The Tuition Benefits Program provides educational benefits to CSEA-represented New York State (NYS) employees, enabling them to achieve greater career mobility, qualify for promotional opportunities, improve job skills, and prepare for future state workforce needs.
Your Success is Our Success.
Are you a CSEA-represented NYS employee (ASU, ISU, OSU, or DMNA) receiving a New York State paycheck or a CSEA-represented NYS employee who has been laid off in the past year and is on a Civil Service Preferred List? You may be eligible for Tuition Benefits. Find out more here
Many schools have specific requirements you must meet before registering for a course. Learn more about how to seek academic advisement
Types of Benefits
- Two standard benefits (tuition vouchers OR tuition reimbursements)
- An unlimited number of Credit-by-Examination Fee Reimbursement benefits
- An unlimited number of Certification and Licensure Examination Fee Reimbursement benefits
Tuition Coverage Limits
The 2021 Tuition Benefits Program provides two standard benefits (tuition vouchers OR tuition reimbursements), an unlimited number of Credit-by-Examination Fee Reimbursement benefits, and an unlimited number of Certification and Licensure Examination Fee Reimbursement benefits. Learn more about tuition coverage limits
Applying for Your Benefits
Using Your Tuition Benefits
How to Use a Tuition Benefit
Changing, Dropping, and Canceling a Benefit or Course
If you want to attend a school other than your original choice, drop a course, or cancel a benefit click here to find out how.
Applying for Your Benefits
Important Tuition Dates
Due to the expiration of the agreements between NYS and CSEA, the Partnership has suspended the Tuition Benefits Program for Executive Branch and State University Construction Fund members. This change is effective beginning January 1, 2022 until further notice.
The Partnership will continue to administer the Tuition Benefits Program for members of Health Research Institute (HRI), Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS), VOICE, and CSEA, Inc. Questions may be directed to Partnership Advisors at
800-253-4332 or email [email protected]
Participating Vouchers Schools
Find schools that participate in the Partnership's Tuition Voucher Program to pay for your course! The school name, school code (required on the application form), and contact person are included for each participating school. You must use the correct Partnership school code on your application. Some schools accept vouchers only for certain types of courses.
Credit-by-Examination Fee Reimbursement for CLEP, DSST, TECEP, and Excelsior College Exams
Credit-by-Examination allows members to demonstrate college-level knowledge by taking an exam to earn college credits without attending a class for a semester or term. Learn more about how to receive an exam reimbursement
Certification and Licensure Examination Fee Reimbursement
Certification and Licensing Exams lead to a certification or licensure for an occupation within NYS Service. Learn how you can receive reimbursement in addition to your standard benefits and your Credit-by-Examination Fee Reimbursements
Other Financial Aid
If enrolled in a college degree or certification program, you may be eligible for state or federal student financial aid. Find out more!
Important Tax Information
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Use the Partnership’s Tuition Benefits Program to Take CDL Training Courses. Find out how
Educational Advisement Services
Partnership advisors are available to assist eligible CSEA-represented NYS employees with Tuition Benefits Program policies and procedures. Find out how
Education Guides: A Resource for New York State Employees
This series of handouts focus on topics that are useful for educational planning and career development.
Support Services for Students with Disabilities
Many colleges offer assistance to students who have physical or learning disabilities. If you have a disability and are interested in taking courses, call the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 (Option 1) or (800) 253-4332 (Option 1), email us at [email protected], or check the appropriate box on the tuition benefits application form. You may also call the school directly to arrange services. We suggest you do this as soon as possible.
StateJobsNY is a service provided by the NYS Governor's Office of Employee Relations. This website allows current state employees to identify transfer and promotional opportunities and allows state agencies to publicize their vacancies to this specialized market.
Application and Catalog
Fillable Tuition Benefits Application Form for Executive Branch Employees
The Tuition Benefits Program provides educational benefits to CSEA-represented NYS employees, enabling them to achieve greater career mobility, qualify for promotional opportunities, improve job skills, and prepare for future state workforce needs through Tuition Vouchers, Tuition Reimbursement, Credit-by-Examination Fee Reimbursement and Certification, and Licensure Examination Fee Reimbursement.