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Tuition Assistance for University Employees

Kansas State University values continuing education for its employees and provides tuition assistance for classes taken through Kansas State University. The Tuition Assistance Program is available to all full-time, benefits eligible employees.

An Application for Tuition Assistance must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Assistance before the start of each semester. Payment of tuition for one undergraduate or graduate course, up to three hours, is permitted for each Fall, Spring and Summer semester. Three hours of tuition is covered at the in-state, on campus rate. Tuition Assistance does not include additional fees.The application requires the employee's and department head's signatures. Classes may be taken through the Manhattan, Olathe and Salina campus.

Work release is not part of the program; time away from work for classes is up to agreements made with the supervisor and department head.

Employee Definition 

For the employee tuition assistance program, an employee must carry a full-time (0.9 FTE or above), benefits eligible position with Kansas State University.

In order to be eligible for the K-State Spouse/Dependent Grant program, the employee must carry a full-time (0.9 FTE or above), benefits eligible, regular (non-term) appointment throughout the full academic year. Full-time (0.9 FTE or above), benefits eligible, term employees are eligible for the spouse/dependent grant upon attaining five years of service in a faculty or staff appointment to Kansas State University. More information concerning the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant can be found by visiting the Office of Student Financial Assistance website.

Employment Categories

Faculty member, which includes all individuals with academic rank as defined in the University Handbook.

Unclassified professional employee, which includes all individuals who do not hold academic rank and do not have a civil service classification.

University Support Staff employee, which includes all individuals who have a State of Kansas Civil Service classification.

Regular appointments include all classified and unclassified appointments who are not designated as term. The University Handbook includes the following definition of a term appointment: "Normally, a term appointment is used only when the need or the funding for a position is finite and is for a specified term no longer than one year. A term appointment carries no expectation of continued employment beyond the period stated in the contract. Service on a term appointment is not credited toward tenure. The Standards for Notice of Non-Reappointment do not apply."

There is no service requirement for the employee to be eligible for this program.

Employees of affiliated organizations (e.g., Alumni Association, Athletics, Foundation, KSURF, Student Publications, Student Union, etc.) are not eligible for the K-State Tuition Assistance Program.

Who Pays: The university will pay for tuition only; fees and other associated costs are the responsibility of the employee. 


2022-2023 Application for Tuition Assistance (pdf)