Tuition Support for Staff

Flint Campus Staff Members attending UM-Flint:

 In 1996, UM-Flint Executive Officers established a central support fund as an enhancement to the Standard Practice Guide (SPG) 201.69 Tuition Support (click link to go to SPG 201.69) specifically for UM-Flint staff members who attend UM-Flint classes.  

The fund is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible staff members are consistent with those outlined SPG 201.69.

Eligible staff members may receive up to 100% of in-state tuition and fees paid from central fund as long as funds are available. (Directly proportional to appointment fraction).

Eligible grade(s) are defined in SPG 201.69. 

Maximum of 18 credits per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

Clarification:  Grades not eligible as defined by SPG 201.69, must be changed to eligible grades within 60 days following the end of class in order to receive tuition support.


Staff members: Must complete the Tuition Prepayment Form and submit to their supervisor by the deadline listed on the form for each semester applying (see below).

Supervisors: Approve or disapprove employee’s class request and submit to Staff member or Student Accounting to meet the deadline on the application. You will be notified if the staff member does not receive an eligible grade.

Note: Fees will be assessed to the staff member for failing to follow all guidelines outlined on the prepayment voucher form.

Upcoming Deadlines are: 

  • Fall 2020 – Application deadline is Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 5pm*
  • Winter 2021 – Application deadline is Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 5pm*
  • Spring 2021 – Application deadline is Monday, May 10, 2021, 5pm*
  • Summer 2021 – Application deadline is Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 5pm*  

Please Note: Deadlines will be strictly enforced.

Questions regarding the tuition support program for UM-Flint Classes, please contact Student Accounting at (810) 762-3490.

Forms/Information for attending UM-Flint Classes:

Tuition Prepayment Information

2019-2020 Prepayment Form

2020-2021 Prepayment Form

Marlene Borland Staff Book Fund

In addition to the tuition support, the Marlene Borland Staff Book Fund was established to provide University of Michigan-Flint staff with funds to purchase books needed for completion of their undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan-Flint. For more information, please see  

UM-Flint Staff attending classes in Ann Arbor or Dearborn:

Eligible UM-Flint staff attending classes at UM-Dearborn or Ann Arbor may receive 75% of the cost of instate tuition, plus registration fees, for up to 4 credit hours per term. Part time staff members with a 50% or greater appointment are eligible for tuition support proportional to their appointment fraction. See SPG 201.69 for specific details and eligibility.

UM-Flint Staff attending classes outside the University system:

Eligible UM-Flint staff attending classes outside U-M may receive 75% of in-state tuition and fees paid from the central support fund as long as funds are available (proportional to appt. fraction). Part time staff members with a 50% or greater appointment are eligible for tuition support proportional to their appointment fraction. Due to the evolution of college course delivery systems and practices, tuition support will be capped at an annual rate rather than a per-course/per-term rate.  See  for the current annual cap.

Responsibilities for attending classes in Ann Arbor, Dearborn or outside of the University:

Staff Members: Submit the Tuition Support Form to Human Resources no later than 60 days following the end of the semester. (If Tuition Advance is requested, must submit Tuition Support Form at the beginning of class (get exact dates). Grades must be submitted to your supervisor prior to 60 days following the end of the semester for the reimbursement policy. Grades must be submitted to your supervisor within 60 days following the end of the semester if Tuition Advance was elected.

Supervisors: If Tuition Reimbursement, approve or disapprove final payment consistent with SPG 201.69 guidelines and return paperwork to Human Resources  for processing. If Tuition Advance, notify Student Accounting if grade is not consistent with eligibility in SPG 201.69.

Any questions regarding this policy, please contact HR-Flint at (810) 762-3150.
Revised: 04/10/2018

Forms for attending UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn or Outside Institution:

Tuition Support Form

Reference Information:

Policy on Parking and Recreation Center Fees for Employees who are also Students

SPG 201.69 Tuition Support Program

Taxes Implications:
The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) requires reporting and withholding of income and FICA taxes for tuition support for graduate status students, whenever those payments exceed $5,250.00 annually for each employee.** Tuition advances/reimbursements, exceeding $5,250.00 in a calendar year, for students listed as graduate students will be considered taxable income and will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service. This additional tax liability will reduce your paycheck(s) through deductions set up through Student Accounts and Human Resources. Federal, state and FICA taxes will be withheld on any amount in excess of $5,250.00. This applies to all classes taken while under the status of “Graduate” (i.e. graduate students taking undergraduate courses).

** Tax liability for the calendar year of 2019 will be calculated starting with the Fall 2018 semester and run through courses taken in Summer 2019. i.e. Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 tuition support will be totaled to determine if the $5,250 support has been exceeded. The amount exceeding $5,250 of these payments will be considered taxable income during the 2019 calendar year.

Tuition Support for Dependents

Beginning with the Fall 2020 semester, we are excited to announce that our Dependent Child Tuition Scholarship is being changed to the Dependent Tuition Scholarship. The program is being restructured, updated and expanded to now offer discounted tuition to the dependent children of all University of Michigan staff and faculty. Also newly included are spouses/Other Qualified Adults (limited to 15 per year) of University of Michigan-Flint staff and faculty!

University of Michigan-Flint will continue to offer tuition scholarships to dependent children of UM-Flint regular faculty and staff members pursuant to the guidelines currently in place.

The University of Michigan-Flint will offer:

  • 50% tuition assistance for first bachelor degrees to eligible spouses or other qualified adults of UM-Flint faculty and staff, for a maximum of 15 participants per year.  
  • 20% tuition assistance for first bachelor degrees to eligible dependent children of University of Michigan faculty and staff employed at UM-Dearborn, Ann Arbor or Michigan Medicine.  

Guidelines for Dependent Tuition Scholarship Program

Dependent Tuition Application

Dependent Tuition Scholarship FAQ's