Apply for Tuition Remission

If you would like to apply for the Tuition Remission benefit for yourself, your spouse, or your unmarried dependent children, please log on to the Employee Self Service at BUworks Central and follow the instructions provided there.

Alternatively, if you wish to apply in writing, you may print a Tuition Remission Application form from Forms & Documents. Upon request, forms will also be mailed directly to you by the Benefits Section of Human Resources. Completed forms must be returned to Charles River Human Resources. You need only use one method of application — online or paper — not both.

Taking Classes and Receiving Tuition Remission

There are two steps you must complete in order to take classes and receive a credit for the tuition remission benefit:

  • Apply and register for classes at the Boston University school or college, or at the University Registrar’s Office, as appropriate, AND
  • Apply for Tuition Remission online or at the Benefits Section of Human Resources for Summer Term 2014.

Summer Term 2014

Employees are eligible for 8 credits (credits 1-4 covered 100% and credits 5-8 covered 90%) of tuition remission benefit each semester.

While you may apply for the Tuition Remission (TR) benefit at any time, if you delay your benefit application you may be required to pay late fees. Please consult Student Accounting Services for deadlines for Summer Term 2014 .

If you were hired on or after July 1, 1985, you must be employed through the last day of Summer 2 classes (as published by the Summer Term Office), Friday, August 8, 2014, to receive the tuition remission benefit for Summer Term 1 and/or Summer Term 2 2014. Employees hired prior to July 1, 1985 will receive the benefit if they leave before the end of Summer Term 2014.

If you, your spouse, or your dependent receive financial aid, the tuition remission benefit may impact the award. Please contact Financial Assistance at 617-353-2965 for information regarding the effects of the tuition remission benefit upon your award.

Please note that if you are taking 12 or more credits, you will be considered a full-time student. It is Boston University’s policy that full-time, regular employees may not be concurrently enrolled at Boston University as full-time students.

On-line courses are not covered by tuition remission.

Spring 2014

Employees are eligible for 8 credits (credits 1-4 covered 100% and credits 5-8 covered 90%) of tuition remission benefit each semester.

While you may apply for the Tuition Remission (TR) benefit at any time, if you delay your benefit application you may be required to pay late fees. Please consult Student Accounting Services for deadlines for Fall 2013 .

If you were hired on or after July 1, 1985, you must be employed through the Last Day of Final Exams (as published by the University Registrar, Charles River Campus), Saturday, May 10, 2014, to receive the tuition remission benefit for Spring 2014. Employees hired prior to July 1, 1985 will receive the benefit if they leave before the end of Spring 2014.

 

The Value of Graduate Level Courses is Considered Taxable Income

The value of graduate level courses (600 level and above) for employees and spouses is considered additional taxable income to you. The first $5,250 of tuition remission benefit you receive for graduate courses in the calendar year will be exempt from taxation. There is no exemption for your spouse’s benefit, which means that any graduate level courses will be taxed.

For 2014 taxes are withheld from paychecks in the following manner:

Semester Months Taxation Occurs
Spring January through May
Summer June through August
Fall September through December

Please be aware that this taxation can result in a substantial reduction in your take-home pay. Contact the Benefits Section of Human Resources if you would like assistance estimating the amount of tax that will be withheld.