Important changes have been made to the Tuition Support Plan. Read below for details.
The Tuition Support Plan provides post-secondary tuition support for the dependant children (under 25) and spouses or partners of eligible Queen’s faculty and staff. Students must be attending a university or college recognized under Universities Canada (formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada) or Colleges and Institutes Canada (formerly the Association of Canadian Community Colleges).
Effective August 2015, Tuition Support Plan payments will be issued directly to the student, rather than to the employee. This change applies to everyone who is entitled to participate in the plan and, along with recent changes to the Income Tax Act, means Tuition Support Plan payments are no longer considered a taxable benefit to the Queen’s employee. Rather, it is considered income to the student. Since in most cases the student will have a lower income, this would result in potential tax savings.
In addition, the university will no longer be required to withhold tax deductions when making the payment, so the student will receive the full amount of the benefit. The student will be solely responsible for paying any income tax that applies to the Plan payment.
Although the application process has not changed, the following additional information will be required at the time of application:
The application period for the Tuition Support Plan opens on August 15th for the fall term and December 15th for the winter term each year (note: GFT employees apply for the full year during the winter application period). Employees can access the online application form here. Once the application has been made, a Confirmation of Registration Form, completed by the student’s post-secondary institution, needs to be received by Queen’s University Student Awards Office by the deadlines noted in the table below.
Access the Tuition Support System to apply.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted beyond the respective deadline.
Appeal process: If you missed the deadline for applying or your application was declined and you would like to make an appeal under the Tuition Support Benefit Plan, please complete an appeal form. Please note that only significant adversity will be considered when the reason for appealing is a missed deadline. Significant adversity will not include things like: "I was too busy", either with personal or work commitments; "I forgot because no reminder was sent out", etc. Do not use the appeal form if the online application system is telling you that you are ineligible for the benefit. Please contact HR Benefits immediately in that case.
Completed "Confirmation of Registration" forms must be received by the Queen's University Student Awards Office by the following dates:
|Employee Group||Fall||Winter||Support Plans|
|Non-Union Continuing/Term General Staff||October 31||February 28||
|U.S.W Continuing/Term General Staff||October 31||February 28||
|OPSEU Continuing/Term General Staff||October 31||February 28||
|Research||October 31||February 28||
|QUFA||November 1||February 28||
|Senior Administration||November 1||February 28||
Senior Administration Group Tuition Support Plan (PDF 49 KB)
|C.U.P.E. Local 229||November 30||March 31||
C.U.P.E. Local 229 Tuition Support Plan (PDF 127 KB)
|C.U.P.E. Local 254||November 30||March 31||
C.U.P.E. Local 254 Tuition Support Plan (PDF 135 KB)
|C.U.P.E. Local 1302||November 30||March 31||
C.U.P.E. Local 1302 Tuition Support Plan (PDF 143 KB)
(Fall and Winter)
GFT Clinical Faculty Tuition Support Plan (PDF 78 KB)
|ONA - QFHT Registered Nurses (Contact Human Resources for manual application)||November 30||March 31||
ONA-QFHT Tuition Support Program (PDF 153 KB)
Note: Applicants who attend an institution where the first term begins during Queen's winter term, please contact HR Benefits