Tuition reimbursement for employees to be limited to ISU courses

Beginning fall semester and thereafter, the university's employee tuition reimbursement program will be limited to Iowa State courses. Non-ISU courses no longer will be reimbursed. Reimbursement applications for courses taken this spring or summer are not impacted. However, the change does not include a grandfather clause for participants who have been taking courses at other universities or colleges and were planning to continue.

University senior leaders made the decision earlier this month as part of budget-cutting discussions in light of reduced state support and tuition income, two key revenue sources for university operations.

Fall semester

Application window: July 1-Aug. 14

The tuition reimbursement program supports the professional development efforts of merit and professional and scientific employees on nontemporary appointments of at least 20 hours per week. Staff must work at the university for one year before they can apply to participate in the program.

All other benefits and guidelines of the program remain the same, including:

  • Applicants may request tuition reimbursement for up to four college credits per semester, up to three times per year.
  • Applicants should be enrolled in courses that are either part of a degree program or will enhance the employee's current position at Iowa State.
  • Applicants must receive at least a C grade for undergraduate courses (B grade for graduate courses) to qualify for tuition reimbursement.

The application period for fall semester 2020 tuition reimbursement opens Wednesday, July 1, and runs through Friday, Aug. 14. No applications for fall semester will be accepted after Aug. 14. The application is completed in AccessPlus (under the employee tab, select Tuition Reimburse in the left column).

Questions about the program may be emailed to