Tuition Benefits

The University of Arkansas invests in our employees by paying 90% of a full-time appointed employee's tuition and 50% of tuition for their spouse and dependents. Employees can request supervisor approval for up to five hours of release time to attend one class per semester during working hours. Payroll deduction for the remaining balance after the discount is available for employees on the Fayetteville campus. Class enrollment is approved on a space-available basis.

A University of Arkansas Staff Senate scholarship is awarded annually to at least one full-time staff member to promote and encourage staff development through higher education in undergraduate and graduate studies. To be eligible, you must be a 100% appointed, full-time University of Arkansas staff employee for at least one year prior to the scholarship deadline.

Employees can take any combination of undergraduate and graduate courses, up to 11 credit hours during each of the fall and spring semesters, and up to three semester credit hours during each non-concurrent summer term. Courses taken at the Fayetteville campus during working hours are limited to one per semester, not to exceed five hours, and totaling no more than eight hours over the course of both fall and spring semesters. Hours taken outside of regular working hours at reduced rates are limited to nine hours during each of the fall and spring semesters.

Eligible employees can also receive a 70% tuition discount at other university system campuses. For more information on educational opportunities and benefits, see the Staff Handbook entries on Enrollment in University Courses and Educational Leave.

A new waiver is required for each fall, spring and summer semester. For Fee Waiver forms or to verify eligibility, contact the Treasurer's Office:

University of Arkansas
Treasurer's Office
214 University of Arkansas Union
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Fax: 479-575-8667

In order to increase the degree completion rate among employees and develop the university’s human capital, the University of Arkansas also has a Employee Educational Development Incentive policy that provides financial incentive for degree completion by benefit-eligible employees.