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Employee Portable Tuition Benefits

The Employee Portable Tuition Plan pays benefits toward the cost of tuition for undergraduate or graduate job-related courses eligible employees take at an accredited, FAFSA-approved college or university other than Northwestern University.

Reminders

Applications for courses taken in Calendar Year 2022 must be submitted within 90-days of completion of the course.  If the application is submitted after the December 15th 2022 deadline, the benefit may be paid in the next calendar year, therefore counting toward your $5,250 benefit limit for the calendar year 2023. For example:

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For assistance completing your application, please see the Employee Portable Tuition step-by-step guide.

Employee eligibility 

Employees must have completed one year of full-time, benefits-eligible service prior to the beginning of the term AND must be on the payroll at the beginning and completion of the course(s). Faculty and Staff hired on or after January 1, 2020 are not eligible for the Employee Portable Tuition benefit.  

Allowable expenses 

This benefit is for job-related, undergraduate and graduate courses taken at eligible institutions outside of Northwestern. The benefit is limited to tuition only. 

Be sure to review policy & procedure to ensure eligibility prior to the start of the course. 

Eligible institutions 

Qualified institutions include accredited, FAFSA-approved United States colleges and universities offering course(s) that are job-related and have undergraduate or graduate  credit hours associated with each.  

Annual benefit amount 

For current faculty and staff – the maximum annual benefit of $12,000 will continue until 1/1/2021. After that date the maximum annual benefit will be capped at $5,250.

Benefit payments 

Approved Employee Portable Tuition benefit amounts will be paid to the employee, processed through payroll and paid via direct deposit.  

Certification 

By submitting an application, you are agreeing to the following statement: I certify that the information provided is correct. I agree to comply with the provisions of the Northwestern Tuition Benefit plan as described in the plan document. I acknowledge that all applicable taxes will be taken from my paycheck at the time the benefit is reimbursed, in accordance with IRS regulations. (For questions about taxation, contact Payroll.)