DANGER: IGNORING THIS INFORMATION CAN BE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR WALLET!

PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THESE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GUIDELINES AND DEADLINES TO AVOID BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF FULL AMOUNT OF TUITION AND FEES.

Tuition Assistance ETAP/PDA – For full-time active UAW represented hourly employees. This includes Entry Level Employees who have acquired seniority (3 consecutive months of employment).

Education Tuition Assistance Plan (ETAP) provides for prepayment of tuition and approved fees up to $5000 per calendar year for approved courses leading to an Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, Master Degree or PhD at approved educational institutions.

  • ETAP accepts applications for college credit courses towards a degree at regionally accredited colleges and universities.
  • IMPORTANT DEADLINE – Applications must be submitted no later than 45 days after term start date.  Failure to do so will result in employee being responsible for full amount of tuition and fees.  Applications may be submitted as early as 60 days prior to term start.
  • Not all schools and courses are approved. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you submit an application for ETAP in advance to make sure your selected school and course(s) are approved.
  • Not all fees are covered by tuition assistance. Fees that are not approved are the responsibility of the employee.
  • ETAP will cover the approved tuition and fees of each approved class only once.  Subsequent applications for the same class at a later date or at another institution will be rejected.
  • When your application is approved a voucher will be issued. The voucher is used by you as payment for your class when you register or when the school requires payment.  See voucher section below for instructions for voucher use.
  • Do not pay for classes prior to requesting ETAP. There is no option for tuition reimbursement.  Tuition reimbursement is only available at approved schools that are documented as not accepting our vouchers.  This is very rare.  Call the tuition assistance office for applications and assistance. Applications must be submitted within 45 days of term start date.  Pre-approval of courses is strongly recommended.

Book Reimbursement – Up to $200 (of the $5,000) per year may be used for book reimbursement. Includes E-Books, book rental, and books purchased through on-line retailers.

  • Book Reimbursement must be for an ETAP approved college credit class.
  • IMPORTANT DEADLINE – Applications for book reimbursement must be submitted after the schools drop/add date and no later than 90 days after term start date.
  • Original receipt of book purchase must be attached to reimbursement application (keep a copy for your records).

Personal Development Assistance (PDA) – The PDA feature of the Employee Tuition Plan provides for prepayment of tuition and approved fees up to $2,200 (of the $5,000) for classes that improve or enhance a member’s position in the workplace.

  • Includes classes leading to a GED, and  basic skills (reading, writing, and math), labor studies, public speaking, communication, professional development, computer classes and job related technical skills courses. PDA is for classroom training only. On-line PDA is not approved except for certain approved schools for Labor Studies courses.
  • IMPORTANT DEADLINE – Classes must be approved prior to class start date.  It is strongly recommended applications be submitted 30 days before class start date.
  • Once classes are approved a voucher will be issued. You must submit your approved voucher to the provider prior to but no later than the first day of class, based on the school requirements. See voucher section below for instructions for voucher use.
  • Employee cannot start class without an Official Tuition Voucher.

How to apply:

You can apply on-line at www.myuawford.com

OR

You can print an application (using the links below) fill it out and mail it to the National Programs Center (NPC) at:

UAW-Ford National Programs Center
151 W. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48232-50009

ETAP Degree Program Application

ETAP Personal Development Program Application

ETAP Book Reimbursement Request Form

Printable Active Tuition Assistance Guidelines (PDF)

Vouchers– Once classes are approved, an Official Tuition Voucher will be issued to the employee.

  • Vouchers will be ready for you to print within 4 business days for applications submitted online.
  • Vouchers will be mailed to employee within 2 weeks for application submitted by mail.
  • Employee is responsible for signing the voucher and submitting voucher to the school by payment due date.
  • Employee is responsible for following up with the school to verify they have sent an invoice to the National Programs Center Tuition Assistance Department along with your signed voucher for payment, and that we have paid the invoice.
  • IMPORTANT DEADLINE – Official Tuition Vouchers must be received by the National Programs Center Tuition Assistance Department from the school no later than 9 months from term start date.  After 9 months payment will become the responsibility of the employee.
  • Unused vouchers must be returned to the Tuition Assistance Department with VOID written across the voucher to have employee account credited and class(s) voided.

Important Deadlines

  • ETAP applications must be submitted no later than 45 days after term start date.  Failure to do so will result in employee being responsible for full amount of tuition and fees.  Applications may be submitted as early as 60 days prior to term start.
  • Book reimbursement applications must be submitted after the schools drop/add date and no later than 90 days after term start date.
  • PDA applications must be approved prior to class/term start date.  It is strongly recommended applications be submitted 30 days before class/term start date.
  • Official Tuition Vouchers must be received by the Tuition Assistance Department from the school with their invoice, no later than 9 months after term start date.  After 9 months payment will become the responsibility of the employee.

Contact Information

For questions contact the tuition assistance office at 800-367-3829 or contact Jay Gazzarato at jgazzara <at> ford.com or by phone at 313-392-7162.

 

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