Education Benefits at Carleton

Carleton University offers a number of tuition benefits and subsidies to support and encourage continuous learning initiatives.

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Free Tuition
Free tuition for courses at Carleton for you, your spouse and your eligible dependents.

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Contract Instructor Tuition Waiver
The program is for Contract Instructors who are members of CUPE 4600.

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Career Development Fund
This programs assists employees who wish to pursue training associated with career development objectives.

Free Tuition

As a Carleton University employee, you, your spouse and your eligible dependents can take advantage free tuition for courses at Carleton .  See your Benefit Package for Free Tuition Program eligibility.

To apply for free tuition:

  1. Register for your course via Carleton Central.
  2. After course registration, fill out the Free Tuition Application and submit to the Business office.

Please contact the Business Office for more information on the Free Tuition Program.

Tax impact on Free Tuition
Commencing in 2007, free tuition to an employee’s family member is not reported on the employee’s income.  Instead the fair market value is reported as a scholarship on a T4A slip for the family member.  Since this ruling by the Canada Revenue Agency, the Tuition Bursary Program has offered no additional benefit and therefore has been discontinued effective July 1, 2010.

For more information regarding the tax impact on tuition fees, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Contract Instructor Tuition Waiver

The Tuition Waiver Program is for Contract Instructors who are members of CUPE 4600, (Unit 2). An eligible Contract Instructor makes a written application for the Tuition Waiver directly to Human Resources who will verify the Contract Instructor’s eligibility and forward the application to the Business Office. The Tuition Waiver may be applied to courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level.

This policy covers members of the bargaining unit who have:

  1. Taught at least three (3) full credit courses or equivalent in the bargaining unit during the previous thirty-six (36) months;
  2. Taught at least one course during the twelve (12) month period immediately preceding the application for Tuition Waiver.

Should a Contract Instructor cease employment with the university the Tuition Waiver will continue to the end of the current term.

Conditions

  • Individuals who are unsuccessful in a course must successfully complete the next course at their expense to re-establish eligibility for Tuition Waiver.
  • Requests for a Tuition Waiver will only be considered once the student has been admitted to his or her program of study.
  • The value of the Tuition Waiver will not exceed the tuition cost to a maximum of $700 in any twelve- (12) month period.
  • The Tuition Waiver does not exempt the student from the payment of incidental fees or the cost of required textbooks.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete the Contract Instructor Tuition Waiver form and have the Registrar’s office (Undergraduate or Graduate) verify student status.
  2. Submit the form to Human Resources where eligibility for the program will be confirmed as described above.
  3. Human Resources will forward the application to the Business Office where the Tuition Waiver will be applied to the student account by the end of the application month.
  4. The applicant may access his/her student account to verify that the tuition waiver has been applied.

Contact the Business Office for more information on Contract Instructor Tuition Waiver.

Career Development Fund

The Career Development Fund is available to assist employees who wish to pursue training associated with career development objectives. Career development  is designed to prepare an employee for another position within the University or to increase the ability of an employee to meet potential requirements of the Employer.

Career development is the responsibility of the employee. However the Employer will endeavour to support the training and development needs of employees in support of their career with the University.  Job related development training is  any training or skill upgrading activity required by the Employer.  Funding for Job Related Development is the responsibility of the Employer. This includes both on campus and off campus training courses and seminars.

Please note: The Career Development Funds are limited. You have access to a maximum of $2,000 per year (July 1 to June 30)

Requirements

  1. Submit a Career Development Fund Application Form before the start of the opportunity. To assist you in completing the form, please refer to this sample.
  2. Submit proof of completion within two months of completing the learning experience.
  3. Submit original receipts showing proof of payment for all eligible claimed expenses (tuition, books, travel, accommodation and meals).
  4. Submit a Learning Experience Evaluation (fill and submit evaluation) within two weeks of course completion.

Career Development Fund requests will be reviewed with funding granted on the basis of relevance, future availability of the learning experience and the applicant’s background. Alternative initiatives may be suggested by Human Resources.

The follow expenses will not be covered:

  • Job-related training, this is the responsibility of the employee’s department.
  • Cancellation charges.

Eligibility

There are three funds, as follows:

  • The CUPE 2424 Career Development Fund: Open to members of the bargaining unit under Article 28 of the Collective Agreement.
  • The CUPE 2424 IT Career Development Fund: In accordance with Article 28 of the Collective Agreement.
  • The University Career Development Fund: Open to all other non-academic continuing and term employees not covered by the CUPE 2424 Collective Agreement, up to, but not including the level of Administrative Director, Director or Assistant-Vice President.

If the course is cancelled or you cannot attend for whatever reason, please inform Learning & Development immediately. This will allow Human Resources to redirect your unused funds to support another opportunity. You will be responsible for paying any cancellation charges.