Distance Learning Reimbursement Policy

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Policy

Employees wishing to continue their education through distance learning will be eligible for reimbursement for such programs as long as the requirements of this policy are met. Distance learning is defined as academic coursework completed outside of the traditional classroom environment and may take place via the Internet, e-mail, mail, etc.

Procedures

  1. The employee must first ensure he or she is eligible for reimbursement under the terms of the existing educational assistance/reimbursement policy.
  2. The program or course the employee is interested in taking through distance learning must meet the normal criteria established for reimbursable programs or courses under the existing educational assistance/reimbursement policy.
  3. The distance learning course or program must be on a college-level and yield academic credit, as opposed to a program intended for short-term professional development purposes only.
  4. The distance learning course or program must be accredited by the appropriate college or university accreditation program and/or affiliated with a college or university whose accreditation covers the course or program.
  5. The cost of the program must be within the guidelines established by the existing educational assistance/reimbursement policy.
  6. Completion of the course or program must result in a grade or degree, respectively, that is comparable to traditional college courses or programs and that otherwise meets the minimum standards established by the existing educational assistance/reimbursement policy.
  7. Any questions or issues related to reimbursement for distance learning programs not addressed in this policy or otherwise addressed by the existing educational assistance/reimbursement policy should be referred to the Human Resources Department for resolution.
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