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HR Question of the Week

HR Question of the week

Is the tuition waiver taxable?

The tuition waiver for undergraduate courses is not taxable for employees, spouses and their dependent children. Domestic partner benefits are taxable.

Post-undergraduate and graduate tuition waivers are taxable for the employee's spouse and dependents. Employees pursuing post-undergraduate and graduate study are not taxed on the first $5,250 of the tuition waiver. Any amount over the $5,250 in any calendar year is subject to tax.

Additional taxes will be withheld from paychecks in April and May for spring semester taxable tuition, September and October for summer taxable tuition, and November and December for fall taxable tuition.

The tuition waiver is a benefit for eligible full-time employees, their spouses, domestic partners and eligible dependents. Part-time faculty members are eligible for a tuition waiver of up to 4 credit hours each semester that they teach. This benefit is for the faculty member only and must be used in the semester the faculty member is teaching or the semester immediately following.

Employees may enroll for the tuition waiver by completing the Tuition Benefit Request Workflow in FlashLine. The workflow can be found under the My Action Items tab in the Workflow and Utilities channel.

For specific details on the tuition benefit, refer to Policy 3342-6-09.1 , administrative policy and procedures regarding tuition benefits. For questions or more information, contact the Benefits Office at 330-672-3107 or

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