Tuition Assistance Benefit – GNY

Greater New York (GNY) Education Fund


The Greater New York Education Fund (GNY Education Fund) is a benefit in which 1199SEIU members are eligible to receive tuition assistance towards any degree that will help them obtain or advance their career within the health care field.


  • Employed in a union job that participates in the Greater NY Education Fund.
  • Must be a full-time employee, or
  • Must be a part-time employee who works a minimum of 21 hours per week.
  • Must have completed your probationary period.
  • Must have reached your one (1) year anniversary by the start date of your program.


  • Maximum benefit for tuition assistance is $5,460.00 annually.
  • Maximum of $260.00 per credit up to 21 credits per calendar year for courses you receive a grade of C or higher for Undergraduate Tuition.
  • Maximum of $405.00 per credit up to 21 credits per calendar year for courses you receive a grade of B or higher for Graduate Tuition.
  • Tuition voucher (pre-pay) program available for many public colleges and universities and some private colleges.
  • Maximum payment for fees is $50.00 per semester.
  • Maximum payment for books is $150.00 per semester (maximum of $300.00 per academic year).

List of Colleges in the Voucher (Pre-Pay) Program

Cayuga Community College Jamestown Community College SUNY Brockport
Clinton Community College Mohawk Valley Community College SUNY Empire
Corning Community College Monroe Community College SUNY Plattsburgh
Crouse School of Nursing Morrisville Community College SUNY Upstate
Erie Community College Niagara County Community College Tompkins Cortland Community College
Genesee Community College Onondaga Community College University at Buffalo

*Note: Contact your Training Fund to find out about a specific school as we are continually working to expand our voucher agreements.

First Time Applicants or Members Seeking a New Degree need to meet with their Program Specialist in advance of their first semester during the following periods:

June 1st—August 20th

October 1st—December 15th

April 1st—May 31st

Additional Information:

Questions or concerns can be directed toward the Program Specialist at your facility.

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