For faculty and staff

Other benefits and services available to benefit-eligible employees

Employee assistance program

The UM System's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential, professional service provided to all employees, their families, retirees and organizational work units. The EAP provides a variety of services to help employees influenced by a range of personal concerns or stressors. The EAP also assists work units and the larger organization to improve quality and productivity. For specific information about services provided by the Employee Assistance Program, see

Service awards

The university presents staff who have reached milestones in their career with a certificate and gift card honoring their contributions, beginning with five years of service. It is a privilege to recognize the achievements of the employees who have been employed by the university family for five, 10, 15, 20 or more years. For information about the service award program, see HR 305 Service Recognition, and additional information provided at

Tuition/educational assistance

Many MU Extension employees, family members and retirees are eligible to participate in the tuition assistance program of the University of Missouri System, allowing enrollment at any of the University of Missouri campuses. Specific eligibility requirements apply to various categories of eligible employees.

Active employees are eligible for tuition assistance if they are either a fully-benefit eligible academic employee or a regular administrative, service and staff member who has completed six months of continuous employment immediately prior to regular class registration and remains an eligible employee through the end of the course or courses in which the employee is enrolled. Employees on unpaid leave of absence and employees in a position considered to be student employment are not eligible. For eligible active employees, 75% of tuition and supplemental fees may be waived for college level credit courses. The 75 percent reduction applies to up to six credit hours per semester, except for the summer session, during which the same reduction applies for up to three credit hours. The full 100% of tuition and supplemental fees are waived if an employee audits courses on his or her own, or at the request of the department head. Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces should consult the campus veteran services office to learn about special programs and tuition benefits available only to veterans.

An employee’s spouse or dependent is eligible for a reduction of 50 percent of tuition. To be eligible, the employee must be currently employed as an eligible employee, has accumulated at least five years of continuous full-time service with the University at some point, and is employed with the university immediately prior to the deadline for registration. See HR-309 Tuition Reduction for Spouses and Dependents to determine who qualifies as a spouse or dependent. The 50 percent reduction in tuition for eligible spouses and dependents is available for up to 140 hours of college credit at a University of Missouri System institution. Only tuition is reduced under this program. Activity fees, late fees, books and other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Retirees may receive a 100 percent reduction in tuition and fees, if the retiree, while in active service, was either an eligible regular employee or a fully-benefit eligible academic employee. Provided that class space is available, 100 percent of tuition, supplemental fees, and student activity fees can be waived if the retiree was considered an eligible employee before retiring. The waiver is available for any college-level credit course. Books and other expenses must be paid by the retiree.

For additional information, including enrollment procedures, see

Wellness Program

Health for Life: The T.E. Atkins Wellness Program of the University of Missouri system makes a variety of resources, events and discounts available to all employees of the University of Missouri system. While some of the programs are campus-specific, other resources are generally available to all MU Extension employees. For information about Healthy for Life: The T.E. Atkins Wellness Program, see