Job-Related Graduate Education Certification

Columbia University provides employees who are using Tuition Exemption benefits for graduate education, with the opportunity to certify that their education is job-related per Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax regulation. Complete this form (1) if you receive Tuition Exemption for graduate courses (4000 and above) or a graduate degree program, and (2) if you believe the classes you take meet the definition of "job-related" according to the policy below.
 
If you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, you do not need to complete this form.  Graduate-level courses taken as part of undergraduate degree programs are not taxable.
 
  • Job-Related Graduate Education Certification Policy (PDF)
  • Instructions for Employees (PDF)
  • Instructions for Supervisors (PDF)
  • Job-Related Graduate Education Certification Form - Degree Program (PDF)

Fill out the Degree Program form if your graduate coursework is part of a master's or post-baccalaureate degree program.

  • Job-Related Graduate Education Certification Form - Non-Degree Program (PDF

Fill out the Non-Degree Program form if your graduate coursework (4000 and above) is not part of a degree program.