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). 

Generally tuition assistance benefits used to pay for graduate-level studies in excess of $5,250 per calendar year is taxable income and you will incur additional tax withholding in your paycheck each semester. In certain limited circumstances the University may be able to exclude this tuition benefits from gross income. Please refer to our Tuition Tax Facts for details

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 most undergraduate, graduate and non-credit courses at Georgetown University (examples of excluded GU programs are the Mini Med School and emergency first aid training).

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.  A change from Staff to AAP or Faculty will trigger the eight-semester limit. After the benefit maximum is reached, no additional 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 $13,995 would exhaust a significant amount of 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.

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

The benefit amount is based on a formula based on Georgetown University’s undergraduate tuition, and therefore is adjusted annually. Based on the 2019-20 academic year, the maximum benefit is:         

  • $2,873.16      per semester
  • $5,746.32     per academic year 
  • $22,985.30  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.