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 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).  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:

     Tutorial
     Skillport  (NetID and password required.  Be sure to allow Skillport pop-ups on your browser.)
     Frequently Asked Questions
     Tuition Remission Online Application

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). 

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:

     Tutorial (PDF)
     Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
     Graduate Course Certification Online Form

Important Graduate Course Certification Submissions Semester Due Dates:

  • Spring Semester      October 3 through January 5
  • Summer Semester   April 14 through May 11
  • Fall Semester          June 18 through August 17

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

Tuition Remission Information Session (Webex) - August 3, 2017

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.