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 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|
|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|
Pertinent information and access to the electronic (TR-Elf) form is available at ares.umd.edu.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.