tuition support for staff

In 1996, UM-Flint Executive Officers established a central support fund as an enhancement to the Standard Practice Guide (SPG) 201.69 Tuition Support 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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 

  • Summer 2021 – Application deadline is Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 5pm*
  • Fall 2021 — Application deadline is 5pm on Tuesday, September 7, 2021*
  • Winter 2022 – Application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2022*
  • Spring 2022– Application deadline is 5pm on Monday, May 9, 2022*
  • Summer 2022 – Application deadline is 5pm on Tuesday, July 5, 2022*

*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

2020-2021 Prepayment Form – This needs to be downloaded as a PDF.

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 click here.

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 in-state 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 http://hr.umich.edu/procedures/spg201-69.html  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.