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  • $600 College Book Reimbursement
    Updated On: Nov 29, 2022
    $600 towards dependents college book

    2022 - NY/NE Regional & Local Work & Family Educational Reimbursement Program 

    Please review the following guidelines and if you have questions, please call CWA 1118 Local Work and Family Committee Contact, Theresa Devine on 518-782-9977 or email TheresaDevine@me.com.

    Questions from members:

    • I work for Verizon and take classes part time.  Are my books covered?  YES, up to 600 
    • Am I taxed on the $600?  YES
    • My spouse takes college classes. Are his books covered too?  YES, provided you file jointly on your 1040
    • My son purchased books in August of 2021 that were meant to be used throughout his college career (Fall 2021-Spring 2023).  NO "expenses must be incurred in 2022"

    Policy Statement

    Recognizing the mutual benefits derived from continued education and increased work competence, the joint NY/NE Work and Family Committee wishes to establish a reimbursement program to enable covered employees and their eligible dependents to defray the costs associated with text books/course materials related to secondary education. Participation in this program is voluntary.

    Eligibility Criteria

    In order to participate, an employee must be employed at Verizon in a capacity that is covered by the NY/NE Work and Family Committee. The employee must be a NY/NE CWA, IBEW 2213, NY/NE Service Company employee or Verizon NY/NE management employee employed at the time the reimbursement is sought.

    Expenses incurred by eligible dependents of the employee are also eligible for reimbursement under the program. In order to qualify, the dependent must be a tax-qualified dependent under IRS guidelines and listed on the employee 1040 IRS tax form.  (Employee must submit page 1 of their NY 1040 Tax form)

    Areas of Study Which Qualify for Payment

    The following types of secondary educational courses (beyond high school) and qualifying costs are covered up to the biannual maximum limit when offered by an eligible educational institution that is accredited by an agency listed below:

    • JOB-RELATED STUDIES from which knowledge can be gained that will enable the dependent to seek employment post-study.

    • CAREER-RELATED STUDIES that prepare for advancement in the dependent’s current field or a field in which the dependent may seek employment in the future.

    • DEGREE RELATED STUDIES which are part of an approved job-related or career-related degree including individual non-job related and non-career-related courses which are part of the approved degree program.

    • TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL STUDIES that may enable the dependent to learn a trade or seek employment in a trade in the future.

      Approved Educational Organizations

      The course of study must be at an educational institution accredited by one of the organizations listed in Appendix A of Verizon Tuition Assistance Plan for Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Associates. For technical/vocational studies, there must be accreditation from a national organization such as the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

    Covered Expenses

    Required textbooks/course materials including shipping and handling (i.e. access codes, e-books, software, and workbooks) may be reimbursed under the program.

    Reimbursement Amount

    Each employee will be eligible to seek reimbursement for up to $600 in covered expenses, pre calendar year. The initial year of the program will be 2022, and expenses incurred in 2022 prior to launch date will be eligible for reimbursement. Expenses incurred in calendar year 2022 can be submitted for reimbursement no later than January 13, 2023. Reimbursements will post February 24, 2023.

    Subsequent expenses can be reimbursed in subsequent years with similar timing. For calendar 2023, the expenses can be submitted no later than January 12th, 2024. Reimbursements will post February 23rd, 2024.

    Each employee is eligible for up to $600 in reimbursement per annual period, regardless of the number of eligible dependents. The $600 may be attained by aggregating expenses across multiple dependents. Expenses incurred in one year and not reimbursed cannot be carried over for reimbursement in a subsequent year.

    The administrator will require reasonable documentation of expenses in order to process reimbursement, including documentation of eligible expense and related enrolled course that the expense supports. Documentation submitted for reimbursements must be in the name of the employee and/or eligible dependent(s). This might include documentation of course enrollment along with materials expenses that reasonably supports that course enrollment.

    Note: While the Regional Work & Family Committee intends to continue with this program, the Regional Work & Family Committee reserves the right to terminate or amend the plan at any time funds are anticipated to be depleted.


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