• As of 1/29/2020, all the SEIU Miscellaneous Tuition Reimbursement Funds are encumbered and the system is not accepting any additional FY2019/2020 pre-approval requests for SEIU Miscellaneous represented employees. If employees cancel their pre-approval requests, money will become available.
  • The Online Tuition Reimbursement System is open for FY19/20 pre-approval requests.

New Account Requests

  • Last day for employees to send Department Representative a new account request (in order to submit a FY19/20 pre-approval request): Friday, June 5th
  • Last day for Department representative to submit new account requests to DHR: Tuesday, June 9th

FY2019/2020 Pre-Approval Requests

  • Tuesday, June 30th, Last day to submit a FY2019/2020 pre-approval request
    • Please submit your pre-approval request as soon as possible because the new fiscal year starts on July 1, 2020. Any expenses incurred on or after July 1, 2020 will NOT be reimbursed with FY19/20 funds.
  • Incomplete pre-approval requests (where DHR added at least two notes before June 30, 2020) will be rejected July 1, 2020.
  • All Pre-Approvers to approve pre-approval request by: Tuesday, July 7th

FY2019/2020 Expense Reports

  • Friday, July 10th –Last day for employees to submit FY19/20 expense reports
  • Friday, July 17th –Last day for HR Supervisors to approve FY19/20 expense reports
  • Friday, July 24th –Last day for Expense Managers to approve FY19/20 expense reports
  • Monday, July 27th-Any FY19/20 expense reports not approved by the expense manager will be canceled
    • If your request is cancelled, you may be eligible to submit a new pre-approval request in FY2020/2021. You may be eligible for reimbursement with FY2020/2021 funding. Please check your MOU for eligibility information.

Please follow the instructions listed in your pre-approval request approval and double check the following actions are taken:

  • The DHR Pre-Approval Request ID is listed in the Report Description Field (for example, 1-12345). If the ID is not listed, your request will be sent back to your attention;
  • Enter your Department in the reference field (for example, ZSFG);
  • Copy all the account codes listed on your approval screen; and
  • Attach all necessary documents, such as: DHR approval, an itemized receipt, proof of payment and proof of successful completion (if applicable).

All FY2019/2020 expense reports must be entered on or before June 30, 2020. DHR encourages all employees to submit the expense report as soon as proof of successful completion is available.


  • DHR will start processing FY20/21 new account requests starting Monday, July 27th
  • DHR plans to open the online tuition reimbursement system for FY20/21 pre-approval requests on Monday, August 3rd


The Tuition Reimbursement Program provides City employees with funds for professional development. Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between unions and the City define the rules for tuition reimbursement. Employees should refer to their MOU for a comprehensive list of eligible expenses.

Travel Expenses

Chapter 12X prohibits City-funded travel to states with anti-LGBTQ laws or laws that prohibit abortion prior to the viability of the fetus. Employees cannot use tuition reimbursement for travel expenses to the following states:

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States with Abortion-Restrictive laws:Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
States with Anti-LGBT laws:Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

Travel expenses include:

  • Modes of travel – airfare, bus, train, car rental, taxi, ride-sharing, including parking and tolls, etc.
  • Lodging
  • Per diem
  • Paid work time

For additional information, consult DHR’s Chapter 12X State Travel Ban FAQ. The list of states is subject to change. For an updated list of applicable states, please refer to the City Administrator’s website at http://sfgsa.org/chapter-12x-anti-lgbt-state-ban-list.

How it Works

Step 1

Gather Supporting Documents

  • Complete the appropriate Pre-Approval Request Form for your union. Forms are linked in the section below “Information and Forms by Union.”
  • Additional expense justification documents may include: registration brochures, screen shots, membership invoice, travel quote, etc.
Step 2

Request Pre-Approval Online

Login to the DHR Online Tuition Reimbursement System to request pre-approval for your expenses. Enter Company ID “sfgov”.

Step 3

Receive Approval

  • DHR will determine if the expense is eligible according to your MOU. The DHR Tuition Reimbursement System will send an approval email.
  • MEA and UAPD will determine expense eligibility for employees represented by their unions.
Step 4

Gather Expense Documentation

Supporting documents may include:

  • DHR authorization
  • Itemized receipt from the vendor with zero balance to demonstrate what was purchased.
  • Proof of payment documentation to demonstrate you incurred an expense.
  • Proof of successful completion (for courses and examinations) or proof of attendance for conferences.
Step 5

Submit Expense Report

Login to SF Employee Portal and submit an Expense Report under Employee Links. Attach expense documentation and the DHR authorization letter/notes .

Step 6

Receive Direct Deposit

Direct deposit payments are made every Tuesday.


Information & Forms by Union

General Employees

Employees represented by the unions listed below must complete the General Tuition Reimbursement Form.

Employees should refer to their MOU for a comprehensive list of eligible expenses.

Employee Organizations:

Automotive Machinists, Local 1414
Building Inspectors’ Association (Joint Craft)
Carpenters, Local 22 (Joint Craft)
Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
Electrical Workers, Local 6
Firefighters Local 798-Unit 1
Firefighters Local 798-Unit 2
H-1 Rescue Paramedic-Local 1021
Laborers, Local 261
Plumbers, Local 38
Police Officers’ Association
Probation Officers Association
SEIU, Local 1021
Stationary Engineers, Local 39
Sheet Metal Workers, L 104 (Joint Crafts)
Teamsters, Local 853 (Joint Crafts)
Teamsters, Local 856
TWU Local 200 (SEAM)
TWU 250A (7410/9132)
TWU Local 250-A-Mult Unit

Joint Craft Unions:

Bricklayers, Local 3
Carpet, Linoleum & Soft Tile Workers, Local 12
Glaziers, Local 718
Hod Carriers, Local 36
IATSE, Local 6 Cement Masons, Local 580
Iron Workers, Local 377
Pile Drivers, Local 34
Plasterers, Local 66
Roofers, Local 40


Employees represented by MEA do not need to complete the General Tuition Reimbursement Form.

Employees represented by Municipal Executives Association (MEA) should refer to their MOU for eligible expenses. View the equipment guidelines .

Employees represented by MEA may use the Management Training Fund for items that support teleworking. View the guidelines .

IFPTE Local 21

Employees represented by IFPTE Local 21 must complete the IFPTE Local 21 Employee Development Form linked below

Employees should refer to their MOU for a comprehensive list of eligible expenses.

SEIU Nurses

Employees represented by SEIU Nurses must complete the SEIU Nurses Pre-Approval Request Form linked below

Employees should refer to their MOU for a comprehensive list of eligible expenses.

Teamsters Local 856 Supervising Nurses

Employee represented by Teamsters Local 856 Supervising Nurses must complete the Supervising Nurses Employee Development Form linked below

Employees should refer to their MOU for a comprehensive list of eligible expenses.


Employees represented by UAPD do not need to fill out the General Tuition Reimbursement Form word document. Please go directly to step two and request pre-approval online.

Employees should refer to their MOU for a comprehensive list of eligible expenses.

ZSFG Interns & Residents

ZSFG Interns & Residents use a difference tuition reimbursement process. Visit the ZSFG Interns & Residents page for more information.


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