Full-time Employees Now Eligible to Take 18 Credit Hours Per Year at Valencia for Degree or Technical Certificate at No Cost
We have a new Valencia acronym — EDF — otherwise known as Employee Development Funds. EDF replaces the former SPD or Staff and Program Development Funds.
As part of EDF, full-time employees who have been employed at Valencia for a minimum of six continuous months are now eligible for tuition up to 18 credit hours per fiscal year at Valencia if seeking a degree or a technical certificate. This allows employees to take the same number of credits per term as dependents and increases opportunities for our colleagues to complete their degree in a quicker time frame.
This change is the result of a new policy, 6Hx28: 3C-07 Employee, Dependent and Program Development Funds, which was approved in May 2018 by the District Board of Trustees. This new policy consolidates two former policies — 6Hx28: 3C-07 and 3C-09 — which you may have known as SPD funds for employees and tuition waivers for dependents.
The updated policy includes three main categories:
Employee Development Funds (EDF)
With supervisor approval, full-time employees who have been employed at the College in a full-time position for a minimum of six continuous months are eligible for:
- Tuition up to 18 credit hours per fiscal year at Valencia, if degree seeking or seeking a technical certificate; OR
- Up to $1,100 dollars per fiscal year for eligible professional development, such as conferences, workshops, seminars and webinars; tuition reimbursement from another United States regionally accredited higher education institution; or a combination of professional development and Valencia non-degree seeking courses.
Please note that employees may take more than six credits per term after consultation and approval from their supervisor. There is no longer a limitation of six credits per term for employees.
Full-time employees who have been employed at the College in a full-time position for a minimum of six continuous months may have eligible dependents register for up to a maximum of six credit hours per term toward credit and non-credit courses at Valencia. An eligible dependent is a non-Valencia employee who is a spouse, domestic partner or child of a Valencia College employee. Please note: a child of two eligible Valencia College employees may take a maximum of 12 credit hours per term.
Program Development Funds
These funds are managed by senior leadership to support program initiation or innovation. Please refer to each department’s senior leader for the distribution process.
The two forms (Request for EDF and Request for Valencia College Course Tuition) are located in ATLAS under Valencia Forms. Please note: you should route all forms, including those for Valencia classes and Continuing Education, to your ODHR Regional Solution Center for approval.
For answers to frequently asked questions, click here. For additional questions, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).