Tuition Refund

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Successfully complete apprenticeship training, get your tuition reimbursed.

Merit’s Tuition Refund Program reimburses tuition fees for field employees of Merit member companies who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and return to work for a Merit member. The refund can be issued to either individual member employees or directly to the Merit member employer if the company paid for the employee’s tuition.

Merit’s Board of Directors believes it is important to assist the next generation of skilled trades workers. We are continuing with our tuition refund program. Tuition refunds for indentured apprentices are capped at 2016 levels.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Eligibility Guidelines for British Columbia Apprentices Only

Merit National’s Tuition Refund Program reimburses tuition fees for Hour Bank employees of Merit National Member companies, for each period of technical apprenticeship training successfully completed. The refund can be issued to individual employees or, where employers have reimbursed or paid for the employee’s tuition, directly to the Merit National Member company/employer.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Hour Bank employees who work for a Merit National Member company are eligible to apply for a tuition refund
  • Applicant must successfully complete the apprenticeship training period at a publicly funded training facility
  • Applicant must return to work full-time for a Merit National Member company and work a minimum of 150 hours (approximately one month)

 

Guidelines:

Within six months from the date on the employee’s Proof of Completion, stating they have completed apprenticeship training, applicant must submit the following to Merit National:

  • Completed Tuition Refund Program Claim Form
  • A copy of the Proof of Completion
  • Transcript of Marks from their institute of training
  • Proof of Payment/Receipt

 

NOTE: Failure to meet all criteria within the specified timeframe will result in the claim being rejected.

 

  • Employees who begin training immediately upon hire will be reimbursed after completion of the training period and once they have worked a minimum of 300 hours (approximately two months)
  • Employees who choose to work through school training will be reimbursed if required hours have been achieved upon completion of the course
  • An employee leaving a Merit National Member company will be eligible for a tuition refund if they find work with another Merit National Member company and meets all other criteria within six months of course completion
  • Merit National Member companies that pay for an employee’s tuition may also be reimbursed

 

Merit National’s Tuition Refund Program does not cover:

  • Books
  • Lockers
  • Association fees
  • Journeyman upgrading courses
  • The cost of challenging an apprenticeship exam
  • Fees for programs such as Merit College of Construction’s Supervisor Training Program (STP) or Construction Skills Training Program

 

Reimbursement rates are subject to change at the discretion of Merit National.

To calculate the amount of the tuition refund for a given training period, the weekly tuition fee is multiplied by the number of technical training weeks.

The tuition refund must be included in your annual tax return as taxable income. A T4A Statement of Other Income Earned will be issued to you by Merit National.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for British Columbia Apprentices Only

1. Do I have to wait until I have worked 150 hours before sending the claim form and supporting documents?

No, you may send the form and documents in before. We will track the hours your company reports for your benefits.

2. Is there a time limit to send in the claim form?

A: Yes. Merit National must receive the claim form and supporting documents plus you must have worked 150 hours with a Merit National Member company within six months of the completion date on your Proof of Completion.

3. I have banked hours from before I attended school. Will these count towards the 150 hours?

A: No, we require that you accumulate the 150 hours with a Merit National Member company after you complete and pass the course.

4. Can I email my claim form and documents?

A: Yes, you can email your documents to tuition@meritnational.com.

5. I emailed my claim form to Merit National four weeks ago. Why haven’t I received a cheque yet?

A: Our process takes approximately six to eight weeks to complete. We process the refunds in the order applications are received. We also need to verify that the paperwork submitted is correct and that the required Hour Bank hours have been worked.

6. I do not work in British Columbia. Can I still receive a tuition refund?

A: The Tuition Refund Program is available to employees in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and British Columbia.

Click here for the British Columbia Tuition Refund form.

Send your claim form to:
Merit Contractors Association
103, 13025 St Albert Trail NW

Edmonton, AB T5L 4H5

TF: 1.888.744.0002
F: 780.455.2109
E: tuition@meritnational.com

ALBERTA

Eligibility Guidelines for Alberta Apprentices Only

Merit Contractors Association’s (MCA) Tuition Refund Program reimburses tuition fees for Hour Bank employees of MCA Member companies, for each period of technical apprenticeship training successfully completed. The refund can be issued to individual employees or, where employers have reimbursed or paid for the employee’s tuition, directly to the MCA Member company/employer.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Hour Bank employees who work for an Merit Contractors Association (MCA) Member company are eligible to apply for a tuition refund
  • Applicant must successfully complete the apprenticeship training period at a publicly funded training facility (NAIT, SAIT, Red Deer College, etc.)
  • Applicant must return to work full-time for an MCA Member company and work a minimum of 150 hours (approximately one month)

 

Guidelines:
Within six months from the date on the employee’s letter from the Alberta Apprenticeship Board, stating they have completed apprenticeship training, applicant must submit the following to MCA:

  • Completed Tuition Refund Program Claim Form
  • Copy of the Alberta Apprenticeship Board Letter

NOTE: Failure to meet all criteria within the specified timeframe will result in the claim being rejected.

