College Park Tuition Remission Guidelines Spring 2016

Tuition Remission Guidelines for Winter & Spring 2016 

View Fall 2015 Guidelines

The Department of University Human Resources (UHR) Office of Employee Benefits is now accepting tuition remission forms for the Winter term and Spring Semester 2016.

Employee Tuition Remission

Faculty and staff employees must continue to submit the electronic or paper Tuition Remission Request Form for themselves, as well as their spouses and dependents. Employees must have an active, approved appointment in PHR with a start date no later than January 4, 2016 for Winter term and January 25, 2016 for Spring semester in order for the employee to be eligible for tuition remission.

  • Full-Time Employees (100%):  Four credit hours for Winter 2016 and eight total credit hours for Spring 2016.
  • Regular Status Part-Time Employees (50% or more): Credit hours are prorated according to FTE.

The approved form(s) must be submitted through the TR-Elf electronic form system to the designated departmental TR-Elf approver by January 9, 2016 for Winter and February 20, 2016 for Spring. Forms received after the deadline will not be processed.

Spouse/Dependent Children Tuition Remission

Eligible spouse and dependent children will be entitled to 4 credits for Winter and an unlimited credit total for Spring 2016 with respect to the guidelines below.

For employees hired:

  • Before January 1, 1990, the entitlement is for undergraduate or graduate courses at any USM institution.
  • On or after January 1, 1990, the entitlement is for undergraduate courses toward their first degree at the employee’s home institution when the employee has completed two years of employment.  The two year anniversary must be reached prior to the start of the summer session.  Spouses and dependent children may attend another institution of the USM with 50% tuition remission.

Tuition Remission Policy guidelines

Tuition remission policy and guidelines for all eligible employees, spouse/dependents and retirees can be found at

Undergraduate Programs with Differential Tuition

Undergraduate programs with The Smith School of Business and Management, the Clark School of Engineering, and the Department of Computer Science have an additional differential tuition charge that is covered by tuition remission. Students who are eligible spouses or dependent children of USM faculty/staff who are attending UMD on tuition remission programs will be responsible for paying the differential tuition amount.

Differential Tuition FAQs

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistants with an active PHR appointment during Winter and Spring 2016 who
enroll in College Park classes will automatically receive tuition remission for Winter and
Spring 2016, provided that they are registered. Tuition remission credit will automatically
be applied to the Graduate Assistant’s student account at the time of course registration.

Full-time graduate assistants may be entitled to receive up to 10 total credit hours and
part-time graduate assistants may be entitled to receive up to 5 credit hours. Credit hours
are prorated according to FTE.

Graduate Level Courses

Tuition remission for all graduate level programs is credited at the prevailing standard in-state credit hour rate at the time the class is taken.   Enrollees in the following programs will be responsible for fees and the difference in tuition that exceeds the prevailing standard in-state credit hour rate for the maximum allowable credits per semester.  It is recommended that the student verify the tuition cost for all Masters Programs before enrolling.

Full and Part-time MBA
Accelerated MBA
Executive MBA
Executive Masters in Public Management
Full and Part-time Doctorate and MS in Public Policy
Part-time Professional Masters in Engineering
Part-time Distance Learning Engineering
Masters of Real Estate Development
Office of Extended Studies Professional Programs
Part-time Masters in Telecommunications
Part-time Masters in Engineering and Public Policy have higher credit hour rates or flat fee pricing

Tuition Remission Eligibility for Winter & Spring 2016:

Applicant Winter Eligibility Spring Eligibility (MAX) Special Notes
Graduate  Assistant (Full-time, 20- hr, 50% FTE) 4 Credits 10 credits UMEI courses and Consortium Courses are not covered under tuition remission
Graduate  Assistant (Part-time, 10-hr, 25% FTE) 2 Credits 5 credits UMEI courses and Consortium Courses are not covered under tuition remission
Regular Faculty/Staff (remission is pro-rated to employee’s % FTE on payroll; must have FTE>50%) 4 Credits 8 credits Employees will be taxed on graduate tuition remission exceeding $5,250 in a calendar year Exceptions with Supervisor’s certification from the Department Head ( Certification Form)
Spouse/Dependents 4 Credits Unlimited Employees will be taxed on the entire graduate tuition remission in a calendar year
Contingent II 4 Credits Stated in the contract See USM Policy VII-1.40, Policy on Contingent Employment
Contingent I Not Eligible Not Eligible

General Information

Pertinent information and access to the elf form is available at

Spouse/dependent children with tuition remission entitlement and graduate assistants must pay all mandatory fees and tuition surcharge.  To avoid registration and billing problems, please inform affected employees who utilize spouse/dependent tuition remission.


Payment Due Dates

Forms should be submitted before the payment due date indicated on the student invoice issued by the office of the bursar to avoid late fees and/or cancellation of course(s).  The fall school class schedule lists payment due dates as follows:

If registered for Winter 2016: Payment is due:
Payment Due Immeditaely upon registration Complete waiver form indicating payment
If registered for Spring 2016:
By December 21, 2016 January 20, 2016
Between December 23, 2015 and January 25, 2016 February 20, 2016
After Janaury 25, 2016 February 20, 2016

Tuition Remission Forms for other USM Institutions

Each USM institution has specific policies and procedures for the tuition remission benefit. Before submitting a tuition remission request for another USM institution, the applicant should contact the USM institution she/he wishes to attend to verify acceptance of fall term tuition remission and obtain any guidelines, procedures or restrictions on tuition remission that may exist at that institution.

Employees and/or eligible spouse/dependents attending another USM Institution must submit the USM Tuition Remission Request Form to the College Park UHR Office of Employee Benefits once the departmental approval has been issued. The applicant must indicate on the form the campus s/he will be attending.

Programs Excluded from the Tuition Remission Benefit

Certain programs offered at UMCP are excluded from the tuition remission benefit.  Such programs include the following:

  • UMEI courses
  • Math 0XX-Intermedial Mathematics Courses

Other Important Notes:

Any questions or concerns pertaining to tuition remission should be directed to Janice Smith at 301-405-5659 or

Last updated: April 18, 2016