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Tuition Waivers for Current Faculty & Staff

Current employees who wish to take classes at Illinois State University may be eligible for a tuition waiver. Civil Service employees may also be eligible for a waiver at any State of Illinois public university covered by the State Universities Civil Service System. For further information on eligibility and the tuition waiver procedure, please review:


In accordance with Internal Revenue Service regulations, graduate level tuition waivers provided by an educational institution to its employees are excludable in an amount of up to $5,250 per calendar year if the tuition waivers are provided as part of an educational assistance program described in I.R.C. § 127(b). Any tuition waiver or reduction provided in excess of this amount is a taxable fringe benefit for income tax purposes. A tuition waiver for graduate level courses offered to employees of an educational institution, as described in I.R.C. § 170(b)(1)(A)(ii), is excludable as a qualified tuition reduction only if the recipient of the waiver is a graduate student engaged in teaching or research activities for the institution.