I am an international student studying in the US. Federal law requires that I am register for a one credit course in order to take a certain internship, the cost of which is close to $2000. This credit cannot be counted towards my degree requirements.
My employer does not wish to pay for the cost of this credit. Is it legal/ethical to ask them to deduct $2000 from my pay and give this to me as an reimbursement, so as to reduce the tax burden? After all, as I understand it, tuition waivers are not taxed (e.g. https://www.npr.org/2017/12/18/570941259/grad-students-tuition-waivers-will-remain-untaxed-after-all)