Tuition reimbursement is a negotiated benefit provided for all permanent MCPS staff.
All staff are eligible to be reimbursed for up to nine credits of tuition costs per fiscal year.
The fiscal year runs from July 1st through June 30th.
The dollar amount reimbursed for each credit earned, equals one half of the per credit tuition rate for the University of Maryland, College Park. For FY21, the per credit tuition reimbursement rate is $365.50 for graduate credit and $183.50 for undergraduate credit. One CPD credit is equivalent to one graduate credit. Fifteen Continuing Education Units are equal to one graduate credit.
MCEA and MCAAP unit members may only be reimbursed for tuition costs. Books, materials or fees are not reimbursable. SEIU unit members are eligible to be reimbursed for tuition costs as well as the cost of fees. All scholarship or grant funding will be applied to the cost of tuition on a per credit basis to determine the actual cost of tuition paid by unit members. Tuition covered by grants or scholarships will not be reimbursed.
The timeline for processing tuition reimbursement applications is six to eight weeks. Processing times are longer between traditional semester breaks due to the high volume of applications. Staff members will receive updates from PDO on the status of their application through their MCPS Outlook email account. Please watch for these communications throughout the fiscal year, including during the summer months. These communications often contain requests for additional information required to complete the processing of the application. If the additional information is not received in a timely manner, the application could be denied.
Please know that MCPS will deny reimbursement for coursework if:
In order to access tuition reimbursement benefits, all staff must apply through the MCPS Professional Development Online (PDO) system, within 60 days of your course end date. Tuition reimbursement applications must be submitted with the following supporting documentation:
How to Submit Tuition Reimbursement Through PDO
Send tuition reimbursement paperwork to the following address:
Office of Human Resources and Development
45 West Gude Drive, Suite 2100
Rockville, Maryland 20850
MCPS provides a tuition reimbursement program for full-time and part-time unit members who complete coursework that enable them to continue their professional development and to maintain or increase their skills in their employment with MCPS.
Administrators are eligible to be reimbursed for coursework at any regionally accredited college, university or other educational agency.
Teachers are eligible to be reimbursed for coursework at any regionally accredited college or university for graduate coursework, as well as CPDs or CEUs at other educational agencies.
Support staff are eligible to be reimbursed for coursework and fees at any regionally accredited college, university or other educational agency.
All reimbursement is limited to courses approved by the district.
Coursework must meet all of the following criteria as applicable in order to be deemed of sufficient quality to be approved for tuition reimbursement. Exceptions will be made for courses that are required for a degreed program. Courses must:
Physical education or health coursework will only be reimbursed to staff members who are currently assigned as a physical education or health teacher.
Commonly requested coursework that is not eligible for tuition reimbursement include Google Apps (and variations), religious coursework, self-improvement or wellness coursework, Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint instruction, or physical education coursework taken when the MCEA unit member is not a current physical education teacher.
Sample Proof of Tuition
Sample Proof of Payment
Sample Proof of Eligible Grade