Employee Tuition Benefits: Growing our Exceptional Learning Community

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Thursday, September 22, 2022, 10:25 a.m.
KU Lawrence staff, faculty and affiliates

Dear Colleague,

Our vision is “to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each member and advances society.”

One way to be an exceptional learning community is to make education more accessible and more affordable, beginning with our own employees and your families.

I’m excited to announce a change to the KU Lawrence and Edwards Employee Tuition Assistance Program, beginning with the spring 2023 semester. The program currently provides eligible employees with financial assistance to cover tuition for one class per semester up to five credit hours. The new program beginning in spring 2023 will provide the opportunity to complete up to 12 credit hours per year, so employees may have greater flexibility in deciding how to engage in life-long learning and career development.

Increasing the value and flexibility of the tuition assistance program helps employees gain knowledge and expertise that benefits the individual and makes our whole institution stronger as a result.

Dependent Tuition Assistance

We also are addressing a long-standing priority of university governance by changing the Employee Dependent Tuition Assistance Scholarship to better support the families of our KU Lawrence and Edwards faculty and staff. KU undergraduate student dependents of eligible employees can qualify for increased tuition funding beginning in the spring 2023 semester, with the opportunity to cover up to 12 credit hours per year. This change helps us make the case that joining the Jayhawk community is a great decision for employee dependents both academically and financially.

These changes are the result of collaboration among academic, administrative and university governance leaders based on shared priorities and advocated for by faculty and staff. It’s only by working together for the greater good of the Lawrence and Edwards campuses that we ca continue to make circumstances better for everyone.

You can view the revised policies, which go into effect in January, 2023, at the Policy Library website, in the New Policies section.

To learn more about the entire scope of Jayhawks Rising objectives and strategies, please visit jayhawksrising.ku.edu.

Thank you for all you do for KU.

Together, we are Jayhawks Rising.



Barbara A. Bichelmeyer

Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor