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Changes to the Tuition Benefits Programs (6/28/2019; updated 10/2/2019)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Gallaudet University currently provides three types of tuition benefits for regular status employees:

Tuition Waiver (for employees and dependents attending Gallaudet University)
Educational Assistance (for employees attending higher education institutions other than Gallaudet University)
Tuition Assistance (for employees’ dependents attending higher education institutions other than Gallaudet University)

Employees and their dependents can still take undergraduate and graduate courses at Gallaudet University.  The tuition waiver program remains untouched.
 
Employees can take undergraduate and graduate courses outside of Gallaudet University.   The educational assistance program remains untouched as well.
 
Employees who are hired or rehired on September 1, 2019 or later, their dependents cannot receive assistance if they take undergraduate courses outside the University.  The University never provided reimbursement for dependents who are taking Graduate courses outside the University.  

Who oversees these programs?

The Finance Office oversees all tuition benefit programs.  Questions can be directed to Jeffrey Leach, Director of Financial Services.

What changes are being made to tuition benefits?

Three changes are being made:

Tuition Assistance: The tuition assistance program will no longer be available for new hires and rehires who join Gallaudet University on September 1, 2019 and later.  This change will not impact current employees. 

Reimbursement Method under the Educational Assistance and Tuition Assistance Programs: Currently, employees may be reimbursed for tuition and fees at the beginning of the semester or at the end of the semester. Effective for all Fall 2019 courses, employees will only receive reimbursement at the end of the semester, after providing documentation that the course or courses have been completed satisfactorily.

Important Information to Know: Colleges and other educational institutions may be flexible with payment arrangement by the employees at a later date if they notify their institution about Gallaudet University’s educational and tuition assistance programs.  Employees can also check with their institution’s Financial Aid Office about getting student loans to cover their balance until they get reimbursed at the end of the semester.

Taxation: Currently, the tuition reimbursement for graduate studies is taxable under the Educational Assistance Program. Effective August 1, 2019, only tuition and fees over $5,250 per calendar year will be taxable. Employees may be reimbursed for tuition without taxes for amounts up to $5,250. This change provides an added benefit for employees who are pursuing graduate studies.  

If the undergraduate or graduate studies are required for the employees to maintain their jobs, then the tuition reimbursement will still be tax-free. This portion of the program also remains unchanged.


Is there any change to the Tuition Waiver program?

This program remains unchanged. Employees can continue to enjoy the benefits of the Tuition Waiver program.


Why are changes being made?

This allows the University to align with best practices in higher education. It will also result in significant savings.


I still have questions. Who may I talk with?

You may reach out to Jeffrey Leach, Director of Financial Services.

 

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