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 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. Upon request, forms will be mailed directly to you by 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:

Fall 2021

Note: You must remain employed through Monday, December 20, 2021 to retain the Fall tuition remission benefit.

Employees are eligible for 8 credits (credits 1-4 covered 100% and credits 5-8 covered 90%) of tuition remission benefit for Spring 2021. 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 2021.

If you were hired on or after July 1, 1985, you must be employed through the End of Final Exams (as published by the University Registrar), currently Saturday, December 18, 2021, to receive the tuition remission benefit for Fall 2021. If you are not regularly scheduled to work on Saturdays, you will need to remain employed through Monday, December 20, 2021 to retain your Tuition Remission benefit for Fall 2021. Employees hired prior to July 1, 1985 will receive the benefit if they leave before the end of Fall 2021.

Summer Term 2021

Note: You must remain employed through Friday, August 13, 2021 to retain the Summer Term tuition remission benefit.

Employees are eligible for 8 credits (credits 1-4 covered 100% and credits 5-8 covered 90%) of tuition remission over the two sessions of Summer Term 2021. 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 the Summer Term calendar for deadlines for Summer Term 2021.

If you were hired on or after July 1, 1985, you must be employed through the Last Day of Classes for Summer 2 (as published by the Summer Term office), currently Friday, August 13, 2021, to receive the tuition remission benefit for Summer Term 2021. Employees hired prior to July 1, 1985 will receive the benefit if they leave before the end of Summer Term 2021.

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.

Please note:  on-line courses are not covered by tuition remission.

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.

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. View some examples of taxation and pay statements.