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Employees Can Get Tuition Break

August 5, 1999 -- Thinking about taking a college course this fall? If so, remember that U.Va. offers tuition relief to full-time faculty, staff and health care professionals.

U.Va.'s three educational aid programs, administered by Organizational Development and Training and the Bursar's Office, are tuition waiver, tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement. The tuition waiver program, which waives the cost of one course per semester, is for employees -- faculty and staff -- who've been employed for at least one year and wish to enroll in classes at U.Va., either through the University's College or one of its schools, including Continuing Education.

The courses don't have to be job-related, and the department doesn't pay for employees' courses. The University covers the cost of this expense. Department heads do, however, determine an employee's availability of leave time from work.

For job-related training, employees are allowed three-credit hours of absence from work; for non-job-related courses, employees must deduct the time from their leave balances or adjust their work schedule accordingly.

The tuition waiver form must be completed at the beginning of each semester, prior to final registration. The tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement programs apply to part-time study for credit courses taken at any fully accredited institution by full-time classified staff and health care professionals, who've been employed at U.Va. for at least 90 days.

Courses must be job-related or required in a job-related curriculum or degree program. Department heads have to approve employees' leave and the funds to pay for the courses. The tuition assistance program refunds the employee before the course is completed; the tuition reimbursement program pays the employee after the course is completed.

If an employee participating in either the tuition assistance or tuition waiver programs fails to successfully complete the course, he or she is expected to reimburse the University for the cost of the course within 30 days.

To learn more about the policies and procedures for the three programs, call ODT at 924-4397 or visit its web site at

Forms for these programs can also be downloaded from this site.

  • Aug. 25-Sept. 3 -- Final registration for fall courses at U.Va.
  • Sept. 1 -- U.Va. classes begin.
  • Aug. 9-20 --Registration for fall courses at Piedmont Virginia Community College Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration can be done by phone or in person.
  • Aug. 23 -- PVCC classes begin.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.


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