A security enhancement has been made to the Educational Assistance self-service form in time for the 2008 summer sessions. 

The certification form now requires employees to enter the student’s BlazerID on the form in order to certify an eligible dependent/spouse (previously Social Security numbers were used for certification).  Once a student is accepted for admission to UAB, they will be notified by the Office of Admissions of the process to obtain a BlazerID. The BlazerID will serve as their sole identifier allowing them to securely access all of UAB’s electronic information services.  The certification form also will be validating the date of birth entered to ensure it matches the student system.

If an employee has not previously certified themselves or their eligible dependent/spouse for the academic year and decides to enroll in classes for the summer sessions, he or she may do so and take advantage of the benefit as long as certification takes place before the Drop/Add date for that session as published in the UAB Academic Calendar.  If certification is not completed prior to the Drop/Add dates for the respective summer session, educational assistance will not be applied.

Online registration for the benefit can be found under the Educational Assistance section of the Oracle self-service menu. Log in to Oracle via www.uab.edu , select Adminsystems link, then Oracle HR & Finance System.

Fall re-certification reminder
Employees are required to re-certify themselves and eligible dependents/spouse annually before the fall semester if they wish to take part in the Educational Assistance Program for the next academic year. Failure to re-certify each year will mean that credit will not be given for the educational assistance benefit.  Please note that the student’s BlazerID will be required to re-certify.  Employees must make sure they have the BlazerID prior to the certification deadline.

The Educational Assistance Program is a benefit available to all full-time regular employees and all 3/12-hour shift employees. To participate in the program, an employee must have completed at least six months of continuous service prior to the Drop/Add date for that term.

UAB will pay in-state tuition for up to 18 semester hours of course work taken at any time during an academic year for course work taken only at UAB and only for coursework eligible for UAB academic credit.

Undergraduate students must have at least a 2.0 UAB undergraduate grade-point average on any prior course work taken at UAB and must maintain an undergraduate UAB grade-point average of 2.0 to participate. Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 overall UAB graduate grade-point average on any prior course work taken at UAB and must maintain a graduate UAB grade-point average of 3.0.

For more detailed information on the Educational Assistance Program including dependents and spouses, click here . For any questions regarding certification and re-certification for educational assistance, contact your HR consultant directly or HR Benefits at 934-3458.