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Albuquerque Community Safety Tuition Assistance Program

Information about Tuition Assistance and Educational Leave for ACS Employees at the City of Albuquerque.

Tuition Assistance

The City of Albuquerque is a proponent of higher education and encourages and supports employees in reaching their educational goals through the Tuition Assistance and Educational Leave Programs.

ACS employees applying for tuition assistance under this program MAY NOT apply for tuition assistance under the City of Albuquerque Employee Tuition Assistance Program.

  • Tuition Assistance is awarded to ACS employees as a reimbursement.
  • Must be from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Associate and Bachelor Degrees reimbursement based on
    • successful completion of up to 9 credit hours per Fall and Spring terms.
    • at the rate of up to $350 per credit hour not to exceed $3,150 per term.
  • Graduate Degrees reimbursement based on 
    • successful completion of up to 6 credit hours per Fall and Spring terms.
    • at the rate of up to $600 per credit hour not to exceed $3,600 per term.

Employees must be classified or unclassified, regular part-time or full-time employees of the City of Albuquerque who has completed at least 3 months of their probationary period.

Please note:  Reimbursement rates may be less due to the number of applicants in a semester or available funding in our budget.

Note: Reimbursement is for Tuition Only. Fees, books, and other costs will not be reimbursed.


Applications are due by the deadlines listed below:

2022 Fall Term: Classes August – December

  • Application Opens: Dec. 15, 2022
  • Applications Due: Jan. 15, 2023

2023 Spring Term: Classes January – May

  • Application Opens: June 1, 2023
  • Applications Due: July 1, 2023

After completing the online application employees must submit all receipts and grades for the current term to the CABQ Employee Learning Center. Employees will be notified of application status within two weeks of the deadline. It is the employee's responsibility to ensure all materials are submitted and received by the CABQ Employee Learning Center

Apply for Tuition Assistance Application: Open December 15, 2022

Education Leave

Education Leave is available year-round to eligible employees. All Education Leave requests must be signed/approved by the employee’s direct supervisor, Division Manager, and Department Director. Education Leave does not include Tuition Assistance. Employees must complete the application form and submit it to the CABQ Employee Learning Center to use Education Leave.

Apply for Education Leave

If you have any questions please e-mail Leticia Chavez at [email protected] or call (505) 768-3200.