Employee Education Program

Brown University offers the Employee Education Program (EEP) benefit to eligible staff employees to help them meet their educational goals. This benefit provides financial assistance toward Brown and non-Brown course(s).


Employees* are eligible to use the EEP benefit if they meet all three of the following criteria:

  • Work at least 67% time (1300 hours per year)
  • Have completed six months of employment at the time of application
  • Employment status in good standing

* Union members will receive education benefits as described in their respective Collective Bargaining Agreements.  Faculty members, dependents, and spouses are not eligible to receive education benefits under this program.

Program Guidelines

Financial assistance is provided for undergraduate, advanced degree, or job-related courses. Courses may be taken at Brown or outside of Brown, however Brown and non-Brown programs cannot be combined in the same calendar year.

  • Courses are considered job-related if they maintain or enhance the employee’s skills needed in their present position at Brown or if it is a requirement either by law or of Brown.
  • Courses outside of Brown must be taken at degree granting, accredited institutions belonging to one of six regional accrediting agencies.

Learning options:

  • Classroom setting
  • Online (distance learning)
  • Hybrid

EEP for Brown University Courses

Employees may take up to three degree or job-related courses per calendar year (January 1-December 31) under the EEP.  Graduate level Brown courses will be taxed in accordance with IRS regulations.

Learn more.

EEP for Courses Outside of Brown

  • Employees must be enrolled in a degree or job-related courses(s).
  • Employees can receive reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year (January 1–December 31).

Learn more about non-Brown courses.

Certificate Courses/Programs

  • Employees must be enrolled in job-related certificate courses/programs.
  • Employees can receive reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year (January 1–December 31).

Learn more about certificate courses and programs.

Application Guidelines

  • Complete an EEP application specific to Brown or non-Brown courses. 
  • Application(s) should be submitted to Michele Wise prior to the start date of the course (two weeks preferred).

Payment for Courses

  • Brown Courses: No money is exchanged. The EEP sends through a credit to the student's account at the beginning of the semester.
  • Non-Brown Courses: Participants must pay the school that they are attending up front and then submit for reimbursement once the course has been successfully completed.  Participants must submit a grade report and itemized paid invoice.


For help related to education pursuits and/or guidance pertaining to the selection of courses or schools, contact Michele Wise at 401-863-2459 or email:[email protected].