Tuition Remission Policy

Tuition Remission Benefit Program

Under the Tuition Remission Benefit program, eligible employees and their spouses and children have the opportunity to take courses at Emerson College.

I. Full-Time Employees
II. Part-Time Staff
III. Provisions for Professional and Alternative Education Courses
IV. Taxation of Tuition
V. Additional Tuition Remission Benefit Information
VI. Enrollment and Residency Requirements
VII. Other Tuition-Related Programs

Full-time Employees

Employee: 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 the how the time is to be made up. This explanation must be stated on the Tuition Waiver Form.

Requests for Employee Tuition Remission related to the ProArts Schools should be submitted using the designated ProArts Consortium Form.

Cross-Registration–Pro-Arts Consortium: Full-time employees may be eligible to cross-register for courses at other participating colleges through the Pro-Arts Consortium, including:

  • The Boston Conservatory  
  • Massachusetts College of Art
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Museum School
  • Boston Architectural Center

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. Participation for these courses is on a space available basis. 

Employee’s Spouse: An eligible full-time employee’s spouse is entitled to full tuition remission for up to four credits each semester at Emerson for undergraduate or graduate level courses take at Emerson College, on a space-available basis. 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.

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

Employee’s Dependent Child: 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 disability of an employee while his/her dependent 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.  

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

Part-Time Staff

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. This policy does not include courses offered through cross-registration with member institutions of the Pro-Arts Consortium.

Provisions for Professional and Alternative Education Courses 

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. 

Taxation of Tuition

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

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

Additional Tuition Remission Benefit Information 

The following applies to employees, spouses and dependent children receiving Tuition Remission Benefits:

  • All requests for Tuition Remission should use the new remission forms: Employee Tuition Waiver FormProArts Consortium FormSpousal Tuition Waiver Form, and Dependent Tuition Waiver Form
  • The Tuition Remission Benefit for employees taking courses covers tuition as well as all fees. 
  • The Tuition Remission Benefit for spouses and 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
  • The Global Pathways program and all High School and Pre-College programs are not eligible for Tuition Remission.
  • Non-matriculating students must wait until after the enrollment deadline for matriculating students to enroll for individual courses. Enrollment for Tuition Remission participants is on a first come basis and is subject to availability.
  • The summer sessions (Session I and Session II) jointly count as one semester for this benefit. 
  • Faculty directed work such as Voice, Piano, Directed Study/Project classes and internships are not covered under 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.

Enrollment and Residency Requirements

This policy is subject to current Enrollment and Residency Requirements as determined by the Office of Enrollment. A list of current requirements are detailed below.

  • 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 freshmen 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 Residence 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 exemption with the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
  • 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 or assistance. 
  • 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 the term date.  
  • If the tuition benefit recipient takes a complete withdrawal or leave of absence during the first five weeks of a semester, the tuition and tuition benefit will be adjusted according to the College’s withdrawal policy.

Other Tuition-Related Programs

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 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

For additional benefits related to Tuition Exchange for eligible dependents of Full-time Staff Employees, Full-time Employees covered under the ECCAAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement or Full-time Third Year Term faculty members, please consult the Tuition Exchange Guidelines.