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From: Curtis Powell, SPHR Vice President for Human Resources
Date: April 4, 2002
Re: Tuition Benefits for Eligible Employees
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There are some exciting developments that have risen relative to Rensselaer’s Tuition Benefit Program starting January 1, 2002. Prior to January 1, 2002, the value of graduate level courses taken by an employee was fully taxable. Under the new tax law passed by Congress and signed by President Bush the value of graduate level courses under $5,250 taken by an employee under the Tuition Benefit Program will no longer be reported as taxable income. The maximum tax-free benefit is $5,250 per employee per calendar year and takes effect for courses taken after January 1, 2002.

The full value of graduate level courses taken by the Rensselaer employee’s spouse will continue to be reported as taxable income to the employee, as the new law did not change this provision.

In addition to the positive changes in the tax law for 2002, Rensselaer is proud to announce that the Tuition Benefit Program will now accept requests for tuition reimbursement for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited and recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA). The following new institutional accrediting groups will now be recognized for tuition benefit eligibility under the Rensselaer Tuition Benefit Program:

  • Board of Commissioners, Accrediting Bureau of Health Education School
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
  • Accrediting Commission for Career Schools/ Colleges of Technology
  • Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council

In the spirit of clear communication and understanding of the Rensselaer admissions process and requirements, the offices of Human Resources, Admissions, and Financial Aid are collaborating on a seminar for faculty, staff and their families.
Our first seminar will be focused on undergraduate educational opportunities, and will provide information regarding the application process for freshmen, transfers, and part-time/non-matriculated undergraduate study. We encourage you to join us on Wednesday, April 24 at 4:00 pm in the Rensselaer Union, Room 3602. Refreshments will be served; the format will provide general information and allow for individual questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about admissions and financial aid for yourself and/or your dependents. Please RSVP to Charlene Morizio, at or extension 2716 on campus. We look forward to seeing you there!

After you have had a chance to review these dynamic changes to the Tuition Benefit Program, please feel free to contact Debbie Kerwin or Louis Padula with any questions at 276-6737.

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