Tuition Exemption Benefit Taxation System

Tool for generating information for tax documentation of Columbia's tuition exemption benefit.

Also known as TESS.

CUIT manages the Tuition Exemption Benefit Taxation System (TESS), part of Columbia’s human resources system, PAC. In the situations where Columbia’s tuition exemption benefit is taxable, Finance administrators use TESS to generate information that they can use to create tax documentation. The application is able execute batch jobs anytime that the mainframe is available (including during semesters and payroll cycles).


No, Columbia University mails 1098-T statements to students with permanent addresses in the United States during the first week of February each year. For convenience or for international students without permanent address in the US, you can also download your statement at

University Employees can review your benefits eligibility and details on MyColumbia Self-Service and can find more information at You can also contact the Columbia Benefits Service Center at 212-851-7000 or email questions to [email protected].