Employee Tuition Support

Program Overview

The University of Calgary benefit program provides a number of personal and professional development opportunities through the tuition support plan designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being for you and your family.

The Tuition Support Program is a benefit available to eligible University of Calgary employees, and their eligible dependents; which allows them to participate in academic credit courses at the University of Calgary at a reduced cost. Eligible employees also have the opportunity to take non-credit courses offered through Continuing Education.

Staff members can refer to their letter of offer to verify their appointment type which determines their Tuition Support eligibility.


Academic Courses

Eligible staff members may use tuition support benefits to support their continued education in undergraduate or graduate academic credit courses offered at the University of Calgary for themselves and/or their eligible dependents.

Approved tuition support benefit amount is placed directly on the student’s University of Calgary Student Center against the tuition in the session in which the application is received. Tuition Support does not cover software, textbooks, general student fees or other cost that may be associated with a course or registration in a course.

As per the University of Calgary Fee Chart, the maximum benefit for an undergraduate half-course (3.0 units) is $538.59 and the maximum benefit for a graduate level course is $714.78 for the current academic year. Certain program course costs may exceed the amount listed in the fee chart. The student is responsible to pay the difference between the actual cost of the course and the tuition support benefit amount covered.

Continuing Education Courses

Eligible staff members may use tuition support benefits towards University of Calgary Continuing Education courses.  Each course counts towards the staff member’s benefit maximum for the academic year (July 1 - June 30) based on the start date of the course.

Continuing Education tuition support benefits are offered to staff members in a benefit eligible position. Spouse and dependent children are not eligible for Continuing Education tuition support benefits.

Continuing Education courses with a tuition amount of $2,000 or more will count as more than one course against the Continuing Education benefit maximum. 

Staff members can bundle any three of the 14-hour Microsoft Office Application courses and it will be treated as equivalent to one Continuing Education course if the registration for all three courses occurs at the same time.

Tuition support covers the tuition fees only; it does not cover software, textbooks, general student fees or other cost that may be associated with a course or registration in a course.

Staff members may be eligible to receive a 25% fee discount for Continuing Education courses. Staff member may also use any available Wellness Spending Account credits (if eligible) towards courses and costs associated with taking the course.

Details by Staff Group

Eligibility requirements are different for each staff group. View the content below to view the eligibility requirements for each staff group below. 

*Part-time Support Staff

Prorated based on full-time equivalent (FTE):

0.8 – 1.0 FTE:  100% of Tuition Support maximum
0.6-0.79 FTE:  80% of Tuition Support maximum
0.4-0.59 FTE:  60% of Tuition Support maximum

Dependents of Part-time Support Staff

The maximum tuition support is one half the value of three academic credit courses (half-course equivalent) as outlined in the University of Calgary fee Chart.

  1. Academic Courses*

    Staff Member

    • Four – half-course (3.0 units) equivalent
    • The maximum benefit is based on the Canadian undergraduate Student Tuition course fee listed in the University of Calgary Fee Chart or graduate courses is denoted as “Course (except MBA)".
    • Unused Tuition Support for academic credit courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year.

    Dependent 

    • Three – half-course (3.0 units) equivalent
    • The maximum benefit is based on the Canadian undergraduate Student Tuition course fee listed in the University of Calgary Fee Chart or graduate courses is denoted as “Course (except MBA)".
    • Normally no spouse or dependent child shall be eligible for more than one tuition fee remission benefit in respect of any one Academic year. However, if both spouses are staff members, each spouse has full access to the benefits.
    • Where the spouse or dependent child is enrolled as a full-time student, any unspent portion of the tuition fee waiver may be carried forward and added to the subsequent year's entitlement during the four year period starting with the year in which the spouse or dependent child first registers as a full-time student.
  2. Continuing Education Courses*

    Staff Member Only  

    • Four courses maximum

    The following guideline will apply:

    • courses submitted with a value of $1 – $1,999 count as one course
    • courses submitted with a value of $2,000 – $2,999 count as two courses
    • courses submitted with a value of $3,000 – $3,999 count as three courses
    • courses submitted with a value of $4,000 – $4,999 count as four courses.

    Tuition Support reimbursement for continuing education courses will not exceed a maximum dollar value of $4,999 for full-time staff members when four courses are used in an academic year.

    Unused Tuition Support for continuing education courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year.

