Academic specialists professional development support program FaQs
Any academic specialist who has at least 24 full-time equivalent service months and is currently employed with a 50% time or greater appointment can apply for support. This includes fixed-term, probationary, and continuing appointment academic specialists. For part-time academic specialists (those with less than 100% time appointments), support is provided on a basis proportional to the appointment percentage. For example, if a full-time academic specialist is eligible for a maximum of 12 credits per academic year, a 50% time specialist is eligible for a maximum of 6 credits per academic year.
Note : FTE service months are available by calling MSU Human Resources at 517-353-4434.
Submit the original completed application to Human Resources 30 days prior to the first day of class. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis as long as funds are available. They will be reviewed in the order received.
Applications may be submitted for support of MSU credit courses that take place during the period August 16 through August 15 for each academic year.
An application from an eligible academic specialist must include a statement indicating the benefit of the professional development to the academic specialist and the unit, including arrangements for release time if applicable, and signatures of the specialist and unit administrator.
A tuition waiver will be provided for MSU credit courses approved for support from this program. If an approved application is processed after the billing, a credit/reimbursement for the MSU tuition will be made to your student account. Please note that the tuition waiver does not cover taxes or programs fees; these amounts, if any, will be billed to the student account.
If a class is dropped after enrollment, the waiver account is credited and you will be billed for any balance that may be due. This program will not pay fees assessed as a result of dropping a course.
If an "Incomplete" is received for an MSU course taken through tuition waiver, you must successfully complete the course within 90 days of receipt of the Incomplete or pay back the original waiver amount (normally through payroll deduction).
If a non-dissertation MSU credit course is deferred, you must successfully complete the course within 6 months or pay back the original waiver amount (normally through payroll deduction).