Staff Education Enhancement Fund

The Staff Education Enhancement Fund (SEEF) supports CWRU staff to pursue learning opportunities designed to help them acquire new knowledge, skills, and competencies which enable them to perform their jobs more effectively, stay up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in their fields, and enhance their career prospects.

Staff are encouraged to seek financial support from their supervisors and/or departments before applying to the Staff Education Enhancement Fund.

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Eligible uses of the fund include, but are not limited to:

  • Textbooks
  • Training, courses, and certifications
  • Conferences
  • Memberships

Ineligible uses of the fund include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel or travel-related expenses
  • Any purchase already funded under regular University Benefits
  • Taxes incurred on otherwise eligible purchases

Applicants must have a current full or part time CWRU employee status at the university at time of reimbursement to be eligible for SEEF.

Faculty are not eligible.

Applications may be submitted for a past purchase or an anticipated future purchase, but the application and purchases must occur within a three month span. A new application must be submitted for any expense that does not or cannot meet the timing requirements (recurring expenses, for example)

Individuals may apply to the SEEF multiple times but may only receive a maximum of $500 total per calendar year.


Individuals who would like to apply to the Staff Education Enhancement Fund but would like an alternative to a written application may schedule an appointment with the Professional Development Center. At that appointment the Professional Development Center staff will ask the application questions and transcribe the applicant’s verbal responses on their behalf.

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Applications are reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Relevance: The application is relevant to the applicants current and/or future career goals.
  • Impact: The application has a positive impact on the applicants performance and/or capability.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: The application is cost-effective and reasonable in relation to the expected outcomes.
  • Feasibility: The application is realistic given the applicant’s responsibilities and obligations.
  • Long-Term Value: The application has the potential for long-term value for the applicant.
  • Clarity: The application communicates and connects the details between the opportunity and the benefit to the applicant.

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Applications to the Staff Education Enhancement Fund are reviewed on a rolling basis by the Staff Advisory Council Development and Training Committee at their monthly meetings. The committee will consider and approve or reject each application in the order they are received. In the event the committee allocates all the funds set aside for that month, consideration of further applications will be delayed until the next month’s meeting. The committee will notify each applicant of their application’s status (approved, rejected, or delayed) after each meeting.

Applicants who are approved by the committee must submit receipts for their purchases to the Development and Training Committee. Purchases which do not appear on the application will not be reimbursed.

Receipts must meet the following requirements:

  1. The receipt must be dated within three months of the application submission.
  2. The receipt must be itemized.
  3. The receipt must show or be accompanied by documentation showing that the applicant made the purchase.

When the Development and Training committee receives receipts which meet the requirements, they will initiate the reimbursement via an expense report.


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