Employer Tuition Assistance

Check with your employer for opportunities to assist in helping fund your education.

Tuition Assistance Benefits

If your employer offers tuition assistance, you can utilize your benefits to help pay for your tuition costs. You will want to contact your employer’s benefits department directly to determine their eligibility criteria. We recommend reviewing your employer’s tuition assistance policy prior to starting classes.

Tuition Deferment

Tuition deferment postpones your tuition due date until 30 after the end of each semester. You must be employed by one of employers/organizations above to utilize tuition deferment. View the Dates and Deadlines page for your specific due dates.

PA College offers a tuition deferment option for employees of the following organizations:

  • Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Wellspan Health Network

Common Tuition Deferment Questions

What is tuition deferment?

Tuition deferment postpones your tuition due date until 30 after the end of each semester.  You must be employed by one of employers/organizations above to utilize tuition deferment. View the Dates and Deadlines page for your specific due dates.

How do I complete tuition deferment?

In order to defer your payments, you can fill out the Tuition Deferment Form. For more information regarding tuition assistance and/or tuition deferment, please contact Student Financial Services.

How long is tuition deferment valid for?

Tuition deferment will remain active as long as you are enrolled at PA College continuously and maintain eligibility of tuition assistance benefits. If you take a leave of absence or withdraw and return will need to complete a new Tuition Deferment Form upon your return.

Tuition Assistance for LG Health Employees

The Lancaster General Health Tuition Assistance Policy allows qualified LG Health employees to receive up to 100% tuition assistance.

The policy excludes the following costs:

  • Applicable taxes (Lancaster General Health is required by law to withhold State/Local/Federal taxes from the 100%)
  • Textbook charges
  • Fees
  • Federal, state, or college grants and scholarships (Lancaster General Health deducts these awards from the 100%)

If you’re interested in earning your degree at PA College, while using LG Health tuition assistance, simply follow these easy steps!

Steps Prior to Starting Classes

  1. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to PA College
    • Per LG Health Tuition Assistance Policy, all employees utilizing tuition assistance must submit the FAFSA every year.
      • Please Note: Students enrolling into a graduate/doctoral program are not required to submit the FAFSA.
    • Be sure to include PA College’s school code on your FAFSA: 009863.
    • If you need assistance with filing your FAFSA, please contact Student Financial Services.
  2. Complete the Tuition Deferment Form

Steps upon Completion of the Semester

  1. Upon completion of each semester, submit your tuition statement and final grades to the LG Tuition Assistance Portal, under Start A New Request.
    • To access your final grades, follow these steps:
      1. Log in to Self-Service
      2. Click on “Academic Planning & Registration”
      3. Select the “Academic Planning & Registration” link at the top of the page
      4. Choose “Unofficial Transcript”
    • To access your tuition statement, follow these steps:
      1. Log in to Self-Service
      2. Click on “Student Finance”
      3. Choose the appropriate semester
      4. Select “View Statement” on the right-hand side
        • When submitting your tuition statement, please make sure to download and submit full statement and all corresponding pages.

Although LG Health covers 100% of your tuition costs, they are also required to withhold state and federal taxes from the amount they pay on your behalf. This often leaves a balance for students to pay  at the end of the semester.

Please utilize the tuition assistance calculator to assist you with estimating what you “out of pocket” expense will be each semester.

Tuition Assistance Calculator

The taxable amount of tuition assistance is aggregated throughout the calendar year (January 1 – December 31). For example, if you received tuition assistance for spring semester and you’re trying to determine what costs you may incur for fall semester, you will want to fill out both spring and fall columns.  The same is true if you received reimbursement for a fall semester but it was actually paid by LG Health after January 1, you’ll want to include that amount in the spring semester.

By estimating what your portion of your tuition will be prior to the semester beginning, you will have more time to plan for paying your tuition bill. You can also choose to use the PA College Payment Plan to pay for your out-of-pocket expenses during the semester.

Common Tuition Assistance Questions

Why do I have a bill if LG Health pays 100% of tuition?

You will still have a tuition bill with PA College even though LG Health pays 100% of eligible tuition.  Some of these reasons include:

  • You have other charges on your account that are non-reimbursable such as textbooks, payment plan setup fee, late fee, etc.
  • Taxes were deducted from the reimbursement.  Depending on the amount reimbursed, this could range anywhere from 4% to 33%.
  • You did not successfully complete a course.
  • LG Health did not process your reimbursement.  Contact LG Health for assistance.

Can I defer my tuition bill until after I receive my reimbursement?

Yes, you can defer your tuition until after you receive your reimbursement. To defer your tuition payments, complete the Tuition Deferment Form.

What if I'm not successful in my courses?

If you are not successful in a course, you will not receive tuition reimbursement for the course from LG Health and will be responsible for the cost of the course.

What's the $5,250 I have read and heard about?

All LG Health tuition assistance funding is subject to State and Local taxes. However, once LG Health has paid out $5,250 in a calendar year (January – December), Federal, Social Security, and Medicare taxes must also be assessed. This is what typically creates a higher balance later in the calendar year (typically in the fall semester) for you to pay.

Where can I go for more information?

For more information on the LG Health tuition assistance policy, visit the Policy Center or email: sm-tuitionassistance@lghealth.org.

Tuition Assistance Penn Medicine Employees

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) will provide eligible employees with prepaid tuition assistance with a financial limit calculated over a calendar year. Eligible employees can receive the following for tuition assistance:

Eligible employees employed at all entities except Chester County Hospital and Lancaster General Health:

  • $8,000 per calendar year for full-time employees
  • $4,000 per calendar year for part-time employees

Eligible employees employed at Chester County Hospital:

  • $6,000 per calendar year for full-time employees
  • $3,000 per calendar year for part-time employees

Please utilize the tuition assistance calculator to assist you with estimating what your out of pocket expense will be each semester.

Tuition Assistance Calculator

By estimating what your portion of your tuition will be prior to the semester beginning, you will have more time to plan for paying your tuition bill. You can also choose to use the PA College Payment Plan to pay for your out-of-pocket expenses during the semester.

If you’re interested in earning your degree at PA College, while using Penn Medicine tuition assistance, simply follow these easy steps!

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Steps Prior to Starting Classes

  1. Complete and submit an application on the Edcor website.
    • Complete all required steps through the Edcor application process
    • If you have any questions regarding the Edcor application process, please contact them directly at 1-800-326-7614.
  2. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email that includes the Edcor Voucher information. You will need to forward your Edcor Voucher directly to Student Financial Services to be processed.
  3. Complete the Tuition Deferment Form
    • Tuition deferment will defer payment on costs not covered by tuition assistance until the end of the semester.

Steps upon Completion of the Semester

  1. Within 60 days of completing your course/program, submit your final grades to the Edcor website.
  • To access your final grades, follow these steps:
    1. Log in to Self-Service
    2. Click on “Academic Planning & Registration”
    3. Select the “Academic Planning & Registration” link at the top of the page
    4. Choose “Unofficial Transcript”

Although UPHS does offer tuition assistance, it may not be enough to cover your total tuition cost in a given semester. This often leaves students with a remaining balance at the end of the semester.