Employee Tuition Waiver

The university offers a waiver of tuition (undergraduate and graduate level) to all eligible employees for academic credited courses offered at the university each semester. This program is for both degree and non-degree seeking students. Books, application fees, special course or departmental fees, and readmission fees are not covered. Refer to the appropriate policy for eligibility, enrollment information, and course restrictions.

The waiver policy does not apply to individual courses offered through Outreach and Engagement or other self-supporting programs, except as provided by university policy. Waivers can be used for employees who are fully accepted into the Adult Degree Program. Waivers can also be used for employees who are fully accepted into a Certificate Program or a Degree Program if space is available and with approval from Outreach and Engagement.

Please follow the process below to utilize the Waiver of Tuition:

  1. Apply for admission into James Madison University through two avenues: 
    • Admissions - application fee cannot be waived
    • Outreach and Engagement - application fee cannot be waived
  2. Once admitted, sign up for your class(es) through MyMadison or as directed by admitting avenue
  3. Fill out the Waiver of Tuition for the classes you registered for
  4. Have signatures of two levels above you sign the waiver
  5. Get the completed waiver to Human Resources before 5 p.m. of the add/drop deadline

**to find out eligibility status, please see Policy 1402**


Employee Tuition Reimbursement

The university will reimburse full-time permanent employees for tuition costs for courses taken at other educational institutions for courses which are not a part of a degree program. This policy is designed to aid classified staff and faculty who are expected to continue employment with the University for a period which will justify such educational assistance. All of the following must be met to qualify for reimbursement:

  • This training/education is not needed to meet minimum education requirements of the employee's current job.
  • This training/education is not part of a program or study that will qualify the employee for a newjob.
  • This training/education is required by the university, law or regulatory agency to keep present salary, status or job; or the required work-related training/education maintains or improves skills required in the presentjob.

Classified employees must have successfully completed their probationary period as a prerequisite for educational assistance.

If you have questions about Employee Tuition Assistance contact Raven King, Benefits Assistant, or email kingrd@jmu.edu.

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