After completing the initial probationary period, regular full-time employees who plan to attend college or receive training in a business or technical field that is related to a city career field may be able to receive financial assistance through the Education Reimbursement Program.
The program is designed to meet organization goals by assisting employees who elect to improve their job performance or increase their skills through education. Participation should be mutually beneficial to both the employee and the City of Fort Worth, and every employee participating in the program must have approval from their department.
The maximum amount the City will reimburse per semester is $1,500 ($4,500 per calendar year). Tuition is paid directly to the school by the employee, but reimbursement of fees will be included in the employee’s paycheck when grades are submitted. Only grades C and higher in undergraduate courses, and B or higher in graduate-level courses (or “pass” in ungraded courses) are eligible for reimbursement.
If an employee voluntarily leaves the city after receiving educational reimbursement, they must pay back 100 percent of the amount reimbursed in the 12 months prior to leaving, and 50 percent of fees reimbursed 13-24 months prior to leaving. If an employee works at least two years after receiving an educational reimbursement, no repayment is required.
Prior to beginning a class, complete a Tuition Reimbursement Application. Applications, as well as grades and an itemized receipt, must be turned in by that semester’s deadline to receive reimbursement.
Choosing a degree plan
Several degrees are generally allowed in the Education Reimbursement Program, but others may qualify. Check with the Benefits Office prior to selecting a degree plan. The following are examples of acceptable degrees:
- Associate of Arts (Business, Mass Communication, General Speech, and Communication)
- Associate of Science (Accounting, Business, Geographical Information Systems, Information Technology, Management, Office Administration)
- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science (Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, and Engineering)
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Public Administration
- Master in City and Regional Planning
- Master of Library Science