  • Employees who begin training immediately upon hire will be reimbursed after completion of the training period and once they have worked a minimum of 300 hours (approximately two months)
  • Employees who choose to work through school training will be reimbursed if required hours have been achieved upon completion of the course
  • An employee leaving an MCA Member company will be eligible for a tuition refund if they find work with another MCA Member company and meets all other criteria within six months of course completion
  • MCA Member companies that pay for an employee’s tuition may also be reimbursed

 

Merit Contractors Association’s Tuition Refund Program does not cover:

  • Books
  • Lockers
  • Association fees
  • Journeyman upgrading courses
  • The cost of challenging an apprenticeship exam
  • Fees for programs such as Merit College of Construction’s Supervisor Training Program (STP) or Construction Skills Training Program

 

Reimbursement rates are subject to change at the discretion MCA.

To calculate the amount of the tuition refund for a given training period, the weekly tuition fee is multiplied by the number of technical training weeks.

The tuition refund must be included in your annual tax return as taxable income. A T4A Statement of Other Income Earned will be issued to you by MCA.

Frequently Asked Questions for Alberta Apprentices Only

 

1. Do I have to wait until I have worked 150 hours before sending the claim form and supporting documents?
No, you may send the form and documents in before. We will track the hours your company reports for your benefits.

2. I have not received my letter from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. What can I do?
A digital copy of the letter should be available to you on your MyTradesecrets Account on the Alberta Advanced Education website: https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/mytradesecrets/access-your-mytradesecrets-account/
Once you are on the site, click on your Notifications envelope, then open the document labeled Progress Report. This will show you the letter.

3. Do I need a transcript of my marks to receive a tuition refund?
No, marks are no longer required for Alberta apprentices due to changes in the documents that are available to apprentices through the Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.

4. Is there a time limit to send in the claim form?
Yes. MCA must receive the claim form and supporting documents plus you must have worked 150 hours with an MCA Member company within six months of the completion date on your letter from the Alberta Apprenticeship Board.

5. I have banked hours from before I attended school. Will these count towards the 150 hours?
No, we require that you accumulate the 150 hours with an MCA Member company after you complete and pass the course.

6. Can I email my claim form and documents?
Yes, you can email your documents to tuition@meritalberta.com.

7. I emailed my claim form to MCA four weeks ago. Why haven’t I received a cheque yet?
Our process takes approximately six to eight weeks to complete. We process the refunds in the order applications are received. We also need to verify that the paperwork submitted is correct and that the required Hour Bank hours have been worked.

8. I do not work in Alberta. Can I still receive a tuition refund?
The Tuition Refund Program is available to employees in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Click here for the Alberta Tuition Form

 

Send your claim form to:
Merit Contractors Association
103, 13025 St Albert Trail NW

Edmonton, AB T5L 4H5

P: 1.888.744.0002
F: 780.455.2109
E: tuition@meritalberta.com

MANITOBA

Eligibility Guidelines for Manitoba Apprentices Only

Merit National’s Tuition Refund Program reimburses tuition fees for Hour Bank employees of Merit National Member companies, for each period of technical apprenticeship training successfully completed. The refund can be issued to individual employees or, where employers have reimbursed or paid for the employee’s tuition, directly to the Merit National Member company/employer.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Hour Bank employees who work for a Merit National Member company are eligible to apply for a tuition refund
  • Applicant must successfully complete the apprenticeship training period at a publicly funded training facility
  • Applicant must return to work full-time for a Merit National Member company and work a minimum of 150 hours (approximately one month)

 

Guidelines:
Within six months from the date on the employee’s Proof of Completion, stating they have completed apprenticeship training, applicant must submit the following to Merit National:

  • Completed Tuition Refund Program Claim Form
  • Copy of the Proof of Completion
  • Transcript of Marks from their institute of training

NOTE: Failure to meet all criteria within the specified timeframe will result in the claim being rejected.

