Revised policy for Tuition Assistance Program

Changes to the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) become effective on January 1, 2018. Current participants may continue to enroll in the 2017 fall academic term under the current policy. As of today, approvals for new TAP participants will resume for the 2018 winter academic term.

Significant features of the new policy:

  • The TAP budget will be centralized and a labwide dollar amount will be allocated each year. A centralized budget will provide all employees greater access to TAP without reliance on a local department’s budget.
  • Approvals for doctorate, master’s and bachelor degree programs will be increased to the chief level; associate’s degree approvals will be increased to the division level.
  • There will be a yearly maximum dollar amount for tuition and fees. For a bachelor’s degree the maximum amount will be $10,000 yearly and for master’s and PhD degrees the maximum amount will be $13,000 yearly. Book costs will not be reimbursed.
  • Tuition and fees for associate degrees, certificate programs and individual courses will continue to be advanced at 100 percent and books will be reimbursed at 100 percent.
  • Employees who terminate employment within one year of completion of a degree program will be required to reimburse the lab for all tuition and fees advanced during the final year of their TAP participation.

Questions? Contact Barb Brooks, Manager, Professional Development Office,