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Local 153 Clerical Tuition Programs

Eligibility

Full time Local 153 members are eligible for tuition remission after completing one full year of service.
  • 24 credits per academic year
  • 100% tuition remission

Spouse and eligible dependent children

  • Local 153 member completes one year of service – 50% undergraduate tuition remission
  • Local 153 member completes five years of service – 100% undergraduate tuition remission

Limits apply to graduate school.

Submitting a Tuition Remission Application

Fordham is pleased to announce the launch of the new electronic Tuition Remission application form. If you’re taking advantage of Fordham’s tuition remission benefit, we hope you’ll appreciate the ease and efficiency of the new process.
 
Simply log on to the University portal, my.fordham.edu, navigate to the Human Resources tab and select Tuition Remission. Your credentials, including your name, ID and supervisor, will be automatically populated. 

Once you complete and submit the form, the system will keep you updated on the status of your request and automatically route the form to the appropriate party. 

Graduate-Level Tuition Remission Tax Considerations

Graduate School and professional school tuition is a taxable benefit for both employees and their eligible dependents. Employees of the University are permitted to receive up to $5,250 in a calendar year in tax-free benefits for their own study.

In limited situations, Employee Tuition Remission benefits might be deemed tax exempt.  Certain IRS conditions apply. To learn more about this and to access the Tuition Tax Exclusion Request Form, review the Tuition Tax Exemption Requests page.

Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article XXIII of the collective bargaining agreement provides details regarding tuition programs for members. 

ARTICLE XXIII-TUITION GRANTS

Section 1. Members of the Union, employed on full-time basis after the ratification of the July 1st, 2003 - 2006 CBA, who are covered by this Agreement, have completed one full year of service and are academically qualified will he given a tuition grant equivalent to not more than 3 classes in any semester during the Academic year Fall, Spring or Summer. The total credit allowance in any academic year cannot exceed 24. (For this purpose the academic year is defined as the period from the beginning of the summer semester to the end of the spring semester.) An employee may carry over four credits into the following academic year's summer session.

Members of the Union, employed on part-time basis, who are covered by this Agreement, have completed on full year of service and are academically quali­fied will be given a tuition grant equivalent to not more than 2 classes in any semester during the Academic year Fall, Spring or Summer. The total credit allowance in any academic year cannot exceed 12. (For this purpose the academic year is defined as the period from the beginning of the summer semester to the end of the spring semester.) Unused credits may not be carried over from one academic year to the next. Application(s) for this grant is to be made through the appropriate Department Head to be forwarded from consideration of the Executive Director of Human Resources for approval. The grants are made under these conditions:

A. Grants are for tuition only; they do not include other fees.

B. Grants can be used in any School of the University.

C. No grants are made for make-up courses nor for any courses, which must be repeated because of failure.

D. Tuition grants are valid only for the period of employment after com­pletion of the original probationary period. An employee whose employment begins after the beginning of a school term or terminates prior to the ending of a school term is eligible only for a proportional part of a tuition grant, depending on the period of service.

E. Those employees who are NY State residents and who enroll as full or part-time students, and are eligible for remission, are required to apply for New York State TAP awards. The amount of their University Scholarship will be the tuition remission for which they are eligible less the proportionate amount of the TAP award received based on the total number of credits taken.

All educational awards from any source will be regarded as tuition awards reducing Tuition Remission, unless documentation to the contrary is provided by the Grantor.

F. It is understood that any courses taken will be outside the regular work schedule of the employee.

G. Local 153 members will be permitted to take courses during their lunch periods if the course is only offered during working hours, and the course is offered at the employee's work location.

Section 2. A one-half tuition grant will be made to the spouse and depen­dent children of full-time employees, who have completed one year of service under these conditions:

A. Dependent children will be classified as

1. Full-time student's under the age of 24 or

2. Children over 24 earning less than $2,450 for whom the taxpayer provides more than one-half support.

B. Grants are for tuition only; they do not include other fees.

C. Grants can be used in any Undergraduate School of the University and in Fordham Preparatory School.

 D. Grants are made only to students who meet the admission requirements and maintain the academic level required in the School they wish to attend.

 E. The University retains the right to terminate any and all grants for seri­ous academic or disciplinary reasons.

 F. Those spouses and dependent children (as determined by IRS guidelines) (see Section 2 A) who are NY State Residents and who enroll as full or part-time stu­dents, and are eligible for remission, are required to apply for New York State TAP awards. The amount of their University Scholarship will be the tuition remission for which they are eligible less the proportionate amount of the TAP award received based on the total number of credits taken.

All educational awards from any source will be regarded as tuition awards reducing Tuition Remission, unless documentation to the contrary is provided by the Grantor.

Section 3. A full tuition grant will be made to the spouse and dependent children of employees with five (5) or more years service at the University, under the same conditions as noted in Section 2, except that a full tuition grant can be used only in an undergraduate School of the University.

Section 4. A 1/2 tuition grant, not to include fees, in a graduate school of the University will be made to spouses of full-time employees with more than two years of service.

A 1/2 tuition remission payment for one course per semester, not to include other fees, in a graduate school of the University will be made to spouses of full-time employees with less than two years of service.

Dependent children (defined by IRS standards) who are under the age of 30 will be eligible for tuition remission in the graduate program. A one-half tuition grant will be made to the dependent children of employees with 10 or more years of service at the University, to be used in any graduate school programs of the University.

All tuition grants are subject to conditions outlined in Section 2.

Section 5. Effective 7-01-2014, dependent children of staff members who become totally disabled or die and have five (5) or more years of service, are eligible to receive four (4) years of tuition remission benefits towards the completion of an undergraduate degree when they reach college age.