FY18 Tuition Reimbursement

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Last December we successfully negotiated a $500 tuition reimbursement that can be used to reduce educational cost for courses related to current employment. Please see the contract language below and take advantage of the negotiated benefit.

In Fiscal Year 2018, which begins on July 1, 2017 and ends on June 30, 2018, members will receive up to a $500 tuition or training reimbursement for job-related classes or training.  This opportunity to receive up to $500 tuition or training reimbursement for employees in unit G is in addition to any other tuition reimbursement program that may be in effect in an agency.

To be entitled to receive reimbursement, an eligible employee must submit a request for approval to take the training, along with a copy of the course description to the employee’s Human Resources (HR) Director no later than 15 days prior to the training.

The HR Director or his or her designee will determine whether the class or training is deemed job-related, and therefore, eligible for reimbursement.  If the HR Director or designee determines that the class or training is not job-related, the employee may seek reconsideration of this decision by submitting the request to Cynthia Kollner, Executive Director of the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, Department of Budget and Management, via email at cindy.kollner@maryland.gov.

Once the employee receives approval to take the class or training, to receive reimbursement, the employee must submit documentation showing:

  • the satisfactory completion of the course or training, which occurs during the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018; and
  • an original receipt from the entity providing the training clearly showing the cost for the class or training and establishing that the cost for the class or training was paid in full.

Satisfactory completion is deemed a C or better for graded classes or a “pass” for pass/fail classes.  Requests for reimbursement must be submitted to the appropriate agency fiscal officers no later than 30 days after the completion of the class.