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Tuition-G.E.D.

Q. 
Am I eligible for tuition assistance?
A. 
To be eligible, you must be a regular, full-time, active associate. You must also be satisfactorily performing your current job. Co-ops, interns, temporary, and part-time associates are not eligible. Associates who terminate employment within 1 year of the date of the last tuition reimbursement check are required to reimburse the company for the total amount of tuition reimbursement received in the previous 1 year period. Prior to enrollment, approval must be obtained from your HR Manager and Dept. Director for classes to qualify for tuition assistance.
Q. 
How much does Shaw pay for tuition assistance?
A. 
If your course is approved, Shaw will reimburse you for 75% of tuition and mandatory fees (less any financial aid received including scholarships and grants), not to exceed a total of $2000 per calendar year for undergraduate courses.  For Graduate courses, Shaw will reimburse 75% of tuition and mandatory fees (less any financial aid received including scholarships and grants), not to exceed a total of $5,000 per calendar year.  In addition, there is a $400 annual book allowance net of allowances provided by financial aid programs.  Reimbursement is net of any financial aid received. Total reimbursement under this plan may not exceed $5,250 per year.
Q. 
What courses will Shaw pay for?
A. 
We pay for a wide range of courses to pursue many different career goals at Shaw.  Applicable courses include G.E.D. courses which are not conducted on site at a Shaw facility, vocational and technical courses related to carpet operations and related subjects, undergraduate, graduate, and online courses provided by accredited colleges/universities.  Online courses must be approved in advance by Corporate Benefits. G.E.D. testing fees are also eligible for 100% of total fees for all test sections, to be paid one time only. Retesting fees are not eligible.

Graduate and online courses must be provided by a college/university with a campus, and the hours must be eligible for transfer to other accredited colleges/universities.

All courses must be taken for specific job knowledge or toward pursuit of a degree that is of mutual interest to the associate and Shaw.
Q. 
What paperwork is required to request tuition assistance?
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If you would like to submit a course for approval, you must call MyHR at 1-706-532-SHAW (7429).  All requests for tuition reimbursement must be accompanied by an itemized receipt and the final registration form including class schedule and grade summary.

To be reimbursed for a course, you must pass it, if it is a pass/fail course, or complete it with at least a "C" if letter grades are given. Tuition expenses must be submitted within 30 days after course completion. Reimbursements apply to the annual maximum tuition benefit for the calendar year in which reimbursements are made by the Company.
Q. 
What other rules apply with tuition assistance?
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Courses must be taken outside regular work hours, unless otherwise approved. Tuition assistance will be paid only one time for any particular course. Tuition assistance will not be provided for any course completed after a person has left the Company, except in the case of layoff. Associates may participate in seminars, special courses, or other educational activities at the request of the Company. In these events, the total cost will be paid by Shaw outside of the tuition reimbursement process and will not count toward the annual maximum. The facility Human Resources Manager is responsible for the overall administration of this plan.
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