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Tuition Remission

Tuition remission is an important benefit available for regular and contingent II staff, faculty, and retirees (including spouses and dependent children) of the constituent institutions and components of the University System of Maryland (USM).  It also provides a significant development tool for staff and faculty as you seek to enhance your own career skills and marketability. 

  • Step 1: Tuition Remission Eligibility

    Determine your eligibility for tuition remission.

    The specifics of the benefit vary for you, your spouse, or your dependents and are determined by when you were hired. See Tuition Remission Details and Tax Liability Information.

    The following restrictions apply:

            • Applicants must be admissible to the desired institution and program.
            • Students must pay mandatory fees.
            • Certain programs are not included.
            • Spouses and dependent children are subject to institutional enrollment limitations (caps).
            • Spouses and dependent children of retirees hired on or after 1/1/90 are not eligible for tuition remission.
  • Step 2: Choose the Institution and Degree Program

    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.

  • Step 3: Complete the Forms

    Complete the tuition remission request form and affidavit.

    These forms must be completed for each semester and for each student requesting tuition remission. Be sure to indicate the semester in which you are seeking tuition remission and your student enrollment status.  See tuition remission request form and affidavit. This form may be completed online and printed.

  • Step 4: Obtain Signatures.

    Print the form.  Ask your supervisor or department head to sign the affidavit.

  • Step 5: Determine the Tax Implications

    If you are claiming that your graduate tuition remission is not taxable, ask your supervisor to complete and sign the Supervisor Certification for Non-taxable Graduate Tuition Remission.

    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 Potential Tax Liability

  • Step 6: Send the Form to HR

    Send the completed form to the Office of Human Resources. A scanned copy emailed to hr@ubalt.edu is sufficient. Please refer to the Tuition Remission Deadlines Chart This chart is updated each semester and the deadlines vary by institution.

  • Step 7: Register for classes!

    Contact the institution you will be attending to register for classes.

Tuition Remission Details and Tax Liability Information

  • Employment Date of Employee or Retiree is prior to 1/1/90

    Full-Time Active Employee - May register for up to 8 credits per semester and receive tuition remission at ANY institution in the System. Some schools may limit the number of credits during the summer session. The benefit is offered immediately upon hire for you to use at the start of the next semester.

    Part-Time Active Employee - May register and receive tuition remission at ANY institution in the System. The amount of tuition remission is based upon the percentage of time worked.

    Spouse/Dependent - If you are a spouse or dependent of a full-time active employee, you may receive 100% tuition remission for courses at BOTH the undergraduate and graduate level, at ANY institution in the UM System.  If you are a spouse or dependent of a part-time active employee who works 50%, you may receive tuition remission for courses at BOTH the undergraduate and graduate level, at ANY institution in the System. The amount of the tuition remission is based upon the percentage of time worked.  Morgan, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Baltimore City Community College are included for employee's dependent child(ren).  Spouses may not enroll at Morgan, St. Mary's or BCCC.

    Retiree - If you were employed full-time, you may register for up to 8 credits per semester and receive tuition remission at ANY institution in the System. - If you were employed in a part-time capacity at least 50%, the benefits are the same as full-time, except the tuition remission will be prorated based upon the percentage of time worked. Benefits are also available for a retiree’s spouse or dependent children. However, no benefits are offered to retirees whose service began before 1/1/90 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

  • Employment Date of Employee or Retiree is on 1/1/90 thru 6/30/92

    Full-Time Active Employee - May register for up to 8 credits per semester and receive tuition remission at ANY institution in the System. Some schools may limit the number of credits during the summer session. The benefit is offered immediately upon hire for you to use at the start of the next semester.

    Part-Time Active Employee - May register and receive tuition remission at ANY institution in the System. The amount of tuition remission is based upon the percentage of time worked.

    Spouse/Dependent - If spouse or dependent of full-time employee, you may receive 100% tuition remission for courses toward the first undergraduate degree ONLY. Since UB is an upper-level institution*, spouses and dependents shall receive 100% tuition at any institution in the UM System for the freshman and sophomore years ONLY. In order for the tuition remission to continue in the junior and senior years, courses must be taken at the University of Baltimore. If the program of study is not offered at the University of Baltimore, the spouse/dependent child may enroll at another USM institution and receive 50% tuition remission. Tuition remission will not apply to courses registered for at the graduate or post-baccalaureate level. If spouse or dependent of employee who works at least 50%, the benefits are the same as for full-time spouse or dependent, but are prorated according to the percentage of time worked. If spouse or dependent of retiree whose employment began on or after 1/1/90, no tuition remission benefits are available. Morgan, St. Mary's College of Maryland and Baltimore City Community College are included for employee's dependent child(ren). Spouses may not enroll at Morgan, St. Mary's or BCCC.

    Retiree - If you were employed full-time, you may register for up to 8 credits per semester and receive tuition remission at ANY institution in the System. If you were employed in a part-time capacity at least 50%, the benefits are the same as full-time, except the tuition remission will be prorated based upon the percentage of time worked.

  • Employment Date of Employee or Retiree Began on July 1, 1992 or Later

    Full-Time Active Employee - May register for up to 8 credits per semester and receive tuition remission at ANY institution in the System. Some schools may limit the number of credits during the summer session. The benefit is offered immediately upon hire for you to use at the start of the next semester.

    Part-Time Active Employee - May register and receive tuition remission at ANY institution in the System. The amount of tuition remission is based upon the percentage of time worked.

    Spouse/Dependent - Tuition benefits shall be available only after the active full-time or part-time (50%) employee has been in university service for two years prior to the anticipated date of registration for course work. If spouse or dependent of full-time employee, you may receive 100% tuition remission for courses toward the first undergraduate degree ONLY. Since UB is an upper-level institution*, spouses and dependents shall receive 100% tuition at any institution in the UM System for the freshman and sophomore years ONLY. In order for the tuition remission to continue in the junior and senior years, courses must be taken at the University of Baltimore. If the program of study is not offered at the University of Baltimore, the spouse/dependent child may enroll at another USM institution and receive 50% tuition remission. Tuition remission will not apply to courses registered for at the graduate or post-baccalaureate level. If spouse or dependent of employee who works at least 50%, the benefits are the same as for full-time spouse or dependent, but are prorated according to the percentage of time worked. If spouse or dependent of retiree whose employment began on or after 1/1/90, no tuition remission benefits are available. Morgan, St. Mary's College of Maryland and Baltimore City Community College are included for employee's dependent child(ren). Spouses may not enroll at Morgan, St. Mary's or BCCC.

    Retiree - If you were employed full-time, you may register for up to 8 credits per semester and receive tuition remission at ANY institution in the System. If you were employed in a part-time capacity at least 50%, the benefits are the same as full-time, except the tuition remission will be prorated based upon the percentage of time worked.

    *University of Baltimore began admitting freshman in 2007. The USM tuition remission policy stated here remains in effect.

    Note 1
    The term "child" for purposes of this policy, shall include a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, legally adopted son, and legally adopted daughter. A "dependent child" is a child who is "financially dependent," as that term is defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Employees/retirees shall be required to provide proof of dependency, if requested.

    Note 2
    Benefits are allowed to employees and retirees who work at least 50%. Spouses and dependents are eligible for benefits if the related employee or retiree worked at least 50%. NO BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE OTHERWISE. A tuition remission form must be completed each semester. No tuition remission forms will be processed after fees are due and payable.