Human Resources

Tuition Remission Program

 

  Tuition Remission Benefit

 

  Full-Time Employees

 

  Employee's Spouse

 

  Employee's Dependent Child

 

  Part-Time Staff Employees

 

  Provisions For Professional & Alternative Education Courses

 

  Taxation Of Tuition

 

  Additional Important Tuition Remission Benefit Information

 

  Other Tuition Related Programs

 

Tuition Remission Benefit

Information about the Tuition Remission Benefit is found in the tabs/sections below. Tuition Remission Forms can be found in the applicable sections below, based on the individual (employee, spouse or dependent child) who is the student. Please note that there are two forms for employees, one for courses taken at Emerson, and another for courses taken through the Pro-Arts Consortium.

Please review the information completely, including the sections on "Taxation of Tuition", and "Additional Important Tuition Remission Information." 

 

Full-Time Employees

Full-time staff employees may enroll in up to eight credits (undergraduate or graduate level courses) per semester at Emerson, on a space available basis. Full-time faculty (tenure/tenure track and term faculty) may enroll in up to four credits per semester. Employees must be hired prior to the first day of class in order to register for the current semester. The employee must complete an Employee Tuition Waiver Form and receive signature approval from his/her supervisor and Human Resources / Academic Affairs prior to course registration in order to ensure a waiver of tuition. With the approval of his/her supervisor, an employee may take courses during the regularly scheduled workday (not to exceed four hours per week). If during the workday, the employee's supervisor must provide an explanation of how the time is to be made up. This explanation must be stated on the Tuition Waiver Form. 

Directed Studies and Direct Projects are not covered under this benefit. Internships are covered for matriculated students only. Two-credit courses MU 353 and MU 354 are covered for matriculated performing arts majors only. (MU 253 and MU 254 are not covered).

The summer sessions (Session I and Session II) jointly count as one semester for this benefit. However, eligible employees may request to take two 4 credit courses during Summer I and two 4 credit courses during Summer II; this will be permitted contingent upon written approval from the employee's VP.

The Tuition Remission Benefit for employees taking courses covers tuition as well as fees.

Cross-Registration with Pro-Arts Consortium: Full-time employees are also eligible to cross-register for courses at other participating colleges through the Pro-Arts Consortium, including: 

  • Berklee (includes Boston Conservatory at Berklee)
  • Boston Architectural College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design 
  • New England Conservatory
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA)

Employees are advised to consult with Emerson College's Registrar's Office and the Registrar's Office at the participating institution prior to signing up for courses. Requests for employee tuition remission for the courses through the Pro-Arts Consortium should be submitted using the Pro-Arts Consortium Tuition Waiver Form

See " Taxation of Tuition" and Additional Tuition Remission Benefit Information" tabs below for additional information about this benefit. To request an exemption for taxation, complete the Graduate Level Tax Exclusion Request Form.

 

Employee's Spouse

An eligible full-time employee's spouse is entitled to full tuition remission for up to four credits each semester for undergraduate or graduate level courses taken at Emerson College. Eligible full-time employees for this benefit include full-time staff and full-time faculty members (tenure/tenure track and term faculty). The employee must complete a Spousal Tuition Waiver Form and receive signature approval from his/her supervisor and Human Resources / Academic Affairs prior to course registration in order to ensure a waiver of tuition.

The spousal benefit does not include courses offered through cross-registration with member institutions of the Pro-Arts Consortium.

Directed Studies and Direct Projects are not covered under this benefit. Internships are covered for matriculated students only. Two-credit courses MU 353 and MU 354 are covered for matriculated performing arts majors only. (MU 253 and MU 254 are not covered).

The Tuition Remission Benefit for spouses covers tuition only; all other fees are the responsibility of the student/employee.  

See " Taxation of Tuition" and Additional Tuition Remission Benefit Information" tabs below for additional information about this benefit.

 

Employee's Dependent Child

Dependent Children (as defined by the IRS) of an eligible full-time employee with at least two years of service are eligible to receive full tuition remission for undergraduate or graduate level courses taken at Emerson College (up to 16 credits per semester). Eligible full-time employees for this benefit include full-time staff and full-time faculty members (tenure/tenure track and term faculty). The employee must complete a Dependent Tuition Waiver Form and receive signature approval from his/her supervisor and Human Resources / Academic Affairs prior to course registration in order to ensure a waiver of tuition.

In the event of the death or total disability of an employee while his/her dependent child is receiving tuition remission, and the dependent is currently attending college, the dependent will be allowed to complete his/her degree provided the dependent has no voluntary break in attendance or is involuntarily separated from college for disciplinary reasons. 

