Tuition Remission Eligibility by Employee Group

Rider provides a generous tuition remission benefit to its employees to further their own education and, in many cases, their dependents' as well.  A few Rider programs are not eligible for remission, among them the Executive MBA Program, the Westminster Conservatory, and the English Language Institute.  Recipients must meet all admissions standards and academic progress requirements applicable to other students.  Please direct all questions on tuition remission to the HRIS office, Diane Salita x7280, or Sue Hewins x7281.

Taxability

Undergraduate Tuition Remission

For work on the undergraduate level, the benefit is not taxable to the employee, unless it is being provided for a non-dependent child.  The test is whether the child is claimed as a dependent on the employee's most recent Federal tax return.  The University reserves the right to request copies of such tax returns for tax documentation. 

Graduate Tuition Remission

All graduate-level tuition remission is taxable to the employee.

Taxation Schedule

If the remission grant is taxable, additional non-cash income in the amount of the remission and related withholding will be applied to the employee's paycheck over one or two months during the semester of remission, as follows:

  • for Fall term, taxable over October and November
  • Spring term, April and May
  • Summer 1 term, June or July
  • Summer 2 term. July or August

Please note that the additional taxes will probably result in a smaller take-home pay for the periods noted above.  Contact HRIS at x7281 for further information on taxability of tuition remission.

How to Apply

Tuition Remission Request Forms (PDF) should be downloaded, completed, and submitted to Human Resources.  Paper forms are no longer available.  Please fill out a form for each student for each semester. If you are requesting remission for study at Rider, be sure that the form has been approved by your  supervisor before submission.  Forms may be submitted in the Human Resources Office, LIB108.

For study at Rider you must file the FAFSA form to the federal government if you are a matriculated student (enrolled in a degree program).  The FAFSA may be submitted online.  Paper forms are available only from the federal government.

For external remission, please attach the following documentation from the outside school:

  1. Financial Aid Award Letter (you may need to file the FAFSA and any additional documents required by the outside school in order to generate a Financial Aid Award Letter -- requirements vary with different schools)

  2. Two copies of a billing for the term of the request from the outside school, showing separate detail of all charges including tuition, incidental fees, and financial aid. Please note that the billing must show the name of the student and the term of the billing.

When to Apply

In order for the Tuition Remission credit to appear on the initial semester billing at Rider, your request forms should be submitted by the following dates:

  • for the Fall Semester - by July 1st
  • for the Spring Semester - by  November 15th
  • for Summer 1 classes - by April 1st
  • for Summer 2 classes - by May 1st

The deadline for tuition remission requests is June 1st of the fiscal year (July to June) containing the term for which the tuition is charged. 

For external remission, please allow at least three weeks for the preparation of the check.  The Human Resources Office will notify you when the check is available.

Please do not submit forms for several semesters ahead, as we cannot approve remission until approximately the dates shown above. 

For further information, contact Human Resources Information Systems at x7281 (Sue Hewins) or x7280 (Diane Salita).