Tuition Benefits

The University of Arkansas invests in our employees by providing a tuition discount to all full-time (100% appointed) active benefits-eligible employees, their spouses, and their eligible dependent children (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service).   Employees cannot be on leave without pay other than workers’ compensation, military or family medical leave, and must be employed as of the final day of regular registration in any particular session or semester.  For employees hired after May 1, 2017, eligibility as described above shall begin with the final day of regular registration following continuous employment in a full-time position with the University for one complete fall or spring semester.

 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.

Employee Discount

UAF employees hired prior to May 1, 2017, will be eligible for a 90% tuition discount at the Fayetteville campus providing they were enrolled in a degree program and received the discount prior to May 1, 2017, and remain continuously enrolled in the same degree program.  Employees meeting these criteria enrolled in a degree program offered by any other campus of the University of Arkansas can receive a 70% tuition discount for undergraduate and eligible graduate courses.

UAF employees hired after May 1, 2017, or who begin taking classes or resume taking classes after May 1, 2017, will receive a 90% reduction in tuition at the Fayetteville campus, but will be limited to no more than 132 discounted credit hours for undergraduate classes and no more than 72 discounted credit hours for graduate classes.   Employees in this category can receive a 50% discount for undergraduate courses only taken at any other University of Arkansas campus, up to 132 credit hours.

Dependent Discount

Spouses and eligible dependent children will receive a 50% discount for undergraduate classes only, up to 132 credit hours.    Spouses and eligible dependent children can receive a 40% discount in undergraduate classes (limited to 132 credit hours) at any other campus of the University of Arkansas.

Exclusions and Limitations

  • Discount applies to Resident Tuition only; no discount for fees.
  • The Tuition Discount applies to for credit classes only, audited classes on a space available basis only.
  • Payroll deduction available for the remaining balance after the discount is applied.
  • Tuition discount does not apply to Law School, Medical School or correspondence courses.
  • Total employee enrollment at reduced rates shall not exceed 11 semester credit hours per fall and spring semester and a total of 6 semester credit hours during the summer terms.
  • Employees can request supervisor approval for up to five hours of release time to attend one class per semester during working hours. 

 For more information on educational opportunities and benefits, see the Staff Handbook entries on Enrollment in University Courses and Educational Leave.

A new waiver form is required for each fall, spring and summer semester.  See the Treasurer's Office website for Tuition Waiver forms.  Contact the Treasurer's Office at 479-575-2004 for questions.

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.