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Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program (STRP)

Tuition & Training Programs



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Contact the Tuition & Training Programs Office using the correct HelpSU link below:







Program Summary

The Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program (STRP) supports employee development by providing partial or full payment of tuition and covered fees for courses meeting requirements of undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Payments are made directly to the employee's eligible institution. The Program also provides reimbursement for allowable expenses such as books, supplies and equipment.

Certificate programs are excluded; eligible individuals must be enrolled in a degree program to qualify for assistance. The degree program does not need to be work-related. An employee may not receive reimbursement under the Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) and STRP for the same course or program.


NEW! Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program Goes Online: Effective April 30, 2015

EdAssist, a nationwide leader in tuition reimbursement programs, will begin handling Stanford's STRP support on April 30. EdAssist will determine eligibility, provide educational and financial advising, and make payments directly to eligible institutions and reimbursements to employees for covered expenses.

From April 13 - April 29, we will be converting to EdAssist's online system that will provide real-time visibility of your application or payments in process. From 4/13 4/29, please follow these special processing instructions.

Transition Action Steps

Your Situation During the 4/13-4/29 Timeframe Action Steps
  • You have not yet submitted your STRP application to the Stanford STRP team
  • Wait until 4/30 or later
  • Submit your application to EdAssist *
  • STRP application has already been submitted to the Stanford STRP team
  • You have not received notification of approval from Stanford STRP team
  • Wait until 4/30 or later
  • Re-submit your application to EdAssist*
  • STRP application has already been submitted to the Stanford STRP team
  • You received a Stanford notification of approval
  • Continue using Stanford's STRP process
  • The Stanford STRP team will handle all your processing for this term (direct tuition payments and/or reimbursements)
  • Telephone: (650) 723-0657. Email:
  • Begin working with EdAssist for your next school term

*On or after 4/30, you may use your Stanford SUNet ID to access My Learning Center and complete the simple, four step EdAssist online application process.

For more information about EdAssist and to see how this change impacts you, view the What’s New in STRP document.

Other Announcements:
The Spring 2015 STRP Information Session Presentation is now available online. View Presentation

Contact Information

The Tuition & Training Programs Office oversees STRP.

For Information and Assistance:
Contact the Tuition & Training Programs Office
Address: 3160 Porter Drive, Suite 250, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: (650) 723-0657

Contact the EdAssist Support Team:
Phone: (844) 239-8770

The University policy for this program is set forth in the Administrative Guide, Section 2.1.12.


Below are some frequently asked questions about STRP. For a complete list, view the Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program FAQs.


Stanford University is dedicated to the professional development of its staff. The university believes that it is important for staff members to continuously learn in order to grow and develop throughout their career. The Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program (STRP) supports staff development by providing partial or full reimbursement of tuition costs and covered expenses for courses meeting requirements of undergraduate or graduate degree programs at accredited U.S. institutions.


To be eligible for Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program, staff members must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a regular or fixed-term staff member in a benefits-eligible University position and 50% full time Equivalent (FTE) or greater. STRP benefits are pro-rated for eligible staff members who work less than full time
  • Have completed one year in a benefits-eligible, ongoing, regular or fixed-term position
  • Be enrolled in a degree program at an eligible institution

Note: Faculty, students or other temporary workers are not eligible for STRP assistance.


Courses must be taken at (or online through) a regionally-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

Make sure that your school is regionally accredited before you apply to STRP. Additional accreditation information can be obtained from the school, from the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at its website:, or from the U.S. Department of Education at its website:

If, prior to April 30, 2015, you were approved for attendance at a school that is not on the above list, you may continue attendance at that school until you complete your degree.


Stanford University partners with EdAssist to administer its Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program. EdAssist is the leading provider of comprehensive managed education solutions.

Through this partnership, Stanford can better address staff development and improve the overall STRP process experience. The following enhancements are included:

  • A new software tool will be in place to manage program administration. This enhanced technology will provide a user-friendly process to apply and obtain approvals prior to the start of classes.
  • Educational and college finance advising at no cost to the staff member, as well as valuable tuition savings at a number of regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities.


Free Educational Advising
  • EdAssist educational and financial advisors have specialized industry knowledge. They can help you develop a custom education plan that takes into consideration your professional goals and financial aid needs. To learn more about free educational or financial advising, visit Note: Educational advising is not available until April 30th.
Tuition Savings at Accredited U.S. Schools
  • Stanford University staff have exclusive access to special tuition reductions and waived fees at many local and online schools. See complete list here: Many of the Network schools extend these tuition benefits to immediate family members.
Easy, Self-Service Administrative System
  • EdAssist offers an easy-access system to view and submit your applications, view pending approvals, and get important updates from Stanford. Just access the Stanford University My Learning Center to complete the on-line application.
View complete list of FAQs