City of Charlottesville, VA Fire
|Chapter:||IV - General Administration|
To provide policy and guidelines relative to tuition/educational assistance.
A. Courses for which educational assistance is requested must relate directly to the employee's present job or benefit his/her immediate career development and which are likely to increase his/her value to the City.
B. Courses must be taken from an accredited college, business school, trade school, or correspondence school. This policy also provides for educational assistance of the costs of taking special qualifying examinations such as the GED or trade and professional certifications.
C. Educational assistance may be applied for to cover the costs of tuition and reasonable fees.
D. The amount of educational assistance is determined by the Department of Personnel each fiscal year.
E. To be eligible for educational assistance, the employee must have been continuously employed by the City of Charlottesville for at least one (l) year and must have a good record as shown by their performance evaluation.
F. Any non-permanent employee or any employee that has been with the City for less than one (l) year may participate in the educational assistance program with approval from the Fire Chief.
A. To apply, the employee must obtain and fill out two (2) copies of the Education Assistance Application and have both copies signed by the Fire Chief or his/her designate and the Director of Personnel prior to the beginning of the course.
B. The City of Charlottesville offers its employees two (2) types of educational assistance. The first is one in which the city reimburses the employee upon the successful completion (grade of C or better) of the class; the second choice is one in which the City pays for the course in advance. If the employee fails to successfully complete the course (with a grade of C or better), the city will deduct that amount from the employees paycheck.
C. To receive the tuition reimbursement, the employee must present to the Personnel Department these items:
l. Some evidence of satisfactory performance in the approved course:
a. An instructor's statement for Vo-Tech class.
b. Proof of a grade of "C" or above in under-graduate or business school work.
c. Proof of a grade of "B" or above in graduate school work.
2. The receipt given to the employee when tuition was paid.
D. To keep the tuition repayment, the employee must stay with the City government for at least one (l) year after completing the course. If the employee leaves the City government within a year of completion of the course, the amount of the tuition repayment must be refunded to the City.
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