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Tuition Programs

Columbia University offers several programs for tuition, both at and outside of the University.

AT COLUMBIA: The Tuition Exemption Benefit Program is offered for both Officers and Support Staff, so that you and your family members may take courses at Columbia.

AT OTHER COLLEGES: College Tuition Scholarships for Officers' children can help offset the costs of college tuition outside Columbia. 

AT PRIMARY SCHOOLS: Primary Tuition Scholarships for Officers' children can help offset the costs of primary schools.

Some collective bargaining units offer additional tuition benefits for their members; please see Union Contracts for more information.

Tuition Exemption Benefits for Officers Policy (PDF): The Tuition Exemption Benefit Program covers courses for full-time regular salaried Officers and their eligible dependents at Columbia. Waiting periods may apply.
The Employee Rate of 65% of tuition costs is also available to Officers taking courses at Columbia, who are otherwise eligible but either have not met waiting periods or need to take more courses than are covered under Tuition Exemption. For details, read the Appendix: Tuition Exemption Benefit Supplement: Reduced Employee Rate for Officers (PDF).

College Tuition Scholarships (CTS) Policy (PDF): For eligible dependent children of full-time regular salaried Officers, a College Tuition Scholarship (CTS) pays 50% of a student’s undergraduate tuition (up to an annually defined limit) for up to eight semesters. Officers hired after July 1, 2011 must meet a 4-year service requirement for eligibility. To receive this benefit, Officers must submit the application paperwork each term.

Primary Tuition Scholarships (PTS) Policy (PDF): For eligible full-time regular salaried Officers, the Primary Tuition Scholarship (PTS) program pays between 10% and 35% of your child’s tuition in grades K–8 at a private school within the five boroughs of New York City, depending on eligible family income.

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The Tuition Exemption Benefit Program pays tuition costs, depending on your eligibility, for undergraduate and graduate courses at Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College. 

Note that this is not a reimbursement or remission program; when you submit your eligibility form to your school, your tuition is simply exempted. However, you are responsible for course fees, textbooks and residence fees, where applicable. 

Policy Statement, with IRS Regulations, Instructions for Employees & Supervisors, Job-Related Graduate Education Certification Forms for Degree Programs and Non-Degree (for courses 4000 and above).
The HR/Benefits website is intended only to provide information for the guidance of Columbia University Officers, staff and union employees. The writers of the content have exercised their best efforts to ensure accuracy of the information, but accuracy is not guaranteed. If there are any discrepancies between the information on the website, verbal representations and the Plan documents, the Plan documents will always govern. The information is subject to change from time to time, and the University reserves the right to change or terminate these Plans at any time. The information contained on the website is not intended to replace the plan documents, nor is the information in any way intended to imply a contract.