Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

 In response to several UGA and State of Georgia directives regarding COVID-19, we will be closed for in-person traffic with regards to the Tuition Assistance Program.  Please contact Aaron Weimer at tap@uga.edu with questions regarding TAP or to arrange a time to speak over the phone.

 

The USG and its institutions encourage fulltime faculty, staff, and administrators to participate in development activities and study by remitting tuition for those activities that have been authorized by the employee’s institution. Participation in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) shall be available to fulltime, benefits-eligible employees who have successfully completed at least six months of employment in a benefits-eligible position as of the date of the TAP application deadline for the desired academic semester.

Fulltime employees who meet the applicable admissions standards and have received appropriate prior authorization from their institution may enroll in up to nine academic semester credit hours for each of the three designated semester periods: fall, spring, and summer semesters. If you are admitted as an Out of State student, waiving the out-of-state portion of your tuition may have beneficial tax implications, if eligible.  Please submit the University System Employee waiver every semester you wish to participate in TAP as an Out of State student.  Review the waiver before submitting as additional documentation may be required.

Student status will be secondary to employee status in all considerations, including student fee waivers. Tuition assistance is the waiver of tuition and the waiver of certain fees. Tuition waivers for employees participating in the Tuition Assistance Program will be applied as follows effective January 1, 2018:

The Board approved applicable face-to-face or online tuition rate will be waived in full for all undergraduate and graduate programs and classes eligible under the Tuition Assistance Program.

TAP participation will be granted on a space-available basis. For limited-slot enrollment programs, approval must be granted by the teaching institution. An employee must receive a grade of C or better in each approved Tuition Assistance Program academic course.

TAP participants are allowed up $5250 annually in “tax free” educational assistance benefits. Employees generally pay taxes on benefits in excess of the annual $5250.  Please contact your home institution's payroll department and a tax professional about tax implications. Additional information can be found here.
 
Application deadlines for TAP are as follows:
Fall July 15
Spring November 15
Summer April 15
 

The following programs are not eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program waiver:

  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary
  • Law
  • Executive total cost programs
The following UGA programs are not eligible for TAP benefits:
 
  • PharmD
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Juris Doctor
  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education (Executive)
  • Executive MBA
  • Professional MBA
  • Master of Laws
  • Master in the Study of Law
  • Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology
 
Please review all TAP policies, procedures, and other information available on the University System of Georgia (USG) website.  The USG system-wide TAP application form (PDF) is also available on the USG website.
 
TAP forms should be scanned and emailed to tap@uga.edu.
 

Questions regarding TAP should be directed to UGA TAP coordinator Aaron Weimer at tap@uga.edu or 706-542-6293.