Teacher Tuition Incentive Program
About the Teacher Tuition Incentive Program
Begun by President Ray Authement, the UL Lafayette Teacher Tuition Incentive Program assists currently-employed K-12 teachers and administrators as they pursue graduate studies. These tuition awards are dependent upon availability of funds and the requirements outlined below.
Fill out the below form and submit with a copy of your proof of employment. If the web form is not available, then applications are closed for the upcoming semester. Please check back or contact the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The application process will close on May 5th.
Awards will be made after May 15th.
Teacher Tuition Incentive Awards are available to graduate-student-teacher-educators (1) who are employed in a K-12 school system (public or private), (2) who are admitted to any doctoral, Master’s, or graduate certificate program or are admitted as a Master’s + 30 graduate student, and (3) who are enrolled in graduate-level courses in any college/ discipline applicable to their degree.
- Applicants will be required to provide proof of employment in the form of a memo from their principal, direct supervisor, or Human Resources Office verifying employment.
- Entrée students are not eligible to receive a Teacher Tuition Incentive Award.
- Graduate students receiving other forms of financial assistance (e.g., tuition exemption though employing school boards, a graduate assistantship, or the UL Lafayette senior citizen/employee tuition discounts) are not eligible to receive a Teacher Tuition Incentive Award.
- Students enrolled in an online program are not eligible for the Teacher Tuition Incentive Award.
Funding Priorities & Amounts
Award amounts are subject to availability of funds. Funding will be awarded with the following priority considerations:
- Graduate-student-teacher-educators admitted to a doctoral program may receive awards up to $1,000 to support enrollment in 6 hours of graduate credit or up to $500 to support enrollment in 3 hours of graduate credit.
- Graduate-student-teacher-educators admitted to a Master’s program who have completed 12 or more hours of graduate credit may receive awards up to $1,000 to support enrollment in 6 hours of graduate credit or up to $500 to support enrollment in 3 hours of graduate credit.
- Graduate-student-teacher-educators admitted to a Master's program who have not completed 12 hours of graduate credit, graduate certificate program, or Master's +30 program may receive awards up to $500 to support enrollment in 3 hours of graduate credit.
To both receive and retain a Teacher Tuition Incentive Award, recipients must:
- submit proof of employment (see above) prior to the first day of classes of the semester of the award
- enroll in the requisite number of graduate credit hours applicable to the degree being sought
- earn a grade of “C” or better in the course(s)
- not earn a grade of “I” (incomplete), resign, or withdraw from the course(s)
Should any of the above requirements not be met, the Teacher Tuition Incentive Award shall be rescinded, all applicable tuition and fees shall be assessed, and the student shall be responsible for any balance due.
- Receipt of application does not guarantee that an applicant shall receive a Teacher Tuition Incentive Award.
- Receipt of a Teacher Tuition Incentive Award in a previous semester does not guarantee future awards. (Applicants must reapply each semester.)
- The Teacher Tuition Incentive Program is dependent upon availability of funds each semester. Not all students who complete the application form are guaranteed an award. Award amounts noted above are a maximum amount and thus may be less dependent upon budget limitations and number of applications received.