Tuition reimbursement and college savings

The county supports employee education by making tuition reimbursement available. Employees can also sign up for college savings plans for their children.

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Tuition reimbursement

The county will share a portion of employees’ education cost through the tuition reimbursement program.

To be eligible for reimbursement

  • Course must be approved by employee's department before the class begins to ensure reimbursement
  • Employee must provide a receipt of fee payment
  • Employee must provide a transcript indicating successful completion of the course with a grade of C or better or a "Satisfactory" or "Pass" is acceptable for ungraded courses

If you have questions, see your supervisor, your department's tuition contact, or the tuition reimbursement section of the county's administrative manual available on HC Connect, the county's intranet site.

Tuition reimbursement instructions

Employees must request and receive approval for tuition reimbursement before registering for a course to ensure reimbursement. The forms for the authorization, advance, as well as the expense report for the reimbursement, are to be completed online in the APEX system. See the tuition reimbursement section of the administrative manual on HC Connect for eligibility, reimbursement information and instructions for the online APEX forms.

Benefit-earning employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 annually for county job-related classes and online courses taken at accredited colleges, universities or other approved organizations.

All course-related costs including, tuition, tuition surcharges, laboratory fees, books, mandatory memberships, and required activities are eligible expenses.

College savings plan

About the college savings plan

The county offers a simple way you can save for your children's higher education. Payroll-deducted deposits grow tax-free. Some employees may also qualify for a state of Minnesota matching grant.

Contributions stop when you no longer receive a paycheck but you can continue to make deposits by contacting the Minnesota College Savings Plan.

Enroll and set up payroll deduction

  1. Enroll directly with Minnesota College Savings Plan. Click on the "account forms" tab and select the appropriate form.
  2. Send your completed form to: MN College Savings Plan (address on form) AND scan and email a copy of the same form to hr.benefits@hennepin.us

Once you've completed step 2, benefits staff will enter your deduction into APEX. If you do not follow step 2 exactly, the benefits division cannot process your election.

Change or stop deduction

  1. Go to Minnesota College Savings Plan and click on the account forms tab
  2. Complete the "Set up automatic payroll deduction form"
  3. Send your completed form to: MN College Savings Plan (address on form) AND scan and email a copy of the same form to hr.benefits@hennepin.us

Once you've completed step 3, benefits staff will enter your deduction into APEX. If you do not follow step 3 exactly, the benefits division cannot process your election.


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