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NYS CSEA Partnership for Education and Training Logo Tution Benefits Program 2021-2021

You can receive reimbursement for an unlimited number of certification or licensure exam fees up to a maximum of $350 per exam in addition to your standard benefits and your Credit-by-Examination Fee Reimbursements. Interested applicants must speak to a Partnership advisor for information and an application form. Call (518) 486-7814 (Press Option 1) or (800) 253-4332 (Press Option 1) or email an advisor at

This program is not intended to replace existing agency exam reimbursement programs. To be eligible for reimbursement, a certification or licensure exam must be job or career-related, must lead to certification or licensure for an occupation that currently exists in New York State service and must be administered by an accredited organization. Examples include, but are not limited to, Boiler Inspector, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Commercial Pesticide Applicator/Technician, Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Dental Hygienist, Licensed Practical Nurse, Physical Therapy Assistant, Registered Nurse, and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Exams for certification in specific software or hardware programs by Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, etc. may also be covered.

Costs and fees not reimbursed by this program include, but are not limited to:

  • Civil Service examination fees
  • Fees for examinations leading to certification in a career that does not exist in New York State service
  • Fees for examinations leading to college credit for life experience
  • Academic and application fees
  • Study materials (i.e., books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) and supplies
  • License and certification renewals
  • Examination fees that are reimbursable by the employee's agency

Please Note: The IRS considers reimbursements under the Certification and Licensure Examination Fee Reimbursement Program taxable income; applicable income tax will be withheld from December paychecks.
Please contact a Partnership Advisor at for more information on tax withholdings if you are in a targeted program.


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