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Education Benefits for U.Va. Employees Enrolled in Curry School of Education Graduate Programs

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The quality of Curry’s professional preparation and graduate programs is enhanced by enrolling working professionals. By combining quality faculty who are at the top of their fields with motivated students who have hands-on experience in the disciplines that they are studying, the Curry School is constructing an innovative and growth-oriented learning environment.

The Curry education benefits program provides funds to reduce tuition charges to $400 per credit hour for courses taken by salaried, benefits-eligible employees of the University of Virginia while enrolled part-time in graduate degree and non-degree programs during the academic year (fall and spring), or enrolled in courses for professional development. This benefit is not limited to employees of the Curry School of Education. All salaried, benefits-eligible UVA employees are eligible for this tuition benefit. 

Types of Master's Degree Programs:
- Higher Education - focus areas: Student Affairs; Intercollegiate Athletic Administration; Higher Ed Administration. Location: on-Grounds
- Instructional Technology - Location: Hybrid - on-Grounds and online
- Curriculum & Instruction - Location: Choice - on-Grounds or online
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Types of Courses:
- The College Student Experience
- Substance Abuse in Society
- Peer Support Programs
- Civil Rights Movement in Education
- Management & Planning in Higher Education

- Life Span Development

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This education benefit reduces the net on-Grounds tuition cost for employees who are VA residents by nearly 1/2 and allows a student to take two 3-credit courses per year at a cost of $2,400. Also, by using the UVA employee education benefit of $2,000 per year, an employee now spends just $400 out of pocket for two 3-credit Curry courses.

In order to access the Curry Education Benefits, the following steps are required:

  1. Employees must submit an “Enrollment and Funding for Employees” application form. Consideration of application forms will begin no earlier than one month prior to the start of the term.  Application forms must be received before the end of the drop/add period of the term to be considered.
  2. Upon approval for the Curry Education Benefit, employees must be enrolled in the course by the Curry School of Education. Submission of the application form will constitute both a request to be manually enrolled in the course(s) desired and a request for education benefit funds to reduce tuition owed to $400 per credit hour.
  3. If funding and enrollment are approved, the employee will receive an email with the approved funding amount, the name and mnemonic of the approved course(s), and PTAO to use for the education benefit submission. Upon receipt of this email, the employee should submit his/her request for education benefits through Employee Self Service using the PTAO provided in the confirmation email.
  4. The employee will receive the funds in his/her paycheck and should use those funds to pay charges in the Student Information System. Please note that employees must remit payment for the full cost of course tuition in SIS, using a combination of Curry education benefits, University education benefits, department education benefits, or their own funds. 

For more information or assistance, contact:

Katie Walker
Director of Strategic Projects and Enrollment Management

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