EVMS is soliciting applications for the tuition waiver program designed to help faculty and staff further their professional development and educational endeavors. The program will support faculty and staff enrollment in several of the School of Health Professions educational programs (both graduate degree and graduate certificate programs).

The tuition waiver program embraces the values expressed in the EVMS mission and diversity statement about creating and fostering a diverse and cohesive faculty, professional staff and student body as the surest way to achieve our mission.

Enrollment will be on a space-available basis as determined by the Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions and will be subject to an application and acceptance process.  Acceptance into the waiver program has three conditions: department chair or supervisor approval; a professional development plan that demonstrates how the degree/certificate will help the faculty or staff member achieve her/his professional goals and advance the missions of the department and the institution; and fulfillment of the admissions requirements for the desired program.

Applicants should note that the tuition waiver will result in taxable income to participants equal to the value of the waived tuition. Further, participants must agree to remain employed with EVMS during their time in the program and for additional time equal to the length of their enrollment in the program. Participants will have to sign an agreement to repay the waived tuition if they leave EVMS employment prior to completing a year-for-year payback based on continued employment at EVMS.


Parties interested in participating in the tuition waiver program must follow a three-step process.  Applicants must:

  1. Fulfill all admission requirements for desired program.
  2. Completion and submission of a GradCAS application and all required documents per the programs admissions requirements. *In addition, applicants must submit the following documents to their application.*
    • Written description of how enrollment in the graduate program will support your professional development and goals and the missions of your department and the institution (Separate requirement than application essay)
    • Applicant’s updated curriculum vitae or resume
    • Letter of support from the department chair/administrative (Separate from the 2 letters of recommendation required for the application)
  3. Complete an EVMS supplemental application.

Issues with the GradCAS and EVMS supplemental Application should be submitted to HPAdmissions@evms.edu.  Questions regarding the tuition waiver program should be sent to Thalia Pol at polt@evms.edu.

The deadline for completion of both applications with all supporting documentation is the close of business Tuesday, April 30, 2019.  Final decisions will be made by Friday, May 31, 2019.  


The tuition waiver program includes graduate certificate programs, which usually involve four graduate courses in the subject area and result in the awarding of a graduate certificate. The waiver program also includes four master’s programs, which typically require two years of study, and two doctoral programs, which typically require three to four years of study.

The following programs will be included:

Graduate Certificate Programs

Master's Programs

Doctoral Programs

These programs and certificates will be included subject to approval by the Board of Visitors.

The criteria include an assessment by the applicant and his/her department chair/supervisor concerning how the educational program will support both the applicant’s professional development and the goals of the department and institution. 

Yes, applicants need to fulfill all the requirements for admission to the certificate or degree program. Admissions information should be submitted to EVMS Admissions and Enrollment

An assessment committee composed of the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the Assistant Vice President of Finance, the Director of Human Resources and the Vice President and Dean of the School of Health Professions will review applications and select participants.

Faculty and staff who are selected will have to sign a professional development agreement obligating them to continue EVMS employment for a period equal to the length of their program (for example, a two-year program will result in a two-year obligation). If an applicant does not complete a program, they will be obligated to maintain employment at EVMS for a period equal to the time they were enrolled in the program. If a faculty or staff member leaves before they have fulfilled the employment obligation, they will be required to reimburse EVMS for the entire amount of tuition that was waived.

No. A department chair/supervisor may provide a limited amount of study time within the regular workweek, but there is no obligation from EVMS to provide such study time. Completing the study requirements for a graduate certificate or degree program is an individual responsibility understood to be outside of regular work time.

  • $60 application fee
  • Any fees associated with the Educational Program invoiced to the employee at the beginning of each term

Any taxable portion of the Program Tuition will be reported as wages and included on the Employees IRS form W-2. This means your taxable income will increase by the amount of your tuition benefits and the increase in tax withheld will vary based on your tax bracket. The taxable portion of your tuition benefits will cause a decrease to the amount of your net pay (take home pay). Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions about how this may affect your paycheck, please contact the Payroll Department at 757-446-6075 or email at payroll@evms.edu.  


Students receiving the tuition waiver may still be eligible for federal student aid to cover other educational expenses. If you are interested in receiving federal loans, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and then speak with a Financial Aid Counselor by phone at 757-446-5804 or by email at finaid@evms.edu to determine your eligibility.