VII - 4.10 - POLICY ON TUITION REMISSION FOR REGULAR AND RETIRED
FACULTY AND STAFF EMPLOYEES OF THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF
(Approved by the Board of Regents on January 11, 1990, Amended by
the Board on May 31, 1990, Amended by the Board on August 28,
1990, Amended by the Board on August 24, 2001; Amended by the
Board on December 7. 2001; Amended by the Board on August 23,
2002; Amended by the Board on December 6, 2002, Amended by the
Board on June 27, 2003)
I. PURPOSE AND APPLICABILITY
The University System of Maryland (USM) supports the general
policy of tuition remission for USM Faculty and Staff
employees on Regular or Retired Status, by its constituent
institutions, on an intra- and inter-institutional basis.
This policy encourages such Faculty and Staff employees on
Regular or Retiree Status to enroll in academic courses for
the improvement of skills or for personal development
purposes, with tuition costs associated with such courses
remitted in whole or in part.
A. A "REGULAR" Faculty or Staff employee is one who works in a
position that has been approved through the budgetary and
pertinent appointment classification processes and that is
intended to last six months or more regardless of the nature of
the source of funds or who has retired from such a position.
This definition applies to both fulltime and parttime Faculty and
B. "RETIREE" - For purposes of acceptance of tuition remission
requests, a "University System of Maryland Retiree" must be
receiving State of Maryland retirement checks and/or Optional
Retirement Plan (ORP) retirement checks, and have earned at least
five years of total service credit at one or more institution(s)
of the USM. Verification of Retiree Status may be obtained by
contacting the Human Resources Office of the institution from
which the employee has retired.
This program shall be administered by the institutions,
consistent with the following policies and implementation
A. Tuition remission is extended to Regular Faculty and Staff
employees as set forth herein.
1. Effective July 1, 1990, all Regular Faculty and Staff
employees of any institution of the USM may receive tuition
remission at any institution in the USM, in accordance with
provisions set below.
2. Inter-institutional transfer of funds within the USM in
implementation of this policy shall not be made.
B. Tuition remission shall be subject to the individual's
admissibility to the institution and to the program in which the
courses are to be taken and to the other academic regulations of
the institution governing student enrollment (for example, course
prerequisites and registration deadlines).
C. Fulltime Regular and Retiree Faculty, and Staff employees
shall be permitted to register for courses not to exceed eight
(8) credits per semester with remission of tuition. Regular
parttime Faculty and Staff employees who are employed at fifty
percent (50%) or more time in the USM or Retirees from such
positions shall be permitted tuition remission for credits
proportional to their percentage of service.
D. Tuition remission does not include mandatory fees, which
remain the responsibility of the Regular or Retiree Faculty or
E. Courses taken under this policy shall not interfere with the
assigned job responsibilities of any Faculty or Staff employee
and shall require the approval of the Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) or designee.
F. The Regular Faculty or Staff employee may register for the
desired course(s) at any institution in the USM. Regular Faculty
and Staff employees employed by any USM institution who otherwise
meet admissibility and registration criteria, shall be granted
tuition remission at any USM institution on the same basis as
Faculty and Staff employees who are employed by the host
G. Programs of study to be exempted from this policy shall
include the M.D. and
D.D.S. programs at the University of Maryland,
Baltimore and such other programs as may be recommended
by the CEO of the institution offering the program and
approved by the Chancellor. Availability of tuition
remission for self-support programs and courses shall
be recommended by the CEO of the institution offering
the program and approved by the Chancellor. The host
institution shall apply the exempted status equally to
all applicants who wish to participate in the tuition
remission program, whether from the host institution or
H. Policy on tuition remission for Regular Faculty and Staff
employees of Morgan State University (MSU), Saint Mary's College
of Maryland (SMC) and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC)
Regular Faculty and Staff employees of MSU, SMC, and
BCCC shall receive tuition remission at institutions of
the USM at the same level of benefits as provided for
USM Regular Faculty and Staff employees. This
provision is dependent upon reciprocity being extended
by MSU, SMC and BCCC to Regular Faculty and Staff
employees at USM institutions.
Each Chief Executive Officer shall identify his/her
designee(s) as appropriate for this policy; shall develop
procedures as necessary to implement this policy; shall
communicate this policy and applicable procedures to his/her
institutional community; shall forward a copy of such
designations and procedures to the Chancellor; and shall
submit to the Chancellor an annual report on the use of the
tuition remission program at the institution during the
preceding academic year.
BOR V-2.00 and BOT XIII.N