Retiree Tuition Assistance Benefits

Students of the School of Foreign Service listen to a lecture.Retirees, defined as having met Age 55 and 10 years of eligible service, are eligible for Georgetown University Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits for themselves and their children under the age of 30 through the TAP plan. In order to be eligible for this benefit as a retiree, you must have been working at least 90% time or 36 hours per week at the time of your retirement.

The same rules and limits (including lifetime maximums) apply for retirees as for active employees, so you should review the Tuition Assistance Program rules  before applying for these benefits.

How to Apply

You may continue to use the TAP Online portal to submit electronic applications, however, you will need specific information such as your GUID number, student ID number, etc.. You may contact the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits for your GUID number. For more information on how to apply, please see the TAP Overview page. 

Retiree TAP Tax Liability

Retiree TAP benefits used to pay tuition for undergraduate or non-credit GU courses are tax exempt. Retiree TAP used to pay tuition for graduate-level courses at GU is fully taxable, per IRS regulations -- there are no automatic tax exemptions on GU Retiree TAP benefits. Note, Retiree TAP benefits may not be used for non-credit courses at an outside school.

The Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits must report Retiree TAP disbursements to GU Payroll Services. At year-end, Payroll Services will send either a W-2 or a 1099 to the retiree. The retiree is responsible for paying any taxes due (federal, state, etc).