Sponsored Tuition

University Extension logo          Free UC Berkeley Extension Courses for Eligible Staff Employees

Human Resources, in cooperation with UC Berkeley University Extension, is proud to announce that we have renewed the University Extension Sponsored Tuition program for Spring of 2018. 

Highlights of the Spring class list include offering 550 eligible University Extension courses (270 more than previous semesters) as well as offering courses from 31 separate fields of study (13 more than previous semesters).

Sponsored Tuition is a career development initiative spearheaded by Central HR in 2013, which provides free tuition for eligible employees. UC Berkeley employees can take one course per year from our approved course listing with no costs to the employee.

To learn more about this professional development opportunity please review the application form and program description (link takes you to UC Learning Center) which includes the list of covered Spring courses.  We also have the Program Description and Course List available here on our website as a PDF (see below).

For additional information and questions, contact the Staff Learning and Development team at TOP@berkeley.edu or UC Berkeley Extension at (510) 642-4111.


                    Spring 2018 Class List                                         Spring 2018 Program Description

Choosing Courses

At UC Berkeley, workforce learning and development is a joint, on-going effort on the part of employees, supervisors, and the campus. Employees should discuss available Extension courses with their supervisors to determine which courses can develop skills for current or future job duties and are a good fit with development plans and career goals. Employees must plan and receive supervisor approval for leave arrangements if they want to attend a course during working hours.

To View a list of available courses, log in to the UC Learning Center (see "Information and Enrollment", below). Program areas eligible for sponsored tuition include:

  • Business and Management
  • Computer Technology and Information Management
  • Environmental Engineering and Management
  • Writing, Editing and Technical Communications

Eligibility Requirements

UC Berkeley staff employees must be in an eligible personnel program or participating bargaining unit. Beginning in FY 2016, sponsored tuition is aligned with STAR eligibility criteria.
Employees who are eligible for the Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) program are eligible for the sponsored tuition program, if they meet all of the following criteria: 
1. Those eligible are a: 
a. PPSM (PSS or MSP) employee, or
b. Teamsters (CX) employee 
2. Have successfully completed their probationary period, if applicable, 
3. Are a Career staff employee (appointments 2 and 7) or Contract staff employee (appointment 1), 
4. Received a “meets expectations” or better overall rating on their most recent annual performance evaluation, and
5. Employee must be on pay status at the time of enrollment.

Information and Enrollment

For more information and enrollment instructions, visit the UC Learning Center:

  • Go to blu
  • Authenticate using your Calnet ID
  • Select UC LEARNING CENTER in the SELF-SERVICE section
  • In the Search box, type Sponsored Tuition
  • There will be two documents to review:
    • Sponsored Tuition Enrollment Form
    • Sponsored Tuition Program Description and Course Schedule
  • Click on the document you wish to view and select START