Tuition Remission

One of the most important and “Only-at-GW” benefits the university can provide is access to our world-class courses and degree programs.

Through the tuition remission benefit, GW extends its educational resources to our employees and their dependents. The benefit provides competitive, accessible and valuable tuition benefits to those who seek to further develop themselves, both personally and professionally.

Course Eligibility

The benefit does not apply to ineligible courses and programs or to fees and student account financial penalties. Please review important dates before applying for the benefit.

The list of ineligible courses and programs is subject to change. The tuition remission benefit policy applies only to courses and programs offered at and billed directly by GW and not through a third party provider.

Courses, certificates and certifications that are fee based, outsourced or have a shared revenue component with a third party (e.g., courses and programs offered by or billed by 2U, Colloquy and EMBANET) are ineligible 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.)  

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.

Tuition Remission Tools and Resources:

 Tuition Remission Tutorial

 Tuition Remission Frequently Asked Questions

 Tuition Remission Online Application

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

Tuition Remission Application Dates (for online and hardcopy):

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

Please note: Paper applications will no longer be accepted for  university employees and their dependents - Only online applications are accepted.

(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 a hard copy of the paper applications (PDF).

Important: 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 Exemption and Obligation 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. 

Online Graduate Course Certification

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

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).