Tuition Assistance Program
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Incorporated supports team members who wish to continue their education to secure increased responsibility and growth within their professional careers. In keeping with this philosophy, the company has established a reimbursement program for expenses incurred through approved institutions of learning.
This policy applies to all full-time, regular team members with six (6) months of continuous employment who are taking courses at approved institutions.
Participants must be regular full-time or part-time team members who have completed six (6) months of service before the course start date. To maintain eligibility, the team member must remain active and be performing the job satisfactorily through the completion of each course. If the eligible team members is on leave, the team member will not be reimbursed until returning to active status.
Team members may be eligible for tuition assistance for any educational courses required for the completion of a degree from an accredited college or university.
Courses must be taken at an accredited educational institution recognized by any region of the National Association of Schools and Colleges.
Technical education, certification programs and other continuing education courses are not considered part of the Tuition Assistance Program and would therefore be administered at the departmental level. They should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the department.
This program provides reimbursement for tuition, textbooks and certain educational fees connected with successful completion of coursework. Reimbursement is limited to $2,500 per calendar year for regular full time team members and $1,000 per calendar year for regular part time team members, with costs funded by the team member’s department. Team members desiring tuition assistance must follow this procedure:
Prior to course registration, team members should discuss with their Leader
All team members must complete a Tuition Assistance Application and submit the form for approval to their Leader before being sent to HR Link.
Human Resources will review the request form and forward a copy to the team member indicating approval or denial.
In the event of a denial, the team member may file a written appeal to Human Resources. Human Resources will then provide a written response to the appeal.
Approved applications should be retained by the team member for use when requesting reimbursement after completion of studies and receipt of grades.
Within 60 days of course completion, the team member must provide documentation and/or receipts to show proof of their grade, tuition and fees. The supporting documentation should be sent to HR Link who will review the documentation, validate the reimbursable amount and complete an Additional Payroll Request Form before sending to payroll for processing.
A copy of the Additional Payroll Request Form will be sent to the Leader.
The reimbursement will then be reflected on the team member’s check.
NON-INTERFERENCE WITH WORK
Class hours must be established so as not to conflict with normal working hours. Although the company will make every effort to interfere as little as possible with class schedules, it will not automatically release team members from duties that might conflict with class schedules.
Reimbursement of tuition assistance benefits will be provided based upon successful completion and receipt of applicable fee statements. Successful completion will be defined as achieving a minimum grade of “C” (or “Pass”), with the following reimbursement structure:
- “A” or “B” (reimbursed at 100% of actual cost)
- “C” (reimbursed at 75% of actual cost)
- “Pass” (reimbursed at 100% of actual cost if course is taken on a pass/fail basis)
Team members that are separated due to reduction-in-force or job eliminations, or who are unable to complete the course(s) due to unforeseen business reasons, will be reimbursed the full amount of eligible expenses incurred up to the date of separation. However, team members that sever their employment or are separated involuntarily (other than reduction-in-force or job elimination) prior to completing a course(s) will not be reimbursed for any eligible expenses.
Only the following items and their associated fees are reimbursable, and only if required by the school and supported by necessary documentation. Special consideration may be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Laboratory fees
- Certification testing
- Certificate issuance
- Application fees
- Admission fees
- Associated student fees
- Student activity fees
- Subject matter equivalence exams (in lieu of required courses)
- Experience assessments (in lieu of required courses)
Following are examples of fees that are not reimbursable under this program (this list may not be all inclusive).
- Optional textbooks and other optional items
- Physical examinations
- Late registrations or filings
- Changes of program/curriculum
- Dropping or adding courses
- Refundable breakage deposits
- Rescheduled examinations
- Removal of incomplete grades
- Subscriptions to school paper or other periodicals
- Cap and gown rentals
- Equipment and kit costs
- Travel costs
- Personal calculators and computer equipment
- Personal computer software/programs
- Non-resident fees
- Parking fees
- Thesis/dissertation reproduction, binding and publication
- Stationery supplies
Note: Reimbursement for equipment may be considered on an individual basis. Generally, an item that can be used for the employee’s personal use will not be reimbursable.
COMPANY REPAYMENT PROVISION
A team member who elects to terminate employment with the company, or is terminated as outlined in the Employee Handbook, within one year of receiving tuition reimbursement, may be required to reimburse the company 100% of the amount received within thirty (30) days of departure.
We have many different partnerships that offer additional discounts and resources for you to continue your education. Check out our Learning Partners page for a list of participating schools and resources.