Tuition Assistance for Spouses and Domestic Partners

Spouses and domestic partners of JHU employees are eligible to receive tuition assistance for part-time credit courses taken through one of JHU’s academic divisions. Noncredit, personal enrichment courses also are available at a discount to spouses and domestic partners.

Eligibility

The spouse or domestic partner of a faculty or staff members is eligible to receive tuition assistance once the employee has completed 120 days of full-time employment and continues in a full-time position while their spouse or domestic partner is enrolled in courses.

The spouse or domestic partner of a bargaining unit member is eligible once the employee has completed 90 days of full-time employment and continues in a full-time position while their spouse or domestic partner is enrolled in courses.

The benefit is available only during periods in which a faculty, staff, or bargaining unit member is employed full-time, or during periods of authorized leave not exceeding one year in duration from which the faculty, staff or bargaining unit member will return to full-time employment

Spouses or domestic partners of JHU retirees are also eligible to receive tuition assistance.

Information on dependent eligibility and documentation requirements can be found here.

Visiting faculty and staff, residents, interns and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible for this benefit.

About the Program

ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES:

There is a $5,250 annual family limit on tuition remission for faculty, staff, retirees and their spouses, domestic partners and dependent children. Within the calendar year limit, dependents’ spending is limited to $2,625.

Spouses and domestic partners are eligible for 50% remission for credit courses, and 25% remission for private credit instruction at Peabody up to the annual limit.

The faculty, staff, or bargaining unit member is responsible for any spending that exceeds the limits, and for tuition costs for courses not completed (i.e., withdrawn or dropped).

Courses offered by individual JHU departments are not covered. GRE courses and other test preparation courses are not covered.

Noncredit PERSONAL ENRICHMENT courses:

This benefit covers only noncredit courses offered through a Continuing Education Unit of one of JHU’s academic divisions, the Center for Talented Youth, Odyssey, the Berman Institute or the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Spouses and domestic partners are eligible for 50% remission. For private instruction at Peabody, spouses and domestic partners are eligible for 25% remission.

There is no annual dollar limit or reduction of annual limits for noncredit personal enrichment courses.

Taxability

Tuition remission used by employees’ spouses or domestic partners for undergraduate courses is tax-free. For graduate courses, it is considered taxable income to the employee, and the university will withhold these taxes from the employee’s paycheck.

Any benefit provided for an employee’s spouse or domestic partner will be taxed. The university will withhold these taxes from the employee’s paycheck. Tax questions should be directed to JHU’s Tax Office at 443-997-8688.

How to Participate

Select the appropriate form and follow the registration procedures on the Division’s registration form. Present a signed and completed Tuition Remission Benefit Application for Spouse/Domestic Partner to the Registrar at the time of registration. The availability of the Tuition Remission Benefit does not guarantee that an employee or family member will be accepted by any of JHU’s academic divisions. The spouse/domestic partner should check with the Admissions Office of the academic division of their interest before applying for tuition remission.

Peabody Preparatory has a new registration system and paperless Tuition Remission process. This process is approved for use only at the Peabody Preparatory for eligible employees and is not available for use at the Peabody Conservatory.