Tuition Reimbursement Program

Great News!

The City of Tucson has reinstated the Tuition Reimbursement Program effective Friday, July 10, 2020.

The Tuition Reimbursement Program is focused on helping employees upgrade their skills, becoming more efficient in their work and improving the quality of our city services. This program is contingent upon funding availability.

Program Details

  • The program is available to all permanent city employees that have completed their initial probationary employment period.
  • Courses/Degree must be related to employee's current position or other services provided by the City.
  • Reimbursement rates are up to $350/credit hour at the university level and $87/credit hour at the community college level (starting Fall 2020).
  • Reimbursements cover tuition costs only.
  • Reimbursements are capped at $5,250 per calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31, per IRS guidelines).
  • Courses must be with an accredited higher education institute (in person or online)
  • Reimbursements are processed on the Thursday before the end of the pay period.

Tuition Reimbursement Process

Thinking about taking a class soon? While the program remains mostly the same, we have updated some steps of the process to better serve our employees.

Before your class starts:

1. Submit your Pre-Approval Form.

FY 21 (for classes that end between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021)

FY 22 (for classes that end between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022)

After your class ends (and within 30 days of end date):

2. Submit your Tuition Reimbursement Request.

3. Send a copy of your grade to

Discounts & Waivers

Even if employees aren't seeking reimbursement, we have negotiated several tuition discounts, fee waivers, and unique programs through our partnerships.

Arizona State University NEW!!!

Ashford University (soon to be University of Arizona Global Campus)

Grand Canyon University

Northern Arizona University

Pima Community College - Deferred Payment ProgramNEW!!!

Southern New Hampshire University

University of Arizona Online

Wayland Baptist University


Southern New Hampshire University

Your SNHU Partnerships Team has created a Webinar series that we think you may be interested in. We realize that this year has been very challenging for many, and that your employee’s professional development may need a boost. We’d love for you and your employees to join us!  Topics will cover the following:

·       Advancing Your Career with Diversity of Thought

·       Improving Communication to Increase Productivity and Teamwork

·       Coaching and Mentoring for Better Performance

·       Elevate Your Own Professional Presence

Professional Development Webinar Series

Arizona State University

The City of Tucson has finalized the details on our ASU partnership. We are pleased to announce that City of Tucson Employee can now submit for the Arizona Public Employee Scholarship.

  • 10% discount of base tuition
  • The same degree and faculty as the traditional campus
  • Dedicated enrollment team to help you through the admissions process

Visit: for details on the scholarship

For admissions questions and assistance, contact Aimee Sharifi at

University of Arizona Online

Arizona Online education benefits NOW AVAILABLE to spouses, domestic partners and dependents.
University of Arizona Online

AmAZe your career with a degree from The University of Arizona Online (pdf)

  • 10% discount on online bachelor programs, 10% discount on online graduate programs
  • Admissions application fee waiver
  • The same degree and faculty as the traditional campus
  • Dedicated enrollment team to help you through the admissions process

Corporate Enrollment Coordinator: Zuhaila Orozco,, 520-621-0898 +155

We are excited to support your educational journey. Please reach out to our team at if you have any questions.