Tuition Credits (formerly "tuition waivers"

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The implementation of "tuition retention" leglislation (Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2015) has resulted in changes of University terminology related to tuition credits (formerly "tuition waivers"). Please note that the University’s tuition credit (formerly “tuition waiver”) program continues to provide the same (in some cases an expanded*) benefit. Changes that are occurring effective with the fall 2016 semester:

  1. Tuition and curriculum and certain other fees have been rolled into a single charge called “tuition” on bursar’s invoices.
  2. Waiver of tuition and (where applicable) fees will now be called ‘tuition credit’.  The restructuring of the student charges will have little impact on the value of tuition credits.  More information, including credit amounts, is found on the bursar’s website at www.umass.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fee-credits and www.umass.edu/bursar/sites/default/files/Faculty-Staff-Dependent-Tuition-Credits.pdf.
  3. For purposes of the tuition credit, “Dependent Child” is no longer limited to a child who the eligible employee claimed as a tax dependent in the prior year.* Moving forward a “Dependent Child” is an individual:

           a.      who meets the requirement of dependency as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (whether or not the child is claimed as a dependent on the employee’s most recent tax return); or

           b.     for whom the employee has financial responsibility, as demonstrated by a court decree or other suitable evidence

                     A Dependent Child remains an individual under twenty-six years of age unless an exception is specifically approved in writing by the University President. This age restriction is not a change to current policy.

    4.      In-state tuition rates will be charged to all faculty and staff (and eligible spouses and dependents) regardless of state of residence.*

Information regarding University tuition and fees is available on the Bursar’s Office website. Please contact the Human Resources Employee Service Center with questions about the Tuition Credit policy.