Tuition Reimbursement Program for ESPA

TIP Online Application   

Target dates for 2014/15 school year:

Summer '14 Courses (courses ending after last day of school and before start of following year)

  • Submit Online PDF Applications----4/14/14 to 5/2/14
  • Responses to Staff----5/16/14

Fall '14 Courses (courses ending before last day of 1st semester)

  • Submit Online PDF Applications ----8/25/14 to 9/12/14
  • Responses to Staff----9/26/14

Winter/Spring '15 Courses (courses ending after last day of 1st semester and before last day of school)

  • Submit Online PDF Applications ----1/5/15 to 1/23/15
  • Responses to Staff----2/6/15

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is designed to ultimately improve services and increase learning in District 214 by providing tuition assistance in areas which are of mutual benefit to individual staff members and to the District. Staff members who are continuously learning and growing not only provide better services to students and staff, but provide good models of learning as well. One important option for learning is a college credit or continuing education course. We believe that it benefits both District 214 and individual staff members to provide a tuition incentive program for Educational Support Personnel (ESP) staff who are taking courses which match District priorities for growth and change. The Tuition Incentive Program supports this belief and is governed by the following guidelines:

We would be pleased to answer questions or assist you in other ways as you complete the application. We will be in touch again as soon as the committee has reviewed your application. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance in the meantime by calling Toni Pytel in the Professional Learning Office at 718-7734.


         Employees in a full-time ESP assignment with at least two years of full time  ESP district service will be eligible to participate in the            
         program. (Full-time employment is 30 hours or more per week.)

For full time employees in the district (with at least two years of full time district service), with a portion of their assignment being ESP, the rate of tuition reimbursement will be based on the percent of the ESP assignment, following the guidelines according to the following formula:  Tuition  up to 75%, divided by the percent of ESP assignment equals the reimbursement amount.

TIP Program Guidelines

  1. TIP will be administered by a committee consisting of three members appointed by the ESPA and three appointed by the administration.
  2. The TIP Committee will be responsible for determining eligibility and program priorities by March 1 of each year.
  3. The decision of the TIP Committee is final and not grievable.
  4. The Board of Education shall budget $20,000 for tuition reimbursement annually.
  5. Tuition will be reimbursed at a rate up to 75% of tuition (exclusive of fees), not to exceed $250 per semester hour of credit.

TIP Application and Approval Process

  1. Approved coursework must meet the following criteria: a) Classes must meet on a regular basis; b) The student(s) must meet and have ongoing interaction with an instructor; c) The courses must offer the potential for developing professional relationships; d) The course must have a focus on intellectual rigor with consistent assignments and instructor feedback.
  2. Each TIP applicant should complete an online application.
  3. Please send a course description to Professional Learning attached to a copy of your application.
  4. Upon submission of your application a copy will be printed for you to retain.
  5. The TIP committee will review each tuition reimbursement application. The committee will then approve the proposal, return it with suggested revisions, or deny approval.
  6. Tuition support will be provided for up to six (6) semester hours of credit per semester and up to twelve (12) semester hours in the summer, which may be taken at fully accredited colleges or universities or approved institutions of learning.
  7. If you are taking a course(s) online, a rationale for taking the course(s) online rather than in a traditional classroom setting will need to be submitted.
  8. Independent study courses, online courses, video courses, teleconference courses, and correspondence courses are not funded if there are not regular class meetings, and there is no ongoing interaction with an instructor.
  9. Practicums, internships, dissertation study, and thesis hours are not funded.

TIP Reimbursement Process

  1. Tuition reimbursement will be contingent upon successful course completion and documentation.
  2. An itemized bill or tuition receipt, showing the cost of tuition without fees or books, and a copy of a grade report must be submitted for reimbursement. A grade of "B" or higher or documentation of CEU's earned must be obtained to receive reimbursement.
  3. Ten-month ESP receiving reimbursement for Summer courses must return to work the following August to receive their reimbursement.
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