The dependent child benefit does not include courses offered through cross-registration with member institutions of the Pro-Arts Consortium.

Directed Studies and Direct Projects are not covered under this benefit. Internships are covered for matriculated students only. Two-credit courses MU 353 and MU 354 are covered for matriculated performing arts majors only. (MU 253 and MU 254 are not covered).

The Tuition Remission Benefit for dependent children covers tuition only; all other fees (non-matriculated: registration fees; matriculated students: all fees including student services fee, registration fee, and room/board) are the responsibility of the student/employee.

See " Taxation of Tuition" and Additional Tuition Remission Benefit Information" tabs below for additional information about this benefit.

 

Part-Time Staff Employees

Part-time staff and their spouses are not eligible for tuition remission at Emerson College. However, tuition remission is extended on a pro-rated basis to dependent children of regular part-time staff who have worked a minimum of 26 hours per week for at least two years.

 

Provisions For Professional & Alternative Education Courses

Professional Education and Alternative Education courses are included under this policy, with the exception of all High School and Pre-College Programs, and the Global Pathways program, which are not eligible for Tuition Remission. For eligible courses, there is a limit of two courses per semester for any eligible employee, spouse or child.

 

Taxation Of Tuition

Per current Internal Revenue Service regulations, there may be income tax liabilities arising from tuition remission as follows:

  • Undergraduate Courses: Undergraduate tuition for the employee, dependent child or spouse is not taxable.
  • Graduate Courses, Employee: The employee will be taxed (federal and state taxes) on the value of the graduate-level courses taken by the employee, in excess of $5,250 per the calendar year, unless the courses meet the requirements for exemption from taxation as job-related education. To request the job-related exemption for taxation, complete the Graduate Level Tax Exclusion Request Form.
  • Graduate Courses, Spouse and Dependent Child: The employee will be taxed (federal and state taxes) on the value of graduate-level courses taken by a spouse or dependent child.

 

Additional Important Tuition Remission Benefit Information

Additional Important Tuition Remission Benefit Information:

  • Matriculated employees/spouses who are eligible to participate in the Tuition Remission benefit must first submit a completed Tuition Waiver form to the Human Resources Service Center. Once the form is approved for eligibility by HR, the form will be submitted to the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's office will provide a PIN required for registration to the matriculated employee/spouse.
  • Employees with dependent children eligible for the Tuition Remission benefit must submit a completed Tuition Waiver form to the HR Service Center for each semester that the child is attending school. Matriculated dependent children will be able to register along with other matriculating students.
  • Non-matriculated employees/spouses/children will be registered by the Registrar's Office, on the Friday before the first day of class.
  • The Global Pathways program and all High School and Pre-College programs are not eligible for Tuition Remission. 
  • The summer sessions (Session I and Session II) jointly count as one semester for this benefit.
  • The College will apply intersession course credits to the semester immediately following, with the exception of intersession credits for courses taken in August, which are applied to the Summer II semester.
  • In the event an employee leaves the college, the Tuition Remission benefit will end. The employee will owe a pro-rated portion of tuition based on their employment termination date.
  • If the tuition benefit recipient takes a complete withdrawal or leave of absence during the first five weeks of a semester, the tuition and tuition benefit will be adjusted according to the College's withdrawal policy
  • Funds provided through the Tuition Remission Program may result in a reduction or elimination of other financial aid offerings. Please contact the Financial Aid Department at 617-824-8655 for additional details and assistance.
  • All students enrolled at least 75% of full-time (9 credits or more for Undergraduate students, and 6 or more for Graduate Students) are required by law to have health insurance. Employees are required to waive the Student Health Insurance for themselves or any dependent that are enrolled at least 75% of full-time and must provide proof of alternative coverage prior to enrollment.
  • New first-time freshmen entering a fall term are required to live in Emerson College housing for their first six semesters, while new freshmen entering in the spring semester are required to live in Emerson College housing for their first five semesters. Students may apply to live on campus for subsequent semesters pending availability of housing. Exemptions to the residency requirement may be granted by the Office of Housing and Resident Life (OHRL). Students seeking an exception to the on-campus housing requirement (including those planning to live with family off-campus) must submit a request for an exception with the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

 

Other Tuition Related Programs

This program covers benefits provided under the Tuition Remission Benefit Program only.

For additional benefits for dependents of full-time faculty covered under the ECCAAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, please consult the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

For additional benefits related to Tuition Exchange for eligible dependents of full-time staff, full-time faculty covered under the ECCAAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, and full-time faculty members on a Three Year Returning Term contact, please consult the Tuition Exchange Policy.

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