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  • Tuition Waiver Plan

    The New School provides a tuition waiver benefit for members of the faculty and their eligible family members (spouse or same-sex or opposite-sex Qualified Domestic Partner and dependent children up to age 24). The tuition waiver benefit applies to tuition and mandatory fees. Please refer to the Tuition Waiver Plan Policy for Part-Time Faculty (PDF) for detailed information.

    Part-time faculty members and their immediate family are eligible for a tuition waiver on one course for every course taught ("income sharing" courses are excluded). Tuition waivers must be used in the same academic year in which the part-time faculty member is teaching or the next academic year, as long as the faculty member has not left the university, voluntarily or involuntarily. Registration with a tuition waiver is offered on a space-available basis.

    The value of tuition waiver benefits for part-time faculty members who take undergraduate and continuing education courses is not subject to taxation on the value of the benefit. However, the value of tuition waiver benefits for graduate-level courses in excess of $5,250 per calendar year is considered taxable income and will be added to the faculty member's pay as taxable income.

    Note: Please consult with the Office of Human Resources about the potential payroll impact of graduate-level tuition waiver benefits on your paycheck before you register.

    Spouse or Qualified Domestic Partner

    A spouse or Qualified Domestic Partner can enroll in courses with tuition and mandatory fees waived, whether the courses are taken as continuing education courses or as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree program to which he or she has been admitted through the regular admission process. The spouse or domestic partner must submit proof of relationship at the time tuition waiver benefits are requested by providing either a copy of the employee's marriage certificate or The New School's Statement of Domestic Partnership (PDF).

    If a spouse is receiving tuition waiver benefits for undergraduate-level or continuing education courses, the faculty member is not subject to taxation on the benefit provided. However, if the spouse receives tuition waiver benefits for graduate-level courses, the full amount of the tuition and mandatory fees covered by the waiver is considered taxable income to the faculty member and is added to the faculty member's pay as taxable income. Please consult with the Office of Human Resources about the potential payroll impact of tuition waiver benefits on your paycheck before your spouse or Qualified Domestic Partner registers.

    If a Qualified Domestic Partner receives tuition waiver benefits for any course, the full amount of tuition and mandatory fees for all courses covered by the waiver is considered as taxable income to the faculty member and is added to the faculty member's pay as taxable income. Please consult with the Office of Human Resources about the potential payroll impact of tuition waiver benefits on your paycheck before your same-sex spouse or Qualified Domestic Partner registers.

    Dependent Children

    A natural or adopted child or a stepchild up to age 24 can enroll in courses with tuition and mandatory fees waived, whether the courses are taken as as continuing education courses or as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree program to which he or she has been admitted through the regular admission process. The child or stepchild must submit proof of relationship at the time tuition waiver benefits are requested by providing a birth certificate or adoption certificate AND a copy of the employee's latest signed tax return showing that the employee has claimed the student as a dependent.

    If a faculty member's child receives tuition waiver benefits for undergraduate or noncredit continuing education courses, the faculty member is not subject to taxation on the value of the benefit. However, if a faculty member's child receives tuition waiver benefits for graduate-level courses, the full amount of tuition and mandatory fees covered by the waiver is considered taxable income to the faculty member and will be added to the faculty member's pay as taxable income.

    Please Note

    A faculty member, spouse, Qualified Domestic Partner, or child who is eligible for a tuition waiver is not eligible for any scholarship offered by the university. However, a student loan may be available through the Office of Student Financial Services.

    Applying for Tuition Waiver

    The application for a tuition waiver (PDF) must be completed by the employee and submitted to the Office of Human Resources (along with the required supporting documentation if the tuition waiver request is for a dependent—see sections above) before an individual registers for a course. Once the application is approved by the Office of Human Resources, the individual will receive an email regarding the registration process. Otherwise, the employee will be billed by the university for the tuition and mandatory fees.

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