Educational assistance is a benefit is available for all full-time regular and 3/12 hour shift employees and their dependents/spouse, and an self-service form in Oracle allows you to certify for the benefit online for the coming academic year beginning July 18.

Log in to Oracle and select Self-service Applications, then Educational Assistance.

Employees must 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 2008-09 academic year. Certifications for the 2007-08 academic year expire July 17.  Failure to re-certify each year will mean that credit will not be given for the educational assistance benefit. 

Fall semester deadline is Aug 26
Employees and their eligible dependents/spouse who are enrolling in the fall 2008 semester must have the certification completed before the fall drop/add date Aug. 26  or educational assistance will not be applied.

A security enhancement in the Educational Assistance self-service form requires employees to enter the student’s BlazerID on the form.  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 sole identifier allowing them to securely access all of UAB’s electronic information services.  The certification form also validates the date of birth to ensure it matches the student system.

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 UAB by an eligible employee during an academic year for coursework eligible for UAB academic credit.

Undergraduate students must have at least a 2.0 UAB undergraduate grade-point average on prior course work taken at UAB and must maintain an undergraduate UAB grade-point average of 2.0.

Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 overall UAB graduate grade-point average on prior course work taken at UAB and must maintain a graduate UAB grade-point average of 3.0.

More detailed information on the Educational Assistance Program is online. Direct questions regarding certification and re-certification for educational assistance to your HR consultant or contact HR Benefits at 934-3458.