All MCPS staff are eligible for up to nine credits per year of tuition reimbursement. MCPS will only reimburse tuition costs incurred by MCPS employees . MCPS will not reimburse for tuition costs incurred by family members, including parents or spouses. The per credit tuition reimbursement rate is one half the cost, of the per credit rate for the University of Maryland. 

Requests for tuition reimbursement are made through the Professional Development Online (PDO) system. It is strongly suggested that staff use the "INQUIRY" tab under "Tuition Reimbursement" in PDO, prior to registering for any coursework to verify eligibility for tuition reimbursement. For instance, only current Physical Education teachers will be eligible to be reimbursed for physical education coursework. Staff will then be able to submit "Requests" under the "Tuition Reimbursement" tab in PDO after the completion of coursework.

PLEASE NOTE: Any paperwork required for certification or salary lane advancement MUST be submitted directly to  the Certification Unit

All required documentation must be received in OHRD within 60 days of the course end date. NO EXCEPTIONS! This includes the following:

  1. Hard copy of the PDO Form
  2. Photocopy of an official transcript, or unofficial transcript (i.e. computer generated from a student's online account access) The transcript must be clearly legible.
  3. Proof of Tuition Cost; A statement that includes all fees and tuition, scholarships, grants and loans as well as class name or number. We must be able to see all financial transactions for the semester and the transactions must match the time frame of payment and course schedule. There should be no blacked out information on the statement.
  4. Proof of Payment; front/back of canceled check, or credit card statement showing the employee's name as the account holder.


 Will my course be approved? Tuition Reimbursement Criteria

Detailed Directions on How to Submit Tuition Reimbursement on PDO.

Grants and scholarships: Only tuition not covered by grants or scholarships is eligible for reimbursement.

On-line courses: Requests for reimbursement of on-line courses must be submitted within 60 days of course completion.