Washington University in St. Louis offers a tuition assistance program for St. Louis City employees, public safety officers, and school district teachers and staff for St. Louis City as well as St. Louis City Charter schools. Employees working full-time are invited to take classes at University College in Arts and Sciences, Washington University’s evening, professional, and continuing education division, at 50% of the University College tuition with the support of this program.
Who is eligible?
- Individuals working in a full-time position in a government department or public school in St. Louis city (including St. Louis city charter schools) are eligible for the discount after six months of service.
- Employees also must meet University College admission eligibility requirements before entering a degree program.
When may employees start taking classes?
The discount can be applied to courses at any time during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Browse courses today at acadinfo.wustl.edu/ucollege.
Which courses are covered?
Students may take classes towards an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a graduate degree, a certificate, or for professional and personal enrichment on a non-degree basis.
Exceptions include Applied Music, Independent Courses (i.e. Independent Study, Directed Research, Master's Thesis), Special Programs (i.e. M.S. Biology for Science Teachers, 6000-level Education courses, DLA), and courses in which enrollment is limited. This discount cannot be combined with the WUSTL tuition benefit, University College scholarships or military benefits.
What are some of the programs offered through University College?
Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are available in a wide range of academic subjects and interdisciplinary areas of study.
Among the many undergraduate degrees offered are: Communications, Economics, Global Leadership and Management, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, International Studies, Applied Mathematics, Political Science, Sustainability, and Health Care. View a complete list of Undergraduate Programs.
Graduate programs of study include: American Culture Studies, Human Resources Management, International Affairs, Nonprofit Management, and Statistics. View a complete list of Graduate Programs.
Professional development certificates provide specialized knowledge for career advancement and include: Applied Mathematics, Business, Forensic Psychology, Human Resources Management, International Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Strategic Communication, and Sustainability. View a complete list of Certificate Programs.
What are some of the courses offered through University College that might be of special interest?
How do employees register?
- Visit our registration site to browse and select your course for the upcoming academic semester.
- St. Louis City employees should select "City Employees," then choose "City of St. Louis Employee" as the payment option when checking out. Enter a payment method for the remainder of tuition.
- St. Louis school district teachers and staff should select "Teachers," then choose "St. Louis City School District" or St. Louis City Charter Schools" as the payment option when checking out. Enter a payment method for the remainder of tuition.
- If your employer offers tuition assistance, an employer tuition reimbursement plan option is available whereby all or part of the tuition can be deferred until the end of the semester. You will need to submit an Intent to Pay form.
- Next, submit your proof of employment to University College. Submit a letter or email from your employer verifying eligibility to Vicki Ruh, she can be reached at VRUH@WUSTL.EDU or (314) 935-6701, fax (314) 935-6744.
University College: Office of Admissions and Student Services
ATTN: Vicki Ruh
Washington University in St. Louis
11 N. Jackson Ave, Suite 1000
St. Louis, MO 63105-2153
Who can employees contact for assistance in choosing courses or a degree program?
Please call the University College advising office at (314) 935-6700 to schedule an advising appointment. Advisors are available during both daytime and evening hours. If you have taken any previous college courses, it is helpful to bring transcripts with you when you meet with an advisor. If you are interested in applying for admission to a degree or certificate program, an advisor will be happy to answer questions about the admission process and requirements as well.
To learn more, please contact a University College advisor at (314) 935-6700.
Who can employees contact for more information?
- Charles K. Burton, JD, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer, Saint Louis Public Schools, Charles.Burton@slps.org
- Julie Derby, HR Manager, Lift for Life Academy, email@example.com, or (314) 231-2337, ext. 206
- Dion Edwards, Human Resource Director, Confluence Charter Schools, firstname.lastname@example.org