Tuition Reimbursement

Northwestern Health Sciences University is committed to investing in its employees by supporting them in career-related education. Employees may be eligible for full or partial reimbursement of tuition costs for job-related college courses taken.

Eligible full time employees will be reimbursed for 100% of approved tuition costs at other educational institutions. Eligible part time employees will be reimbursed for 75% of approved tuition costs. A maximum of twelve (12) credit hours at other educational institutions will be reimbursed each academic year.

Northwestern’s Tuition Reimbursement/Reduction for Employees Policy is available under ‘Policies and Procedures’ at HRconnection.

Employees who wish to apply for tuition reimbursement must complete an Educational Assistance Application which is available under ‘Forms’ at HRconnection. The employee must give this form to their manager at least 30 days prior to beginning the course. The course must be pre-approved to be eligible for reimbursement. After the employee and supervisor have signed the form, it should be forwarded to Human Resources.

Upon completion of the class, the employee must submit the original grade slip and fee payment receipt to Human Resources who will process their request for reimbursement.

Employer-provided educational assistance will be taxed according to applicable federal and state laws.

Tuition remission for courses at Northwestern

All benefit eligible employees (regular full time and part time employees working 20 or more hours per week) are eligible for tuition remission benefits the next academic term after completion of six (6) months of continuous employment in a benefit-eligible position. Full time employees are eligible for a 100% reduction in tuition while part time employees receive a 75% reduction in tuition. Tuition remission benefits may be used only for courses offered in the academic programs of Northwestern Health Sciences University and continuing education courses sponsored solely by Northwestern.

Courses must be taken outside of an employee's regular working hours and completed while still actively employed at Northwestern. Employees must meet the same admission requirements as other students and take courses outside of their regular working hours. Supervisors may approve flexible scheduling in writing as long as the operational needs of the department are met. Acceptance as a student at the university does not guarantee remission of tuition nor does eligibility for tuition remission guarantee acceptance by the university.

Employees who wish to apply for tuition remission must complete a Tuition Remission Application which is available under ‘Forms’ at HRconnection. The employee must give this form to their manager at least 30 days prior to beginning the course. The dean of the academic program in which classes will be taken must also approve the application. The course must be pre-approved to be eligible for remission. After the employee, their supervisor and the program dean have signed the form, it should be forwarded to Human Resources.

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