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Tuition Remission

One of Drexel University's core benefits, tuition remission provides full-time Drexel and DUCOM employees, their spouses, and dependent children with free tuition for most University programs.  For more information on tuition remission, including which Drexel programs are exempt and other stipulations, please read the full Tuition Remission Policy for Faculty and Professional Staff or Tuition Remission Policy for Family Members.

Submission Process

  1. Complete, print, and sign the Tuition Remission Application for Faculty and Professional Staff [PDF] or the Tuition Remission Application for Family Members [PDF]. You must complete an application for each academic year you intend to receive the Tuition Remission benefit.
  2. Submit the form to Human Resources: 3201 Arch Street, Suite 430, 4th Floor.  If you wish to begin classes at the start of the academic year, please submit this form by August 1.
  3. If applying for dependent tuition remission, please provide proof of dependency by submitting last year’s tax return form.
  4. HR will approve or deny your request based on your current data in the Drexel Employee Database.
  5. Results will be communicated to Drexel Central electronically and via mail.

Before applying, please read the Tuition Remission Policy, and note the following:

  1. Eligible employees may take a maximum of three undergraduate or two graduate courses per term.
  2. Tuition remission is considered a fringe benefit, which ends immediately upon termination.
  3. Tuition remission will be reduced by your PHEAA Grants. Tuition remission will also affect Drexel need-based and Drexel non-need-based (merit) financial aid. 
  4. Graduate tuition remission for employees may be taxable according to IRS guidelines (see below).
  5. Only full-time employees (and their dependents) of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine are eligible for tuition remission. Full-time employees are eligible for 100 percent, while their dependents can be eligible for 20-100 percent based on the employee’s length of service.  For more information, please see the Tuition Remission Policy.

Taxability of Graduate Tuition Remission

Due to IRS tax code, if you take more than $5,250 of graduate coursework a year, any amount above $5,250 is considered taxable by the government.  For more information, please read our Taxability of Graduate Tuition Remission handout [PDF].