • Dependent Children Taxation: Undergraduate courses for dependent children of benefits eligible employees (and their spouses dependent children) are excluded from taxes. Undergraduate courses for dependent children of domestic partners are Federal and State taxable to the employee. Dependent children are not eligible to enroll in Graduate level courses under the tuition remission program.

    Eligibility- Questions about eligibility can be directed to TSS. 

    •  Employees who have been continuously employed as a benefits eligible employee for at least three months as of the first day of the semester applied for, and are in one of the following eligible employee classifications are eligible to receive benefits under the Tuition Remission Program:
    •  Exempt, Salaried Non-Exempt or Hourly Non-Exempt Employees regularly scheduled to work 17.5 hours or more a week.
    • Faculty Member with at least a half time, two-semester appointment. (Half time generally means a regularly scheduled teaching load of at least three courses per academic year.) 
      Post-Doctoral employees are not eligible for the Tuition Remission Program.
    Dependent Eligibility
    •  Spouses and Domestic Partners: This benefit is available to spouses and domestic partners of full and part time benefits eligible employees who meet the above eligibility criteria.
    • Dependent Children: The Tuition Remission Benefit is available to dependent children of full time, active, regular benefits-eligible employees, and the dependent children of the employee’s spouse/domestic partner, who have been employed for at least five (5) consecutive years as full time benefits-eligible employees as of the first day of the semester applied for.  Note-dependent does not need to wait until  the employee has fulfilled the 5 year requirement to apply/attend Tufts, but the benefit will not begin until the date the employee meets the criteria. For example: If the date of full-time benefits eligible hire is 09/01/2014, they would become eligible starting in fall of 2019, as long as there are no breaks in service. So, if the dependent enrolled in the fall 2017 the employee would pay for 2 years, and T-Remission would start up in fall of 2019. 
    • An employee applying for the first time for Tuition Remission for a dependent child, spouse, or domestic partner must send Proof of Relationship (i.e. copy of birth certificate, marriage certificate, or QDP affidavit) to Tufts Support Services (TSS) directly instead of sending with the Tuition Remission application to Student Services. Send this Proof of Relationship either via: upload at  TSS Online Request,  via mail/campus mail/walk-in (62 R Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155, Attn: Tuition Remission) or fax  to TSS (617-627-7001); email is not encrypted and therefore not advised. 
     
    Employees may take a course or pursue a degree or certificate program at Tufts University. In addition, eligible dependents may participate in this program.

     

    Application Procedures

    The Tuition Remission Form must always be submitted to cover the tuition charge on the bill. In some cases other steps are required to register for the course. Please see the Employee Tuition Remission Benefit Application Form for the registration process for each school.  Questions regarding registration or a student bill should be directed to Student Services at 7-2000 or tuitionremissionapplication@tufts.edu. 
      Non-Matriculated Students
    • For fall and spring semesters, you must submit a Tuition Remission Application by the end of the first week of classes.
    • For summer semester, you must submit a Tuition Remission Application before the first class.
    Matriculated Students
    • For fall and spring semesters, you must submit a Tuition Remission Application by the due date of the bill.
    • For summer semester, you must submit a Tuition Remission Application before the first class.
    Non-Degree Students
    • You must get the instructor's approval on the first day of class before submitting your Tuition Remission Benefit Application Form. The instructor must certify that you have been accepted into the course and that there is space for you.
    • Non-Degree Students will not be considered eligible for Tuition Remission Benefits until all appropriate signatures have been obtained and the applicable forms returned to the student services desk.
    • Non-degree students may pre-register for summer semester courses only.
    • Your eligible dependent children can take up to two courses during the summer semester unless they have been formally admitted to Tufts. Fall and Spring sessions are still subject to the guidelines noted above for Non-Degree Students. 
    For questions about registration and tuition contact Student Services by email at: tuitionremissionapplication@tufts.edu or call 617-627-2000.

    For questions regarding Tuition Remission eligibility and taxation contact Tufts Support Services 617.627.7000

    Full Plan Guide and details can be found in the Tuition Remission section of Access Tufts

    For information about the 1098-T, click here, or contact Student Services 617.627.2000.

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