Tuition Assistance Enrollment Process

The Training Fund is proud to be able to provide our members with the opportunity to receive Tuition Assistance (TA). There are a few important things that you should know if you are interested in Tuition Assistance:

  • There is an enrollment process for receiving Tuition Assistance (outlined below).
  • Before you can receive funding, you must connect with your Training Fund Navigator to document your education plan.
  • Once you are granted Tuition Assistance, you do not need to re-enroll for the duration of your education plan (as long as you maintain your eligibility).
  • The majority of members who apply for Tuition Assistance will receive funding. However, not everyone who enrolls will immediately be granted TA. Each contributing employer system has a limited amount of TA funding through the Training Fund and members will be granted TA funding based on their seniority within their bargaining unit at their employer.
  • If you are a member of the Training Fund, it means that your occupation is assigned to a specific bargaining unit. The three bargaining units are 1) Service/LPN/Non-Professional/Maintenance, 2) Professional/Technical and 3) RN. Each bargaining unit receives different supports from the Training Fund.
  • Applications are accepted year-round and periodic internal reviews may create award allocations at other intervals besides the once-a-year awards at the October 15th deadline (subject to funds available and usage). We encourage members to apply early to work with your Training Fund Navigator on your education plan.

Step 1: Connect with a Regional Education Navigator
In order to enroll in Tuition Assistance (TA), a Training Fund Regional Education Navigator (REN) will schedule a required meeting with you to help you prepare for school and discuss your interest in TA after you apply to the Training Fund. You must connect with your navigator in order to remain on the enrollment list. Your navigator will provide you with information about the college application process, discuss the full range of Training Fund benefits available to you, and share important deadlines to help you plan your education pathway.

Members are encouraged to apply any time during the year so that you can be connected with career counseling, education navigation, and other benefits you may be eligible for in support of your education and career goals. Members will only receive decisions about Tuition Assistance after the enrollment period closes. If we have any funding awards that will become available during the year, we will make it available to our members who are active in the program.

Enrolling in School
Only apply for Tuition Assistance if you are ready to enroll in school. After you receive a funding award, you’ll have six months to register for your pre-requisite courses or a full calendar year (12 months) to enroll in a degree program. If you are unable to meet these deadlines, funding will be withdrawn and provided to another Member.

Requirements for Continued Funding
Once admitted to the Tuition Assistance program, you can receive funding through the completion of your prerequisite courses and/or approved degree program. Please discuss the continued funding requirements with your navigator.

Enrollment Period
The Training Fund continues to provide Tuition Assistance (TA) to more members than ever. The enrollment process allows the Training Fund to fairly manage disbursements of Tuition Assistance funds while serving the greatest number of members.

The Training Fund has one enrollment period for TA each year. October 15 is the deadline for enrollment. Applications are accepted year-round and will be reviewed for eligibility after the closing date of October 15. The enrollment process considers TA requests for individuals starting school in the upcoming calendar year. For example, if you want to be in school sometime in the calendar year of 2025 (January 2025 – December 2025) then you need to apply for TA by October 15, 2024.

Enrollment Process
Initial Round: Once the enrollment period is closed, the Training Fund begins the work of identifying the seniority of each member within their bargaining unit at their employer. Seniority is based on the collective bargaining contract language at each employer and is provided by them. Once seniority of the enrollees is established, the Training Fund provides the opportunity to receive TA to the members with the highest seniority. The number of people given TA in each employer bargaining unit is based on the amount of funding available for each employer bargaining unit.

Subsequent Rounds: There are members who receive the opportunity for TA in round one but choose not to accept the TA. Their circumstances have changed and they decline the TA. The initial round applicants have a limited amount of time in which to notify the Training Fund if they are choosing to accept or decline the TA. Once the Training Fund learns that a member is declining their TA, then the next highest seniority member on the list in their bargaining unit will be given the opportunity for TA.

The process of receiving “declines” from members and providing the opportunity to the next person on the enrollment seniority list continues until all funding for that bargaining unit is allocated. The process providing opportunities for each eligible member, until the funding is allocated, can take a few months.

If during the year additional funding becomes available funding awards allocations will be made for future terms funding.

Your Education Benefits, Your Future
The Training Fund offers many other education benefits that you can use almost immediately, including career counseling, tutoring, workshops, and professional development activities. Your navigator can give you more information about these benefits.

We are excited to partner with you as you pursue your education and career goals! If you have any questions not answered by the Tuition Assistance Frequently Asked Questions, please contact us at or (425) 255-0315.