College Park Tuition Remission Guidelines Spring 2017

Tuition Remission Guidelines for Winter & Spring 2017

View Fall 2016 Guidelines

The Department of University Human Resources (UHR) Office of Employee Benefits began accepting tuition remission forms for the Winter term and Spring semester 2017.

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 2, 2017 for Winter term and January 23, 2017 for Spring semester in order for the employee to be eligible for tuition remission.

  • Full-Time Employees (100%): Four credit hours for Winter 2017 and eight total credit hours for Spring 2017.
  • 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, 2017 for Winter and February 20, 2017 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 2017 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 term or semester.  Spouses and dependent children may attend another institution of the USM with 50% tuition remission.

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 will be covered by tuition remission for College Park employees, spouses, and eligible dependent children.

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistants with an active PHR appointment during Winter and Spring 2017 who enroll in College Park classes will automatically receive tuition remission for Winter and Spring 2017, 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 for the Spring semester.  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

Eligibility for Winter & Spring 2017:

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 electronic (TR-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 summer school class schedule lists payment due dates as follows:

If registered for Winter 2017: Payment is due:
Payment Due Immediately upon registration Complete waiver form indicating payment
If registered for Spring 2017:
By December 22, 2016 January 20, 2017
Between December 23, 2016 and January 25, 2017 February 20, 2017
After January 25, 2017 February 20, 2017


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: March 29, 2017