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Employees are eligible when they meet 12 months of continuous full-time service and meet the standards (proficient) on their most recent performance evaluation.
Previously, employees were required to spend $2,000 out-of-pocket before they were eligible for reimbursement. Now, employees qualify for reimbursement of expenses incurred upon successful completion of each approved course, submission of transcripts reflecting a passing grade, and receipts for educational expenses incurred. There is no minimum out-of-pocket required.
Reimbursement is available up to $5,250 annually (the IRS maximum), with a maximum lifetime reimbursement of $20,000. However, the actual amount available may be limited by the budget allocated to the program each fiscal year and the number of employees seeking reimbursement. Therefore, interested employees should not delay! Reimbursement amounts are based on the current in-state Arizona Resident rates.
Eligible expenses include costs associated with courses taken toward a degree or certification, such as tuition, registration, books, or other fees that may be incurred.
Reimbursement is eligible for in-state or out-of-state accredited institutions; however, as stated above, the reimbursement amount is based on the Arizona in-state tuition rate.
To keep pace with the speed of online learning, the county has shortened the application for reimbursement from 60 days to 30 days before the start of classes!