Degree and Credit-Bearing Certificate Programs: Tuition Assistance (TA)

City Fund members may receive tuition assistance, which consists of tuition reimbursement and tuition vouchers for courses at City University of New York (CUNY) schools, select State University of New York (SUNY) schools, Monroe College and Touro College. Tuition reimbursement-only may be available for colleges not mentioned here. All tuition assistance is limited to allied health professions, healthcare occupations or job-related programs of study. Undergraduate or advanced-degree programs must be provided by colleges registered with the Department of Education of the state where the school is located, by colleges accredited by New York State or by approved higher-education accrediting agencies.

Undergraduate degree and undergraduate credit-bearing certificate programs

  • Full time – $4,160 per semester/ $8,320 per calendar year
  • Part time – $2,496 per semester/ $4,992 per calendar year

Graduate degree and graduate credit-bearing certificate programs

  • Full time – $2,860 per semester/ $5,640 per calendar year
  • Part time – $2,030 per semester/$3,384 per calendar year

TA Approval/Program Requirements

If you are a first-time applicant for an undergraduate degree, graduate degree and credit-bearing tuition reimbursement or voucher, you must meet with the 1199SEIU City Fund Counselor for approval in order to:

  • Learn whether the course of study you are interested in qualifies for tuition reimbursement or a tuition voucher;
  • Understand the rules related to the reimbursement and voucher process, including academic and completion requirements; and
  • Obtain additional career and academic support.

Tuition Vouchers:

The City Fund has partnered with CUNY, select SUNY schools, Monroe College and Touro Colleges to offer voucher programs, which allow eligible 1199SEIU members to use vouchers as tuition payment for approved courses. Once your course of study has been approved, you must then submit the voucher to the bursar’s office at the college campus where you are taking the course. The bursar’s office will accept the voucher as payment in full.

In order to receive a tuition voucher, you must complete a General Enrollment Form and submit it, along with all required proofs, during the appropriate intake period. Required proofs include:

  • Itemized bursar’s receipt indicating tuition costs and fees by name;
  • Proof of a successfully processed FAFSA application for the appropriate academic year (not required for graduate students); and
  • An updated college transcript or degree audit indicating major, completed courses, cumulative GPA and the semester, course codes, titles and credits for the courses for which the voucher is being requested.

Submit the request for tuition reimbursement by email to [email protected].

If you enroll in an approved program or job-related course of study using the Fund’s voucher, you will have no out-of-pocket cost, provided that you have successfully completed a course from a prior academic term, received a grade of “C” or better in the course, and maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or above. If at any time you withdraw from a course, obtain a grade below a “C” or have a GPA below 2.5, you will not be eligible for a voucher but may be eligible for tuition reimbursement.

Please note: If you use the Fund’s voucher to pay for a course that you do not successfully complete with a grade of “C” or better, you will be required to reimburse the Fund for the cost of that course.

Please visit the City Fund website for the appropriate intake period for tuition reimbursement and tuition vouchers: