Tuition & Education

The Frederick County Public Schools system (FCPS) strives to hire, support, and retain staff who champion individual, professional, and student excellence. All benefited FCPS employees are eligible for a tuition reimbursement benefit for coursework taken while employed with FCPS. Eligibility for reimbursement is based on the assigned bargaining unit of the employee and the negotiated agreements for those units. For specific information on programs and procedures for tuition reimbursement by unit, see below.

Nicole Bell
Teachers and Administrators

Robert Wedge
Support Personnel

Tuition Benefits Overview

Direct Pay Partnerships

FCPS has partnership arrangements with

  • Frederick Community College (Support only)
  • Frostburg State University
  • Hood College
  • McDaniel College
  • Mount St. Mary's University
  • Trinity Washington University
  • University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)
  • University of Phoenix
  • Walden University

For employees enrolled in coursework at our partner schools, FCPS will be billed tuition directly by the partner school. Employees must receive approval to participate before enrolling in coursework and will be billed only for non-eligible fees or expenses, or tuition in excess of the employees tuition benefit. 

For details on Direct Pay

Requesting Tuition Benefits

All of our negotiated contracts require approval prior to enrolling in coursework. You cannot receive tuition reimbursement without prior coursework approval. We verify coursework requested meets specific requirements as determined by COMAR (for certificated staff) and progresses the employee’s skills in either the current job or for promotional purposes at FCPS. If there are concerns about a course selection, you will be notified with the reason why and offered some alternative suggestions.

Click here to submit your coursework approval request.