CUPE Local 3261, Full-time and Part-time: Educational Assistance Programs

In order to provide staff with opportunities for personal and career development, the University offers financial assistance to employees who want to further their formal education.

Staff Tuition Waiver

Tuition fees are waived if you want to take a:

  • Part-time University of Toronto degree course up to and including a Master’s. The annual maximum tuition waiver for undergraduate courses is three full courses during the Fall/Winter session and one full course during the summer session. This program will waive the tuition fee value equal to a general Arts & Science course. For Master’s programs, the tuition waiver is limited to the part-time program fee or $3,000 per academic year, whichever is less. The University will also waive the “Balance of Degree Fee,” which is the lesser of either the remaining program fee or $3000 per year.
  • University of Toronto course taken as part of the “academic bridging” program
  • University of Toronto course as a “special student”
  • Diploma or certificate program offered through Woodsworth College, or any other University of Toronto academic divisions. You must register as U of T student and receive a diploma at Convocation in accordance with the University Policy on Diploma and Certificate Programs. The annual maximum tuition waiver is limited to three full courses during the Fall/Winter session and one full course during the summer session. The University will waive the tuition fee up to a value equal to a general Arts & Science course.
  • Work or job-related course offered by the School of Continuing Studies to a maximum $500 per course. The waiver for personal-interest courses is limited to $250 per course. You may take up to six (6) courses per academic year.

If you are a part-time staff member in your first three years of continuous service, the benefit will be prorated in accordance with your part-time appointment.

Courses should be taken outside of working hours. If a course is available only during work hours, you may enrol in one course at a time pending the approval of your Department Head and provided there is flexibility in your work schedule.

Courses Outside U of T

Following the successful completion of job-related courses at another recognized educational institution, the University will reimburse half the tuition provided that the program is pre-approved and not available at the University. These courses should be taken outside normal working hours.

Tuition Waiver for Dependants

While some program exceptions may apply, the University will waive academic tuition fees for courses for your eligible spouse and dependants, as long as you are actively employed or retired from University. In the event of your death, the waiver also applies. This waiver applies to students who have not received a degree recognized by the University of Toronto and who are working towards their first undergraduate degree or certificate in a qualifying program and is dependent on the employee or spouse for financial support, and the dependent child is under the age of 25.

If you are a part-time staff member, the waiver will be prorated according to your part-time appointment.

The dependant tuition waiver benefit is no longer considered taxable by the Canada Revenue Agency.