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Tuition Remission for Faculty and Staff
The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers tuition remission to faculty and staff, providing them opportunity to continue their education.
USM Deadlines and Restrictions
Determine your eligibility for tuition remission.
All regular faculty and staff employed at least 50% are eligible for tuition remission. Tuition remission also applies to fellows, graduate research assistants, and graduate teaching assistants but does not apply to their family members. Contingent Category II employees are eligible for tuition remission for the employee only and the tuition remission only applies to courses taken at UMB.
The specifics of the benefit vary for you, your spouse, or your dependents and are determined by when you were hired. See Tuition Remission Guidelines
The following restrictions apply:
- Applicants must be admissible to the desired institution and program.
- Students must pay mandatory fees.
- Certain programs are not included.
- Follow the entrance requirements of the institution and degree program you are interested in pursuing.
- Each institution and degree program has its own entrance requirements and admissions procedures. These must be adhered to and this process operates independently of the Office of Human Resources.
- Complete the tuition remission request form and affidavit through the Tuition Remission Online Request System.
- These forms must be completed for each semester and for each student requesting tuition remission. This form must be completed online and printed.
- Once you have printed the form, an email will immediately be sent to the requestor confirming receipt of the application.
- The account number in section #17 of your printed tuition remission form must be provided by the department of the employee requesting tuition remission.
- Sign the form and Obtain authorized signature from Department Head or designee.
- Those who decide to take advantage of the tuition remission benefits should familiarize themselves with the potential tax liability associated with the value of tuition remission. See Tuition Remission Taxation Chart .
- If the request is being submitted for a graduate level course that qualifies as a working condition fringe benefit and is not taxable, the following documentation will need to be attached with your Tuition Remission Request for consideration:
- Copy of your job description (Faculty in lieu of your job description, please provide a copy of your offer letter outlining the job and expectations )
- Copy of course(s) description
- Copy of course(s) registration
- Letter of verification from your Department Head/Designee describing how the course(s) you are taking is required by the institution to keep your present job or maintain or improve skills required for your current employment.
- If your graduate tuition remission is taxable and the tuition value exceeds the IRS calendar year limit after the remission has been processed, you will receive a notice from the UMB Benefits office of any tax liability due for that semester.
- Your tax liability will be spread over a set number of pay periods that is determined by the Maryland Central Payroll Bureau and will be deducted from your paycheck at a rate of:
Federal income tax: 25%
State income tax: employee's current rate
FICA: approximately 7.65%
Tuition remitted = $7,000 for the calendar year
Amount more than the IRS limit = $7,000-$5,250 = $1,750
Taxable amount = $1,750
In this example, the taxable amount ($1,750) would be added to the employee's taxable income for the calendar year, thereby increasing his or her annual tax liability.
Submit the completed form to Human Resources.
620 W. Lexington Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
A scanned copy emailed to HRBenefits@umaryland.edu is sufficient
Once eligibility for remission is reviewed, an email will be sent to the requestor confirming the approval of eligibility for Tuition Remission. Please note, UMB verifies and confirms the eligibility for this benefit. Final approval and processing of the remission is completed by the attending school.
For questions regarding Tuition Remission, please contact the Benefits office at 410-706-2616.
Tuition remission is a program that provides employees with an opportunity to take classes at a University System of Maryland campus with waived tuition.
All regular faculty and staff employed at least 50% are eligible for tuition remission. Contractual employees are only eligible to attend classes at their home institution and the benefit is specified in the employment contract.
All of the University System of Maryland institutions participate in the tuition remission program.
*Some restrictions may apply, please refer to the USM policy*
Tuition is waived for up to 8 credits per semester. The number of credits is pro-rated for employees working less than full time.
Yes, the same rules apply for both retirees and active employees.
The M.D. and D.D.S. degree programs at UMB are excluded. Employees should contact the Records and Registration Office at the institution to be attended to learn which programs are excluded.
- EMPLOYEES - Yes, per IRS guidelines if the value of the tuition remission for graduate level courses in a calendar year exceeds $5,250. The value of the tuition remission will be added to the employee’s earnings and taxed over one pay period if the taxable amount added to your income is $200 or less. If the amount exceeds $200, the taxation will occur over four or five pay periods as designated by the Maryland Central Payroll Bureau.
- RETIREES – Yes, retirees will be billed by the University of Maryland, Baltimore Central Billing Office for the taxes owed on any taxable tuition remission.
- SPOUSES AND DEPENDENTS – Yes, separate taxation rules apply for spouses and dependents. All graduate level courses are taxable. See FAQs Spouse and Dependent.
Keep school bills and monitor the cost of each graduate level course taken. Each USM school has different rates. The UMB Benefits Office notifies employees approximately one week before the taxation will start.
No, the letters are prepared before payroll has been entered the Benefits Office does not have your net pay information. To review your paycheck online the Wednesday before payday, employees can click here.
Per the Maryland Central Payroll Bureau, the deduction periods cannot be extended.