Educational Attainment Incentive Program

The Educational Attainment Incentive Program (EAIP) provides a salary increase when an employee completes a certificate program or earns a qualified degree from an accredited university. 


General Information & Instructions

General EAIP Policy

The EAIP rewards employees who enhance their professional skills increasing the value they bring to their position, department, and university.

Retroactive Awards
EAIP cannot be awarded retroactively.

Employees are limited to receiving one educational incentive pay increase per fiscal year. Additionally, if more than one program is complete, the employee is eligible for the higher increase only.

In-Grade Adjustment vs. EAIP
The EAIP is separate from in-grade salary adjustments. In-grade salary adjustments are awarded to employees for sustained outstanding job performance.

Employee Instructions

Work with Supervisor
Work directly with your supervisor on your professional development goals and intentions within the EAIP.

3-month Deadline

Make sure your certificate or degree has been submitted within three months of the date the degree or certificate is completed. 

Submit NextGen Form
Complete the required fields in the NextGen Form.

Provide Transcriptions
Attach a copy of your transcripts to your NextGen form for the certificate or degree you have successfully completed.

Watch for Processing
Watch for notification that the Nextgen Form has been completed to make sure your EAIP has been processed.  Allow adequate time for processing, especially during peak times of the year.

Effective Date
The effective date for the new rate of pay will be the first available payroll run after submission. No pay increases will be retroactive.

Eligibility & Approval Criteria

Eligible Employees

Eligible Employees
Benefit-eligible employees who have completed their probationary period.

Ineligible Employees

  • Student and Temporary Employees
  • Non-represented Academic Employees 
  • Represented Employees 
  • Executives or Senior Administrators

Eligible Programs

Successful completion of the following will be recognized accordingly.

  • 1-year certificate* | 1% increase (1-step)
  • Associates Degree | 2% increase (2-step)
  • Bachelors Degree | 4% increase (4-step)
  • Graduate Degree | 5% increase (5-step)
*A 1-year certificate can include Occupational Endorsement Certificates (OECs), undergraduate certificates, and post baccalaureate certificates from accredited institutions of higher education.

EAIP Approval

An EAIP may only be approved if all of the following criteria are met:

Official Transcript
The employee must presents an official transcript from an accredited college or university indicating the certificate or degree completed.  An unofficial transcript for a certificate or degree awarded by the University of Alaska (UAA, UAF, UAS) is acceptable.

Performance Evaluation Required
The employee must receive an overall score of “satisfactory”, "meets expectations" or “fully proficient” on their most recent performance evaluation and currently is not subject to formal disciplinary action.

Mandatory Training
The employee must have completed all mandatory HR Compliance related training (i.e. Title IX Training).


Employees should be communicating their professional development goals with their supervisor - including any intentions on participating in the EAIP. Once the EAIP is processed, the department will see the additional labor costs in their budget. 

Yes, but only from the University of Alaska system (UAA, UAF, UAS).  For other institutions, only an official transcript will fulfill the requirements. 

If the performance review was done through myUA, the employee can print it out. If the performance review was done in some other way, please contact your supervisor or HR Coordinator to get a copy.

How to print a copy of your performance review in MyUA:

  • Login to MyUA, and go to your Employee Services Dashboard
  • Select the “About Me” drop down on the top left of the page and select “Performance Reviews”
  • Click the “I want to…” drop down on the right side of the performance review you would like to print and select “View the report”
  • Select the printer icon in the upper right corner to print

If you have not received a performance evaluation within the current or past fiscal year, please contact your supervisor to initiate a review.