All SUNY and Research Foundation employees (who work at least half time) are eligible to apply for reimbursement through the SUNY Employee Tuition Waiver Program. Through this program, employees can receive partial reimbursement for a maximum of six credits per semester for courses taken at any four-year SUNY institution. Tuition waivers are processed about a month before the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and the summer session.

  • The amount of tuition waiver granted depends upon the number of applicants and is subject to the availability of state funding.
  • This tuition waiver may not be used in conjunction with any other tuition assistance for the same course.

UUP-represented employees may take one course per semester (including summer session) on a tuition-free basis, provided that space is available in the desired course section and the employee meets any course prerequisites. The employee is responsible for paying all fees other than tuition.

  • Employees interested in taking a course at Purchase College under this program should obtain an application from the Office of the Registrar (Student Services Building, First Floor).
  • UUP employees interested in taking a course under this program at another SUNY institution should contact the registration office at that campus for details. The other campus usually will ask for a letter verifying employment in a UUP position. Deborah Bradshaw in the Office of Human Resources at Purchase will provide that letter at the employee’s request. She can be reached at (914) 251-5901,

UUP and AFT Scholarship Programs

There are currently two types of scholarships available:

UUP also offers the UUP Steve Street Award, which is given to an undergraduate student or group of undergraduate students currently enrolled at a SUNY campus who have created any paper or documented any project related to social justice issues or topics. For more information, please visit