Tuition Waiver

One of the benefits of working at a university is the access to pursuing or continuing your own education. VCU offers tuition waivers to faculty, adjunct faculty and classified staff. These waivers may be used for academic credit in a VCU undergraduate, graduate or first-professional degree course. The tuition waiver covers standard undergraduate and graduate tuition, university fee, student activity fee, student government fee, technology fee and capital outlay fee. Search "tuition waiver" under VCU HR forms. Tuition waivers cover only VCU courses. For information about tuition reimbursement for courses taken at another institution, refer to the VCU Educational and Training Policy.

 

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible for tuition benefits at VCU? +

Full-time classified staff and faculty are eligible for tuition benefits. Adjunct faculty are also eligible for tuition benefits under certain conditions. Part-time and hourly staff are not eligible for tuition benefits. Faculty or staff whose positions are funded by multiple sources may or may not be eligible for tuition benefits depending on the nature of those funding sources.

I am a VCU Health System employee. How can I find out about tuition benefits? +

Tuition benefits for VCU Health System employees are managed separately under a Health System Tuition Assistance program, which is not administered by VCU Human Resources. More information is available on the VCU Health System webpage by clicking here. Please talk with your supervisor to learn more about the application process.

What is the difference between tuition waiver and tuition reimbursement? +

Tuition waiver means that VCU waives the standard undergraduate and graduate tuition costs required to complete an education course offered at VCU. The class does not have to be job related and the class should be taken after normal work hours. Tuition reimbursement is available for employees taking an approved course at another educational institution. The cost of the class will be reimbursed by VCU if:

  • The class is not offered at VCU at all, including online, and
  • The class is related to your job, and
  • Your supervisor approves.

The most relevant information to read regarding tuition waiver for classes taken at VCU is located on pages 2-3 of the Educational and Training Opportunities policy and guidelines (search here under VCU HR policies). Tuition reimbursement is covered in greater detail on page 4 of the same document.

What does the tuition waiver cover? +

Tuition waiver covers standard undergraduate and graduate tuition in addition to university fee, student activity fee, student government fee, technology fee and capital outlay fee.

  • Graduate tuition waiver benefits in excess of $5,250 annually are added to reportable taxable income. FICA/Medicare tax is withheld on the excess amount.
  • Undergraduate tuition waiver benefits are not subject to tax reporting or withholding.

Tuition waiver does not cover audited courses, individual lessons, private music lessons, non-standard undergraduate and graduate tuition, books, supplies, program/course fees or English language courses.

For a current list of course fees, including special tuition and fees, visit www.enrollment.vcu.edu/accounting/tuition_fees.html.

I am adjunct faculty. What tuition benefits am I eligible for? +

Adjunct faculty may take one course at VCU under the tuition waiver benefit after they have completed teaching nine credit hours. The waiver must be used within the three semester period immediately following the completion of teaching the nine credit hours. Adjunct faculty are not eligible to be reimbursed for a class taken at another educational institution. The most relevant information to read regarding adjunct faculty and tuition benefits is found on pages 3-4 of the Educational and Training Opportunities policy and guidelines.