Human Resources

Tuition Remission Program

Under the Tuition Remission Benefit Program, eligible employees and their spouses and dependent children have the opportunity to take courses at Emerson College tuition-free.

Full-time staff employees may enroll in up to eight credits (undergraduate or graduate level courses) per semester at Emerson, on a space available basis. Full-time faculty may enroll in up to four credits per semester. Employees must be hired prior to the first day of class in order to register for the current semester. The employee must complete an Employee Tuition Waiver Form and receive signature approval from his/her supervisor and Human Resources / Academic Affairs prior to course registration in order to insure a waiver of tuition. With the approval of his/her supervisor, an employee may take courses during the regularly scheduled workday (not to exceed four hours per week). If during the workday, the employee's supervisor must provide an explanation of how the time is to be made up. This explanation must be stated on the Tuition Waiver Form. 

The Tuition Remission Benefit for employees taking courses covers tuition as well as fees.

Cross-Registration with Pro-Arts Consortium: Full-time employees are also eligible to cross-register for courses at other participating colleges through the Pro-Arts Consortium, inlcuding: 

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Architectural College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design 
  • New England Conservatory
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA)
  • The Boston Conservatory

Employees are advised to consult with Emerson College's Registrar's Office and the Registrar's Office at the participating institution prior to signing up for courses. Requests for employee tuition remission for the courses through the Pro-Arts Consortium should be submitted using the Pro-Arts Consortium Tuition Waiver Form

See " Taxation of Tuition" and Additional Tuition Remission Benefit Information" tabs below for additional information about this benefit.

An eligible full-time employee's spouse is entitled to full tuition remission for up to four credits each semester for undergraduate or graduate level courses taken at Emerson College. Eligible full-time employees for this benefit include full-time staff, full-time faculty members governed by the ECCAAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and full-time faculty members on a Three Year Returning Term contract. The employee must complete a Spousal Tuition Waiver Form and receive signature approval from his/her supervisor and Human Resources / Academic Affairs prior to course registration in order to insure a waiver of tuition.

The spousal benefit does not include courses offered through cross-registration with member insitutions of the Pro-Arts Consortium.

The Tuition Remission Benefit for spouses covers tuition only; all other fees are the responsibility of the student/employee.  

See " Taxation of Tuition" and Additional Tuition Remission Benefit Information" tabs below for additional information about this benefit.

Dependent Children (as defined by the IRS) of an eligible full-time employee with at least two years of service, are eligible to receive full tuition remission for undergraduate or graduate level courses taken at Emerson College (up to 16 credits per semester). Eligible full-time employees for this benefit include full-time staff, full-time faculty members governed by the ECCAAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and full-time faculty members on a Three Year Returning Term contract. The employee must complete a Dependent Tuition Waiver Form and receive signature approval from his/her supervisor and Human Resources / Academic Affairs prior to course registration in order to insure a waiver of tuition.

In the event of the death or total disabiltiy of an employee while his/her dependent child is receiving tuition remission, and the dependent is currently attending college, the dependent will be allowed to complete his/her degree provided the dependent has no voluntary break in attendance or is involuntarily separated from college for disciplinary reasons. 

The dependent child benefit does not include courses offered through cross-registration with member institutions of the Pro-Arts Consortium.

The Tuition Remission Benefit for dependent children covers tuition only; all other fees (non-matriculated: registration fees; matriculated students: all fees including student services fee, registration fee, and room/board) are the responsibility of the student/employee.

See " Taxation of Tuition" and Additional Tuition Remission Benefit Information" tabs below for additional information about this benefit.

Part-time staff and their spouses are not eligible for tuition remission at Emerson College. However, tuition remission is extended on a pro-rated basis to dependent children of regular part-time staff who have worked a minimum of 26 hours per week for at least two years. 

Professional Education and Alternative Education courses are included under this policy, with the exception of all High School and Pre-College Programs, and the Global Pathways program, which are not eligible for Tuition Remission. For eligible courses, there is a limit of two courses per semester for any eligible employee, spouse or child.

Per current Internal Revenue Service regulations, there may be income tax liabilities arising from tuition remission as follows:

  • Undergraduate Courses: Undergraduate tuition for the employee, dependent child or spouse is not taxable.
  • Graduate Courses, Employee: The employee will be taxed (federal and state taxes) on the value of the graduate-level courses taken by the employee, in excess of $5,250 per calendar year.
  • Graduate Courses, Spouse and Dependent Child: The employee will be taxed (federal and state taxes) on the value of graduate-level courses taken by a spouse or dependent child.

Additional Important Tuition Remission Benefit Information:

  • Enrollment for Tuition Remission participants is on a first come basis and is subject to availability. Non-matriculating students must wait until after the enrollment deadline for matriculating students to enroll for individual courses.
  • The Global Pathways program and all High School and Pre-College programs are not eligible for Tuition Remission.
  • Faculty directed work such as Voice, Piano, Directed Study/Project classes and internships are not covered under this benefit.
  • The summer sessions (Session I and Session II) jointly count as one semester for this benefit.
  • The College will apply intersession course credits to the semester immediately following, with the exception of intersession credits for courses taken in August, which are applied to the Summer II semester.
  • In the event an employee leaves the college, the Tuition Remission benefit will end. The employee will owe a pro-rated portion of tuition based on their employment termination date.
  • Funds provided through the Tuition Remission Program may result in a reduction or elimination of other financial aid offerings. Please contact the Financial Aid Department at 617-824-8655 for additional details and assistance.
  • All students enrolled at least 75% of full-time (9 credits or more for Undergraduate students, and 6 or more for Graduate Students) are required by law to have health insurance. Employees are required to waive the Student Health Insurance for themselves or any dependent that is enrolled at least 75% of full-time, and must provide proof of alternative coverage prior to enrollment.
  • New first-time freshman entering a fall term are required to live in Emerson College housing for their first four semesters, while new freshman entering in the spring semester are required to live in Emerson College housing for their first three semesters. Students may apply to live on campus for subsequent semesters pending availability of housing. Exemptions to the residency requirement may be granted by the Office of Housing and Resident Life (OHRL). Students seeking an exception to the on-campus housing requirement (including those planning to live with family off-campus) must submit a request for an excemption with the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

This program covers benefits provided under the Tuition Remission Benefit Program only.

For additional benefits for dependents of full-time faculty covered under the ECCAAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, please consult the Collectiive Bargaining Agreement.

For additional benefits related to Tuition Exchange for eligible dependents of full-time staff, full-time faculty covered under the ECCAAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, and full-time faculty members on a Three Year Returning Term contact, please consult the Tuition Exchange Policy.