St. Louis City Employee, Teacher, and Staff Tuition Assistance

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Washington University in St. Louis offers a tuition assistance program for St. Louis City employees, public safety officers, and school district teachers and staff for St. Louis City as well as St. Louis City Charter schools. Employees working full-time are invited to take classes at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS), Washington University’s evening, professional, and continuing education division, at 50% of the University College tuition with the support of this program.

Who is eligible?

  • Individuals working in a full-time position in a government department or public school in St. Louis city (including St. Louis city charter schools) are eligible for the discount after six months of service.
  • Employees also must meet CAPS admission eligibility requirements before entering a degree program.

When may employees start taking classes?

The discount can be applied to courses at any time during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Browse courses today at

Which courses are covered?

Students may take classes towards an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a graduate degree, a certificate, or for professional and personal enrichment on a non-degree basis.

Exceptions include Applied Music, Independent Courses (i.e. Independent Study, Directed Research, Master’s Thesis), Special Programs (i.e. MS Biology for Science Teachers, 6000-level Education courses), and courses in which enrollment is limited. This discount cannot be combined with the WashU tuition benefit, CAPS scholarships or military benefits. 

What are some of the programs offered through CAPS?

Undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs are available in a wide range of academic subjects and interdisciplinary areas of study. 

Among the many undergraduate degrees offered are: Communications, Economics, Global Leadership and Management, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, International Studies, Applied Mathematics, Political Science, Sustainability, and Health Care. View a complete list of Undergraduate Programs.

Graduate programs of study include: American Culture Studies, Human Resources Management, International Affairs, Nonprofit Management, and Statistics. View a complete list of Graduate Programs.

Professional development certificates provide specialized knowledge for career advancement and include: Applied Mathematics, Business, Forensic Psychology, Human Resources Management, International Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Strategic Communication, and Sustainability. View a complete list of Certificate Programs.

What are some of the courses offered through CAPS that might be of special interest?

  • Leadership for Organizational Success (U44 305)
  • Strategic Planning (U44 364)
  • Big Data and Analytics for Business (U44 337)
  • Business Finance (U44 342)
  • Business Tools and Fundamentals (U44 205)
  • Business Law I (U44 251)
  • Integrated Strategic Communications (U48 262)
  • Design Thinking (U44 290)
  • Technology for Managers (U48 3411)
  • Programming with Python (U20 133)
  • Crisis Communications (U48 372)
  • Organizational Behavior and Management (U87 520)
  • Human Resources Management (U87 531)
  • Strategy Formation and Organizational Effectiveness (U87 559)
  • Principles of Finance (U87 582)
  • Grantwriting (U76 470)
  • Management in Nonprofit Organizations (U76 507)
  • Introduction to GIS (U90 200)
  • Introduction to Political Economy: Macroeconomics (U07 104)
  • Regional Economics & Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (U07 3801)
  • Inside the Intelligence Community (U85 5630)
  • Introductory Public Speaking (U30 211)

How do employees register?

  1. Visit our registration site to browse and select your course for the upcoming academic semester.
    • St. Louis County employees should select “City/County Employee” then choose “St. Louis County Civic Employee” as the payment option when checking out. Enter a payment method for the remainder of tuition. 
    • St. Louis County school district teachers and staff should select “Teachers,” then choose “St. Louis County School District” as the payment option when checking out. Enter a payment method for the remainder of tuition.
  2. If your employer offers tuition assistance, an employer tuition reimbursement plan option is available whereby all or part of the tuition can be deferred until the end of the semester. You will need to submit an Intent to Pay form.
  3. Next, submit your proof of employment to CAPS. Submit a letter or email from your employer verifying eligibility to Kent Boyce, he can be reached at or 314-935-6701. 

    Mailing address:
    School of Continuing & Professional Studies: Office of Admissions and Student Services
    ATTN: Kent Boyce
    MSC 1064-134-100
    Washington University in St. Louis
    11 N. Jackson Avenue
    Clayton, MO 63105

Who can employees contact for assistance in choosing courses or a degree program?

Please contact the CAPS advising office at 314-935-6700 to schedule an advising appointment. Advisors are available during both daytime and evening hours. If you have taken any previous college courses, it is helpful to bring transcripts with you when you meet with an advisor. If you are interested in applying for admission to a degree or certificate program, an advisor will be happy to answer questions about the admission process and requirements as well. 

To learn more, please contact a CAPS advisor at 314-935-6700.

Who can employees contact for more information?