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Educational Benefits for All State Employees

Human Resources Training & Development

All University and Research Foundation non-student employees are eligible for courses offered through Human Resources' Organizational Training and Development. Employees must be expected to be on the payroll for the duration of the course(s) as well as a reasonable expectation that their employment will continue beyond the course duration.

Course work must be career-related as determined by your department head or supervisor. Recreation, hobby, and/or personal interest courses, whether or not required for a degree, are not eligible.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program .

Learn more to see whether you might qualify.

Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS)

GOER's learning management system, state employees register for classes, online courses, and track training history.

SUNY Employees log in using the SUNY Portal (Directions for logging in using the SUNY Portal ).In the Employee Services Protal, click the tab to E-Business Services and then click the link for SLMS - Statewide Learning Management System.

For help logging in, contact the SLMS Help Desk at 518-473-8087, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, or email at SLMSHelpDesk@goer.ny.gov.

SUNY Tuition Waiver and Tuition Reimbursement Programs

Contact: Bursar's Office
Location: Room 200 (2nd Floor), Campus Activities Building
Phone: (315) 464-5148
Fax: (315) 464-4648
Window Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:25 PM
Email: BURSARS@upstate.edu

The State University of New York (University) Board of Trustees has established a policy of tuition assistance for eligible full-time employees of the University and Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY). This policy provides that up to 100% of the cost of tuition and fees charged for eligible courses of instruction may be waived where such employees enroll in courses at a SUNY University campus. Employees eligible for tuition benefits through their union or affiliation must apply for assistance under that program first. All programs are subject to the availability of funds. Application for waiver and/or reimbursement must be submitted to the employing campus prior to registering for the course or courses for which waiver or reimbursement is being requested.

Tuition Waiver:

Professional Service Employees:

  • A professional service employee who is enrolled in a course(s) as part of an approved training program for improved performance in his/her current position shall be eligible for up to 100% of incurred tuition and laboratory or instructional fees.
  • If the course(s) in which the employee is enrolled are not a part of an approved training program, but there is some connection between the employee's current position and the course(s), the employee may be eligible for up to 50% of incurred tuition and laboratory or instructional fees.

Classified Service Employees:

  • A classified service employee registered in a course(s) deemed necessary by the employing campus for the employee to properly fulfill his/her present job duties is eligible for up to 100% of incurred tuition fees.
  • If the course(s) relates directly to job duties and improved performance can reasonably be expected, the employee may be eligible for up to 75% of incurred tuition.
  • If the course(s) improves his/her general competence for performing his/her present job or leads toward qualification for a job he can reasonably be expected to assume in the future, the employee may be eligible for up to 50% of incurred tuition.

Research Foundation Employees:

Tuition Reimbursement:

Reimbursement is available for approved career-related, credit course work taken through accredited institutions other than SUNY.

Professional Service Employees:

The cost of tuition and the cost of instructional fees may be reimbursed up to the level of approved support, not to exceed:

  • 100% Support = $25.00 per semester credit hour
  • 50% Support = $12.50 per semester credit hour

Classified Service Employees:

The cost of tuition may be reimbursed up to the level of approved support, not to exceed:

  • 100% Support = $25.00 per semester credit hour
  • 75% Support = $18.75 per semester credit hour
  • 50% Support = $12.50 per semester credit hour
Application for Tuition and Fee Assistance: B-140W Form

After completing Part I of the form:

  1. Obtain the required signatures (Part II) from:
  2. Once signed:
    • Keep one (1) copy for your own records
    • One (1) copy is kept by the employing campus
    • Submit three (3) copies to the employing campus's (Upstate) Bursar's Office
    • Once processed, you will be contacted by the Upstate Bursar's Office

State Employees Pursuing a Nursing Degree or Nursing Staff Pursuing a Supervisor Approved Healthcare-Related Field

Contact: Colleen Simone-Boyea
Location: Room UH 1105
Phone: (315) 464-6148

Policy: NDM B-25: Professional Nursing Staff Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Application (log into Self Serve when prompted)

Upstate University Hospital will support Nursing Department state employees and professional
nursing staff who are state employees and report outside the Nursing Department in pursuing
coursework that maintains and/or improves skills in their positions through in-class or online
programs toward an AAS, BS, MS, MSW, social services, doctoral degree, or post-masters
certificate in Nursing or Administration (i.e., MBA, MPA, MPH, Health Care, Nursing
Administration or other health-related coursework as deemed appropriate by the Chief
Nursing Officer).

Professional Nursing Opportunities Education Benefits

Contact: Nursing Recruitment
Location: Room 511 (5th Floor), Jacobsen Hall
Phone: (315) 464-4810
Fax: (315) 464-6145
Window Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Email: nrecruit@upstate.edu

University Hospital will support all full and part-time state employees in pursuing basic LPN and RN education or education that increases professional knowledge, nursing practice skills, and/or advanced role development.

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