Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Bedford County Public Schools is offering tuition assistance through Title II, Part A – Teacher Quality Grant funds and through limited local funds to teachers and administrators.  A maximum benefit of $1,000.00 per applicant, per school year, is available to those teachers and administrators who currently work in the division, and who wish to enhance their existing licenses. Tuition assistance is also available for paraprofessionals completing college coursework to obtain highly qualified status or for those working toward teacher licensure.  This benefit is offered in addition to college credit courses and/or workshops* that are sponsored in the division, free of charge to participants.

For teachers and administrators, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) may be used to support coursework leading to recertification and/or additional endorsements within the applicant’s chosen field.  TAP funds may also be used to offset tuition expenses for coursework leading to another unrelated endorsement (e.g. adding administrative endorsement to teaching license).  Paraprofessionals may use this tuition assistance to support their coursework to acquire an Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree in a teaching field.    

To apply for TAP funds, interested individuals should have the course approved by the school principal and submit a signed TAP application form to the Office of Recruitment and Retention (Attention: Sherry Wiese) prior to taking the course. A syllabus or course catalog description of the class must be submitted with the application.  A response to the request for tuition assistance will be returned to the applicant.  The funds will be reimbursed after documentation of payment, course completion (i.e. receipt, passing grade, etc.), and a non-travel reimbursement form are submitted to the Office of Recruitment and Retention.  TAP funds are limited and the program is subject to available monies and stipulations of the Title II, Part A Grant and the availability of local funding.

*Employees participating in certain free division programs offering college credit may be ineligible for further financial assistance through TAP funding during the school year.

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