News Tuition Remission makes undergraduate education more affordable

It’s almost time to enroll in or renew participation in the Providers’ Council’s Tuition Remission program to be eligible for Summer Term 2 and the 2019-2020 academic year.

When the Providers’ Council began its popular Tuition Remission program in the fall of 2000, it was the first program of its kind in the United States. Initiated to help human service employees gain access to an undergraduate college education to advance their careers in human services, this continues to be a money-saving benefit human service agencies can offer their staff.

“We know from talking with our members that they are always looking for quality, low-cost educational benefits that they can share with their employees,” said Providers’ Council President and CEO Michael Weekes. “Educational opportunities are key to retaining staff and even attracting new workers to our sector, and Tuition Remission helps reduce the financial bite of completing a degree or gaining new skills.”

More than 400 organizations – Council members and non-members alike – have participated in this program since it was implemented. Eligible employees are able to use the Tuition Remission program at state-supported colleges and universities to take undergraduate, weekday, daytime classes throughout the academic year, including during summer sessions.

Here’s how the program works:

  • Participating organizations must renew each year to take part.
  • Eligible employees of participating organizations fill out a Certificate of Eligibility for each class they would like to take.
  • The Certificate is signed by human resources and an executive at the participating organization and submitted to the Providers’ Council for processing. Note: Forms must be received 30 days prior to the start of class.
  • Once processed, the employee submits the Certificate to the school’s bursar’s office in lieu of tuition for the specified class.

More information about Tuition Remission is available here. Renewal begins June 1. If you have questions about the program, please email Terry Wells at or call 617.428.3637.

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