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Tuition scholarship benefit helps employees and families

Employees and their families can take advantage of the university’s educational scholarship benefit, which pays the cost of UNT System Board of Regents designated tuition plus mandatory fees.

Scholarship beneficiaries first must be admitted to the university to enroll, then may apply for the tuition program.

Employee-students must pay the $50 per credit hour state mandated tuition costs, plus any instructional fees, and must buy or rent textbooks.

Scholarship applications must be received by the 12th class day equivalent of each session or term. The benefit is available to faculty, staff and certain dependents, and retirees.

Karolina Norris, a native of Poland who began her collegiate career in Germany, earned a bachelor’s degree in German in 2008 and a master’s degree in public administration in 2010. She is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Below, Norris, who is an administrative coordinator in the Department of Communications Studies office.

“I wanted to be more marketable and move to a higher level of administration,” she says.

Mary J. Roby certainly understands the value of tuition assistance. As Veterans Benefits and Sponsored Programs Coordinator in Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services, she assists military veterans and others who are eligible for financial benefits.

Roby is working on a bachelor of applied arts and sciences, a multidisciplinary program customized to fit her interests.

“I currently have 17 hours left on my degree program and anticipate finishing in the Spring of 2013. Without the employee scholarship, I would not have been able to enroll.” 

Justin Watts, a counselor in the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, received a master’s degree in education counseling in December

“I have always loved helping people,” he says. “In looking at pursuing an advanced degree, I considered options that would allow me to work in a field in which I could help others when they needed it the most. The counseling program at UNT is one of the best in the nation, and it gave me the tools necessary to work with the populations that I am passionate about.”  

The employee scholarship at UNT “made the impossible possible” for me and my family, says Watts. “As a result of this scholarship, I was able to graduate with my master’s degree debt free, while giving my wife an opportunity to continue her education as well.”

Watts says he probably won’t stop now; he is considering seeking a doctoral degree.

Karolina Norris, Communications Studies, employee tuition scholarship participant

(Photo by Michael Clements)

Posted on: Tue 17 January 2012

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