Tuition Assistance Program
The Tuition Assistance Program supports Queen's commitment to the development of employee skills and abilities. Departments are asked to endorse employees who wish to enrol in academic courses or attend training courses that will enhance their personal growth or ability to perform their duties.
The Tuition Assistance Program is divided into two components - the Educational Development Fund which pays tuition fees for Queen's credit courses, and the Professional Development Fund which reimburses tuition fees (to a maximum of $400 per year) for work-related courses at other recognized educational institutions.
Educational Development Fund (Queen's credit courses)
Within the limits defined by this policy, all eligible Queen's University employees are entitled to have the payment of tuition fees for Queen's credit courses waived at the time of registration. Eligibility for tuition payment waiver will commence after one year of continuous employment at Queen's University. Generally, eligibility includes:
- general staff (continuing, term, research grant and contract) with appointments of 40% time or more
- members of C.U.P.E. Local 229, 254, and 1302
- academic staff as defined in the Collective Agreement with appointments of 40% time or more
- adjunct academic staff with initial, renewable, continuing-track, or continuing appointments of 40% time or more
Individuals employed on contracts who are not considered as part of the general staff; post doctoral fellows, visiting researchers and scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, academic assistants and instructors, adjunct academic staff, and casual staff are not eligible for tuition payment waiver under this policy.
Certain units occupying space on the campus of Queen's University are not subject to this policy. For a current listing of affiliated organizations please refer to the Human Resources Website. The individuals employed by these organizations are not Queen's Employees.
Eligibility for tuition payment waiver will be confirmed by Human Resources at the time of course registration and is based on the employee's employment status during the course offering.
Per year (September to September), payment of tuition fees will be waived for all eligible employees to a maximum of the equivalent dollar value of five full-credit undergraduate Arts & Science courses (based on the fee schedule for Canadian students). The amount of assistance will be pro-rated to correspond with an employee's terms of appointment.
- For example, an employee who has a 60% appointment could waive payment of tuition fees to a maximum of sixty percent of the dollar value of five full-credit undergraduate Arts & Science courses.
Fees for graduate degree programs are based on term fees and not by individual courses; therefore, payment of tuition fees to the maximum already noted will be waived for an eligible employee enrolled part-time in a graduate degree program. Any additional fees will be the responsibility of the individual employee. The assistance is limited to five years of continuous registration for a master's degree program and seven years of continuous registration for a doctoral degree program.
Fees related to non-credit or audited courses are not eligible for tuition assistance and must be paid by the employee at the time of registration.
While departments are encouraged to allow employees to attend training programs on work-time, the University recognizes that operational requirements must also be met. Therefore, subject to the approval of the department head, employees (continuing and term) may have a maximum of three hours of release time from work per week to attend classes at Queen's University. This approval may be granted provided that such leave will not unreasonably disrupt the normal operations of the department nor place an unfair burden on remaining staff members. Special circumstances must be negotiated with the department head. Requirements for course work in addition to lecture hours (e.g., lab work, library research, study time) are to be met outside of working hours. When the examination for a course being taken by an employee is scheduled during the employee's normal working hours, release time from work will be granted.
For contract employees, time taken for courses during normal working hours (to the maximum of three hours per week) shall be made up at times agreeable to the Principal Investigator, unless this requirement is waived by the Principal Investigator (e.g., because the course is directly job-related).
Tuition Assistance Tracking System
A tuition assistance tracking system will be established for each eligible employee. This tracking system will contain a dollar amount equal to five full-credit undergraduate Arts & Science courses (based on the fee schedule for Canadian students) times the percentage of the employee's appointment. When an employee accesses the Educational Development Fund, their record in the tuition assistance tracking system will be reduced until it reaches a zero balance.
Once an employee's record reaches zero, s/he will be fully responsible for paying any further tuition fees, at the time of registration. If an employee drops a course, their record in the tracking system will be reduced by the course fee, in line with the University's drop policy. If an employee fails a course, the full tuition fee will be deducted from their record. The employee will not be required to pay any course fees for dropped or failed courses unless their record in the tracking system is at zero.
Records in the tuition assistance tracking system will be refreshed each September.
An employee may not transfer or carry forward any unused amounts in his/her record, nor borrow against the next year's amount. Transfer of amounts from one employee to another is also not permitted.
In order to have payment of tuition fees waived, employees will require an authorized Tuition Fee waiver form each term. This can be obtained from the Organizational Development and Learning Unit in Human Resources. Forward the signed Tuition Fee Waiver form to the Fee Payment section of the Office of the University Registrar.
Note: You will be required to pay your tuition fee if a completed Tuition Fee Waiver form is not on file in the Office of the University Registrar.
The same application/registration procedure is required of employees as for any other student.
Questions? Contact the appropriate Faculty office or the Office of the University Registrar.
Student Activity Fees, Admission Fees, Late Registration Fees, material, lab, administration or any other ancillary fees are not covered under this policy and payment of such fees are the responsibility of the employee.
Employees enrolled in graduate courses will be assessed activity fees by the Society of Graduate & Professional Students. Opting out/payment of these fees is the responsibility of the employee. These fees are not covered under this policy.
All admission and registration requirements are the same as those for regular students. In addition, staff are subject to the same academic and fee assessment criteria as outlined in the Faculty calendars.
Questions regarding the Educational Development Fund should be directed to the Organizational Development and Learning Unit in Human Resources.
Professional Development Fund
All eligible Queen's University employees, as previously defined under the 'Educational Development Fund', are entitled to reimbursement of their tuition fees (to a maximum of $400 per year) for job-related courses taken at other recognized educational institutions.
Conference, seminar, or workshop registration fees are not eligible for reimbursement through the Professional Development Fund. Departments sending their employees to such programs may pay these fees from their departmental budgets.
Eligible employees will be reimbursed external tuition fees to a maximum of $400 in one year (a year being September to September) upon successful completion of a job-related course. Any additional fees will be the responsibility of the individual employee. Release time from work to attend classes requires the written approval of the department head. Normally, this approval will only be granted for a course which is directly related to the employee's present job and which is not offered at any other time.
To receive reimbursement, eligible employees will advise the Learning and Development Specialist of their course selections, and submit copies of their registration forms accompanied by original receipts.
- The Learning and Development Specialist will determine if a course is job related and, therefore, eligible for reimbursement. This will normally occur at the time of course registration.
- Auditing, material, student interest, and other ancillary fees are not eligible for reimbursement and are the responsibility of the employee.
- Upon successful completion of a course, a copy of a transcript or other official document will be forwarded to the Learning and Development Specialist to obtain reimbursement of the tuition fees.
- Tuition fees will only be reimbursed in the year in which they were incurred, i.e. reimbursement is not retroactive.