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The University of Texas
Marine Science Institute
750 Channel View Drive
Port Aransas, TX 78373
Phone: 361-749-6711

Maps & Directions

MSI Policy:  If course work is during the employee’s normal workday, all requests must be submitted in writing to your immediate supervisor for approval and then submitted to the Director for final approval.

For MSI employees to apply, you must complete both the MSI Staff Educational Benefit Application and the Staff Educational Benefit Application for employees who work at locations outside of the Austin area.

The Staff Educational Benefit (SEB) has been expanded to enable eligible staff members who work at locations outside of the Austin area to participate. Eligible staff members who have been admitted to their local area accredited college or university will be able to register and be reimbursed for coursework covered by the benefit. Online courses are not covered by the SEB. The student will pay any applicable fees.

The educational benefit program is available to all full-time (40-hour per week) benefits-eligible staff, who have worked for at least 12 continuous months. The benefit is not available to faculty or to students employed in positions that require student status as a condition of employment. To determine eligibility please visit http://www.utexas.edu/hr/current/career/seb.html#elibility for further details. Consistent with the current policy, a staff member must obtain permission from his/her supervisor regarding the work schedule.

The Staff Educational Benefit covers:

  • One or two courses (not to exceed 3 course hours totals) per semester of completed undergraduate or graduate course work during the fall and spring semester.
  • The cost of tuition and fees not to exceed $750 per semester. Reimbursement is funded through university centralized funds.
  • The benefit is subject to IRS regulations and there are tax consequences for graduate courses. Please note that dissertation courses and continuing education courses are not eligible for the benefit.
  • Within 60-days after completion of the course work, eligible employees who work at locations outside of the Austin area, may apply for reimbursement for the benefit by completing and submitting the Staff Educational Benefit Application for employees who work at locations outside of the Austin area. Do not submit the electronic form. Submit to: Students Accounts Receivable, Attn: Staff Educational Benefit, P.O. Box 7398, Austin, Texas 78713.

For more information, please visit the The University of Texas at Austin, Human Resource Services Staff Educational Benefit  website:  http://www.utexas.edu/hr/staff/edben.html or contact Human Resource Service Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  toll free at 1-800-687-4178.