Tuition Assistance Benefit

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Monday and Tuesday, December 31 - January 01, 2019

Tuition Assistance Benefit

The State University of New York has a tuition assistance policy that supports employee initiatives to acquire and maintain career-related knowledge, skills and abilities. The following gives you eligibility information and instructions about the tuition waiver program. This waiver program is subject to the availability of State funding. You may choose to enroll in the course and submit this waiver to Student Accounts, however, please note if the program does not receive State funding, your waiver will be voided and you will be responsible for the full cost of the course.


  • You must be a full-time State or Research Foundation employee.
  • The course must be taken at a SUNY-operated campus (not applicable for Community Colleges).
  • The course must be credit-bearing (up to 3 credits per semester), cost may be waived at approximately 30-50%.
  •  The course must be career-related or working towards a degree.

Application Procedure

  • Return the completed application to Human Resource Services/Benefits, Z=0751 on or before Friday  August 24, 2018 for review. Applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list.
  •  Once your waiver is reviewed and processed, you will receive an email indicating the approved waiver amount by Friday September 7, 2018.
  • HRS-Benefits will submit your approved waiver to Student Accounts if you are taking the course at Stony Brook University. If you are attending a different SUNY school you will receive the approved waiver via email and you must bring the B140W to the Student Accounts office of the SUNY school that you are attending.
  • According to IRS Regulations, you may be taxed on the amount of tuition assistance received.

Funds are limited, so it is very important that individuals not using approved waivers return them to HRS Benefits immediately. Employees who drop courses after the University’s “drop/add” period will be fully responsible for tuition liability incurred. You may print the Application for Tuition and Fee Assistance from the HRS website. If you have any questions please call HRS Benefits at 631- 632-6180.

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