Accessing Career Counseling
& Tuition Assistance

Main Office

To access career counseling services, members may visit our main Manhattan office:

498 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10018-0009
Monday through Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

If you are interested in going back to school, and are still in the planning stage, you are encouraged to come during the following periods:

  • February through April (for summer and fall admissions)
  • July (for fall and spring admissions)
  • October (for spring and summer admissions)

If you prefer to make an appointment to meet with us, please contact our Counseling Hotline at (212) 284-9210 or email us at [email protected].

What to Bring to Your Appointment

On the day of your appointment (or your walk-in visit) you should be sure to bring the items listed below, if they are available. You will not be turned away if these items aren’t available, but bringing them will be helpful in making your visit a productive one.

  • High school diploma or equivalency; (Proof of passing GED or TASCT scores are accepted. Evaluated foreign transcripts may be accepted with consultation with a Training Fund Counselor.)
  • Unofficial college transcripts;
  • Promotional materials for any educational programs you are considering; and
  • Any other relevant academic information (certificates, degrees, foreign credential evaluations, etc.)


In general, to be eligible you must:

  • Work for one year in covered employment (unless specified otherwise);
  • Be employed as a regular employee (either Wage Class I or II), or work at least 21 hours per week for Greater New York employers at the time of training; and
  • Complete a probationary period.

For more information, see Eligibility for Training, Employment and Job Security Benefits.

Program Approval

We’re dedicated to helping members obtain high-quality training in order to move into upgraded positions, which will help strengthen the healthcare industry. We support programs related to the healthcare industry. Before enrolling or registering for a program, you must check with a General Counselor by calling (212) 284-9210 to determine which non-healthcare majors are approved for tuition assistance.

First-time College Applicants

If this is the first time you have applied for education benefits with us, you will need to complete a Tuition Assistance Workshop before applying for tuition assistance.

Since deadlines may vary from one program to another, it’s important to plan in advance and come into our office for a program pre-approval prior to the start of class, preferably prior to applying for a program. This may save you time and the expense of non-refundable fees. Please see Tuition Assistance for Degree Programs for requirements.

If you have never been to college, we strongly recommend that you enroll through our Health Careers College Core Curriculum Program (HC4) to take your prerequisites. For more than 20 years, 1199SEIU members in the HC4 Program have been significantly stronger performers academically than general-population students.