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Employee Portable Tuition Benefits

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

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). 

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 and eligible fees 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 

Effective January 1, 2020, Employee Portable Tuition has been eliminated for anyone with a hire date after January 1, 2020. Employees with a hire date prior to January 1, 2020 will be capped at an annual benefit of $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.)