Education Assistance

STRAP

The Staff Tuition Reimbursement Assistance Program (STRAP) is an educational assistance program that provides partial tuition reimbursement at any accredited private institution for full-time (1.0 FTE) benefits-eligible Georgia Tech employees who have maintained this status for at least 12 months.

Guidelines

This program is available to classified Georgia Tech employees who are full-time (1.0 FTE) and have successfully completed at least twelve (12) months of employment in a benefits-eligible position at the time of application. Time worked in a temporary position does not count toward the 12-month eligibility requirement.

Each eligible employee may seek approval to enroll in up to six (6) academic hours depending on funding for each of the three designated semester periods: fall, spring, and summer. If funding is not sufficient to cover all approved applications, they will be funded on a first submitted and approved basis. Employees will only be reimbursed tuition for completed courses on their STRAP application. Fees are not eligible for reimbursement. The current reimbursement rates are as follows:

  • Undergraduate: $203 per credit hour
  • Graduate: $287 per credit hour

An employee will be required to go through the regular student admissions process prior to applying for STRAP. Coursework may be either job or career-related, or for a career that is found on campus. A career-related course has an understandable connection with the career or job the employee might reasonably expect to pursue at Tech.

Approved programs include degree and diploma programs as well as certifications that offer credit hours and letter grades.

Program exclusions include Medical designations (doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc.), law, theology, non-credit continuing education, executive total cost programs, student fees, and program-specific fees.

An application must be completed each semester and will be accepted as early as 30 days prior to the deadline date of the semester you’re applying for. If STRAP participants enroll in classes other than those listed on the STRAP application, you must update the original application via the comments section within 30 days of when your class starts, prior to submitting reimbursement documents.

An application may be denied due to lack of funding and late submission of application. Any falsification or misrepresentation of information will result in the denial of tuition reimbursement.

Tuition Assistance Application Period

and Semester Deadlines

Submit one application per semester up to 30 days prior to the application deadline for program consideration. If the deadline is on a holiday or weekend, the business day prior then applies.

Fall

May 15 – June 15

Spring

October 15 – November 15

Summer

March 15 – April 15

Application Procedures

1. Apply for School

Apply through the Student Admissions office of the USG institution you plan to take academic coursework at during their designated application intake dates.

2. Complete and Submit

The STRAP application found on the Administrative Services portal.

    • The application is only available on your portal during the application period.
    • You will receive a confirmation email; save this email for your records.
    • If you are unsure of the courses you are taking, put your best guess. It can be changed later by updating your submitted application via the comments section.
    • If classes do change, add a comment to your submitted application with the updated classes within 30 days from the class change; you cannot request reimbursement if the classes on your transcript do not match what is on your application.

3. Register for classes

4. Check status of your request

Check status in the Administrative Services portal. Wait until the STRAP Program Manager approves your application.

For detailed instructions on completing a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Application click here.

Approval emails for people attending Georgia Tech will be sent at the end of the academic semester with their associated application.

The application period is open 30 days prior to the deadline date of the semester you are applying for. If the deadline date falls on a holiday or weekend, the application deadline will be the last business day prior. ​Semesters are based on GT semesters. When you complete your application, make sure the classes you are taking at your accredited institution fall within the GT semester dates for which you are applying.