The Baltimore County School System offers employees tuition reimbursement for the purpose of certification and educational enrichment. Employees represented by TABCO must take course work related to their current assignment, an anticipated educational assignment, or to the general field of education. In addition, all course work must first satisfy certification requirements. Employees represented by other bargaining units must take courses related to their current assignment or other promotional opportunities.
The school system will reimburse up to nine (9) semester hours per fiscal year for staff represented by TABCO, CASE, AFSCME, and OPE. For employees represented by ESPBC, up to 12 credits/fiscal year are reimbursable.
The reimbursement cycle is from July 1 to June 30th. If a program requires more than nine hours per year appropriate documentation from the college must be submitted for further consideration. Cohort and/or partnership classes are part of the nine credits per year limit.
In order to receive reimbursement submit the following items to the Office of Certification within 30 day of receipt of the course grade. Incomplete packets will be returned to you.
The rate as of July 1, 2016 is $300 per semester hour. Reimbursement for completed course work can be expected approximately eight (8) to ten (10) weeks following the receipt of the appropriate documents by the Office of Certification.
Funding for tuition reimbursement is budgeted on a fiscal year basis from July 1st to June 30th. Tuition reimbursement is only available during the fiscal year in which the coursework appears as completed in the semester that appears on the official transcript. Some colleges and universities offer self-pace courses that allow a student to take more than one semester and up to a calendar year to complete the course. This will present problems when applying for reimbursement. For example, a student may register for a course in the spring semester and not complete it until the following fall semester. If a student chooses to take such a course, it will not be reimbursed because the course will appear on the transcript as a spring course and the request for reimbursement is being submitted at the end of the following fall which is a different fiscal year.
In addition, for the majority of courses being completed and requested for reimbursement during the normal or regular semester calendar, the request for reimbursement must be submitted within thirty (30) calendar days of when the grade is available at the college or university. For courses completed in the spring, administrators are on duty during the summer to sign reimbursement forms. Waiting until one returns to school in the fall to apply for spring reimbursement will disqualify one for reimbursement.
Questions may be directed to the Office of Certification at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-809-4147.