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The University offers many options for employees to complete college-level coursework. Employees in full-time, permanent positions are granted three (3) tuition waivers per academic year. Additionally, departments may choose to pay for an employee’s tuition using the Academic Assistance program. The difference between the Tuition Waiver and Tuition Reimbursement programs are described in the table below.

IF…

FROM…

THEN…

You want to take up to three courses within the academic year
 

from any of the 17 institutions within the UNC system 

Use the Tuition Waiver program 

You want to take more than three work-related courses within the academic year
 

from any of the 17 institutions within the UNC system and/or other qualified colleges or universities

Use the Tuition Reimbursement

program

You want to take work-related course(s)
 

from any qualified college or university, including the UNC system

Use the Tuition Reimbursement

program