Stephen F. Austin State University

Lumberjack Education Assistance Program (LEAP)

Highlights of the Lumberjack Education Assistance Program (LEAP) include:

· Mandatory tuition and fees are exempted for eligible participants, except statutory tuition ($50 per semester credit hour for undergraduate classes or $80 per semester credit hour for graduate classes).

· Employees who enroll in classes will have scholarship support available to cover the statutory tuition costs.

· There is no cap on the number of courses an employee, spouse or dependent may take with the LEAP benefit.

· The program is available to employees who had already reached the former Employee Scholarship Program annual cap of $3,000.

The application form for LEAP is available through mySFA in the Benefits section of the Employee tab.

Neither employees nor dependents are taxed on any portion of the exempted undergraduate tuition and fee value. However, pursuant to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 117(d), employees who take graduate courses are taxed on exempted tuition and fee values that exceed $5,250 annually. Also pursuant to the IRC, dependents of employees who take graduate courses are taxed on the exempted tuition and fees for those courses.

Contact Kevin Davis at daviskl2@sfasu.edu for information about applying for undergraduate studies. For information about graduate studies, contact Dr. Pauline Sampson at sampsonp@sfasu.edu.

For questions regarding eligibility for LEAP, contact the Business Office at businessoffice@sfasu.edu.