Chapter 123:1-39 Educational Stipends and Tuition Reimbursement
(A) All full-time permanent and part-time permanent employees of a participating agency, who are paid directly by warrant of the director of budget and management and are exempt from collective bargaining coverage, are eligible to participate in programs funded by the professional development fund.
(B) Payments from the fund shall be used for educational assistance programs including, but not limited to, tuition reimbursement for courses taken and satisfactorily completed at approved colleges and universities. Satisfactory completion will be determined based upon the criteria established by the approved college or university in question for completion of the course.
Full-time stipendiary arrangements, when an agency has funds available for this purpose, may be made for employees paid by warrant of the director of budget and management, at an approved educational institution. Such arrangements shall normally be made for periods of at least one academic term or quarter but not more than two academic years. The stipend shall not exceed regular salary plus tuition, books, and related school expenses. Under a stipendiary program, the employee shall sign an agreement to work for the employing state agency for a period of time at least equal to the length of the stipend program. If the employee fails to perform this service, the amount of the stipend payment shall be repaid. Repayment may be waived by the appointing authority when warranted by exceptional circumstances. Use of this program shall be limited to fields of study in which the employee is working. Each appointing authority shall maintain regular reports, and make them available to the director upon request, showing the number of employees receiving training under this provision and the type, cost, and amount of training received.
An employee paid by warrant of the director of budget and management who takes a course at an approved educational institution may be reimbursed from agency funds for tuition expenses upon satisfactory completion of the course. Satisfactory completion will be determined based upon the criteria established by the approved college or university in question for completion of the course. Approval for each such course must be obtained by the employee from the appointing authority before the beginning of the course. Payment shall be by reimbursement of tuition expenses after satisfactory completion of the course.