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Tuition Remission

Temple University offers tuition remission benefits for certain regular full-time employees, including faculty, their spouses, certified domestic partners, and eligible dependents subject to the course taken and being in academic good standing and in compliance with all academic standards and policies.

Tuition remission requests are processed by a workflow on the TUPortal. For more information on processing, click here.

Eligibility Guidelines

The following persons are eligible to participate in Temple University’s tuition remission program for courses taken at Temple University:

  • Full-time faculty, subject to the collective bargaining agreement between TAUP and Temple University
  • Regular full-time administrative and non-administrative staff
  • Spouses of tenured, tenure-track faculty, and faculty “grandfathered” as Special Appointment Faculty
  • Spouses of regular full-time administrative staff (T-26 and above)
  • Legally dependent children of full-time faculty and regular full-time staff, including natural, adopted or non-adopted stepchildren of the employee who are less than 24 years of age when initially enrolled in a Temple University undergraduate degree program. If the dependent child leaves the university and re-enrolls within a five-year period, then he or she will be eligible to use tuition remission for any remaining semesters.

Tuition benefits begin the first day of the semester after hire date or date upon which the faculty member or staff member becomes a full-time employee. Employees who terminate employment with Temple University prior to the beginning of the semester for any reason other than official retirement are not entitled to any further tuition remission benefits. Employees whose employment with Temple University is terminated for any reason (other than official retirement from Temple University) after the start of the semester will continue to receive the tuition remission benefits through that semester only. Employees and their eligible dependents receiving tuition remission must remain in academic good standing and must have paid all balances due on the account for fees that are not otherwise paid through the tuition remission benefits.

Full-time faculty and administrative staff who retire from Temple University are eligible for the same tuition remission benefits for which they were eligible the day of retirement.

No tuition remission is given for courses taken in Temple University’s schools of Law, Medicine, Dentistry or Podiatric Medicine, with the exception of specially designated graduate courses as determined by the Dean’s Offices of the specific professional schools. In the School of Pharmacy, tuition remission is limited to undergraduate programs.

Graduate tuition benefits may be considered a taxable benefit. The value of graduate tuition benefits will be included in the employee’s taxable wages, and all applicable taxes will be withheld during the year the tuition benefits are received.

The benefit entitlement for eligible employees and eligible dependents is as follows:

- Employee: Beginning the first semester after hire, 100% tuition remission for eligible Temple University

   courses, up to eight (8) credits for undergraduate and/or graduate courses per semester.

- Employee’s Spouse: Beginning the first semester after hire, 50% tuition remission for eligible Temple

   University courses.

- Employee’s Dependent Children: Dependent children of eligible employees who were hired prior to July 1,

   2014: 100% undergraduate tuition remission.

- Dependent children of eligible employees hired July 1, 2014* and after:

Year one of service: 50% undergraduate tuition remission
Year two of service: 75% undergraduate tuition remission
Beginning the first semester following completion of 3 years of service: 100% undergraduate tuition remission

*This date applies to non-bargaining employees and faculty members. Bargaining unit employees will be subject to the terms of their respective bargaining agreement.

Employees who leave the University and are rehired are treated as new employees for purposes of determining eligibility for tuition remission for dependent children.

Fall/Spring semesters: Tuition remission for up to 10 semesters to complete a degree in a Temple University undergraduate program. Dependent children may be full-time matriculated students, part-time matriculated or non-matriculated students.
Summer sessions: An eligible dependent child who is a full-time matriculated student at any university, including Temple, may receive tuition remission for Temple University courses taken over the summer sessions. For purposes of this policy, either one or both consecutive summer sessions are counted as a single semester, and therefore, will be counted as one of the 10 semesters for which a dependent child is eligible under Temple University’s tuition remission program.
Temple Abroad: An eligible dependent child who is a full-time matriculated student at any university, including Temple, may receive tuition remission for Temple University courses taken as part of Temple Abroad provided that he or she applies for and is accepted into the program through Temple University’s standard admission process.

If a full-time faculty member or employee having at least 10 years of service dies prior to retirement, his or her children, under the age of 24, are eligible for tuition benefits for up to 10 semesters, including any semesters already completed at the time of the parent’s death.

Employees may register for any class that does not interfere with the employee’s regular work schedule. Upon written request, a vice president or dean may approve a flexible work schedule for an employee to allow the employee to take a course during normal work hours. Under such an arrangement, the flexible schedule must not negatively impact the functioning of the office. In addition, the employee’s regular work schedule must be adjusted to account for the time spent at class.

In any given semester, the value of tuition remission benefits on a per-credit-hour basis shall equal the per-credit-hour rate of the least costly program offering the degree at Temple University. For instance, the calculated rate of tuition remission per-credit-hour for the Executive MBA program will not exceed the standard per-credit-hour rate for the traditional MBA program.


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