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Educational Programs

Application Fee Waiver Program

The Application Fee Waiver program allows employees to waive the application fees for applying for admission to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill or for applying for admission to Credit Programs through the Friday Center for Continuing Education. The waiver must be requested from the appropriate admissions office prior to paying any application fee. Fees cannot be waived or reimbursed retroactively. Contact the appropriate admissions office for information for its specific processing requirements.
All permanent SPA and EPA non-faculty employees working full-time or part-time at UNC-Chapel Hill and applying for admission to a UNC-Chapel Hill academic program are eligible for the Application Fee Waiver. This program is not available to other State employees applying to UNC-Chapel Hill unless expressly allowed by the individual admissions office.

Student Fee Waiver Program

The Fee Waiver Program allows eligible employees and their spouses to waive certain University student fees (e.g., Student Health Service, athletic passes, Student Recreation Center, etc.). It does not apply to other fees required by specific schools or departments.
This program is available to all permanent employees, and their spouse. In order to participate, an employee must maintain permanent employment status at 75% time (30 hours per work week) or more for the entire semester during which the fees are waived.
The Fee Waiver may be used during any semester or summer session. Refer to the Student Fee Waiver Policy for additional details and to obtain forms for this program. A Student Fee Waiver is not needed if the student is also using a Tuition Waiver in the same semester or summer session.

Tuition Waiver Program

The purpose of the Tuition Waiver Program is to provide an opportunity for an eligible employee to have the tuition waived for a course taken at any of the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina System. Participation is voluntary and courses may be taken for career development or for personal interest.
Tuition charges will be waived for up to two courses per academic year and may be applied to courses that are appropriations-funded, such as regular undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, online courses, self-paced courses, and independent studies courses. This includes enrollment in credit-earning courses through the Friday Center for Continuing Education. Tuition may be waived for more than one course in the same academic term. (The academic year begins with the fall term and ends with the summer sessions.)
 
This program is available to all permanent employees. In order to participate, an employee must maintain permanent employment status at 75% time (30 hours per work week) or more for the entire semester during which the course is taken. Please review the Tuition Waiver Policy to review details concerning courses excluded from the tuition waiver programs, taxation, deadlines for submitting tuition waivers and forms. Contact the appropriate admissions office for information for its specific processing requirements.
Tuition Waiver Form Deadline
 
ACADEMIC TERM
 
WAIVER DEADLINE

 

Summer Session II 2014

 

June 20, 2014

 

Fall Semester 2014

 

September 2, 2014

 

Spring Semester 2015

 

January 21, 2015

 

Summer Session I 2015

 

May 15, 2015

 

Summer Session II 2015

 

June 24, 2015

Educational Assistance Program

The purpose of the educational assistance program is for workforce planning and development. It provides a tool for managers and employees to support academic activities that directly relate to the organization’s identified knowledge, skills, and behaviors (organizational competencies), and which support the mission, vision, and values of the organization. The educational assistance program is not an employee benefit, right or entitlement; it is a management program for workforce development. Denial of participation in the educational assistance program is not grievable, except on grounds of discrimination.
 
Use of the educational assistance program shall be identified, described, and documented in the employee’s development plan within his/her work plan. This provides a measurable link between the employee’s increased competency and the agency’s workforce planning efforts.
 
The educational assistance program provides reimbursement of academic costs if funds are available at the agency level, and/or time off the job if the course is available only during working hours.
 
Permanent and time-limited employees regularly scheduled 20 hours or more per week and probationary and trainee employees after satisfactory performance for a period of not less than three months, as determined by management. Refer to the Educational Assistance Policy for additional details and to obtain forms for this program.
 

North Carolina College Savings Program

College Foundation of North Carolina provides residents of any state with a means of investing funds to pay qualified higher education expenses of designated beneficiaries on a flexible basis. Participants choose how much to contribute and determine the investment direction of those funds.

UNC Family Fund Scholarship

The UNC Family Scholarship was established in 2004 to provide scholarship support to the children of employees of UNC-Chapel Hill. The scholarship, which is need-based, may be used for study at any accredited North Carolina post-secondary public institution. This includes any of the 16 institutions in the UNC system, as well as local community and technical colleges.

Employee, Spouse and Dependent Scholarship

The Employee, Spouse, and Dependent Undergraduate Scholarship program was created to provide financial assistance to eligible employees and their dependents pursuing an undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. A Tuition Waiver must be used first, if available. The amount of the scholarship award is contingent upon financial aid availability and covers in-state tuition and required fees for the courses, less the amount covered by the Tuition Waiver Program.

Permanent SPA and EPA non-faculty employees working full-time or part-time (20 hours or more per week) with a minimum of one year continuous service – or the spouse or dependent child of an eligible employee are eligible to apply for financial assistance under this scholarship programs. The applicant or the applicant’s spouse or parent must remain a permanent employee of UNC Chapel Hill during any period for which a scholarship is awarded. Termination of employment will require repayment of scholarship funds. Refer to the Employee, Spouse and Dependent Scholarship Policy for additional details and to obtain forms for this program.

Resources:

Educational Programs Flyer

Friday Center Classroom Studies Program