Please review the information in the following
website for the most current information from New York State regarding training and development through New York State and the different bargaining units:
of Programs The University provides financial support for employee
development through three types of programs:
sponsored workshops, tuition support (voucher), and tuition reimbursement. They are designed to provide assistance to employees wishing
to improve their skills, performance and career opportunities.
summary of educational assistance is available at the University's Human
Resources website at:
A. SPONSORED WORKSHOPS - Sponsored workshops are designed to provide employees with short-term training in an area that will be immediate benefit in the work place. The University and statewide labor/management committees sponsor these workshops. They are provided at no cost to employees, but required supervisory approval to attend.
1. University Center for Training and Development (UCTD) - The University Center for Training and Development is dedicated
to offering Binghamton University faculty and staff quality information
technology training and professional development programs. The facility is currently equipped with
13 PC workstations, including a handicapped workstation, and an instructor
station with full projection and an Elmo. There are also programs on
line. Additional information about the University Center for Training and Development can
be found at:http://training.binghamton.edu/
2. The Public Service Workshops
Program (PSWP) is designed to maintain and increase the
professional competency of Public Employees Federation (PEF) represented
employees. Workshop locations
and dates are subject to change. Contact the NYS Governor's Office of Employee
Relations (GOER) for status of this program at
The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training
provides a wide variety of education and training services for CSEA
represented employees. These services include: Educational Advisement,
Adult Education Basics, Tuition Benefits, and Online Programs. For more
information go to: http://www.nyscseapartnership.org/index.cfm
B. TUITION SUPPORT (VOUCHER) PROGRAMS are designed
to pay directly all or part of the tuition costs for courses at approved
academic institutions and these schools agree to accept voucher
in lieu of payment. These
programs are part of negotiated agreements between the State and employee
unions; therefore, there are similarities and
differences between the programs.
1. UUP Space
Available is an official forgiveness of all of the tuition
(excluding fees) for one course taken at Binghamton University.
* The program is available to UUP represented employees only. The applicant must be admitted (or readmitted)
to Binghamton University on a matriculated or
a. Applicant cannot be
in registered status for the course listed on the Space Available application
b. The UUP Space Available program
applies only to classroom-based instruction, including distance-learning
courses, for credit. Individual instruction courses (independent study,
thesis, research, or dissertation) are not included in this program.
applications, with required signature(s), must be filed in the Employee
Benefits office, Couper Administration, AD-244, by the end of the first
week of classes. (Mailing Address: Department of Human Resources and
Payroll, Binghamton University, P. O. Box 6000, Binghamton, New York
d. Upon approval
of the controlling academic authority, the applicant will be notified
by email and given instructions how to complete the registration process.
e. Within one week following
notice of approval, applicants must complete a payment form in the Student
for the UUP Space Available course enrollment must pay all fees, other than
tuition. Any outstanding
obligations to Binghamton University also must be cleared before the
registration process can be completed.
benefit can be exercised at other SUNY campuses, but procedures and
nomenclature may be unique to these institutions.
2. New York State and CSEA Partnership (formerly LEAP program)
provides educational benefits to CSEA represented University employees
through a variety of modalities.
Interested CSEA employees should access specific information
including parameters of the assistance and the process to follow for
tuition assistance by accessing their website at www.nyscseapartnership.org. Please call 1-800-253-4332 for information and individual educational advisement for CSEA employees.
The Public Service Training Program (PSTP) Voucher
Program is not available for 2012-13. PEF represented employees should visit http://www.goer.ny.gov/Training_Development/PEF/index.cfm for a list of training programs/workshops that are currently available to them.
C. TUITION SUPPORT PROGRAMS provide reimbursement for all or part of an employees
tuition cost. These programs
usually restrict schools and/or courses covered. Some schools may defer payments for reimbursement program students.
All of these programs require proof of successful completion
of the course.
1. State University Tuition Waiver Program is an
official forgiveness of part or all of the tuition
(excluding fees) for a course taken at a State-operated campus.
The program is available to all University and Research Foundation
employees, and the percentage of tuition that can be waived is determined
by the applicants percentage of full-time employment, the degree
to which the course is job related, and the available funding. The applicant must be admitted (or readmitted) to a participating
school on a matriculated or non-matriculated basis.
a. Complete Part I of the Application for
Tuition and Fee Assistance (Form B-140W).
b. Up to TWO (2) credit
hours per semester can be approved, based on available funding.
c. Indicate the cost of your tuition. Laboratory and/or instructional fees may be included. University fees, Student
Activity fees, and other non-instructional fees cannot be covered by
the Tuition Waiver.
d. The percentage of support
requested should be no more than your percentage of full-time employment
(i.e., if your FTE is 50 percent, you may apply for a 50 percent Tuition
e. Complete ALL sections in Part I of the application form (Items
1 through 10). Be sure to sign and date the application.
f. Your completed application should be approved and signed by your supervisor
in Part II, item 11.
g. Forward the completed application to the Employee Benefits
office no later than
the end of the first week of classes.
If there are changes to the information given in your application
after you have submitted the form, please notify Employee Benefits immediately at (607) 777-6950.
h. In addition, you must
complete a payment form and pay all applicable fees at the Student Accounts
office. Payment must be
made by registration day. Payments
made after registration day will be assessed a $30.00 late payment fee. You will not be in registered status until
you have completed all payment arrangements.
If you need additional assistance or information,
please contact Human Resrouces at 777-6950, or email at email@example.com. Application
forms may be found at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/human-resources/hr-news/HR%20News%20Docs/B-140W_Tuition%20Waiver%20Form.pdf.
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State University Tuition Waiver approval is subject to satisfactory
course completion. If you do not complete your course with
a satisfactory grade or if you receive an incomplete which is not
made up by the end of the following semester, your Tuition Waiver
will be withdrawn and you will be liable for the full tuition cost.
The Office of the University Comptroller
has advised that under current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations,
employer educational assistance plans are taxable under the conditions
listed below, whether payments are made to the employee or to an educational
institution on behalf of an employee. Tuition waiver assistance
is included in the category of payment to an educational institution
on behalf of an employee.
If payments to an employee
taking undergraduate or graduate level courses are eligible
for exclusion from taxable income, up to $5,250 in a calendar year.
Any excess over $5,250 is taxable. The $5,250 exclusion applies
even if the education is not job-related.
1. The Management/Confidential (M/C) Tuition
Reimbursement Program provides financial support for approved educational
activities on a reimbursement basis.
M/C employees (Bargaining Unit 06 and 13) may undertake course
work to improve skills required to perform present job assignments,
to remain current with innovations and emerging trends in their field,
to improve administrative and management skills, or to prepare for positions
within University and/or State service.
Non-degreed employees may enroll in an undergraduate degree program
to qualify them for job opportunities.
The PSTP Voucher Alternative Program (VALT) and the NYSCOPBA Tuition Reimbursement Program were discontinued as of March 3, 2011 due to expired bargaining agreements.
For further information go
Director of Human Resources , 7-2187