Educational Assistance Provisions

Staff-Appointed Unit

LETTER OF INTENT  – EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

INTRODUCTION
In keeping with its policy objective to provide staff members with opportunities for personal development and establish a working environment that will encourage them to develop their abilities, the University has designed this practice on Educational Assistance. Its provisions define the extent to which the University will financially assist staff to further their formal education.

TERMS OF REFERENCE 
Qualifying staff members referred to below are those staff who are eligible in terms of University service (described under ELIGIBILITY) and have academic acceptability by the Faculty, School, Centre, etc., from whom the course is to be taken and the approval of the Department Head before beginning the course as described under PROCEDURES.

ELIGIBILITY 
Bargaining unit employees holding administrative staff appointments whether full-time, part-time of twenty-five (25) percent or more, or sessional are eligible. In the case of part-time staff members, for the first three (3) years’ continuous service, the funding is pro-rated in accordance with the part-time appointment.

PROVISIONS

  1. One hundred (100) percent Tuition Waived

Tuition fees are waived for a qualifying staff member taking:

  1.  A University of Toronto degree course, up to and including flex-time PhD Programs and part-time Doctoral studies. For undergraduate courses, the maximum tuition waiver shall be limited to three (3) full courses during the Fall/Winter session, and one (1) full course during the Summer session and reimbursement will be limited to the equivalent general Arts & Science course tuition fee. For Master’s level programmes, flex-time PhD Programs and parttime Doctoral studies the tuition waiver shall be limited to the part-time programme fee or three thousand ($3,000) dollars per academic year, whichever is less. The University will also waive the balance of degree fee, to the lesser of the equivalent remaining programme fee or three thousand ($3,000) dollars per year, so long as the employee has already received a tuition waiver under this policy; or
  2. a University of Toronto course taken as part of the “academic bridging” programme; or
  3. a University of Toronto course taken as a “special student”; or
  4. a diploma or certificate programme offered through Woodsworth College or other University of Toronto academic divisions, for which students are registered as University of Toronto students and receive diploma at Convocation in accordance with the University Policy on Diploma and Certificate Programmes. The maximum tuition waiver shall be limited to three (3) full courses during the Fall/Winter session, and one (1) full course during the summer session and reimbursement will be limited to the equivalent general Arts & Science course tuition fee.
  5. courses offered by the School of Continuing Studies that are work or job related, up to a maximum of five hundred ($500) dollars per course, and personal interest courses for which a taxable benefit is assessed up to a maximum of two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars per course, with a combined maximum six (6) courses per academic year. 59

Courses should be taken outside of normal working hours. However, if the course is not otherwise available, one such course at a time may be taken during normal working hours provided the approval of the Department Head is obtained and alternative work arrangements are made.

2. Fifty (50) percent Tuition Reimbursed 

Fifty (50) percent of tuition fees will be reimbursed to a qualifying staff member who shows successful completion of a job-related course given at a recognized educational institution (other than those in 1. above). Such courses should be taken on the staff member’s own time, after normal working hours and must be either:

  1. Individual skill improvement courses which are related to the staff member’s present job or to jobs in the same field to which the staff member might logically aspire.
  2. Courses of study leading to undergraduate certificates, diplomas or degrees offered at recognized educational institutions. Such courses must either be an asset to the staff member in the performance of his/her present job or directly related to his/her potential career. Individual courses, even though unrelated, will qualify provided they are a part of an eligible certificate, diploma or degree programmes.

University of Toronto Schools (UTS)

LETTER OF INTENT  – EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

INTRODUCTION
In keeping with its policy objective to establish a working environment that will encourage staff members to develop their abilities, UTS has designed this practice on Educational Assistance. Its provisions define the extent to which UTS will financially assist staff to further their formal education.

TERMS OF REFERENCE 
Qualifying staff members referred to below are those staff who are eligible in terms of service (described under ELIGIBILITY) and have the approval of the Supervisor before beginning the course as described under PROVISIONS.

