Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Benefits for Faculty & Staff

Georgetown University offers tuition assistance to eligible faculty and staff for courses taken at Georgetown University and/or at other approved outside institutions.  It is important to note that a lifetime maximum applies toward this benefit. If you take courses both at Georgetown and an outside institution your maximum benefit will be calculated using a combination of credit hours/semesters (GU) and dollars (non-credit/outside institutions). 

Please note if this benefit is used for graduate studies at Georgetown University, the benefit may be subject to taxation. Please click here for more information.

Benefits for Courses Taken at Georgetown University

Faculty, Staff, and Academic and Administrative Professionals (AAP's) are eligible for 100% tuition benefits for themselves the semester following completion of one year of continuous, full-time TAP-eligible service. Eligible service must be continuous. Any periods of ineligibility (employment at less than 90% time, leave of absence, etc.) do not count toward your continuous service requirement.

Benefits can be used for classes at Georgetown University if they are:

  • part of an undergraduate or graduate degree granting program; or
  • offered through the Georgetown University Center for Continuing and Professional Education; or
  • work related (subject to review and approval).

Faculty may use this benefit only for graduate studies. Staff and AAP's may use this benefit for both undergraduate and graduate studies.  

For Faculty and AAPs, the benefit maximum is 8 semesters. For Staff, the benefit maximum is 120 GU credit hours. After the benefit maximum is reached, no additonal TAP benefits are provided.

The cost of non-credit courses (including those taken through the Center for Continuing and Professional Education at Georgetown University) will be applied toward your total lifetime dollar maximum. For example, one program costing $11,995 would almost exhaust your lifetime TAP benefit. For more information regarding using your benefit for CCPE programs and courses, click here.

Please note that if used for graduate studies, the benefit may be subject to taxation. Please click here for more information.

Benefits for Courses Taken at Other Institutions

Faculty, Staff, and Academic and Administrative Professionals (AAP's) are eligible for tuition benefits for themselves the semester following completion of  3 years of continuous, full-time TAP-eligible service.

Benefits can be used for classes at accredited institutions of higher education if they are:

  •  part of an undergraduate or graduate degree granting program; or
  • non-credit but work-related (subject to review and approval). 

Please refer to our TAP FAQ's for more information on what constitutes schools or programs not covered under TAP.

Faculty may use this benefit only for graduate studies. Staff and AAP's may use this benefit for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

The benefit amount is based on a formula based on Georgetown University's undergraduate tuition, and therefore is adjusted annually. Based on the 2014-2015 academic year, the maximum benefit is:         

  • $2,394.30      per semester
  • $4,788.59      per academic year 
  • $19,154.42    per lifetime

For Faculty and AAPs, the benefit maximum is 8 semesters. For Staff, the benefit maximum is shown above. After the benefit maximum is reached, no additional TAP benefits are provided.

Other Information You Should Know

You are required to complete forms for each semester or quarter of study for which you wish to receive benefits under the TAP. The forms, and instructions to assist you in completing the forms, are available on-line in the Forms Library.

The taxation of tuition benefits can be a complicated matter. Please refer to our TAP FAQ's or Tuition Tax Facts for more information on this important topic.

If you have any additional questions regarding the TAP plan, please contact us at tapbenefits@georgetown.edu.