Officers - Primary Tuition Scholarship

PTS kids in school

For eligible, full-time faculty and other Officers, the Primary Tuition Scholarship (PTS) benefit pays for a portion of your children's tuition for grades K-8 at New York City Private Schools or The School at Columbia University. There is no waiting period.

Eligibility

  • You are a regular full-time salaried Officer of Instruction, Administration, the Libraries and Research; and
  • You or your spouse/same-sex domestic partner has a dependent child—a natural child, adopted child, or stepchild, or a child for whom one of you has legal guardianship—who is enrolled in grades K-8 at a private school;

AND:

  • Both you and the child live within the five boroughs of New York City; and
  • The school is an accredited, private academic institution located within the five boroughs of New York City.

Officers are Not Eligible if:

  • You are a visiting Officer of Instruction or Research, or you are a postdoctoral research fellow or postdoctoral clinical fellow; or
  • The child is in nursery school, pre-kindergarten, or grades 9 through 12. 

Officers who are eligible can receive a PTS as soon as you are eligible for full-time Officer benefits, although you will be only partially covered for a school year if one is already under way. The table below illustrates the portion of the PTS you are entitled to receive if you are newly hired or newly eligible.

Note: The day of the month does not have an impact on your benefit. In addition, the table assumes the academic year runs from September to June. If the school operates on a different academic year, the scholarship will be adjusted based on how far into the academic year you were hired.

New Hires or Newly Eligible

PTS Benefits

Primary Tuition Scholarship (PTS) has two benefits that cover eligible children of full-time faculty and other Officers:

NYC Private Schools

For eligible, full-time, regular salaried Officers, the PTS benefit pays between 10% and 35% of your child’s tuition in grades K-8 at a private school within the five boroughs of New York City based on Qualifying Family Income. Both you and your child(ren) must live within the five boroughs of New York City.

For a PTS benefit greater than 10% of tuition, prior year federal tax return is used to determine Qualifying Family Income. If your tax return is not submitted, the PTS award will equal 10%. Please refer to the PTS Percent of Tuition Covered Table, which details percent of tuition covered by Qualifying Family Income.

The School at Columbia University

For eligible, full-time, regular salaried Officers, the PTS benefit pays 50% of your dependent child's tuition for grades K-8 at The School at Columbia University. Both you and your child(ren) must live within the five boroughs of New York City.

Please note: Application to The School of Columbia University is a separate process. For information, go to theschool.columbia.edu.

How to Apply

You apply for the PTS programs by following instructions in the Checklist and submitting your completed application via EBPA after June 1 for the start of a new primary school year. EBPA is our third party administrator that processes PTS applications and benefits payments.

PTS Checklist: NYC Private Schools

PTS Checklist: The School at Columbia

Submit application to EBPA after July 1 for the start of a new undergraduate school year.

  • Go to secure.ebpabenefits.com; click “Reimbursement Accounts”; enter information; upload documents; or
  • Send via fax: 603‐773‐4425; or
  • Send via mail: EBPA, P.O. Box 1140, Exeter, NH 03833‐1140.

For application status and payment processing questions, email EBPA at tuition@ebpabenefits.com or call EBPA customer service: 1-888-456-4576.

Employment Changes Affecting Eligibility

If you are laid off during a term, your child’s PTS for that term will not be revoked. However, he or she will not be eligible for a PTS for any subsequent term.

Involuntary Termination or Involuntary Transfer to Part-Time Employment

If you are involuntarily discharged or released, or involuntarily transferred—other than for cause—from a full-time to a part-time appointment during a term, the PTS benefit for the current term will not be revoked. However, the Officer will not be granted PTS benefits for any subsequent term.

If your employment is terminated for cause, you will be required to pay back a portion of the PTS benefit for the current term, according to the table under Proportion of Scholarship Retained, which outlines the portion of your PTS you are entitled to retain if you leave in a given month. Note that the day of the month is not relevant for this purpose. Eligibility officially ends at the close of business on the last day of your active, full-time employment with the University.

Voluntary Resignation or Voluntary Transfer to Part-Time Employment

If you voluntarily resign, are discharged or released, or switch from a full-time to a part-time appointment during a term, you must refund to Columbia a portion of any PTS benefit received for that term. The table under Proportion of Scholarship Retained outlines the portion of your PTS you are entitled to retain if you leave in a given month. Note that the day of the month is not relevant for this purpose. Eligibility officially ends at the close of business on the last day of your active, full-time employment with the University.

Officer's Resignation, Discharge or Release, OR Child's Departure from School Listed on Application

Officers on any paid or unpaid leave of absence are still considered to be full-time Officers, and their otherwise eligible children continue to qualify for the PTS.

Upon the Officer’s retirement, children remain eligible for PTS benefits for which they were eligible under the terms in effect (at the time the application is submitted) for active Officers with the same hire date. To retire with this benefit, an Officer must be 55 years or older and must have completed ten (10) years of continuous benefits-eligible service after age 45.

  • If a deceased Officer had completed ten (10) years of continuous benefits-eligible service at death, the otherwise eligible dependent child of the Officer, or of the Officer’s spouse or same-sex domestic partner, is eligible for a PTS under the terms in effect for active Officers at the time the application is submitted.
     
  • If a deceased Officer had completed less than ten (10) years of continuous benefits-eligible service at death, the otherwise eligible dependent child may receive a PTS only to complete the academic year started before the Officer’s death.
Reminder on Tax Treatment

Tax Treatment

Under current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, a PTS only counts as taxable income when it benefits the dependent child of a same-sex domestic partner.