Education Benefits

The University offers many options for college-level coursework. Employees in full-time, permanent positions are granted three tuition waivers per academic year. Departments can choose to fund Academic Assistance for qualifying education, and there is a scholarship fund just for staff members.

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Log on to the Learning & Development Portal using your NinerNet credentials and search for: Professional Development Options.


If… From… Then…

You want to take up to three courses within the academic year

from any of the 17 campuses within the UNC System  Use the Tuition Waiver program. 

You have exhausted your Tuition Waivers, but want to take additional work-related classes within the academic year

from any of the 17 campuses within the UNC System and/or other  accredited community colleges, colleges or universities Use the Academic Assistance (Tuition Reimbursement) program.

You want to take work-related course(s)

accredited community colleges, colleges or universities Use the  Academic Assistance (Tuition Reimbursement) program. 

Tuition Waiver           

The Tuition Waiver program is available to employees who are in permanent positions and regularly scheduled to work 30 hours or more each week, 9 months of the year or longer.  Tuition Waivers may be used to cover tuition expenses for up to three courses an academic year (spring, summer and fall semesters) at any of the 17 schools within the UNC system.

Academic Assistance

(Tuition Reimbursement)

The Academic Assistance (Tuition Reimbursement) program provides reimbursement of academic costs by the employee's department if funds are available and courses are approved as work-related. Work-related courses completed at accredited community colleges/colleges/ universities via traditional classroom, video-based, distance learning, web-based, eLearning and certain correspondence courses may be reimbursed upon successful completion using the Academic Assistance program. 

For additional policy information including eligibility requirements click here.

Scholarship Fund The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster.

Questions about how to get started to earn a degree?

Visit the Office of Adult Student and Evening Services for details on what to do!

See also the Office of Graduate Admissions for information on graduate programs, admission, and how to apply.