Tuition Benefits

Tuition Waivers

Full-time benefited employees, their spouses, domestic partners (1) and unmarried dependent children (through age 25) meeting eligibility and admission requirements will receive a 100% tuition waiver per semester for regularly scheduled courses (2) (3). Certain fees are waived for employees. Contact the Bursar's Office for details on fees. Spouses, domestic partners and dependent children must pay all applicable fees.

Part-time benefited employees must be employed at least 50% (half) time. The waiver consists of up to seven tuition-free credits per semester for employees meeting eligibility and admission requirements.

  1. Domestic partners are eligible for tuition benefits under some bargaining unit agreements.
  2. Regularly scheduled courses exclude Continuing and Professional Education courses.
  3. Tuition waivers do not apply to physician training at UMass Worcester Medical School.
  4. Tuition waivers for graduate level courses are subject to applicable taxes.
  5. An employee's effective date of employment must be prior to the first day of classes to be eligible.

Read more in the University of Massachusetts Policy on Tuition Waivers [PDF].

Tuition Remission for Courses at Other Massachusetts State Institutions of Higher Education

UMass Amherst employees are eligible for tuition remission for courses offered at any Masschusetts Public Higher Education college and university except for physician training at UMass Worcester Medical School. Physician training at the UMassWorcester Medical School is excluded.

  • Full-time employees, their spouses and unmarried dependent children (through age 25) meeting eligibility and admission requirements will, after six (6) months of continuous service, receive 100% tuition remission for regularly scheduled courses and 50% tuition remission for Continuing Education courses.
  • Part-time employees (employed at least 50% time, with at least six (6) months of full-time equivalent service), their spouses and unmarried dependent children (through age 25) are eligible for a 50% tuition remission for regularly scheduled courses and a 25% remission for Continuing Education courses.

How to Apply for a Tuition Waiver or Remission

  1. Get the tuition waiver and remission form at the Human Resources Employee Service Center.
  2. Complete the form before the semester starts. Then return it to the Employee Service Center.
  3. The HR representative will review your eligibility based on the completed form and will return it to you.
  4. Take the form to the Bursar's Office at the university or college where you are taking the course. (UMass Amherst Bursar)
  5. Register for the class. Ask the registrar at the school where you're taking the course about registration. (UMass Amherst Registrar)