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College course reimbursement fund is established by TVHS Foundation

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The Tech Valley School Foundation Board of Directors has established a tuition reimbursement program to help Tech Valley High School students pay the cost of earning college credits while in high school.

The foundation recently allocated $10,000 to create the Tuition Reimbursement Program fund. The program will support current TVHS students who wish to challenge themselves by taking college-level courses.

The fund's creation was made possible by former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, who directed $100,000 in funds to the foundation last year.

“We are pleased to provide our students with the best opportunities to advance their education,” Tech Valley School Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Dale Thuillez said. “We expect this to be a very successful program.”

“A student's desire to challenge him or herself shouldn't be limited by finances,” Tech Valley High School Principal James Niedermeier said. “I'm excited that the foundation has provided us with resources to take cost off the table as we increase the opportunities and rigor of our program for our students.”

Students may apply for tuition reimbursement for courses taken while enrolled at TVHS, including, but not necessarily limited to, AP courses, University in High School (UHS) courses and other courses that have the potential to allow students to earn college credit.

Eligibility for reimbursement:
In order to be eligible, the student must have received a grade of C (75) or higher for UHS courses, or a grade of 3 or above on an AP exam. Students can apply for reimbursement by providing proof of the grade and payment within three months of receiving the course grade.

Tuition eligible for reimbursement:

  • All AP or Excelsior College exams taken while enrolled at TVHS.

  • All CHS or UHS courses taken at TVHS.

  • All courses taken through accredited colleges (Maximum of $165 per class).

  • Other courses approved by the director of the Tech Valley Regional Technology Institute in consultation with the Tech Valley High School principal. Please note that request for approval of another course must be submitted in letters to the Foundation Board of Directors prior to the student enrolling in the course.

Limits for reimbursement
There is no annual total limit for a student to receive tuition reimbursement, but each reimbursement is limited to $165. Reimbursement will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. The Tech Valley School Foundation Board may decline reimbursement or discontinue the reimbursement program if it does not have sufficient funds to cover all reimbursement requests.

Special Circumstances
Students who cannot afford to pay tuition fees at the time of enrollment in the exam or course may apply to the TVHS principal for funding at the time of enrollment. This request must include a letter explaining the circumstances for financial need, proof of cost, and proof of an overall grade point average over 80 percent. This request must be submitted to the TVHS principal prior to enrollment in the course. If approved, a check will be issued directly to the enrolling institution. These students would not be eligible for any type of reimbursement following the course because they will not have experienced any out-of-pocket expense.


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