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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 their spouse or 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 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.

*Domestic partners must have a valid Affidavit of Domestic Partnership on file with Human Resources.

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 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021

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

Hire date for tuition remission eligibility

September 14, 2020

January 14, 2021

May 3, 2021
Classes begin January 11, 2021 May 10, 2021 August 30, 2021

Tuition remission application deadline

January 15, 2021 May 14, 2021 September 3, 2021

Hybrid work agreement deadline

January 15, 2021 May 14, 2021 September 3, 2021

Work exception form deadline

January 15, 2021 May 14, 2021 September 3, 2021

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

January 25, 2021 Varies, see Academic Calendar September 13, 2021
Full tuition remission coverage date (last day of class) April 26, 2021 Varies, see Academic Calendar December 10, 2021
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 Hybrid Work Agreement 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?

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


  Undergraduate Level Courses Graduate Level Course
Faculty & Staff 0% Taxable $5,250 Tax-Free Annually
100% Taxable after $5,250
Spouses 0% Taxable 100% Taxable
Domestic Partners 100% Taxable 100% Taxable

When you receive a taxable tuition benefit for yourself, spouse, 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.

Faculty Staff Tuition Remission Workshop - Summer 2020


Learn about tuition remission benefits for eligible faculty and staff.