  • Employees who begin training immediately upon hire will be reimbursed after completion of the training period and once they have worked a minimum of 300 hours (approximately two months)
  • Employees who choose to work through school training will be reimbursed if required hours have been achieved upon completion of the course
  • An employee leaving a Merit National Member company will be eligible for a tuition refund if they find work with another Merit National Member company and meets all other criteria within six months of course completion
  • Merit National Member companies that pay for an employee’s tuition may also be reimbursed.

 

Merit National’s Tuition Refund Program does not cover:

  • Books
  • Lockers
  • Association fees
  • Journeyman upgrading courses
  • The cost of challenging an apprenticeship exam
  • Fees for programs such as Merit College of Construction’s Supervisor Training Program (STP) or Construction Skills Training Program

 

Reimbursement rates are subject to change at the discretion of Merit National.

To calculate the amount of the tuition refund for a given training period, the weekly tuition fee is multiplied by the number of technical training weeks.

The tuition refund must be included in your annual tax return as taxable income. A T4A Statement of Other Income Earned will be issued to you by Merit National.

Frequently Asked Questions for Manitoba Apprentices Only

1. Do I have to wait until I have worked 150 hours before sending the claim form and supporting documents?
No, you may send the form and documents in before. We will track the hours your company reports for your benefits.

2. Is there a time limit to send in the claim form?
Yes. Merit National must receive the claim form and supporting documents plus you must have worked 150 hours with a Merit National Member company within six months of the completion date on your Proof of Completion.

3. I have banked hours from before I attended school. Will these count towards the 150 hours?
No, we require that you accumulate the 150 hours with a Merit National Member company after you complete and pass the course.

4. Can I email my claim form and documents?
Yes, you can email your documents to tuition@meritnational.com.

5. I emailed my claim form to Merit National four weeks ago. Why haven’t I received a cheque yet?
Our process takes approximately six to eight weeks to complete. We process the refunds in the order applications are received. We also need to verify that the paperwork submitted is correct and that the required Hour Bank hours have been worked.

6. I do not work in Manitoba. Can I still receive a tuition refund?
The Tuition Refund Program is available to employees in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Click here for the Manitoba Tuition Form

 

Send your claim form to:
Merit National
103, 13025 St Albert Trail NW

Edmonton, AB T5L 4H5

P: 1.888.744.0002
F: 780.455.2109
E: tuition@meritnational.com

ONTARIO

Eligibility Guidelines for Ontario Apprentices Only

Merit Contractors Association’s (MCA) Tuition Refund Program reimburses tuition fees for Hour Bank employees of MCA Member companies, for each period of technical apprenticeship training successfully completed. The refund can be issued to individual employees or, where employers have reimbursed or paid for the employee’s tuition, directly to the MCA Member company/employer.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Hour Bank employees who work for an MCA Member company are eligible to apply for a tuition refund
  • Applicant must successfully complete the apprenticeship training period at a publicly funded training facility
  • Applicant must return to work full-time for an MCA Member company and work a minimum of 150 hours (approximately one month)

 

Guidelines:

Within six months from the date on the employee’s Certificate of Qualification, stating they have completed apprenticeship training, applicant must submit the following to MCA:

  • Completed Tuition Refund Program Claim Form
  • Copy of the Certificate of Qualification
  • Transcript of Marks from the Ontario Apprenticeship Board
  • Proof of Payment/Receipt

NOTE: Failure to meet all criteria within the specified timeframe will result in the claim being rejected.

  • Employees who begin training immediately upon hire will be reimbursed after completion of the training period and once they have worked a minimum of 300 hours (approximately two months)
  • Employees who choose to work through school training will be reimbursed if required hours have been achieved upon completion of the course
  • An employee leaving an MCA Member company will be eligible for a tuition refund if they find work with another MCA Member company and meets all other criteria within six months of course completion
  • MCA Member companies that pay for an employee’s tuition may also be reimbursed

 

Merit Contractors Association’s Tuition Refund Program does not cover:

  • Books
  • Lockers
  • Association fees
  • Journeyman upgrading courses
  • The cost of challenging an apprenticeship exam
  • Fees for programs such as Merit College of Construction’s Supervisor Training Program (STP) or Construction Skills Training Program

 

The tuition refund must be included in your annual tax return as taxable income. A T4A Statement of Other Income Earned will be issued to you by MCA.

Frequently Asked Questions for Ontario Apprentices Only

1. Do I have to wait until I have worked 150 hours before sending the claim form and supporting documents?
No, you may send the form and documents in before. We will track the hours your company reports for your benefits.

