The Employee Tuition Assistance Program provides reimbursement of tuition for eligible classes taken at Duke or any other higher educational institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools with a physical presence in North Carolina.
This program provides reimbursement of tuition for a maximum of three classes per semester or quarter (limit nine classes per calendar year) up to $5,250 per calendar year for full-time employees with at least two years of continuous full-time service.
For more information, please see the Summary Plan Description.
Enhancements Effective July 1, 2023
The following tuition assistance benefit enhancements take effect on July 1:
- The service eligibility requirement will be reduced from two consecutive years of full-time employment to six months of full-time employment.
- Eligible institutions will no longer need to have a physical presence in North Carolina. Duke will expand the accredited institutions to outside the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Only programs in the U.S. are eligible.
- One semester of Ph.D. research will be reimbursed.
As previously announced, effective Jan. 1, 2023, the Watts College of Nursing (Watts) is now included as an eligible institution for tuition reimbursement through the benefit.
The following aspects of the application process remain in place: employees will discuss their professional development plans with their supervisor for approval; courses should be career-related; employees must receive a class grade of "C" or better or "Pass" if a grade is not provided; applications and required documentation must be submitted in a timely manner; and employees must remain at Duke for two years following reimbursement.
Requests for reimbursement must be submitted through Duke@Work within 60 days following successful completion of the course.
How and When to Apply
Applications must be submitted before the beginning of each class for which you are requesting reimbursement. If you do not submit your completed application through Duke@Work prior to the first day of your course(s), you will not be eligible for reimbursement.
Supervisor/manager responsibilities include approval of the application through Duke@Work as well as notifying HR-Benefits in the event of employee termination or transfer.
Frequently Asked Questions
View a list of frequently asked questions and instructions on using Duke@Work for the Employee Tuition Assistance Program.