Employee Education Program

Brown University offers the Employee Education Program (EEP) benefit to eligible staff employees to help them meet their educational goals.

Eligibility

  • Work at least 67% time (1300 hours per year)
  • Be in good standing, and
  • Completed six months of employment at the time of application

(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 Overview

  • Register for undergraduate or advanced degree courses OR job-related courses*
  • Enroll in courses at Brown or outside of Brown**
  • Brown and non-Brown programs cannot be combined in the same fiscal year

* Job-related courses must maintain or enhance the employee’s skills needed in the present position at Brown or is a requirement either by law or of Brown University 

**Courses outside of Brown must be taken at degree granting, accredited institutions belonging to one of six regional accrediting agencies

New EEP Enhancements:

Under the present policy:

  • Distance learning (on-line) options apply only to those in degree programs
  • Distance learning (on-line) options apply only to those enrolled in a job-related certificate program (consisting of 6 or more courses).

Beginning January 1, 2019, enhancements to the policy include:

  •  Distance Learning (on-line) options will now apply to those enrolling in job-related courses
  •  Distance Learning (on-line) options will now apply to all job-related certificate courses, eliminating the 6 course requirement for certificate programs

Please note that these enhancements do not replace provision(s) for professional learning in existing collective bargaining agreements.  Employees governed by collective bargaining agreements are encouraged to review those agreements.  

Brown University Courses

Benefit at a Glance

  • Three degree or job-related courses per fiscal year (July 1-June 30)
  • One application per course required
  • Applications due prior to the start date of the course (two weeks preferred)
  • Brown courses will be taxed in accordance with IRS regulations

Degree candidates must:

  • Adhere to the guidelines and requirements for degree programs.
  • Notify the Graduate School and Academic Advisors of any impending interruption in course work.

PLEASE NOTE:

Once registered for your course(s), in order to have the Graduate Student Activity Fee and the Graduate Recreation Fee waived you must do the following:

Email Ethan_Bernstein@brown.edu to request that these fees be removed, otherwise you will continue to receive a bill and will be responsible for payment.

  • Graduate Student Activity Fee: Gives access to all Graduate Student Council (GSC) social events
  • Graduate Recreation Fee: Gives access to the Nelson Fitness Center 

Important Dates for the Spring/2019 Semester for job-related courses:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Classes begin.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019.  Last day to add a course without a fee (not covered by the EEP)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Last day to change a grade option.
Friday, March 8 (mid-semester). Last day to drop a course without an EEP penalty.

Learn more about Brown courses.

Courses Outside of Brown

Benefit at a Glance

  • Degree or job-related courses not to exceed the fiscal year limit of $2,625 (July 1 – June 30) 
  • One application per course is required
  • Applications are due prior to the start date of the course (two weeks preferred)

Learn more about non-Brown courses.

Certificate Courses/Programs

Benefit at a Glance

  • Job-related certificate courses/programs not to exceed the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) limit of $2,625
  • One application per course required
  • Distance Learning (on-line) options apply only to those enrolled in a certificate program (consisting of 6 or more courses).
  • As of January 1, 2019, distance learning (on-line) options now apply to all job-related certificate courses, eliminating the 6 course requirement for certificate programs.

Learn more about certificate courses and programs.

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:Michele_Wise@brown.edu.