The Tuition Exemption Benefits Program pays tuition for you toward undergraduate and Master’s degree programs at Columbia University, Barnard College and Teachers College. This is not a reimbursement or remission program; when you submit your eligibility form to your school's Student Financial Services office, your tuition is simply exempt.
As a newly hired or newly eligible Officer, you must complete two years of regular full-time continuous service before you are eligible for Tuition Exemption for yourself. Once you become eligible, Tuition Exemption will pay 100% of the tuition for a pre-defined number of courses each term.
If you want to take courses toward a degree prior to meeting the service requirements, you are eligible for a reduced employee rate—35% reduction in tuition costs, at Columbia only.
Your children may also be eligible for a 100% Tuition Exemption benefit for undergraduate degrees at Columbia and Barnard College. For Columbia University Officers’ children who attend Barnard College, the Tuition Exemption benefit is limited to eight Fall and Spring terms. Officers are eligible for this benefit after completing four years of regular full-time continuous service. Your child must matriculate into their degree program by the end of the month in which they turn age 26.
Your employment at Columbia, or at other nonprofit or governmental entities, may entitle you to certain loan forgiveness under the US Department of Education’s Public Loan Forgiveness Program. Questions about eligibility and qualifying loan payments must be directed to the US Department of Education. For more information, please carefully review the information provided by the U.S. Department of Education.