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Children of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement Program

  • Recently, Governor Ricketts, DAS Director Jackson and Southeast Community College President Dr. Illich announced a new educational benefit that is now available to state teammates beginning May 8, 2022. The Children of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement Program will provide tuition assistance to dependents of state teammates attending any of Nebraska’s community colleges. This program will not only enhance teammates’ work experience, but also help recruit and retain a strong workforce in state government. This is also a great opportunity for the State to partner with our community colleges and highlight all they can offer as a top choice in Nebraska for higher education.

    We are excited to share initial information about the program, eligibility requirements and how to submit an Eligibility Verification Request for your child. The attached FAQ provides detailed information and will be updated as needed. To submit an Eligibility Verification Request, complete the attached form and send it, along with the required documentation, to the as.employeebenefits@nebraska.gov inbox. Some examples of supporting documents are birth certificate, adoption records and other legal documentation that show the legal relationship of your child to you as well as the age of the child. You will be notified regarding the eligibility determination. The community colleges will be provided a regularly updated list of eligible state teammate children.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • A qualifying dependent is defined as any naturally born child, legally adopted child, stepchild, or ward of a current permanent full-time State of Nebraska employee.
    • Qualifying dependents must begin their programs of study between the ages of 18-25 years old and complete their programs of study by age 27.

    Additional information, including how to submit a Child of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement form will be shared at a later date. You may email as.employeebenefits@nebraska.gov with questions.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

  • The following community colleges are participating:

    • Southeast Community College
    • Mid-Plains Community College
    • Northeast Community College
    • Central Community College
    • Western Community College
    • Metropolitan Community College

    Qualifying participants are:

    • Dependents as follows: Any naturally born child, legally adopted child, stepchild, or ward of a current permanent full-time State of Nebraska employee.
    • Dependents who begin their programs of study between the ages of 18-25 years old and complete their programs of study by age 27.
    • Dependents under this program do not have to be dependents for tax purposes.
    For qualifying participants who receive at least a grade of “C”, the community college will apply a 25% discount to the remaining course tuition balance after all other sources of student aid have been credited to the student’s account. The student pays the remaining balance to the community college, as normal. Teammates can then submit a Child of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement form along with required documentation for tuition reimbursement.
    Tuition Discounts under this Program shall only apply to required credits of a degree or certificate program only up to a maximum of 65 credit hours per Eligible Participant.

    Teammates must submit an Eligibility Verification Request form with required documentation to as.employeebenefits@nebraska.gov for eligibility determination. The documentation will need to verify:

    • Your relationship to the child
    • Your child’s age

    Some examples of supporting documents are birth certificate, adoption records, or other legal documentation.

    No, the Department of Administration will manage the entire process.
    No, a qualifying teammate does not need to complete original probation, but must be a current full-time permanent State of Nebraska employee at the time any qualifying 2 dependent begins a course(s) and at the time a completed Child of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement form with required documentation is submitted to as.employeebenefits@nebraska.gov.
    Yes, a teammate need only to be a current full-time permanent State of Nebraska employee at the time any qualifying dependent begins a course(s) and at the time a completed Child of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement form with required documentation is submitted to as.employeebenefits@nebraska.gov.
    Yes, a teammate need only to be a current full-time permanent State of Nebraska employee at the time any qualifying dependent begins a course(s) and at the time a completed Child of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement form with required.
    No, teammates must be a current permanent full-time State of Nebraska teammates at the time any qualifying dependent begins a course(s) and at the time a completed Child of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement form with required documentation is submitted to as.employeebenefits@nebraska.gov.
    Correct, they are no longer eligible. Qualifying dependents must begin their programs of study between the ages of 18-25 years old and complete their programs of study by age 27. This means course work for a degree and/or certificate program must be started before turning age 25 and those programs of study must be completed before turning age 27.
    The student can be full time or part time.
    After the completion of each semester and/or quarter, the community college must be paid the remaining discounted balance after all other student aid funds have been applied. The Teammate Parent then submits the tuition reimbursement form/checklist and required documentation for approval, processing and payment. Reimbursement will be made directly to the Teammate Parent.
    Reimbursement payments may be taxable as supplemental wages. Consequently, Teammate Parents should consult tax experts to determine any potential tax implications.
    The program begins on May 8, 2022, and runs through June 30, 2023, unless the program is extended.
    No, this only applies to courses that begin after May 8, 2022.
    No. The reimbursement will only be paid to the teammate parent. It is the responsibility of the teammate parent and the student to work out how the funds should be allocated.
    No, but teammates are encouraged to submit the forms as early as possible so that community colleges are informed and can process tuition discounts accordingly.
    All Child of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement forms are to be submitted within 30 days of the completion of each course(s). No submission will be accepted after June 30, 2023, unless the program is extended.
    Submissions for qualifying tuition reimbursement must be made by June 30, 2023. Therefore, courses must be completed, and all required information submitted in the tuition reimbursement request by June 30, 2023, unless the program is extended.