Spring Tuition Exemption Forms Due January 22, 2021

January 07, 2021
Tuition News

As a Columbia University Officer, you or your dependent(s) may be eligible to receive Tuition Exemption benefits at Columbia University, Barnard College and Teachers College. The cost of tuition is exempt, based on your eligibility and benefits coverage; however, you are responsible for all fees and non-tuition charges related to your course(s) registration. The Tuition Exemption Checklist – Officers is a helpful guide through the process.

To receive Tuition Exemption for the Spring 2021 term, you and/or your dependent(s) must be eligible before the first day of classes.

If you or your dependent(s) have decided to take advantage of this benefit by enrolling in classes for the Spring 2021 term, please submit all forms before the end of the Change of Program Period: Friday, January, 22, 2021.

What You Need to Know

To determine your eligibility status, number of courses covered, or to save your form to pdf, go to CUBES; log in with UNI and password; click “Tuition”, select “Tuition Exemption – For Yourself” or “Tuition Exemption – For Your Dependents”.

Your Tuition Exemption form is now fillable, which allows you to complete the form online, sign, date and save as a pdf so you can seamlessly attach and submit.

Submit your form to Student Financial Services (SFS) or Bursar’s Office. The Tuition Exemption – For Yourself or For Your Dependent eligibility form must be sent via email to the SFS or Bursar’s Office on your school’s campus to be applied to you or your dependent’s student account.

Please submit your forms via the email addresses below, with the subject line “Tuition Exemption form” or “Job-Related form”:

Due to Covid-19 protocols, “in person drop-off” of Tuition Exemption and Job-Related forms has been temporarily suspended.

A Reduced Employee Rate of 35% for Columbia University undergraduate and graduate courses may also be available, depending on your eligibility. To learn more, review the Tuition Exemption – Reduced Employee Rate policy.

Tax Treatment

Graduate-Level Studies (Course Numbers 4000 & above) – The first $5,250 of Tuition Exemption benefits in a calendar year is exempt from taxation according to IRS regulations. Additional benefits above this limit will be treated as taxable income, unless job related.

Job-Related Graduate-Level Studies (Course Numbers 4000 & above) – To receive tax exemption for Tuition Exemption benefits above the IRS calendar year limit of $5,250, complete and submit a Job-Related Graduate Education Certification Form – Degree Program or `Non-Degree Program each term before the end of the Change of Program Period. Go to our Job-Related Graduate Education Certification page for more details, and Employee and Supervisor instructions for processing.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, all new JRGEC forms must be submitted by your supervisor by email to [email protected] to confirm the form has been signed and certified as job-related. 

To avoid late fees, processing delays or tax withholdings, you must submit this form before Friday, January 22, 2021.

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