Tuition Reimbursement Program - Overview
The Tuition Reimbursement Program helps pay education expenses for eligible employees to sharpen their skills for a current or future job at Pinellas County Government. Those who choose to participate pay for the course in advance. When the course is complete with a passing grade or certificate, the employee is reimbursed for some or all of the eligible educational expenses.
This information pertains to Pinellas County Unified Personnel System employees.
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- Coursework must be taken on your own time.
- This may include using approved annual leave or working with management to adjust work schedules.
- Administrative leave may not be used for tuition reimbursement.
- Permanent Status
- Reimbursement is available to permanent employees, not to temporary employees.
- The employee may be full-time or part-time.
- Time Frame
- Classified employees are eligible after one year of permanent employment.
- Exempt employees are immediately eligible.
- Undergraduate: Passing grade of “C” or better is required
- Graduate: Passing grade of “B” or better is required
- Ungraded Course: Certificate of completion is required
- Employees approved for reimbursement will be reimbursed for eligible expenses up to $2,800 per full-time employee per fiscal year.
- Part-time employees are limited to $1,400 per fiscal year.
- The fiscal year is from October 1 to September 30.
- Fiscal year limits are based on the date of course completion.
- Non-Eligible Courses
- Courses required for your job and taken on work time are not eligible for reimbursement through the Tuition Reimbursement Program.
- For example, funding for required certifications or licenses should come from your organization's budget.
- Other Financial Assistance
- Financial assistance from outside sources (grants, veterans benefits, scholarships, etc.) will be deducted from the reimbursable amount available through the Tuition Reimbursement Program.
- Student loans are permitted since the money must be repaid and will not affect the reimbursable amount available from the Tuition Reimbursement Program.
The two-part process includes:
- Enrollment -
Completed before the course begins and once eligibility is verified.
- Reimbursement - Completed after the course ends and reimbursement is verified.
To qualify for reimbursement, courses must belong to one of two categories:
Job Skills Improvement (Job Enhancement)
- Coursework directly related to your current job responsibilities and completing the course will improve your job skills.
- Coursework to prepare you for a future career within the Pinellas County Government Unified Personnel System.
- Coursework will help you qualify for a promotion within your department or advancement to another department within the Pinellas County Government Unified Personnel System.
- You have identified a career path that is beneficial to County Government, and there is a reasonable opportunity for transfer or promotion into the career field.
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