Employee Educational Assistance Program (EEAP)
The EEAP was designed to improve recruitment, retention, development and education of Winthrop employees.
- Staff – Staff employees must be assigned to FTE positions or to temporary grant or temporary time-limited positions; must have completed at least twelve (12) months of Winthrop service; and must work at least thirty (30) hours per week.
- Faculty – Faculty employees must be assigned to FTE positions or to temporary grant or temporary time-limited positions; must have completed one (1) academic year of Winthrop service; and must work at least three-quarter (¾) time during the academic year to be eligible for the program.
Employees must apply for admission to Winthrop and fulfill all requirements of the admission policy.
C. Employee Student Status
Employees will be enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students, degree-seeking graduate students or as special students, according to their particular academic circumstances. Courses must be taken for academic credit but do not have to be taken toward the completion of a degree.
Note: Faculty and staff taking courses through EEAP do not pay student fees, and therefore, are not eligible to use Health & Counseling Services, a department funded by student fees. Faculty and staff taking courses through EEAP also are not eligible to use the Lois Rhame West Center recreational facilities (beyond participating in a registered course) unless they purchase a membership.
D. Academic Requirements
Employees enrolled at Winthrop are subject to all rules and regulations of Winthrop governing academic requirements and eligibility for degree-and non-degree-seeking students. Employees may take any credit course offered by Winthrop under the program if they qualify academically.
E. Tuition and Fees
Tuition is waived for a maximum of six (6) credit hours per semester. Tuition is waived for a maximum of six (6) credit hours for all summer terms combined.
For credit hours above the maximum of six (6), regular tuition fees will be assessed. Employees who reside out-of-state may request an exemption for out-of-state tuition fees by completing the “Application for Classification as a South Carolina Resident for Fee and Tuition Purposes,” available in the Office of Records and Registration.
If an employee is receiving other assistance that does not require repayment, i.e. scholarships, tuition assistance is available for eligible costs incurred while participating in the program as long as the reimbursement and other funds received does not exceed the total cost of the course(s) taken. If the employee is receiving other assistance that must be repaid, i.e. student loans, tuition assistance is available for a maximum of six (6) credit hours per semester.
F. Enrollment Process
Employees will enroll in classes following the same process for all admitted students.
G. Request for EEAP Form
The EEAP request form may be accessed via the web (click here) or via e-mail to HRHELP@winthrop.edu or via telephone at 803-323-2273.
H. Time Away from Work
Specific time away from work to attend class must be approved in advance by the employee’s supervisor (and other administrators in the approval line) and will be accounted for by using compensatory time or annual leave. The supervisor (or other administrator in the approval line) has the right to deny the employee time away from work to attend class if the employee’s absence would interfere with the academic or business needs of the department, division or university.
All requests for participation in this program will be reviewed by the appropriate executive officer before forwarding to the President for final action.
J. Upon Termination
EEAP employees leaving the university for any reason prior to completion of EEAP coursework may be required to reimburse the university for part or all of the waived tuition. This determination will be made by the President (or designee) on a case-by-case basis.
EEAP Request Form