Tuition Assistance Programs


In addition to internal training resources, UC Davis Health (UCDH) offers programs that provide tuition assistance and educational discounts for attending UC Davis and other external educational institutions. Please note that each program has its own eligibility requirements.

  • Staff Tuition for Education Program (STEP)
  • UC Employee-Student Reduced Fee Program
  • UC Davis Health Employee Discounts – Education
  • UC Davis Staff Assembly Scholarship Program
  • UC Davis Extension

Staff Tuition for Education Program (STEP)

We are proud to be an organization that provides tuition reimbursement, especially as we acknowledge that many organizations are unable to provide this benefit.  As outlined in the STEP Guidelines, funds are subject to change and may be impacted by budgetary or other considerations.  Please note that only submissions complying with the STEP Guidelines will be considered.  Click here to review the STEP Eligibility Guidelines (pdf).

What is STEP?

The UC Davis Health (UCDH) Staff Tuition for Education Program (STEP) is an educational reimbursement program available to eligible employees in support of their career development at UCDH.  The primary focus of STEP is to encourage eligible employees in their efforts to pursue accredited matriculated degree programs (e.g. Associates, Bachelors, Masters, PhD, etc.) as well as certain accredited vocational and specialized certificate programs that prepare candidates for skilled allied health positions which are significantly utilized at UCDH.

Employees may be reimbursed up to $4,000 per calendar year (January – December) for tuition and materials/books for matriculated (degree-seeking), vocational and specialized certificate programs with a $16,000 maximum lifetime benefit cap. 

Preauthorization of course of study is not required. For questions regarding the eligibility of a specific program, contact Training & Development prior to enrollment. No reimbursements will be provided for ineligible training programs. For more information, you may contact Training & Development at HS‑T‑

STEP is administered by the Human Resources Training & Development unit.  Guidelines and reimbursements are subject to change at any time without notice.  Reimbursements may also be impacted by budgetary and other considerations. For more information, you may contact Training & Development at

Who is Eligible to Participate in STEP?

If you are an employee of UCDH and meet all four points of the following criteria you are eligible to participate in STEP:

  1. UCDH Career employee
  2. Completed probation
  3. Satisfactory or better rating on most recent employee performance appraisal
  4. No disciplinary action within the two years immediately preceding the application

What Type of Programs Qualify for STEP?

If you are unsure if a program qualifies, please contact Training & Development.  Both online and instructor-led courses of accredited programs qualify if they are one of the following types:

  • Prerequisite Courses (to qualify for reimbursement, proof of prerequisite requirement must be submitted)
  • Specific Skilled Allied Health Vocational Certificate Programs
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Master Degree
  • Doctorate Degree

Which Expenses Are Eligible for Reimbursement?

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Electronic Materials

You have a 60-day window after the completion of your coursework for that academic period (term, quarter, or semester) to submit your STEP request and expenses for reimbursement consideration. STEP requests received on day 61 or after will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Before applying for STEP reimbursement, review the STEP Eligibility Guidelines (pdf).

Submit your tuition reimbursement request and supporting documentation through the STEP TuitionManager online portal. 

For questions or more information, please contact Training and Development at (916) 734-2089, or

Select STEP TuitionManager to review the complete STEP reimbursement guidelines, research new education discount partners, view step by step submission tutorials, or to begin your STEP application.

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UC Employee-Student Reduced Fee Program

What are the benefits?
Qualified employees receive a two-thirds reduction of the UC registration and education fees (up to nine units or three regular session courses per quarter, whichever is greater). This reduced fee program does not apply to UC Extension courses and most UC Davis professional schools (e.g., School of Veterinary Medicine, Graduate School of Management, School of Nursing, etc.).

Who is eligible?
Non-probationary UC career employees who meet the admissions requirements of the University of California. 

How do I apply?
Eligible employees must complete the Reduced Fee Authorization Form, have their employment status certified by UC Davis Health Training and Development and submit to the Registrar’s Office by the 10th day of instruction.


UC Davis Extension

What are the benefits?
A 20% fee discount (with a savings of up to $200) that applies to most course offerings through UC Davis Extension or the UC Davis Extension Open Campus Program.

A 50% fee discount when eligible employees enroll in a course three or fewer working days prior to the course start date. This discount is only offered on a space available basis and applies to most UC Davis Extension courses.

Who is eligible?
All UC Davis career staff and academics

How do I apply?
For more information, contact UC Davis Extension at (800) 752-0881.

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