STEP UP and Teach Tuition and Textbook Reimbursement
STEP UP and Teach members may receive up to $8,000 annually in financial assistance for education and credential related expenses. Financial assistance is provided as a reimbursement for expenses that the member has paid for directly or through a student loan, except when indicated, expenses covered by a scholarship, grant or fee waiver are not reimbursable. Approved reimbursement funds are paid through the member's pay warrant. Completed reimbursement requests may take up to 6-8 weeks to review and process before disbursement.
To qualify for partial tuition and textbook reimbursement, members must receive a grade of B- or better or receive a Pass/Satisfacotry/Credit mark when a letter grade is not available. All coursework must be completed at an accredited college or university and must be required for completion of a baccalaureate degree or credential/license. The amount of tuition reimbursement possible is calculated based on the type of college/university program enrolled as follows:Table 2: Tuition Reimbursement Amounts (Revised July 1, 2021)
Type of enrollment
Per Semester Unit
4-year college or university
Requests for tuition and textbook reimbursements must be made by submitting the appropriate reimbursement request form along with all required documentation within 3 months of completion of the course.The following documents must be submitted with the completed form, HR4300 - STEP UP and Teach Tuition and Textbook Reimbursement Request Form, within 3 months of completion of the course:a. For tuition reimbursement, proof of grades, GPA and financial statementb. For textbook stipend, proof of textbook requirement and receipt for payment (not a shipping statement)Tuition Reimbursement Requirements
Tuition and Textbook Reimbursement Requests may be uploaded to teachinla.co/ladderdocs.Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing.
- Be a current STEP UP and Teach member in good standing according to the STEP UP and Teach Agreement Form.
- Eligible units must be coursework that lead to a baccalaureate degree and/or preliminary credential and are passed with a grade of B or better (or Pass/Satisfactory/Credit mark when a letter grade is not available). Any courses that do not fall within this criteria will not be reimbursed regardless of the grade received.
- Proof of payment or financial statement.
- District reimbursements can only be requested from one reimbursement program/source for the same coursework.
- Commit to meeting the annual requirements of the program, completing the designated preliminary credential within the timeline determined on the Individualized Education Specialist Pathway (IESP) and work as a full-time certificated employee with LAUSD for a minimum of two full academic years, or will repay the District for all financial support received throughout the program.
- A STEP UP and Teach member who does not fulfill the commitments of the program is required to repay all funds within one year of leaving the program or terminating employment with LAUSD.