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Tuition Remission

American University provides eligible faculty and staff members with valuable education benefits including tuition remission for eligible courses taken by an employee or an employee's spouse or same-sex domestic partner at American University or the Wesley Theological Seminary.

Online tuition remission applications must be submitted every semester that you plan on using AU’s education benefits.

You and your legal spouse or same-sex domestic partner are eligible for university-sponsored education benefits if:

  • you have at least four months of full-time employment with the university prior to the last day of late registration; and
  • you are a full-time faculty member; or
  • you are a regular, full-time staff member.

What's covered

  • Tuition for eligible courses taken at AU and Wesley Theological Seminary is covered.
  • A maximum of 8 credits per semester.
  • A maximum of 20 credits per academic year.

What's not covered

Tuition remission key deadlines for 2020
  Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020

Dates are subject to change. Please visit the Academic Calendar to view the most current key dates for class and tuition remission purposes.

 

September 16, 2019

January 17, 2020

May 1, 2020
Classes begin January 13, 2020 May 11, 2020 August 24, 2020

Tuition remission application deadline

January 17, 2020 May 17, 2020 August 28, 2020

Flex work application deadline

January 17, 2020 May 17, 2020 August 28, 2020

Work exception form deadline

January 17, 2020 May 17, 2020 August 28, 2020

Last day to drop a class/make changes for 100% refund and no tuition remission

January 27, 2020 Varies, see Academic Calendar September 7, 2020
Full tuition remission coverage date (last day of class) April 27, 2020 Varies, see Academic Calendar December 4, 2020
Tuition remission taxable amount added to pay Feb/Mar/Apr paychecks Jun/Jul/Aug paychecks Oct/Nov/Dec paychecks

An online tuition remission application must be submitted every semester that you plan on using AU’s education benefits.

The deadline for tuition remission online applications is typically the last day of late registration. Applications submitted after the deadline will be denied.

Steps 1 through 3 must be completed by the tuition remission deadline.

  1. Enroll in classes.
  2. Apply online for tuition remission education benefits.
  3. Submit online Flex Work Arrangement form and/or Work Schedule Exemption paper form, if applicable. Please allow sufficient time for manager and department approvals.
  4. Human Resources and Student Accounts will verify your eligibility.
  5. Financial Aid will post your tuition remission to your account beginning two weeks prior to the start of classes.
  6. Graduate level courses are taxable and can significantly reduce your net (take-home) pay.

What does this mean for me?

Graduate level courses are 100% taxable, although faculty and staff annually receive the first $5,250 of their tuition tax-free. Same-sex domestic partners are also taxed 100% on undergraduate classes.

When you receive a taxable tuition benefit for yourself, spouse, same-sex domestic partner, or dependent, the value of the benefit is imputed as taxable income. Imputed income taxes are paid through payroll deductions scheduled during the semester the benefit is issued.

Taxation on remitted tuition can significantly reduce your net (take-home) pay!

  • Your net pay may be impacted by personal exemptions, pre-tax benefits, federal and state filing status, gross income, etc.
  • Tuition benefits may push you into a higher tax bracket. Use the Symmetry® calculator to estimate your net (take-home) pay if you will be taking courses that are subject to taxation.

Because there are many factors that may affect your individual situation, you may want to consult a tax advisor.

Use the Symmetry calculator to estimate* your net (take-home) pay.

STEP 1: Get your current payroll information to use with the calculator. 

  • Log on to the myAU Portal
  • Personalized Links (left navigation) > Work@AU
  • Eagle Service - Earning Statements

STEP 2: Use the Symmetry calculator to estimate* your net (take-home) pay.

  • Enter your information into the calculator
  • Select the “Calculate” button to estimate* your net (take home) pay

*The Symmetry calculator is only meant to provide general guidance and estimates about the payroll process. It should not be relied upon to calculate exact taxes, payroll or other financial data. It may not match your American University results precisely and is not intended to provide tax or legal advice. You should consult with a professional advisor or accountant to address your specific concerns.

American University Tuition Remission for Full-Time Faculty & Staff

Apply for Spring 2020 Tuition Remission by January 17, 2020

Applications are due each semester you plan to take classes.

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