Explore WMU's tuition-related benefits for employees

contact: Jeanne Baron
| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A series of informational sessions are being held this month for Western Michigan University employees who want to learn more about how to take advantage of their tuition-related benefits.

Informational sessions

Three types of sessions have been planned, although employees also may visit the Office of Admissions on the first floor of the Seibert Administration Building during any work day to inquire about taking courses at WMU.

Brown-bag lunch sessions

This event will be held twice, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 18 and 26, in the President’s Dining Room of the Bernhard Center. It will include presentations by the Center for Academic Success Programs, Extended University Programs, the Graduate College, Human Resources, the Office of Admissions, and the university studies degree-completion program.

Graduate College one-on-one sessions

Representatives from the Graduate College will be available for personal discussions with employees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, in 215 Bernhard Center. Individual appointments can be scheduled by calling (269) 387-3620.

Office of Admissions one-on-one session

Representatives from the Office of Admissions will be ready from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, to assist employees with last-minute enrollment questions for the fall 2015 semester and those needing referrals to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

About the tuition benefits

WMU covers 100 percent of tuition and required fees for full- and part-time, benefits-eligible nonbargaining employees when they take a graduate or undergraduate class at the University for academic credit.

With certain restrictions, nonbargaining employees with full-time benefits eligibility may elect to have WMU cover 75 percent of tuition and required fees for undergraduate classes taken for academic credit by a spouse, dependent child or other designated eligible individual.

"We want to help people explore all their options, regardless of whether their focus is on the educational goals of an eligible individual or themselves," says Scott P. Hennessy, associate director of admissions.

"WMU has hundreds of quality programs in addition to a generous tuition-and-fee discount. That's a winning combination for employees who want to finish a degree or to take classes for personal enrichment, for professional development or as a way of checking out different degree fields."

More information

For details about the upcoming Graduate College sessions, contact Tony Dennis at tony.dennis@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8214. For details about the other scheduled sessions, contact Scott Hennessy at scott.hennessy@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2011.

WMU employees with suggestions about academic areas they'd like to see covered in future information sessions, also should contact Hennessy.

A new website dedicated to employees and their eligible dependents who are considering enrolling at WMU is available at wmich.edu/admissions/guest/employees.

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