Tuition Support Program

Update March 18, 2021: Pending approval of the FY22 budget by the Board of Regents, the university will allow the resumption of the tuition reimbursement program. 

Ann Arbor campus employees may seek support to enroll in classes that qualify for tuition reimbursement before the new fiscal year begins, but reimbursements will be allowed only for classes beginning on or after July 1, 2021 (the start of the fiscal year). 

Michigan Medicine tuition assistance will be reinstated with eligible enrollments effective May 1, 2021 and later (i.e. no retroactive payments and no advanced payments for classes prior to or for summer semesters starting in May 2021). Payouts will be made in FY22, after July 2021.

Faculty and staff on the Dearborn and Flint campuses should refer to their own campus policies.

Update: Effective April 30, 2020, the university has temporarily paused new requests from staff to support educational programs that have not yet begun. Support for those in existing programs is also paused until further notice. Exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis for employees that are:

  • Near the end of their program of study
  • In need of a required course as part of their program of study that is only offered on an intermittent basis and would prevent making further progress toward degree by more than one semester
  • Taking a course critical to support their promotion or maintaining job-related licensure or certification within current function
  • Continuing or newly enrolled students in a University of Michigan degree program (any campus)

About the Tuition Support Program

The university's tuition support program is designed to help you further develop skills in your present position or prepare for a different position at the university. Staff members may be eligible to receive a partial reimbursement of tuition and registration fees.

You must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for tuition support.

  • Have your supervisor's approval to take the course
  • Have completed six months of service prior to enrolling in a course
  • Have at least a 50 percent appointment throughout the entire academic term
  • Receive a grade of C or better for undergraduate and B or better for graduate courses
  • Take the course for credit
  • Not be in a program beyond the master's level

You have the option of requesting reimbursement after completing the course or receiving funding up front, with an automatic reimbursement agreement should you not successfully complete the course as defined in the policy. (SPG 201.69)