Employee Education Program

The Employee Education Program (EEP) provides educational counseling and financial support for employees wishing to continue their formal education and training.

Eligibility

 Brown staff must:

  • Work at least 67% time (1300 hours per year).
  • Be in good standing, and
  • Must have 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 Benefits

  • Undergraduate, graduate degrees, PhD, job-related courses at Brown or outside of Brown.
  • Job-related courses must maintain or enhance the employee’s skills needed in his/her present position at Brown or must be 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.
  • Brown and non-Brown programs cannot be combined in the same fy.

 Regional accreditation agencies for courses and degree programs

Brown University Courses

Benefit:

  • Three degree or job-related courses per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
  • Complete one application per course.
  • Applications to be submitted prior to the start date of the course (two weeks preferred).

Tuition:

$6,278 per course, 2016-2017 academic year.

(Brown University provides $5,250 in tax free educational assistance per calendar year.  Tuition that exceeds this amount is taxed according to IRS regulations under Section 127 of the Internal revenue Code).

  • No money exchanged for approved Brown courses.

Brown Degree Programs

Employees must apply and be accepted to their degree program.

Undergraduate - Apply to the Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) program

 Graduate & Ph.D - Apply to the Graduate School

Degree Candidates must:

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

Brown  Job-Related Courses:

Upon course approval:

  1. Registration packets will be forwarded via campus mail.
  2. Special Students must be signed into class by the instructor on a space available basis and formally register for courses on the first day of class.

Important Dates for the Spring/2016 semester for those enrolling in Brown job-related courses:

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016– Classes begin.
  • Tuesday September 20, 2016 – Last day to add a course without a fee (not covered by the EEP).
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - Last day to change a grade option.
  • Friday, October 14, 2016 (mid-semester) – Last day to drop a course without penalty.

Grades:

  • Employees must receive a grade of C, satisfactory, or pass.
  • Upon course completion, the Registrar’s Office will forward a copy of the employee’s grade report to the Benefits Office.

Penalty Fee:

A penalty fee will be charged for those enrolled in job-related courses if:

  1. The course is dropped after the drop deadline date.
  2. The course is not satisfactorily passed with a grade of C or better, satisfactory, or pass.

Courses Outside of Brown

Non-Brown courses must be taken at degree granting accredited institutions recognized by the Department of Education and one of six regional accrediting agencies.

Regional accreditation agencies for courses and degree programs 

Benefit:

  • Unlimited degree or job-related courses not to exceed the fy limit of $2,500 (July 1 – June 30).
  • Submit one application per course.
  • Applications to be submitted prior to the start date of the course (two weeks preferred).
  • Distance learning (on-line) options apply only to those in degree programs.

Grades:

  • Employees must receive a grade of C, satisfactory, or pass.
  • Upon course completion, submit your grade report or certificate of completion and proof of payment (student account statement) to: EEP, Box 1879.

Reimbursement:

  • Reimbursement occurs at course completion for tuition only.  Payment is not provided for books, registration fees or other charges.
  • Employees are notified through an email when checks are ready to be picked up.

Certificate Courses/Programs

Benefit:

  • Unlimited job-related certificate courses/programs not to exceed the fy limit of $2,500 (July 1 – June 30).
  • Courses must be taken at a degree granting accredited institution recognized by the Department of Education and one of six regional accrediting agencies. 

Regional accreditation agencies for courses and degree programs 

  • Submit one application per course.
  • Distance Learning (on-line) options apply only to those enrolled in a certificate program (consisting of 6 or more courses).

Grades:

  • Employees must receive a grade of C, satisfactory, or pass or certificate of completion.
  • Upon course completion, submit your grade report or certificate of completion and proof of payment (student account statement) to:  EEP, Box 1879.

Reimbursement:

  • Reimbursement occurs at course completion for tuition only.  Payment is not provided for books, registration fees or other charges.
  • Employees are notified through an email when checks are ready to be picked up.

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.