Tuition Exemption Policy

Policy Number
Board of Trustees
Date Approved
Effective Date
Responsible Division
Human Resources
N.C. Gen. Stat. §115D-5b(b1)

As of May 2014, per State law, community colleges are prohibited from waiving tuition and  registration fees for community college faculty or staff members. Depending on availability,  colleges are permitted to use State or local funds to pay for tuition and registration fees for up  to one community college course per semester for full-time permanent community college  faculty or staff members. It is also permissible for community colleges to use State or local  funds to pay tuition and registration fees for professional development courses or other  courses consistent with authorized academic assistance programs. 

The College is committed to the continued development of its employees and shall attempt to  establish funds to assist employees with costs associated with professional development  activities. Annually, the College will determine the availability of State or local funds for  professional development and shall solicit applications for the use of such funds. Procedures  will be established as appropriate for the funding source and shall be communicated at the  time of solicitation. 

Nothing in this policy shall guarantee annual availability of funds for professional development  activities.