ELIGIBILITY 
Bargaining unit employees holding administrative staff appointments whether full-time, parttime of twenty-five (25) percent or more or sessional are eligible. In the case of part-time staff members, for the first three (3) years’ continuous service, the funding is prorated in accordance with the part-time appointment.

Term employees are not entitled to educational assistance under this Letter.

Courses should be taken outside of normal working hours. However, if the course is not otherwise available, one such course at a time may be taken during normal working hours provided the approval of the Supervisor is obtained and alternative work arrangements are made.

Tuition Reimbursed 
Seventy five (75) percent of tuition fees to a maximum of $2,000 per year will be reimbursed to a qualifying staff member who shows successful completion of a job-related course given at a recognized educational institution.

Such courses should be taken on the staff member’s own time, after normal working hours and must be either:

  1. Individual skill improvement courses which are related to the staff member’s present job or to jobs in the same field to which the staff member might logically aspire.
  2. Courses of study leading to undergraduate certificates, diplomas or degrees offered at recognized educational institutions. Such courses must either be an asset to the staff member in the performance of his/her present job or directly related to his/her potential career. Individual courses, even though unrelated, will qualify provided they are a part of an eligible certificate, diploma or degree program.

Victoria University Unit

LETTER OF INTENT  – EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

INTRODUCTION
In keeping with its policy objective to provide staff members with opportunities for personal development and establish a working environment that will encourage them to develop their abilities, the University has designed this practice on Educational Assistance. Its provisions define the extent to which the University will financially assist staff to further their formal education.


TERMS OF REFERENCE

Qualifying staff members referred to below are those staff who are eligible in terms of University service (described under ELIGIBILITY) and have academic acceptability by the Faculty, School, Centre, etc., from whom the course is to be taken and the approval of the Department Head before beginning the course.

ELIGIBILITY
Bargaining unit employees whether full-time, part-time of twenty-five (25) percent or more are eligible. In the case of part-time staff members, the funding is pro-rated in accordance with the part-time appointment.

PROVISIONS
1. One hundred (100) percent Tuition Waived
Tuition fees are waived for a qualifying staff member taking:

(a) a University of Toronto or Ontario Institute for Studies in Education degree course, up to and including the Master’s level, flex-time Ph.D. programs and part-time doctoral studies. For undergraduate courses, the maximum tuition waiver shall be limited to three (3) full courses during the Fall/Winter session, and two (2) full courses during the Summer session and reimbursement will be limited to the equivalent general Arts and Science course tuition fee. For Master’s level programs flex-time Ph.D. programs and part-time doctoral studies, the tuition waiver shall be limited to the part-time program fee or $2,500 per academic year, whichever is less. The University will also waive the balance of degree fee, to the lesser of the equivalent remaining program fee or $ 2,500 per year, so 119 long as the employee has already received a tuition waiver under this policy; or

(b) a University of Toronto course taken as part of the “academic bridging” program; or

(c) a University of Toronto course taken as a “special student”; or

(d) a diploma or certificate program offered through Woodsworth College or other University of Toronto academic divisions, for which students are registered as University of Toronto students and receive diplomas at Convocation in accordance with the University Policy on Diploma and Certificate Programs. The maximum tuition waiver shall be limited to three (3) full courses during the Fall/Winter session, and two (2) full courses during the summer session and reimbursement will be limited to the equivalent general Arts and Science course tuition fee; or

(e) those courses offered by the School of Continuing Studies that are work or job related, up to a maximum of $500 per course, and personal interest courses for which a taxable benefit is assessed up to a maximum of $250 per course, with a combined maximum 6 courses per academic year.
Courses should be taken outside of normal working hours. However, if the course is not otherwise available, one such course at a time may be taken during normal working hours provided the approval of the Department Head is obtained and alternative work arrangements are made. Any modification of hours worked under this arrangement will be paid at straight time (i.e., no overtime).

