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  • Tuition Waiver Plan

    The New School offers a tuition waiver benefit for courses taken at the university once an employee has completed three months of continuous service. This benefit is available to faculty, staff, and eligible family members (spouse, same- or opposite-sex Qualified Domestic Partner, and dependent children up to age 24). Tuition waiver benefits applies to tuition and mandatory fees. Please refer to the Tuition Waiver Plan Policy for Full-time Faculty and Staff (PDF) for detailed information.

    Faculty and Staff

    Eligible employees may apply for a tuition waiver for up to two courses per academic term. Tuition waiver benefits received for undergraduate-level courses or noncredit continuing education courses are not subject to taxation on the value of this benefit. However, tuition waiver benefits received for graduate-level courses in excess of $5,250 per calendar year is considered to be taxable income to the employee and is added to the employee's pay as taxable income.

    Spouse or Qualified Domestic Partner

    A spouse or Qualified Domestic Partner may enroll in courses (no limit) offered through an undergraduate or graduate degree program to which he or she has been admitted through the regular admission process or in continuing education courses (credit or on a noncredit basis) and receive tuition waiver benefits. Proof of relationship must be established at the time tuition waiver benefits are requested by providing either a copy of a marriage certificate or a Statement of Domestic Partnership (PDF).

    If a spouse is receiving tuition waiver benefits for undergraduate-level or continuing education courses, the employee is not subject to taxation on the benefits provided. However, if the spouse receives tuition wavier benefits for graduate-level courses, the full amount of tuition and mandatory fees covered by the waiver is considered to be taxable income to the employee and is added to the employee's pay as taxable income.

    If a Qualified Domestic Partner is receiving tuition waiver benefits for any classes, the full amount of tuition and mandatory fees covered by the waiver is considered to be taxable income to the employee and is added to the employee's pay as taxable income.

    Dependent Children

    A natural or adopted child or a stepchild up to age 24 may enroll in courses offered through an undergraduate or graduate degree program to which he or she has been admitted through the regular admission process or in continuing education courses for credit or on a noncredit basis with tuition and mandatory fees waived. Proof of relationship must be established at the time tuition waiver benefits are requested by providing a birth certificate or adoption certificate, as well as a copy of the latest signed tax return which show that the employee has claimed the child as a dependent.

    If an employee's child is receiving tuition waiver benefits for undergraduate-level or continuing education courses, the employee is not subject to taxation on the benefits provided. However, if an employee's child receives tuition waiver benefits for graduate-level classes, the full amount of tuition and mandatory fees covered by the waiver is considered to be taxable income to the employee and is added to the employee's pay as taxable income.

    Please Note

    Employees and their spouses, Qualified Domestic Partners, and children who are eligible for a tuition waiver are not eligible for university scholarships however a student loan may be available through the Office of Student Financial Services.

    Applying for Tuition Waiver Benefits

    An 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 registering for a course. Once 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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