    Dependents

    • Not Applicable
  1. Academic Courses

    Staff Member

    • Four – half-course (3.0 units) equivalent
    • The maximum benefit is based on the Canadian undergraduate Student Tuition course fee listed in the University of Calgary Fee Chart or graduate courses is denoted as “Course (except MBA)
    • Unused Tuition Support for academic credit courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year

    Dependents

    • Three – half-course (3.0 units) equivalent
    • The maximum benefit is based on the Canadian undergraduate Student Tuition course fee listed in the University of Calgary Fee Chart or graduate courses is denoted as “Course (except MBA)
    • Normally no spouse or dependent child shall be eligible for more than one tuition fee remission benefit in respect of any one Academic year. However, if both spouses are staff members, each spouse has full access to the benefits
    • Where the spouse or dependent child is enrolled as a full-time student, any unspent portion of the tuition fee waiver may be carried forward and added to the subsequent year's entitlement during the four year period starting with the year in which the spouse or dependent child first registers as a full-time student

    Prorated based on full-time equivalent (FTE):*Part-time MaPS and their Dependents

    0.8 – 1.0 FTE:  100% of Tuition Support maximum
    0.6-0.79 FTE:  80% of Tuition Support maximum
    0.4-0.59 FTE:  60% of Tuition Support maximum

  2. Continuing Education Courses

    Staff Member

    • Four courses maximum

    The following guideline will apply:

    • courses submitted with a value of $1 – $1,999 count as one course
    • courses submitted with a value of $2,000 – $2,999 count as two courses
    • courses submitted with a value of $3,000 – $3,999 count as three courses
    • courses submitted with a value of $4,000 – $4,999 count as four courses.

    Tuition Support reimbursement for continuing education courses will not exceed a maximum dollar value of $4,999 for full-time staff members when four courses are used in an academic year

    Unused Tuition Support for continuing education courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year

    Dependent 

    • Not Applicable 
  1. Academic Courses

    Staff Member and Spouse

    • Benefit value of three undergraduate– half- course (3.0 units) equivalent combined with spouse
    • The maximum benefit is based on the Canadian student tuition course fee listed in the University of Calgary Fee Chart
    • Unused Tuition Support for academic credit courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year

    Eligible Dependent Children 

    • Benefit value of four undergraduate – half-course (3.0 unit) equivalent
    • The maximum benefit is based on the Canadian student tuition course fee listed in the University of Calgary Fee Chart
    • Unused Tuition Support for academic credit courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year
  2. Continuing Education Courses

    Staff Member only

    • Three courses maximum

    The following guideline will apply: 

    • courses submitted with a value of $1 – $1,999 count as one course 
    • courses submitted with a value of $2,000 – $2,999 count as two courses 
    • courses submitted with a value of $3,000 – $3,999 count as three courses.

    Tuition Support reimbursement for continuing education courses will not exceed a maximum dollar value of $3,999 for full-time Academic staff when three courses are used in an academic year Unused Tuition Support for Continuing Education courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year

    Dependent

    • Not Applicable 
  1. Academic Courses

    Staff Member and Spouse 

    • Benefit value of three undergraduate – half- course (3.0 units) equivalent combined with spouse
    • The maximum benefit is based on the Canadian student tuition course fee listed in the University of Calgary Fee Chart
    • Unused Tuition Support for academic credit courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year

    Dependent

    • Benefit value of four undergraduate half-course (3.0 units) equivalent
    • The maximum benefit is based on the Canadian student tuition course fee listed in the University of Calgary Fee Chart
    • Unused Tuition Support for academic credit courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year
  2. Continuing Education Courses

    Staff Member 

    • Three courses maximum

    The following guideline will apply: 

    • courses submitted with a value of $1 – $1,999 count as one course 
    • courses submitted with a value of $2,000 – $2,999 count as two courses 
    • courses submitted with a value of $3,000 – $3,999 count as three courses.

    Tuition Support reimbursement for continuing education courses will not exceed a maximum dollar value of $3,999 for full-time staff when three courses are used in an academic year

    Unused Tuition Support for continuing education courses cannot be carried forward into the next academic year

    Dependent

    Not Applicable

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Eligibility

Verify your eligibility for tuition support benefits for yourself or your eligible dependents based on your staff group.

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Continuing Education Courses

If you are eligible for tuition support benefits and will be taking Continuing Education courses, view the application process to understand the requirements.

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Academic Courses

If you or your dependants are eligible for tuition support benefits and taking academic credit courses in the upcoming session, view the application process.