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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 .
To apply for Tuition Remission, please complete the following steps:
- Print this page and follow the instructions when applying for tuition remission.
- Review the Summer 2017 USM Tuition Deadlines and Restrictions & Fall 2017 USM Tuition Deadlines and Restrictions for the attending school.
- Go to Tuition Remission Online Request
- Log in to the online tuition remission online system using your UMID login and password.
- Complete the online Tuition Remission Request. The account number in section #17 must be provided by the department of the employee requesting tuition remission.
- Review and print the completed request.
- Submit the form. An email will immediately be sent to the requestor confirming receipt of the application.
- Sign the form.
- Obtain authorized signature from Department Head or designee.
- Make a copy of the completed Tuition Remission Request for personal records.
- If request is being submitted for a graduate level course that qualifies as a working condition fringe benefit , attach supporting documentation to the request.
- If request is being submitted past the date indicated on the Tuition Remission Deadline Chart for the attending school, supporting documentation explaining the reason for late request must be attached to the Tuition Remission Request. The Tuition Remission Request and late request memo will require UMB Benefits approval of eligibility and support of late request reason with final approval granted by the attending school.
- Forward the completed request form to:
620 W. Lexington Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201.
- An email will sent confirming the approval of eligibility by UMB. Final approval is granted by the attending school.
- If you have any questions regarding Tuition Remission, please contact the Benefits office at: 410-706-2616.
Important Taxation Reminder
The value of some tuition remission benefits may be considered taxable income per IRS guidelines. Additional tax deductions for one or more pay periods each semester will be withheld as determined by the Maryland Central Payroll Bureau. Employees will be notified approximately one week before the additional deductions commence.
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.