Civic and Community Alliance Scholarship Program
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Ready to earn an affordable Strayer bachelor’s or master’s? Through the Civic and Community Alliance Scholarship Program, admitted Strayer University students who are employed in one of the following professions or volunteer for a non-profit may be eligible to receive 50% off tuition for the duration of their program:
- Emergency management
- Public safety
- Nonprofit organizations (501(c) designation), including volunteers
- Community college employees
- Public school district employees
- Law enforcement: crime
prevention, control or reduction of crime, or the enforcement of
- Public interest law services: legal services provided by an organization that is funded in whole or in part by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government
- Public service for individuals with disabilities and the elderly
- Public health administration employees
- Small business administration affiliations
The application deadline for this program is January 4. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
What counts as a qualifying employer?
Qualifying employers include any state, local or tribal government agency and many nonprofit organizations. A government contractor is not considered a government employer.
Which nonprofit organizations qualify?
- Eligible nonprofit organizations include an organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Current state, local or tribal government agency employees including many nonprofit organizations are eligible for this scholarship once they are admitted to Strayer University. To be eligible, students must show that they are considered to be an employee of a qualifying employer.
What determines an employee of a qualifying employer?
If a qualifying employer has sent or will send you a Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) at the end of each tax year, you are employed by the qualifying employer.
For example, if you were hired by a government contractor and the
contractor issues your Form W-2, you are employed by the contractor.
In this case, although you may be doing work for a qualifying employer
(a government agency), you are not an employee of the qualifying
Another example of an employee of qualifying employer: if you’re a full-time employee of a law enforcement agency, your employment qualifies regardless of your position (police officer, forensic technologist, computer forensics, support staff, etc.).
Please note the following:
- Only new and readmit Strayer students are eligible.
- Spouses and dependents are not eligible for the tuition assistance.
- Students who utilize the Civic and Community Alliance Scholarship are not eligible for the Graduation Fund or any additional tuition discounts.
- Students must show proof of employment documentation only once. If they change jobs, they are still eligible for tuition assistance; however, it could be lost if the student does not take courses for two consecutive quarters.
- You must remain employed with a qualifying employer at the time you submit your application.
Verification of current employment employed by a qualified employer must be dated within one month prior to the date of registration. All documentation must be verified by SU. Documentation can be in the form of one of the following:
- An email directly from a supervisor’s work email address that indicates the student’s role. Email domain must include organization name – e.g. @texas.gov or @houstonpolice.org;
- A letter on employer letterhead, signed by a supervisor (PDF version of the letter is acceptable) that indicates the student’s role;
- A current pay stub from the employer that indicates the student’s role; or
- Employer tuition assistance documentation that indicates the student’s role.
Volunteers of nonprofits
Verification can include a letter on organizational letterhead that indicates the current date signed by the director that indicates the student is an active volunteer.
Small Business Administration affiliation through a copy of the business tax receipts to show one of the following:
- 500 employees or less; or
- The number of employees allowed by the employee-based size standard applicable to that entity
Contact an admissions officer at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the Civic and Community scholarship or to explore other Strayer programs.
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