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Staff Tuition Reimbursement 2019

The university's Employee Tuition Reimbursement Program enables full-time staff to maintain or improve the skills they need to perform their jobs. The program covers tuition for courses or programs at accredited institutions other than Tufts University and must be related to your current job.

If you wish to take a course at Tufts, read about our Tuition Remission program.

Relevant Forms and Guidelines

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for the program you must:

  • Be actively employed as a full-time benefits-eligible staff employee
  • Have completed one year of full-time service before the course begins

What Is Covered?

If you are eligible, the university will reimburse 100% of approved tuition costs up to a maximum of $4,000 in a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) for qualifying, job-related courses. The following are examples of courses or programs that qualify:

  • Regular courses taken for credit at accredited schools, colleges or universities
  • Courses credited toward a high school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Correspondence, university extension, or continuing education courses
  • Courses at certain non-accredited institutions provided they are widely recognized in their field and grant degrees or certifications indicating satisfactory completion
  • Review courses and examinations for initial trade or professional license or certifications
  • Job-related degree programs

Please note: A course or degree program that helps to prepare you for a future job at Tufts or elsewhere will not qualify for tuition reimbursement.

How to Apply

Applications for Tuition Reimbursement must be submitted to Tufts Support Services no earlier than two months prior to the start of class, but no later than fifteen (15) days before the start of the class/program. Approval is subject to the terms of the Staff Employee Tuition Reimbursement Benefit Program.

  • Complete Tuition Reimbursement Application (supervisor’s signature required)
  • Attach an official course description from the school website/brochure/catalog
  • Attach verification of the tuition cost (per credit hour or per course – fees not covered) from the school's website, brochure or catalog
  • Submit to: Tufts Support Services: Email:

How to Get Reimbursed

Once you have completed the course you must complete the Request for Payment Form (PDF) and submit the form to Tufts Support Services within 60 days of the completion of your course. The Request for Payment form must be accompanied by:

  • Complete Request for Payment Form
  • Attach Proof of payment of tuition charges (i.e. student account statement of tuition charges and payments from the institution, copy of a canceled check, credit card receipt).
  • Attach Proof of Satisfactory Course Completion. Satisfactory Course Completion means that the employee has achieved a passing grade or course certificate.
  • Submit to: Tufts Support Services: Email:

Requests for reimbursement will be processed and returned to the employee within a reasonable processing time. After processing is complete, reimbursement will be included in the employee’s paycheck. The maximum reimbursement per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) is $4,000.00 The date of the actual reimbursement will determine the fiscal year to be affected.

For More Information

For more detailed information, please see the Tuition Reimbursement Plan Guidelines (PDF).