The deadline to apply for tuition reimbursement for the spring semester through the Firemen's Association of the State of New York's Higher Education Learning Plan is Feb. 1.
The statewide community college tuition reimbursement program is geared towards recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters throughout New York. Due to a variety of factors, many volunteer fire departments are experiencing a need to recruit and retain more members. FASNY believes that tuition reimbursement can be an effective incentive for people to volunteer in their local community. Nearly 200 students across New York applied to participate in the program for the fall 2012.
Under FASNY HELP, an individual who doesn't have a college degree, or has not taken 80 or more lifetime college credits, can have up to 100 percent of their tuition reimbursed in exchange for maintaining good grades and fulfilling service requirements in one of New York's volunteer fire companies. There is no restriction on the type of academic courses the FASNY HELP student/volunteer can pursue.
The program can be used for tuition costs incurred in the fall and spring semesters. Eligible student/volunteers must maintain acceptable volunteer activity and training levels while attending school and fulfill a service requirement after they complete their course of study. They must attend the closest community college or one within a 50-mile radius of their residence.
"We believe that FASNY HELP is an important incentive for students to give back to their local communities as they continue their education," said James A. Burns, FASNY president. "FASNY HELP is a significant component of our multi-pronged effort to recruit and retain volunteers."
For more information, visit www.fireinyou.org.