Educational Benefits

Tuition Waivers

  • Faculty and staff of the University may have the tuition cost waived for up to three academic courses per academic year at a University of North Carolina constituent institution. Institutions generally also waive the fees associated with the course tuition.
  • Faculty and staff must be eligible to participate in the state retirement programs (TSERS or ORP) to be eligible for this benefit.
  • Tuition waivers can be applied to most courses offered at UNC institutions. However, institutions may exclude courses in certain specialty programs that are self-supporting.
  • This benefit is for University faculty and staff for study at UNC institutions.

Academic Assistance

  • State institutions may, but are not required, to provide employees reimbursement of academic costs, if funds are available, and/or provide employees time off if the course is available only during working hours.
  • The academic course or degree program must be job-related and provided by an accredited institution to qualify for this program.
  • This is a reimbursement program; the employee must pay for the course upfront.
  • Covered academic costs include in-state tuition, fees and course/lab fees.
  • Management may approve educational leave up to 5 credit hours in an academic term or approve extended educational leave, with or without pay.

Policies and Forms

New Employee?

Download the New Employee Enrollment Guide provided by the State Health Plan.

Thinking about Retiring?

Check out the UNC Retirement Planning Guide.

Did you Know?

The UNC System offers hundreds of online degree programs. 

Need Confidential Help?

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for free and confidential consultation about work or personal/family issues.