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Tuition Assistance for Employees

The purpose of the tuition assistance program is to promote and encourage the pursuit of higher education opportunities and professional development. KU provides eligible employees with assistance to cover tuition for up to 12 credit hours per calendar year.

Application for Tuition Assistance

Spring 2023 Tuition Assistance applications will be accepted October 1st - November 4th
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Application Deadlines

  • Spring: First Friday in November by 5:00 p.m.
  • Summer: First Friday in April by 5:00 p.m.
  • Fall: First Friday in July by 5:00 p.m. (If this day falls on a National Holiday, then the deadline will be the following Monday)

Faculty/Staff Eligibility

The Employee Tuition Assistance Program applies to faculty and staff with an appointment of 48% or greater to a regular position with at least 6 months of continuous KU service as of September 1 for the Fall semester: February 1 for the Spring semester; or June 1 for the Summer term.

HRM may deny applications for courses not covered. HRM will grant Tuition assistance for outside institutions only if KU does not offer the course, or its equivalent, as determined by HRM and Enrollment Management. HRM will consider any exception on a case-by-case basis. In the event HRM awards tuition assistance for a class at an alternate educational institution, the amount of the total award will not exceed KU’s equivalent tuition rate. Any fees required by an alternate educational institution will be the participant’s responsibility.

Employee Dependent Tuition Assistance information is available on the Finacial Aid and Scholarships webpage


Courses Eligible for Tuition Assistance Coverage

  • Eligible KU courses (up to 12 credit hours per calendar year)
  • Courses at outside institutions if the course, or its equivalent, is not offered at the University of Kansas as determined by Human Resource Management and Enrollment Management may be eligible. More information about courses at outside institutions of "Third Party Tuition Assistance" is detailed below.
  • Both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate level courses
  • College credit classes for professional development purposes or personal enrichment
  • Classes that are taken for a grade or credit
  • Independent Study and distance education courses through KU Continuing Education may be approved on a case by case basis (program requirements must be addressed by the applicant)
  • On-line library science and instructional design classes through Emporia State University, following the Third Party Tuition Assistance process
  • Vocational classes for- credit at area vocational schools or Johnson County Community college, following the Third Party Tuition Assistance process
  • For-credit classes at Johnson County Community College (JCCC), following the Third Party Tuition Assistance process
  • KU thesis and dissertation hours on a limited basis. The maximum number of hours covered through this program include six (6) credit hours for a Master’s thesis or nine (9) credit hours for a doctoral dissertation.
  • Employees interested in completing the General Educational Development (GED) test may apply to the tuition assistance program to cover the costs of the test. Due to timeframe differences, employees interested in applying to the tuition assistance program for this purpose should contact HRM directly via e-mail and do not have to adhere to the same application deadline schedule as required for regular tuition assistance applications.

Tuition Assistance Course Change Request Form

Ineligible Courses at KU and Other Institutions:

  • Accelerated degree programs at other universities
  • Internships
  • Audited classes that are assessed tuition payment.
  • Professional development seminars or test preparation classes.
  • KU’s PUAD 660 and PUAD 661 because the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program, a series of non-credit workshops, also covers the subject matter of these courses.  The CPM program is a professional development opportunity rather than academic courses; therefore, KU provides no Tuition Assistance. 
  • The same course cannot be retaken unless the class is “readings, topics or seminars” with different subjects.

Applicant and Recipient Responsibilities

  • Receiving a tuition assistance award does not guarantee an employee admission to the University of Kansas. The employee must complete an application for admission by the start of classes.

    An employee must submit a complete tuition assistance application by the specified deadlines as described below for each term (spring, summer, and fall) the employee wishes to request tuition assistance.

    Application Deadlines:

  • Spring: First Friday in November by 5:00 p.m.
  • Summer: First Friday in April by 5:00 p.m.
  • Fall: First Friday in July by 5:00 p.m. (If this day falls on a National Holiday, then the deadline will be the following Monday)
  • Employees who submit incomplete and/or late applications will be ineligible for tuition assistance. 

