Tuition and Fee Reimbursements

In the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years the School District of Philadelphia will offer the following tuition and fee reimbursements through the Office of Talent to teachers, counselors, nurses and paraprofessionals.

If you are interested in applying for one of the below reimbursements please download the application to process your request.  Questions can be directed to reimbursements@philasd.org.

*NEW Praxis Reimbursement: We will reimburse the full cost of Praxis for the successful completion of the test.

  • Who is eligible? All professional staff or Paraprofessionals who are enrolled or completed a teacher certification program
  • Score is based on Pennsylvania passing scores
  • Praxis taken after March 1, 2022 are eligible for reimbursement

*NEW Level II Reimbursement: We will reimburse the cost courses taken toward a Level II certification up to $2500.00

  • Who is eligible? All professional staff working toward their Instructional II or Education Specialist II
  • Courses must be taken at a 4-year degree granting accredited institution
  • Tuition reimbursement will be granted for up to $2500 per school year
  • Courses taken after July 1st and after the date of employment
  • Applications can be submitted once the course is completed and a grade of “B” or better is received on an official sealed transcript

*NEW Certification Program Courses: We will reimburse the cost of certification program courses up to $2500.00

  • Who is eligible? All professional staff working on an emergency permit or Intern certificate that are continuously enrolled in a certification program
  • Courses must be taken at a 4-year degree granting accredited institution
  • Tuition reimbursement will be granted for up to $2500 per school year
  • Courses taken after July 1st and after the date of employment
  • Applications can be submitted once the course is completed and a grade of “B” or better is received on an official sealed transcript

Emergency Permit Application Fee: We will reimburse the cost of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s emergency permit fee of $100

  • All professional staff on an emergency permit
  • Cost of the approved emergency permit ($100) within 60 days of employment, the start of the school year, or start of new appointment.

Career Development Fund: We will provide tuition assistance for the cost of college credits up to $600.00.

  • Who is eligible? Appointed Secretaries, School Operations Officers, Paraprofessionals, Non-Teaching Assistants, Teachers who need to be re-certified (only for teachers who do not hold a Level 2 certification), and the Para-Technical Unit Members
  • Tuition reimbursement will be granted for up to $600 per school year
  • Courses taken in the current school year but after the date of employment
  • Applications can be submitted once the course is completed and a grade of “C” or better is received on an official sealed transcript

National Board Certification Application Expenses: We will reimburse classroom teachers up to $2500.00 for application fees and expenses incurred in applying for Nation Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification.

  • Who is eligible? Classroom Teachers
  • Application fees and expenses incurred in applying for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification
  • Reimbursement will be granted for up to $2500 per school year
  • Must be an employee at the time of application for the NBCT certification
  • Eligible for reimbursement only for fees and expenses involved in applying for NBCT after receiving
  • the certification
  • Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, applications will be accepted year-round. Applications can be submitted once the course is completed and a grade of “C” or better is received on an official sealed transcript