The Research Foundation Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is a tuition reimbursement program available to eligible RFCUNY employees for courses offered by, conducted at a facility of, and leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree from The City University of New York (CUNY).
Program eligibility is as follows:
The employee must be currently active in an eligible status, as described, on the first day of classes and must continue in such eligible status without a break in service, through the last day of scheduled examination.
For courses taken in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree by eligible matriculated students, actual tuition paid, at then current CUNY tuition rates, for any undergraduate or graduate level courses offered by and taken at any CUNY institution (senior or community college or professional school) as a matriculated student, will be reimbursed as follows:
For certificate, credit-bearing and non-credit bearing courses taken at any CUNY institution, that are job related, as attested to by the Principal Investigator/Project Director, reimbursement will be as follows:
Reimbursement for job-related courses is not dependent upon matriculated status.
The program is available to matriculated and non-matriculated students. If non-matriculated, the course(s) must be job-related as attested to by the Principal Investigator/Project Director. The following procedure must be followed to apply for tuition reimbursement:
Until further notice, completed applications should be emailed to: Ratna_Karki@rfcuny.org
The deadline for submissions is the last day that a class can be dropped. The academic year begins with the fall semester. There will be no rollover of unused funds from one academic year to another.
Reimbursement is not available for remedial coursework. Reimbursement is for tuition only; no fees (including late fees), books, etc. Reimbursement is for actual out-of-pocket expenses, not reimbursed from other sources, e.g., financial aid (other than student loans).
To be reimbursed, the employee/student must prove that they have achieved either a grade of C or better in the course(s) taken, a grade of Pass in a course taken Pass/Fail (limited to one Pass/Fail course per session), or a "P" or "SP" in a non-graded doctoral dissertation course, and that they have maintained an average of C or better for the applicable session.
Eligibility for tuition reimbursement for credit-bearing courses taken in pursuit of a degree extends for up to six (6) consecutive academic years, from and including the year of the first award of benefits.
If an applicant has completed their degree and pursues an additional degree (e.g. completed Master’s and pursuing PH.D), their eligibility for tuition reimbursement on the second degree will commence from the year of their first award of the most recent benefits and extend for up to 6 academic years.
For purposes of this program, a "break in service" is defined as a lapse in employment for a period of time in excess of 30 days, from the end of one appointment and the beginning of the next appointment.
All tuition reimbursements are subject to current IRS regulations. This pertains to the calendar year in which the reimbursement is made, not the academic year in which the class was taken. All REAP reimbursements will be paid in the form of a direct deposit to the bank account(s) on file normally used for payroll. RFCUNY will no longer issue paper checks for reimbursements to employees with direct deposit. The reimbursement will appear as a lump sum in the paycheck and will not be taxed unless the amount exceeds $5,250. In that case, only the amount above $5,250 will be taxed. If an employee currently receives a paycheck in the form of a paper check, reimbursements will continue to be made by paper check.
The Research Foundation reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to amend and/or eliminate this benefit at any time.
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