The University encourages employees to pursue educational goals and interests. To facilitate learning opportunities, the University offers tuition assistance to full-time and part-time benefit eligible employees and to their spouses and dependent children for courses taken at the Catholic University of America. Applications for Tuition Assistance are available in the Office of Human Resources and on the Forms and Applications page of the Human Resources website. Additional information regarding eligibility requirements and limitations of the Tuition Assistance Benefit are available on the University Policies site.

  • Tuition Assistance Benefit for Employees

    Upon meeting the eligibility requirements, employees are able to receive tuition assistance, as specified below, for courses taken at The Catholic University of America.

    There is no waiting period for faculty and administrators. 

    This benefit for eligible staff begins the first semester following their date of hire.

    Eligible employees are able to receive tuition assistance for up to two courses per semester, not to exceed four courses in any academic year. (The Academic Year begins in the Fall semester and continues through the following summer.)

    Employees are able to receive tuition assistance for themselves for either undergraduate or graduate level courses; however the benefit for graduate students is taxable according to the IRS.

    If employment with the University terminates prior to the completion of the semester for which an employee is receiving tuition assistance, the employee forgoes the benefit for that semester.

    Fees and other expenses are not covered by the tuition assistance benefit, and tuition assistance benefits may not be combined with University scholarships or funds.

    Applications for Tuition Assistance must be completed and submitted to the Office of Human Resources by the deadline for each semester that employees wish to receive the Tuition Assistance benefit. All deadlines are specified below. Tuition assistance benefits will not be approved retroactively.

    Employees who wish to receive the tuition assistance benefit for themselves must submit their Application for Tuition Assistance to the Office of Human Resources by the last day to add or drop courses for the semester that they wish to receive this benefit. The deadline to add or drop courses for each semester is specified in the Academic Calendar.

    Tuition Assistance Application A - For Employees

  • Tuition Assistance Benefit for Dependent Children and Spouses

    Upon meeting the eligibility requirements, employees are able to receive tuition assistance, as specified below, for courses taken at The Catholic University of America.

    Employees become eligible to receive tuition assistance for dependent children and spouses the first semester following their date of hire.

    This benefit is limited to spouse or dependent children by birth or adoption and stepchildren.

    Dependent must be admitted as a degree seeking undergraduate at The Catholic University of America and the dependent must be pursing initial undergraduate degree.

    Tuition costs for The Catholic University of America overseas programs are covered (room, board, and other fees are not included.)

    Applications for Tuition Assistance must be completed and submitted to the Office of Human Resources by the deadline for each semester that employees wish to receive the Tuition Assistance benefit. All deadlines are specified below. Tuition assistance benefits will not be approved retroactively.

    Employees who wish to receive the tuition assistance benefit for their dependents, who will be incoming freshmen or transfer students, must submit their Application for Tuition Assistance to the Office of Human Resources by the end of February preceding the Fall semester of enrollment.

    • For example, the application, for a dependent who will attend The Catholic University of Americ for the first time in the Fall 2019 semester, must be received by the Office of Human Resources by the end of February 2019.

    Employees who wish to receive the tuition assistance benefit for their dependents as returning students must submit their Application for Tuition Assistance to the Office of Human Resources by the last day to add or drop courses for each semester that they wish to receive this benefit. The deadline to add or drop courses for each semester is specified in the Academic Calendar.

    Tuition Assistance Application B - For Returning Dependents

    Tuition Assistance Application C - For Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students

  • Tuition Assistance Forms

  • Tuition Exchange for Other Colleges or Universities

    The Tuition Exchange program allows employees to apply to participate in this program.

    This scholarship type program is specifically for college-age dependent children interested in attending other colleges or universities participating in the National Tuition Exchange Program. Click here to view a complete list of participating colleges and universities.

    Awards, if granted, are made for one academic year at a time. A new application must be submitted for each academic year. 

    College age children of employees must plan to enroll or attend institutions participating in the National Tuition Exchange Arrangement one year before the academic year in which they will begin school.

    • For example, if an employee's college-aged dependent child wishes to attend a college or university in the NTEA starting in the fall semester of 2019, the CUA employee would have to apply for the tuition exchange scholarship in the fall of 2018.

    The Guidelines limit the program to children of regular full-time employees who have worked full-time for at least two continuous years prior to the commencement of the academic year for which the eligible student dependent would initiate his/her studies. 

    Apply for the 2019-2020 Academic Year using ONE of the following two options, no later than Monday, October 15, 2018. Please note, all recertifications MUST use the paper application. The EZ Online application is available for new certifications only. 

    1. For new certifications only: Visit the Tuition Exchange website and complete the EZ Online Application.
    2. For all recertifications and new certifications: Complete and submit the 2019-2020 Tuition Exchange Application to the Office of Human Resources located in 170 Leahy Hall. 

    If you have any questions about the Tuition Exchange program, please contact either Terry Shields or Tamika Hainsworth in the Office of Human Resources at (202) 319-5050.