Tuition Reimbursement

Ongoing in-service training will be provided within the organization. Goodwill
will pay for in-service training and workshops provided they relate directly to the
employee’s job duties and have prior approval of the President/CEO.
Individuals Eligibility – An employee working a minimum of 30 hours per week
in an established position and who has completed one full continuous year of
employment at Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc.

Tuition Reimbursement Program Eligibility – Courses that are part of an
approved degree program at an accredited technical institution or an accredited
four-year college/university will be eligible for reimbursement; provided that the
degree program in which the employee enrolls is job-related. Job-related is defined as a course of instruction which has a direct bearing/relationship to the employee’s current or potential work assignment or area of expertise at Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc. Internet, email, or other distant learning courses/programs must meet the requirements of this section and the employee must follow the application process for these courses to be eligible for reimbursement.

OTHER NON-CREDIT COURSES AND SEMINARS ARE CONSIDERED ‘TRAINING’
AND SHOULD BE PROCESSED FOR PAYMENT UNDER GOODWILL OF LSC’S
TRAINING BUDGETS.

Goodwill will reimburse the approved cost of the tuition fees for educational
courses at local educational institutions up to a maximum of $5,250 per calendar
year at the corresponding grade scale percentage below, provided they meet the eligibility criteria set forth above.

GRADE OF A 90% – Reimbursement
GRADE OF B 80% – Reimbursement
GRADE OF C 70% – Reimbursement
GRADE BELOW C – No Reimbursement

Courses taken on a “Pass/Fail” basis will be reimbursed at 50% for Pass and no reimbursement for Fail.

In order to provide documentation of staff training for Goodwill’s CARF accreditation and to maintain up-to-date credentials in individual personnel records, the employee should provide the Vice President of Employment Services with a memo outlining attendance at any in-service seminars or workshops, etc.; the dates of attendance; and a brief description of the material presented.

Program Application Process – The employee must complete the required Tuition
Reimbursement form available thought the Human Resources Department,
including all approvals from the President/CEO that the course meets Program
Eligibility criteria prior to the start of the course to be eligible for reimbursement.
Applications not approved in writing and received by Finance prior to the date
the course begins shall not be eligible for reimbursement.

Program or class schedule – All courses are to be taken during a time other than
the employee’s regular work hours.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc. will only reimburse an
employee for one degree per level: for one Employee’s Degree (Associate’s
Degree (A.S.), and/or for one Bachelor’s Degree (B.S. or B.A.). If an associate
wishes to be reimbursed for his/her graduate degree (see “Accredited Graduate
Degrees” for additional information and requirements).

Within (60) sixty days after the course has been completed, the employee must
submit to the Finance department the previously completed Tuition Reimbursement form along with a copy of the grade report and a copy of a receipt of payment for the course. A copy of the transcript indicating the course and grade will be forwarded to the Human Resources Department by Finance for filing in the employee’s personnel file. NO REIMBURSEMENT WILL BE MADE IF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NOT PRESENTED WITHIN (60) SIXTY DAYS AFTER THE COURSE IS COMPLETED UNLESS THERE ARE CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE EMPLOYEE.

If an employee provides false or incorrect/misleading information regarding
courses, grades, costs, or reimbursements from other agencies (grants,
assistant-ship, fellowships, GI benefits) disciplinary action will be taken up to
and including discharge. Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc. will
not reimburse employees for courses paid through other sources of funding,
e.g., Fellowships, grants, etc.

IF AN EMPLOYEE LEAVES GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF LOWER SC, INC.,
EITHER VOLUNTARILY OR IS TERMINATED FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN JOB ELIMINATION WITHIN TWO (2) YEARS OF RECEIVING TUITION REIMBURSEMENT, THE EMPLOYEE MUST REPAY THE AMOUNT REIMBURSED BY GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF LOWER SC, INC. AS FOLLOWS:

YEAR 1 – FULL AMOUNT REIMBURSED
YEAR 2 – HALF THE TOTAL AMOUNT REIMBURSED

Certification or Professional Registry – Goodwill Industries of Lower South
Carolina, Inc. will pay costs for certification and/or registry exams for each level
of certification on a one-time basis. Additionally, refresher courses to prepare for
the same will be covered. Some professional registrations, while not required for a position, may be of benefit to Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina Inc., and may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

*Accredited Graduate Degrees- If an employee wishes to apply for tuition
reimbursement for a graduate degree, they must obtain the approval of the
President/CEO and explain why it is necessary at their current level of responsibility to obtain an advanced degree.

Goodwill will reimburse the approved cost of the tuition fees for graduate
courses at local educational institutions up to maximum of $5,250 per calendar
year under the same conditions as for workshops based on the corresponding
grade scale percentage:

GRADE OF A – 50% Reimbursement
GRADE OF B – 40% Reimbursement
GRADE OF C – 30% Reimbursement
GRADE BELOW C – No Reimbursement

IF AN EMPLOYEE LEAVES GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF LOWER SC, INC.,
EITHER VOLUNTARILY OR IS TERMINATED FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN JOB ELIMINATION WITHIN TWO (2) YEARS OF RECEIVING TUITION REIMBURSEMENT, THE EMPLOYEE MUST REPAY THE AMOUNT REIMBURSED BY GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF LOWER SC, INC. AS FOLLOWS:

LESS THAN 6 MONTHS: FULL AMOUNT REIMBURSED
6 MONTHS – 1 YEAR: 75% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT REIMBURSED
OVER 1 YEAR – 18 MONTHS: 50% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT REIMBURSED
OVER 18 MONTHS – 2 YEARS: 25% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT REIMBURSED