Educational Assistance Program

The Educational Assistance Program provides Medical Center employees with centrally-funded benefits for approved academic courses and professional certification expenses.

An overview is provided below. Please see Educational Assistance Policy for detailed information.

Employee Eligibility

  • Regular full and part-time employees (20+ hours/wk), flex staff and management employees that have completed 6 consecutive months (12 months for RN Clinician I) of employment prior to the beginning of the course are eligible.
  • Unit-based and Medical Center Pool employees are not eligible.

Course Eligibility

Course is eligible if it meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Accredited academic course that is of value/benefit to the Medical Center
  • Review course for a professional certification approved by the employee's department
  • English as a Second Language (ESL), literacy and related classes

Generally may not exceed a maximum of 7 undergraduate credits, or 6 graduate credits per semester

Benefit Level

  • Employees receive up to $2,000 per calendar year for eligible courses
  • Employees in "hard to fill" positions, or those pursuing degree requirements for one of these positions, may receive up to $5,250 per year for eligible courses
  • Benefits are also available for approved professional certification expenses up to $325 per year
  • In general, educational assistance will be provided as a reimbursement after successful completion of the course or professional certification. However, tuition will be paid in advance for courses taken at UVA and for employees with two or more years of consecutive employment and an annual salary of $43,000 or less
  • Employees may also receive professional development funding from their department for non-credit courses or professional conference expenses that are not covered under the Educational Assistance Policy

Policy and Form