Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is an employee supplemental educational assistance program.
TAP Application Deadlines
The following University System of Georgia TAP application deadlines will apply to all University System of Georgia institutions: (If any of these dates fall on a holiday or on a weekend, the application deadline will be the last business day prior to the dates identified.) If you are Staff, please submit your TAP application to Human Resources. Faculty should submit TAP applications to the Provost Office.
Fall Semester – July 15th
Spring Semester – November 15th
Summer Semester – April 15th
Please refer to the Board of Regents website http://www.usg.edu/hr/benefits/tuition_assistance_program_policy for the complete TAP policy.
- TAP is available to all full-time benefits-eligible employees who have been employed by the University for a minimum of six (6) months prior to the TAP application deadline.
- TAP enrollment is granted on a space-available basis.
- Employees must be eligible to participate, i.e. meet Admissions standards of the institution, maintain a grade of C or better, maintain a 2.0 GPA or better, and will have to submit a TAP application for every semester, prior to registering for any classes.
- Admission application fees are not waived under TAP. Please contact the Office of Admissions at ext. 85391 for GSU application deadlines.
- Faculty must have approval of their Department Chair, Dean, and the Provost/VPAA.
- Staff must have approval of their supervisor, Dean or Director, and the Human Resources TAP Coordinator.
- TAP is a supplemental educational assistance employee program. An employee who is eligible for Pell Grants must apply his/her Pell Grant monies toward tuition and fees before receiving a TAP waiver.
- Employees should attempt to take classes outside of his/her regularly scheduled work day. When this is not possible, and your supervisor approves, you may take classes under the following conditions. Non-exempt employees must maintain a 40 hour per week work schedule; exempt employees must maintain their workload to the satisfaction of the supervisor.
- Employees cannot audit a course under TAP. Only courses taken for credit are eligible.
- The tuition assistance policy waives the following, if applicable:
– Tuition: Nine credit hours per semester at the in-state per credit hour rate established by the Board of Regents
– Mandatory fees (does not include lab fees, course fees, books, fines, exam fees, testing fees, graduation fees, etc.)
Per Board Policy, TAP participants may enroll in web-based and professional graduate courses offered by the University System of Georgia. If the tuition for these courses is greater than the System approved in-state per credit hour tuition amount, the employee will be responsible for paying the remainder of the tuition cost. Other fees are not waived for TAP students and must be paid as required by institution (lab fees, course fees, books, fines, exam fees, testing fees, graduation fees, etc.)
- TAP is an employee supplemental educational assistance program. ALL scholarship and grant money awarded to TAP participants is applied before receiving a TAP waiver. Per USG policy, an employee who is eligible for Pell Grants must apply his/her Pell Grant toward tuition and fees before receiving a TAP waiver. Georgia Southern University applies Pell and all other grants and/or scholarship payments to the amount that the TAP benefit would cover. No TAP waiver will be applied in instances where the grant(s)/scholarship(s) equals or exceeds the TAP benefit.
- Any remaining balance not covered by TAP must be paid by the fee payment deadline to avoid cancellation of course schedule.
- Tax Implications for Participants – The federal government currently allows up to $5,250 annually, in employer-provided educational assistance benefits, to be “tax free” to TAP participants. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate-level courses. This “tax free” exemption currently applies through 2010. An employee must generally pay taxes on employer-provided educational assistance benefits in excess of $5,250. This amount will be included in your wages (Box 1 of your Form W-2). A tax professional should be consulted for further information concerning taxable tuition.
Last updated: 4/25/2016