Tuition Benefits for Faculty Members
Benefits-eligible, full-time faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the university's tuition benefits program. Full-time, benefits-eligible faculty members can also receive tuition assistance for their dependent children. You can initiate and track tuition benefits requests through Workday for yourself and your dependent children.
Eligibility and Benefit Features
Courses Taken at Carnegie Mellon: Benefits-eligible full-time faculty
Courses Taken at Another Institution: Benefits-eligible full-time faculty who are employed by Carnegie Mellon on the first day of the full semester on the Pittsburgh campus
|Number of Classes
Two courses at any one time per term (at one or multiple institutions)
Course is defined as the equivalent of a 9- or 12-unit, semester-length class on the Pittsburgh campus during the fall, spring, or first or second summer semesters. Alternatively, up to four (two if part-time) 4½- or 6-unit minis may be taken per semester, provided no more than two are taken at a time.
Courses Taken at Carnegie Mellon: 100% tuition remission
Courses Taken at Another Institution: 50% tuition assistance
Courses Taken at Carnegie Mellon: Any
Courses Taken at Another Institution: Career-related or part of a career-related degree program
Applicable taxes will be withheld from your salary, not from the benefit.
Taxes must be withheld in the year in which the benefit was received (i.e., when the check is issued), regardless of when the courses are taken.
|Employees who have an undergraduate degree and are not enrolled in a second undergraduate degree program:
Employees who do not have an undergraduate degree or who are enrolled in a second undergraduate degree program:
Taxes assessed on your tuition benefits will be withheld from your pay by Carnegie Mellon in three monthly installments (for those paid monthly) or in six biweekly installments (for those paid biweekly). Taxation will begin with the next pay following your application approval, and will be withheld across three months, or the number of months remaining in the calendar year, whichever is less. Changes to your benefit level in the middle of a semester (for example, adding or dropping a class) will be reflected in the taxes withheld in the remaining months.
Generally, employer-provided graduate tuition benefits that exceed $5,250 in a calendar year are subject to federal withholding. Tuition benefits may be tax-free if they represent a working condition fringe benefit under IRS regulations. While Carnegie Mellon University is required to withhold federal taxes on graduate tuition benefits that exceed $5,250 in a calendar year, employees may consult with their tax advisor to determine if they qualify for any exemptions when filing their tax return.