    Required Application Materials:

    Please submit the following required materials with each application.  

  • A short statement from the employee’s supervisor showing support. The supervisor must sign and date the statement of support. Departments and supervisors are encouraged to facilitate academic course attendance and also maintain the normal functions of the position and the department. The statement of support serves to ensure that the supervisor is aware of the time commitment required of the course the student is taking, regardless of whether or not the class meets during the work shift - but specifically the time that may result in absence from work during the work day to attend the course.
  • If the applicant has previously been approved for Tuition Assistance at the University of Kansas, the applicant must provide an Advising Report.  Instructions on pulling an advising report can be found on the Advising Report Tutorial (pdf).  If applying for the first time, please provide an unofficial transcript of your most recent education.
  • If the applicant has previously been approved for Tuition Assistance at another institution, the applicant must provide proof of grade for any tuition assistance approved courses.
  • Applicants must authorize HRM access to their grades (or credit) for past courses supported by the tuition assistance program.

Deadline to Enroll and Receive Tuition Assistance:

  • The tuition assistance recipient must enroll in the tuition assistance approved course prior to the start of classes. If the recipient fails to enroll in the course prior to the start of classes, tuition assistance will not be applied to the recipient’s account.

Notification from Applicant of changes to Tuition Assistance Award:

An applicant who has been awarded tuition assistance must provide HRM notification of any changes to the applicant’s tuition assistance award following the deadlines described as follows:

  • If an applicant is approved for tuition assistance but decides not to enroll in the tuition assistance course, the tuition assistance recipient must notify HRM of this decision in writing to hrdept@ku.eduprior to the first day of classes
  • If a tuition assistance recipient decides to change the course for which tuition assistance was received, the recipient must notify HRM of the requested class change prior to the add/drop date using the Tuition Assistance Course Change Request Form.

Selection/Approval Information

KU will apply approved Tuition Assistance only to tuition costs; any course fees are the responsibility of the recipient. KU campus fees are automatically covered with the “staff rates” applicable to KU faculty and staff. KU will award approved Tuition Assistance for an amount that will not exceed KU’s equivalent tuition rate.   Tuition assistance is subject to the availability of funding and the number of qualified applicants.

Withdrawing from Classes

If an employee needs to withdraw from a class:

Please notify HRM by email at hrdept@ku.edu or by phone at 785-864-4946 of the decision to withdraw. The recipient must repay any tuition not refunded to the University.

Third Party Tuition Assistance

If applying to receive tuition assistance for a Third Party institution, the tuition assistance applicant is responsible for applying for tuition assistance following the deadlines and application processes detailed above.  If approved, the tuition assistance approval will be a preliminary approval contingent upon the tuition assistance recipient completing the course at the third party institution.  The preliminary approval will include the amount of tuition assistance that will be awarded upon the employee completing the course.  The tuition assistance recipient would be responsible for paying for the course at the Third Party institution up front, and upon completion of the course must provide documentation to Human Resource Management verifying that the preliminarily approved course was completed and an itemized receipt from the institution showing the amount paid for the course.  Upon receipt of sufficient documentation from the employee proving the course was completed, Human Resource Management will reimburse the tuition assistance recipient for the amount identified upon the preliminary approval.  If the tuition assistance recipient fails to complete the course (e.g. withdraws, drops, etc.), or fails to provide sufficient documentation that the course was completed, the reimbursement will not be processed.  If the tuition assistance recipient provides sufficient documentation that the course was completed, but with a failing grade, or with a grade lower than that required for tuition assistance the reimbursement may still be processed, but the grade may impact eligibility for tuition assistance for future semesters.    

*An accessible version of the documents on this site will be made available upon request. Please contact our office at hrdept@ku.edu to request the document be made available in an accessible format.