Employee tuition waivers are available to employees of UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Healthcare, and other UNC System campuses under certain conditions in accordance with UNC-Chapel Hill’s tuition waiver policies.

Employees of other UNC System campuses should seek assistance from their campus Human Resources office on specific procedures and forms for using this benefit.

Courses Not Covered

Courses such as the Executive MBA program, MBA@UNC, MPA@UNC, MPH@UNC, MAC Online, or study abroad courses that are primarily receipt-supported are not covered by the Tuition Waiver Program.

Noncredit courses offered through the Friday Center for Continuing Education are not covered by Tuition Waiver.

Employees seeking a waiver should confirm whether the tuition waiver applies to the particular program or school offering the course(s) of interest by contacting that program office directly. Not all coursework is eligible for the tuition waiver.

Summer Session Courses at UNC-Chapel Hill

Only available for UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Healthcare employees enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. A tuition waiver may be applied to one summer session course per academic year. This waiver counts as one of the three courses per academic year that can be approved for tuition waiver.

This feature may not be available to UNC-Chapel Hill employees enrolled elsewhere and is not available to other state employees enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Course Fees

Tuition waiver will also waive all student fees for the academic term, even if additional courses not covered under the tuition waiver program are taken the same term. Tuition waiver does not apply to other course-related expenses such as travel, laboratory, registration, or material fees.

Additional Coursework

An employee may enroll in more than one University course during a single academic term. The Cashier’s Office of the institution at which the employee is enrolled will apply the tuition waiver per the guidelines established by that office. Any tuition costs for the academic term that are not covered under the Tuition Waiver Program remain the responsibility of the employee.

Taxability

Tuition waived is considered reportable taxable compensation subject to social security, federal and state tax withholding if the value of the benefit exceeds the IRS established limits. Depending upon prevailing tax laws, for each calendar year, the tuition benefit amount over the IRS threshold will be reported as income on the employee’s W-2 form.

To ensure that you are not taxed for your tuition waiver benefit at the nonresident tuition rates unnecessarily, please see the University Registrar’s policy on the Employee Tuition Benefit and submit the Residence Status Supplemental form.

A person who is a full-time employee of The University of North Carolina, or is the spouse or dependent child of a full-time employee of The University of North Carolina and who is a legal resident of North Carolina, qualifies as a resident for tuition purposes without having maintained that legal residence for at least 12 months immediately prior to his or her classification as a resident for tuition purposes.

  • If you, or your spouse is a full-time employee, not a Teacher’s Assistant, Research Assistant, Post-Doc, or Resident/Fellow of the UNC System, you may qualify for the employee tuition benefit.
  • UNC Health Care employees also qualify.

Note: you must be continuously employed during your enrollment in order to receive this benefit.

The Request for Waiver of Student Fees form must be submitted to the Cashiers Office for approval no later than the last day to drop a class for tuition credit for the term for which the waiver is being applied. UNC System and Healthcare employees who have submitted a Tuition Waiver Application for Faculty/Staff form do not need to also submit the Request for Waiver of Student Fees form to the Cashier’s Office for the same term.
Classification Applies To Form Type Submit
Tuition and Fees Permanent UNC-Chapel Hill employees enrolled in courses
at UNC-Chapel Hill and other UNC institutions
EXCEPT NC State.
Online Complete and Submit
Tuition and Fees Permanent UNC-Chapel Hill employees
enrolled in courses at NC State ONLY.
Paper Submit
Fees Only
  • Permanent UNC System employees
  • Spouses of permanent UNC-Chapel Hill employees
  • UNC Health Care system employee or spouse
    (Chapel Hill location only)
  • Students on military or civilian orders from the ROTC

(Applies to UNC-Chapel Hill courses)

Paper Submit