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Submit Tuition Reimbursement Requests by Dec. 16

The deadline to submit any tuition reimbursement requests for the 2021 calendar year is Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.

Reimbursement requests can be sent to AskBenefits@cookchildrens.org or faxed to 682-885-6751.

Requests received by the deadline will be reimbursed on the Dec. 24 paycheck, with amounts applied to the 2021 reimbursement limits. Requests received after the deadline will be applied to the reimbursement limits for calendar year 2022.

Per the IRS, Tuition Reimbursement limits are based on calendar year.

If a course is completed in 2021 and the 2021 calendar year reimbursement limit has already been reached, that course will not be eligible for reimbursement in 2022.

If a course is completed in 2021 and the request is submitted in 2022, that reimbursement in 2022 will only be available if there was still a balance left in 2021 funds for that employee.

Examples based on a full-time employee, eligible for a 2021 calendar year reimbursement maximum of $5,250.

  • Ex: Your class completed in December 2021, but you had already received the maximum reimbursement amount of $5,250 for calendar year 2021…You will not be eligible to be reimbursed for this class if you submit it in 2022.
  • Ex: Your class completed in December 2021 and you submit for reimbursement in 2022. Your reimbursement request is for $5,000, but you had only received reimbursement for $2,500 in calendar year 2021. You will be eligible for a reimbursement of $2,750 (5250 – 2500 = 2750). The reimbursement of $2,750 that you receive in 2022 will count toward the $2,022 maximum reimbursement amount.

Any reimbursements made in 2022 will still count toward your annual 2022 reimbursement limit, regardless of whether or not the course finished in 2021.