Tuition Assistance


The Wake Tech Foundation offers Tuition Assistance grants to Wake Tech faculty and staff pursuing additional education and enrichment opportunities. The primary goal of the Tuition Assistance program is to assist in the funding of college credit courses. Employees seeking support for required certification and licensure should first speak to their supervisor regarding the use of the department's professional development funds.

Employees interested in receiving Tuition Assistance must submit an application for pre-approval prior to the semester/term of enrollment (dates listed below). Approved applicants will then submit a request for tuition reimbursement once they have completed the courses listed on their application.

Applications for pre-approval are accepted three times a year:


  • June 1 - July 1 for FALL:courses beginning August 1 - November 30
  • October 1 - November 1 for SPRING:courses beginning December 1 - March 31
  • February 1 - March 1 for SUMMER:courses beginning April 1 - July 31
Please review the following Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines prior to submitting your application.
 

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Eligibility Requirements

1. Applicants must be a full-time annual employee of Wake Tech for at least one year prior to submitting an application for Tuition Assistance.

2. Applicants must have given to the Employee Campaign between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Application Guidelines

1. In order to be considered for Tuition Assistance, employees meeting all eligibility requirements must submit an application for pre-approval during the specified cycle dates.

2. Employees enrolling in undergraduate, masters and doctorate coursework may apply for up to $650 in tuition assistance per application cycle.

3. Employees pursuing licensure or certification* may apply for up to $300 in tuition assistance per application cycle.

4. Employees may submit applications for pre-approval during each of the three annual application cycles; contingent on meeting all stated eligibility requirements.

5. Applicants attending institutions that do not operate on a typically semester schedule should refer to the date ranges associated with each application cycle. [FALL = courses beginning August 1 - December 1; SPRING = December 1 - April 1; SUMMER = April 1 - August 1]

6. Credit courses must be offered by a regionally accredited institution. Non-credit courses must be sponsored by an appropriate agency. Click here for a list of accredited institutions accepted by the college. (Listed under Agencies Issuing Transcripts and Degree Evaluations.)

7. Applicants are asked to notify the Foundation office of any changes made to the enrolled courses included on their application.

8. Employees attending Wake Tech: Tuition Assistance may be requested for Wake Tech courses beyond those which are covered by the Tuition Exemption benefit. (If you plan to enroll in one course, you ONLY need to submit a Tuition Waiver form to the Registrar. If you plan to enroll in more than one course, you must submit a Tuition Waiver form in addition to a Tuition Assistance application.)

*Individuals seeking support for required certification and licensure programs should speak to their supervisor regarding the use of the department's professional development funds.

Awarding Guidelines

1. All applications are reviewed by members of the Tuition Assistance committee following the cycle deadline. [The committee consists of the Executive Vice President of the college, SVP of Curriculum Education, SVP of Continuing Education, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, and representatives from the Faculty Association and Staff Council.]

2. Application approval or denial is determined by the Tuition Assistance committee based on the stated program guidelines and the availability of funds.

3. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision via email within four weeks of the application cycle deadline.

4. Award payments are made on a reimbursement basis. (See the Reimbursement section for more information.)

5. Employees are eligible to receive Tuition Assistance three times a year; contingent on meeting all stated requirements.

6. Employees receiving grants and/or scholarships from other sources in an amount greater than or equal to the cost of tuition, or on educational leave with pay, are not eligible to receive Tuition Assistance. (Employees pursuing Associate's or Bachelor's are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.)

7. In order to receive reimbursement, pre-approved applicants must receive a grade of “C” or better on an undergraduate course, or a grade of “B” or better on a graduate course must be made. For ungraded courses or certifications, the employee must provide documentation clearly indicating successful completion.

8. Recipients who voluntarily separate from employment at Wake Technical Community College within one year of receiving tuition assistance will be expected to refund the Foundation for the amount received during the last one-year period.

Reimbursement Process

1. To request reimbursement, submit a completed Tuition Assistance Reimbursement Check Request Form* to Heather Buck in the Foundation office via email (hlbuck@waketech.edu) or interoffice mail.

2. Only courses listed on your application are eligible to receive reimbursement. Please send any course changes to Margaret Griffin at least 30 days prior to requesting reimbursement.

3. Undergraduate courses receiving below a grade of “C”, and graduate courses receiving below a grade of “B” are ineligible for reimbursement. Courses using a Pass/Fail system should be accompanied by a copy of the institution's grading policy. Ungraded courses or certifications should be accompanied by documentation clearly indicating successful completion.

4. Tuition assistance is offered for tuition costs only. Student fees will not be included in reimbursement amount.

5. Requests must be submitted to the Foundation office within 60 calendar days from the date of course completion in order to receive tuition reimbursement.

6. Please allow at least 10 business days for checks to be processed. Reimbursement checks will be sent via interoffice mail unless otherwise requested.

7. For budgeting purposes, reimbursement checks for Summer courses will be issued after July 1.

8. Unused grants approved in one semester will not carryover to subsequent semesters.

* To download the form, click here and select Tuition Assistance Reimbursement Check Request Form from the Foundation Forms list.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Applicants attending institutions that do not operate on a typically semester schedule should refer to the date ranges associated with each application cycle. [FALL = courses beginning August 1 - December 1; SPRING = December 1 - April 1; SUMMER = April 1 - August 1]

2. PLEASE NOTE: Tuition Assistance IS NOT the program which offers tuition exemption to employees enrolled at Wake Tech. Click here to learn more about Tuition Exemption.

3. Employees enrolled in undergraduate, masters and doctorate coursework may apply for up to $650 in tuition assistance per application cycle. Employees pursuing licensure or certification may apply for up to $300 in tuition assistance per application cycle.

4. Employees may submit applications for pre-approval during each of the three annual application cycles; contingent on meeting all stated eligibility requirements.

5. Applicants are encouraged to notify their supervisor prior to the submission of a Tuition Assistance application. Note: Relevant application information will be emailed to employee supervisors after the cycle deadline for notification purposes only.

6. Application approval or denial is determined by the Tuition Assistance committee based on the stated program guidelines and the availability of funds.

7. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision via email within four weeks of the application cycle deadline.

8. Award payments are made on a reimbursement basis. (See the Reimbursement section for more information.)

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PLEASE NOTE: Tuition Assistance IS NOT the program which offers tuition exemption (one free course) to employees enrolled at Wake Tech. To learn more about Tuition Exemption, log into Eagle's Nest and then click here

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Questions? 

Contact Margaret Griffin:
o: 919-866-5918
e: megriffin1@waketech.edu

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