Tuition Waivers and Professional Development
As an employee at UBC, there are many professional development opportunities available to you that will support you in your current role as well as in your career progression at the university. Learning and development opportunities can range from in-person multi-day programs to on-demand online courses, and you and your dependent family members may also be eligible to take many UBC courses without paying the tuition fee.
The professional development benefits you are eligible for depend on your employee group and may include:
- a Tuition Waiver, which allows you to take up to 12 credits of UBC courses, or (for eligible staff employee groups) the dollar equivalent in UBC Extended Learning non-credit courses or approved Sauder School of Business Continuing Business Studies non-credit courses every 12-month period,
- the ability to transfer some or all of this Tuition Waiver to your eligible dependent spouse or child,
- if you are a member of faculty or an academic executive, a Tuition Waiver for your dependent children of up to 120 UBC undergraduate credit courses, and
- professional development funding.
To learn more about the Tuition Waiver and other professional development funding that might be available to you, please click on your employee group below:
- Faculty and Academic Executive
- Administrative Executive, Management & Professional, and Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants
- BCGEU Okanagan, CUPE 116, CUPE 2278, CUPE 2950, Executive Administrative, Farm Workers and IUOE 882
Note: BCGEU Childcare employees are not eligible for the Tuition Waiver. Please contact your supervisor for information about funding for professional development activities.
Questions about tuition waivers?
If you have general questions about the UBC tuition waiver, please contact UBC Benefits. If you have submitted a waiver and have questions, please contact UBC Financial Operations – Payroll. If you have questions about professional development funding opportunities at UBC, please contact the PD Funds administration team.
Professional development opportunities
Funding is available to several employee groups to support learning opportunities that enhance knowledge, work performance, and career growth at UBC. Funding can be accessed to supplement UBC tuition waivers and a variety of external learning activities such as professional membership fees, workshops, conferences, and courses. Discover your eligibility and information on how to apply by visiting our PD Funding page.
Lynda.com online learning
Faculty and staff have free and unlimited access to lynda.com’s online library of high-quality and engaging video tutorials. Learn technology, creative and workplace business skills at your own pace. Visit lynda.ubc.ca to login and to learn more.
Workplace learning and engagement
UBC Human Resources’ Workplace Learning and Engagement team offers a variety of programs that support you, your unit and the university as a whole. In-person workplace learning workshops, one-on-one coaching, leadership programs, career navigation and team consulting services are a few ways in which Workplace Learning and Engagement supports development and success at the university.
- Medical Services Plan
- Dental Benefits
- Extended Health Benefits
- Health Spending Account
- Employee & Family Assistance Program
- Life Insurance
- Income Replacement & Disability Benefits
- Vacation & Leaves
- Benefits While Travelling
- Tuition Waivers and Professional Development
- Retirement & Survivor Benefits
Extended Health/Dental number
Active Benefits: 025205
Retiree Benefits (RSB): 020605
Member ID: your 7-digit UBC employee ID number
Visit the Sun Life Member Website or call Sun Life at 1-800-661-7334 or 1-800-361-6212.
Log in to the self-service portal
You can log in to the UBC Faculty and Staff Self-Service Portal to check on the status of your benefit and pension enrolments and review your direct deposit information.