Human Resources

Application Fee and Tuition Waiver

Application Fee Benefit

All active UNCW employees with permanent appointments and their dependents are eligible for the application fee benefit paid by the UNCW Foundation Staff Support & Development Fund.

Undergraduate Orientation Fee Waiver

All active UNCW employees with permanent appointments and their dependents are eligible for an undergraduate orientation fee waiver, which is processed through the UNCW Orientation Office. Forms must be submitted prior to payment of orientation fee as no refunds will be given.

To request an Application Fee and/or Orientation Fee Waiver for Permanent Employees or Dependents, please complete the application form and email completed form to tuitionwaivers@uncw.edu to obtain Human Resources approval.

Tuition Waiver

All permanent state employees working 30 or more hours per week and participating in TSERS or ORP retirement systems are eligible for the Tuition Waiver and Tuition Benefit Program. This program covers the cost of tuition and fees for 3 (undergraduate and graduate) courses per academic year at any of the 16 campuses of the UNC system and one class each summer session at UNCW. For a complete listing of the UNC system institutions, click here.

Tuition Benefit (For Summer Sessions at UNCW Only)

All permanent UNCW employees participating in TSERS or ORP retirement systems are eligible for tuition benefit for one credit or non-credit course for each summer session at UNCW.

Are you eligible for free tuition?

You could be if you are:

  • A permanent UNCW employee
  • Working 30 or more hours per week
  • Participating in the TSERS or ORP retirement system

This educational benefit can enable you to enrich your life as a lifelong learner or can lead to earning your degree. For additional information please go to HR 08.410 - Training and Staff Development Educational Options or contact Human Resources at extension 2-3160.

To request an Application for Tuition Waiver or Benefit and Fee Waiver, please complete the application form and email to tuitionwaivers@uncw.edu to obtain Human Resources approval.
You must complete a separate form for each class you wish to have your tuition waived.

This completed form must be received in the Student Accounts Office no later than the final add/drop date of the applicable term. Tuition waivers will not be processed after this date. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for extenuating circumstances.

If you have any questions about the Application Fee and/or Orientation Fee Waiver, or the Application for Tuition Waiver or Benefit and Fee Waiver, please contact Human Resources at extension 2-3160.

Textbook Scholarship Program

The Textbook Scholarship Program allows eligible UNCW employees to borrow required textbook(s) from the UNCW Bookstore for undergraduate or graduate classes taken by tuition benefit or fee waiver. The benefit is for used textbooks - new textbooks are provided only if used textbooks are not available. The program permits the use of required textbook(s) for three courses per academic year, and one course for each summer session.

For more information and for application documents, visit: https://www.uncw.edu/auxiliary/FSTS.html

If you have any questions about the Textbook Scholarship Program, please contact Megan Allred at allredm@uncw.edu or extension 2-7145.

For a PDF that provides more detailed instructions on all of the above information, please click here.