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 rate. The benefit does not apply to ineligible courses and programs, fees and student account financial penalties.

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 section below regarding the new online application process).  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 to employees, their dependents and retirees of the university.  Please take some time to learn more about the online tuition remission application process by reviewing our tools and resources:


     Skillport  (NetID and password required.  Be sure to allow Skillport pop-ups on your browser.)

     Quick Reference Step-by-Step Instructions

     Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: Paper applications will no longer be accepted for employees, their dependents and retirees. (All other groups (dependents of retirees, affiliates, dependents of deceased employees) will continue to submit paper applications).

Important Application (online and hardcopy) Acceptance Dates:

  • Spring Semester      October 3 through February 1
  • Summer Semester   April 14 through June 15
  • Fall Semester          June 18 through October 1


Certification Information for the employee graduate tuition benefit tax exemption:

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).  To determine if you qualify, peruse the Taxable Tuition Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). An application for Graduate Tuition Benefit Tax Exemption (for Faculty and Staff (PDF) or for Research Staff (PDF) must also be completed to qualify. 

Important Graduate Course Certification (Graduate Tax Exemption) Document Semester Due Dates:

  • Spring Semester      No later than January 5
  • Summer Semester   No later than May 11 
  • Fall Semester           No later than August 17


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.