Tuition Remission

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At GW, we provide a world-class education to our students and extend that to our local and global communities. As part of the GW community, we feel it is important to offer our employees and their dependents an opportunity to participate in our formal education. The tuition remission benefit pays a percentage of tuition costs not to exceed the Columbian College in Arts and Sciences (CCAS) rate. To check the current CCAS tuition rate, please visit the Student Accounts Office website (under tuition rates). The tuition remission benefit does not apply to fees and student account financial penalties.

The benefit does not apply to ineligible courses and programs. The list of ineligible courses and programs is subject to change. Courses and programs with a shared revenue or out-sourced arrangement are not eligible for tuition remission coverage. Employees who wish to utilize the tuition remission benefit for a specific course or program must contact that school to verify eligibility for tuition remission coverage.

All students (employees, spouse, domestic partner, or children) must follow normal university registration procedures to enroll for classes and then apply for the tuition remission benefit (please see information below regarding the online application process).  Thus, all tuition remission benefit recipients must meet admission requirements and are subject to all academic rules, regulations and fees. No benefit coverage is provided for courses taken at other colleges or universities. (Dependent children may be eligible for undergraduate tuition under the Tuition Exchange Program.)  Please review important dates before applying for the benefit.

The online tuition remission application is available only to university employees and their dependents.  

Please note: Paper applications will no longer be accepted for  university employees and their dependents. (All other groups such as employees' overage dependents (24 years and over), retirees and their dependents, affiliates (CNMC, VA, N/ROTC), and dependents of deceased employees will continue to submit paper applications (PDF).

Please take some time to learn more about the online tuition remission application process by reviewing our tools and resources:

     Tuition Remission Tutorial
     Tuition Remission Frequently Asked Questions
     Tuition Remission Online Application

Important Application (online and hardcopy) Acceptance Dates:

  • Spring Semester      November 15 through February 1
  • Summer Semester   April 14 through June 15 
  • Fall Semester          July 6 through October 1

Please note: Applications will not be accepted following close of the application period. Student Accounts may impose financial penalties for unpaid balances following the first day of the semester or class start date.  These charges are irrevocable and must be paid separately.

Tax Obligation and Exemption Information (for employees):

The university manages its tuition remission plan in accordance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations. Tuition remission benefits at an undergraduate level are not taxable. Graduate tuition remission is subject to Federal Income and Social Security withholding taxes. Employees enrolled in graduate courses will be exempt for the first $5,250 of graduate tuition remission per calendar year. In limited situations, graduate benefits in excess of $5,250 can be provided on a tax-free basis if certain criteria are met. If the employee does not qualify for tax-free benefits, the value of the tuition in excess of $5,250 is reportable as compensation to the employee and subject to payroll tax withholding (see example). 

IRS regulations determine whether a course can be provided on tax free basis. For a course to be considered tax exempt, it should have a direct correlation to employee's primary benefits eligible position. The course should also help an employee maintain or improve skills required for the position. However, a course that is intended to help an employee pursue a new career or promotion, and/or meet the minimum requirements of a primary position, is not eligible for tax exemption. 

The online graduate course certification process is available only to employees of the university.  Please take some time to learn more about the online process by reviewing our tools and resources:

      Tax Exemption Tutorial 

      Tax Exemption Frequently Asked Questions

     Graduate Course Certification Online Form

Important Graduate Course Certification Submissions Semester Due Dates:

  • Spring Semester      November 15 through January 5*
  • Summer Semester   April 14 through May 11
  • Fall Semester          July 6 through August 17

*Due to the spring deadline falling on a Sunday, graduate course certifications are able to be submitted through Monday, January 6, 2020.

Please note: Paper graduate course certification forms for tax exemption will no longer be accepted for university employees. (All other affiliated groups will continue to submit paper graduate course certification forms (PDF). 

Tuition Remission Information Session (WebEx) - December 4, 2019

The Tuition Remission Benefits Policy (PDF) provides more detailed information on provisions and eligibility for full-time and part-time GW employees, as well as their spouses and dependents.