Tuition Reimbursement Program

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San Mateo County is committed to the development of employees and the belief that education is a lifelong process which enhances work performance and increases career mobility within the organization, thereby helping employees provide better service to the public.

The County’s Tuition Reimbursement Program is administered and budgeted through the Training and Development Division of the Human Resources Department.

The Tuition Reimbursement Program is offered to Regular, Term, and Provisional employees. Extra Help employees are not eligible. 


To provide financial assistance for job-related education in the following areas:

  • Degree or certificate programs
  • Skill enhancement workshops


Participants must demonstrate that work performance or value to the County will be enhanced as a result of participation. Each course must be related to the employee’s present or probable future work assignment. Participants may not use Educational Leave time and Tuition Reimbursement together to attend a class. Courses not taken as part of a degree program are evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Courses approved for this program must be attended during off-duty hours.

Special Note Regarding Waitlists and/or Pending as an "Add-on": If you are currently not registered for a class but anticipate being on a waitlist or pending as an "add-on", you must still submit your forms two weeks prior to the course start date and comply with all standard Tuition Reimbursement policies. The Tuition Reimbursement Coordinator will make necessary adjustments should you be officially added to the class.

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