Tuition Reimbursement

About the Tuition Reimbursement Awards Program

The STEP Fund offers Tuition Reimbursement Awards to employees of contributing employers who are attending or taking courses at a Higher Learning Institution or a for-profit technical or culinary institution. Employees may request reimbursement for the actual cost of tuition—up to a maximum of $1,000 per semester — for up to 2 successfully completed courses. The maximum lifetime reimbursement for each employee is $8,000.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a Tuition Reimbursement Award, you must be:

  1. A current employee of a contributing employer and
  2. Your contributing employer must have made contributions on your behalf to the Fund for at least 12 out of the last 18 months.

COVID-19 Limited Exception:

For Scholarship Award Benefits and Tuition Reimbursement Awards, the Board has created a limited exception to the requirements for Employees and their contributing employers.  Now through June 2021, Employees interested in applying for a Tuition Reimbursement Award and their eligible dependents interested in applying for a Scholarship Award Benefit will be able to do so if, as of March 2020:

  1. The Employee was a current employee of a contributing employer; and
  2. The contributing employer made contributions to the Fund on the Employee’s behalf for the last 12 out of 18 months.

Application Process

Tuition Reimbursement Awards are available year-round. The deadline to apply for reimbursement is 30 days after the end of your completed course(s).  You can find the Tuition Reimbursement Award application here, or you can text or call 301-876-4419.  You can also email scholarships@unitehere.org for more information.

How Tuition Reimbursement Awards Are Determined

The amount of the Tuition Reimbursement Award is based on the cost of your course, but you can receive up to $1,000 per course or semester.  You must provide proof of payment in order to be reimbursed.  You must also have received a “Pass” or 2.0 or grade letter equivalent.

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