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Educational Development Program
Board of Governors Policy 2.1.040
Approved by the Board of Governors on March 21, 2001

I. Purpose

The University of Central Missouri recognizes the importance of life-long learning. This policy attempts to encourage all employees to continue their education at any level, as well as to educate their dependents.

II. Policy

Employees, their spouses, and legally dependent children may enroll for credit classes at the University of Central Missouri, both on and off campus, and be eligible to have certain fees paid by the university according to the following provisions:

A. Full-time employees will have their in-state and out-of-state fees paid by the university for not more than 15 semester hours per year. A year begins with the fall semester and continues through the following summer sessions. This provision does not provide for the payment of room and board charges, textbook rental/purchase fees, private lesson costs, etc. Appropriate handbooks should be consulted for specific procedures and regulations. This benefit cannot be combined with an additional benefit if the employee is also the spouse or dependent child of a benefits-eligible employee.

B. Part-time employees will have their in-state and out-of-state fees paid by the university for not more than six semester hours per year. A year begins with the fall semester and continues through the following summer sessions. This provision does not provide for the payment of room and board charges, textbook rental/purchase fees, private lesson costs, etc. Appropriate handbooks should be consulted for specific procedures and regulations. This benefit cannot be combined with an additional benefit if the employee is also the spouse or dependent child of a benefits-eligible full-time employee.

C. Personnel leaving the employment of UCM prior to the completion of the semester/term in which the employee or dependent(s) are enrolled must pay full fees for the semester/term. Applicable refunds shall apply, up to the amount paid by the individual, should withdrawal from classes accompany the resignation.

D. Spouses and legally dependent children of qualified UCM employees who are not entitled to their own "employee" benefit are eligible to have the university pay 50 percent of the applicable fees. This benefit is not applicable to room and board charges, private lessons, textbook rental fees, etc. Dependents must remain eligible for enrollment according to university policy in order to receive this benefit in the succeeding enrollment period. This benefit is not applicable to spouses or dependents of part-time employees. Legally dependent children of two qualified university employees may use the educational benefit of only one parent.

III. Procedures

A. Financial Application: The student's account will be credited from the Educational Development Program first, then followed by any applicable university scholarships.

B. For the purposes of definition, the benefits in this policy are applicable to retirees on the same basis as for active employees. It is also applicable to the dependents of deceased employees who died while serving as full-time UCM employees.

Approved by the Board of Governors on December 1, 1999
Approved by the Board of Governors on March 21, 2001
Formatting updated August 1, 2007