2. Is there a time limit to send in the claim form?
Yes. MCA must receive the claim form and supporting documents plus you must have worked 150 hours with an MCA Member company within six months of the completion date on your letter from the Ontario Apprenticeship Board.

3. I have banked hours from before I attended school. Will these count towards the 150 hours?
No, we require that you accumulate the 150 hours with an MCA Member company after you complete and pass the course.

4. Can I email my claim form and documents?
Yes, you can email your documents to tuition@meritalberta.com.

5. I emailed my claim form to MCA four weeks ago. Why haven’t I received a cheque yet?
Our process takes approximately six to eight weeks to complete. We process the refunds in the order applications are received. We also need to verify that the paperwork submitted is correct and that the required Hour Bank hours have been worked.

6. I do not work in Ontario. Can I still receive a tuition refund?
The Tuition Refund Program is available to employees in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Click here for the Ontario Tuition Form

 

Send your claim form to:
Merit Contractors Association
103, 13025 St Albert Trail NW

Edmonton, AB T5L 4H5

P: 1.888.744.0002
F: 780.455.2109
E: tuition@meritalberta.com

SASKATCHEWAN

Eligibility Guidelines for Saskatchewan Apprentices Only

Merit National’s Tuition Refund Program reimburses tuition fees for Hour Bank employees of Merit National Member companies, for each period of technical apprenticeship training successfully completed. The refund can be issued to individual employees or, where employers have reimbursed or paid for the employee’s tuition, directly to the Merit National Member company/employer.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Hour Bank employees who work for a Merit National Member company are eligible to apply for a tuition refund
  • Applicant must successfully complete the apprenticeship training period at a publicly funded training facility
  • Applicant must return to work full-time for a Merit National Member company and work a minimum of 150 hours (approximately one month)

 

Guidelines:
Within six months from the date on the employee’s Proof of Completion, stating they have completed apprenticeship training, applicant must submit the following to Merit National:

  • Completed Tuition Refund Program Claim Form
  • A copy of the Proof of Completion
  • Transcript of Marks from their institute of training

NOTE: Failure to meet all criteria within the specified timeframe will result in the claim being rejected.

  • Employees who begin training immediately upon hire will be reimbursed after completion of the training period and once they have worked a minimum of 300 hours (approximately two months)
  • Employees who choose to work through school training will be reimbursed, if required hours have been achieved upon completion of the course
  • An employee leaving a Merit National Member company will be eligible for a tuition refund if they find work with another Merit National Member company and meets all other criteria within six months of course completion
  • Merit National Member companies that pay for an employee’s tuition may also be reimbursed

 

Merit National’s Tuition Refund Program does not cover:

  • Books
  • Lockers
  • Association fees
  • Journeyman upgrading courses
  • The cost of challenging an apprenticeship exam
  • Fees for programs such as Merit College of Construction’s Supervisor Training Program (STP) or Construction Skills Training Program

 

Reimbursement rates are subject to change at the discretion of Merit National.

To calculate the amount of the tuition refund for a given training period, the weekly tuition fee is multiplied by the number of technical training weeks.

The tuition refund must be included in your annual tax return as taxable income. A T4A Statement of Other Income Earned will be issued to you by Merit National.

Frequently Asked Questions for Saskatchewan Apprentices Only

1. Do I have to wait until I have worked 150 hours before sending the claim form and supporting documents?
No, you may send the form and documents in before. We will track the hours your company reports for your benefits.

2. Is there a time limit to send in the claim form?
Yes. Merit National must receive the claim form and supporting documents plus you must have worked 150 hours with a Merit National Member company within six months of the completion date on your Proof of Completion.

3. I have banked hours from before I attended school. Will these count towards the 150 hours?
No, we require that you accumulate the 150 hours with a Merit National Member company after you complete and pass the course.

4. Can I email my claim form and documents?
Yes, you can email your documents to tuition@meritnational.com.

5. I emailed my claim form to Merit National four weeks ago. Why haven’t I received a cheque yet?
Our process takes approximately six to eight weeks to complete. We process the refunds in the order applications are received. We also need to verify that the paperwork submitted is correct and that the required Hour Bank hours have been worked.

6. I do not work in Saskatchewan. Can I still receive a tuition refund?
The Tuition Refund Program is available to employees in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Click here for the Saskatchewan Tuition Form

 

Send your claim form to:
Merit National
103, 13025 St Albert Trail NW

Edmonton, AB T5L 4H5

P: 1.888.744.0002
F: 780.455.2109
E: tuition@meritnational.com

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