Application Period for Spring 2024 Semester Opens October 15, 2023
The TAP Application link is only open during these periods.
Please note: If the end date should fall on the weekend, applications will be due on the Friday prior to that date. It is possible the application period will open prior to the dates below. Please check this site to confirm the exact application dates for each semester.
calendar-check icon July 1-15
calendar-check icon November 1-15
calendar-check icon April 1-15
*Spring Semester 2024 opens October 15, 2023
The Board of Regents and Augusta University are committed to helping University employees pursue growth and development. The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to promote professional growth and development of full-time University employees and part-time nursing faculty of the College of Nursing.
Tuition assistance is the waiver of up to nine (9) hours of tuition and certain fees per semester for employees, who are enrolled in courses on the Augusta University campus and at other University System of Georgia (USG) institutions.
You must first be accepted into an eligible program or institution before applying for TAP.
The Tuition Assistance Program is available to both full-time university employees and part-time nursing faculty who meet the following requirements:
icon Full-time (100% Work Commitment)
icon Completed 6 Continuous Months of Regular Employment
icon Working Towards a Degree
icon Seeking a Graduate Degree in Nursing
icon At one of the 26 participating USG Institutions
The amendment to the current TAP policy affecting part-time nursing faculty is due to the current shortage of nursing faculty in the State of Georgia. Any part-time nursing faculty member taking advantage of this program shall be required to work full time within the University System at least two (2) years following receipt of the graduate degree in Nursing (or Education, if such would allow one to teach Nursing at the University level).
Such eligibility for all employees participating in TAP must exist by the application deadline.
TAP participants may enroll in distance learning and web-based courses offered by the University System of Georgia. If the tuition for these courses is greater than the System-approved normal tuition amount, USG institutions may elect to waive only that portion of the tuition that does not exceed the System-approved normal tuition amount. An employee will be responsible for paying the remainder of the tuition cost.
Augusta University employees and faculty applying for TAP benefits who are living out of state, will need to apply for the USG Employees and Dependents Out of State Tuition Waiver and also file the TAP waiver.
For the Out of State Tuition waiver, the Augusta University Registrar's Office requires that an application be submitted to the Registrar's Office at the same time or before TAP paperwork is submitted.
The federal government currently allows up to $5,250 annually, in employer-provided educational assistance benefits, to be “tax free” to TAP participants. Undergraduate educational assistance benefits are generally excluded from tax reporting or withholdings. Graduate educational assistance benefits are excludable from tax reporting and withholding up to $5,250 annually. Graduate educational assistance in excess of $5,250 will generally be subject to tax reporting and withholdings except under certain circumstances. 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. Any employee who believes that they are eligible to exclude graduate education costs in excess of $5,250 must apply by completing the Graduate Student Tax Waiver Application.