A. Employees, after having completed two (2) semesters of service with the College, are eligible for reimbursement of tuition for courses (or their equivalent in professional training) taken to improve effectiveness.
B. Courses or professional training for which reimbursement is granted must be relevant to the Employee's major or allied fields, or for special educational purposes, or degree objective, and must have the prior written approval of the Campus chief executive officer. The courses or professional training must also be satisfactorily completed prior to reimbursement.
C. Reimbursement will be for tuition fees only.
D. Employees and their dependents (spouse, children, and dependents, as defined in IRS regulations) may take courses, credit or non-credit, at the Community College of Allegheny County without direct payment upon presentation of approved form up to the limits set forth in E.2. below.
E. Reimbursement to the Employee will be based on the following:
1. Effective September 1, 2002, an annual fund of one hundred thousand ($100,000) dollars shall be set aside for tuition reimbursement pertaining to approved courses taken outside the Community College of Allegheny County. Employees only shall be entitled to initial tuition reimbursement of three thousand ($3,000) dollars per academic year.
2. An Employee (and dependents as defined in IRS regulations) shall be entitled to a total tuition reimbursement/waiver for unlimited courses taken at the Community College of Allegheny County. This excludes courses designated with a "Y" and includes tuition only.
3. No later than September 30, all requests for tuition reimbursement, professional training, or their equivalent in professional training for the previous September 1 through August 31 period must be submitted.
4. Not later than November 15, whatever monies remain in the tuition reimbursement fund from the previous September 1 through August 31 period shall be prorated among Employees to pay up to one hundred (100%) percent of the tuition for the first two (2) courses or their equivalent in professional training. Any monies which remain at that time shall be prorated among all Employees who took more than two (2) courses or their equivalent in professional training, up to one hundred (100%) percent of their tuition.