Educational assistance is the payment of tuition, registration fees, and lab fees for eligible employees of County government to attend "for credit" courses up to a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
Eligibility:To be eligible for Educational Assistance, an employee must be a classified employee or unclassified employee and must have completed his or her trial period.
Funding:Educational Assistance will be determined by the availability of funds and limited to a maximum of $1,500.00 per employee during each fiscal year. All tuition reimbursement consideration shall be based upon the end of course date. In the event a summer course is taken and ends prior to the new fiscal year, the reimbursable allowance is charged for the current fiscal year. However, a summer course ending after July 1 will result in the reimbursement being charged against the new fiscal year, Funding will be made for job- or career-related courses, and for courses required for upward mobility within the County. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit to the Human Resources Department documentation, including receipt of course payment, which substantiates the criteria under which funding will be made.
At least one of the following criteria must be met:a. Job or career related: studies that are directly related to work performed by the employee.
b. Required for upward mobility: studies that enhance employee eligibility for promotion.
Only tuition charges, registration fees, and laboratory fees will be paid unless the course is required by the department. If the applicant is directed to attend class, the County will pay for all associated costs, including texts which will become the property of the County. If an employee registers late, the employee will be responsible for any additional costs beyond the regular registration fee. All tuition charges will be paid directly to the academic institution by the employee. At no time shall a County purchasing card be used toward the payment of tuition. San Juan county will reimburse the employee upon successful completion of the course and submittal of course grade of an "A," "B," or "C." In the event that a course is offered only on a PASS/FAIL basis, a grade of PASS will be acceptable.
Depending on the availability of funds, educational assistance may be denied, or partial assistance may be considered, to allow for more employee participation.