2. Fifty (50) percent Tuition Reimbursed Fifty
(50) percent of tuition fees will be reimbursed to a qualifying staff member who shows successful completion of a job-related course given at a recognized educational institution (other than those in 1. above). Such courses should be taken on the staff member’s own time, after normal working hours and must be either:

(a) Individual skill improvement courses which are related to the staff member’s present job or to jobs in the same field to which the staff member might logically aspire.

(b) Courses of study leading to undergraduate certificates, diplomas or degrees offered at recognized educational institutions. Such courses must either be an asset to the staff member in the performance of his/her present 121 job or directly related to his/her potential career. Individual courses, even though unrelated, will qualify provided they are a part of an eligible certificate, diploma or degree program.

University of St. Michael’s College Unit

LETTER OF INTENT #4 – EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE
The University agrees that employees in the bargaining unit shall be entitled to the benefits of the Educational Assistance Policy attached hereto.

INTRODUCTION
In keeping with its policy objective to provide staff members with opportunities for personal development and establish a working environment that will encourage them to develop their abilities, the University has designed this practice on Educational Assistance. Its provisions define the extent to which the University will financially assist staff to further their formal education.

TERMS OF REFERENCE
Qualifying staff members referred to below are those staff who are eligible in terms of University service (described under ELIGIBILITY) and have academic acceptability by the Faculty, School, Centre, etc., from whom the course is to be taken and the approval of the Department Head before beginning the course as described under PROCEDURES.

ELIGIBILITY
Bargaining unit employees.

PROVISIONS
1. One hundred (100) percent Tuition Waived
Tuition fees are waived for a qualifying staff member taking:

a) A University of Toronto degree course, up to and including the Master’s level. For undergraduate courses, the maximum tuition waiver shall be limited to three (3) full courses during the Fall/Winter session, and one (1) full course during the summer session and reimbursement will be limited to the equivalent general Arts and Science course tuition fee. For Master’s level programs, the tuition waiver shall be limited to the parttime program fee or $3000. per academic year, whichever is less. The University will also waive the balance of degree fee, to the lesser of the equivalent remaining program fee or $3000. per year, so long as the employee has already received a tuition waiver under this policy; or

b) A University of Toronto course taken as part of the “Academic Bridging” program; or

c) A University of Toronto course taken as a “special student”; or

d) A diploma or certificate program offered through Woodsworth College or other University of Toronto academic divisions, for which students are registered as University of Toronto students and receive diplomas at Convocation in accordance with the University Policy on Diploma and Certificate Programs. The maximum tuition waiver shall be limited to three (3) full courses during the Fall/Winter session, and one (1) full 45 course during the summer session and reimbursement will be limited to the equivalent general Arts and Science course tuition fee.

e) Courses offered by the school of Continuing Studies that are work or job related, up to a maximum of $500. per course, and personal interest courses for which a taxable benefit is assessed up to a maximum of $250. per course, with a combined maximum six (6) courses per academic year.

f) Courses should be taken outside of normal working hours. However, if the course is not otherwise available, one such course at a time may be taken during normal working hours provided the approval of the Department Head is obtained and alternative work arrangements are made.

2. Fifty (50) per cent Tuition Reimbursed
Fifty (50) per cent of tuition fees will be reimbursed to a qualifying staff member who shows successful completion of a job-related course given at a recognized educational institution (other than in 1. above). Such courses should be taken on the staff member’s own time, after normal working hours and must be either:

a) Individual skill improvement courses, which are related to the staff member’s present job or to jobs in the same field to which the staff member might logically aspire.

b) Courses of study leading to undergraduate certificates, diplomas or degrees offered at recognized educational institutions.

c) Such courses must either be an asset to the staff member in the performance of his/her present job or directly related to his/her potential career. Individual courses, even though unrelated, will qualify provided they are a part of an eligible certificate, diploma or degree program.

This Policy is conditional on the University of Toronto continuing to permit access to the employees and their dependants at no cost to the Employer.