I am interested in the TPMG Choice program for RNs. Can you give me more information?

  • The Nurse Scholars Academy is offering a new program that provides tuition assistance to eligible employees. The TPMG Choice program gives Northern California TPMG non-represented, benefited (20+ hours) registered nurses the flexibility to choose which accredited school they would like to attend to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN), a master’s, or a doctoral degree.

Note: If you are a KFH/HP employee looking for information about the Choice program, click here.

How long is the TPMG Choice program available?

  • The TPMG Choice program is planned through 2020 and is subject to change.
  • Tuition assistance may change in any calendar year as funds allow from the Nurse Scholars Academy.

Once I am approved for the TPMG Choice program tuition assistance, what are my obligations?

  • Complete and submit a Confirmation Form/Letter of Agreement with the Nurse Scholars Academy. The applicant will be instructed to complete the form as part of the acceptance process.
  • Continue to maintain the original KP employee TPMG Choice program eligibility requirements.
  • Maintain good standing as defined by the academic institution if you reapply to the TPMG Choice program.
  • Maintain “successful” or higher annual performance rating (direct supervisor will be asked to provide documentation).
  • Participate in Nurse Scholars Academy benchmarking surveys if requested.
  • Submit documentation of degree program completion.
  • Continued employment commitment to TPMG.

Note: Compliance with these expectations will be taken into consideration for those who reapply to the TPMG Choice program.

What are the eligibility requirements for the TPMG Choice program?

Applicants must meet these three requirements:

  • Must be a Northern California TPMG non-represented, benefited (20+ hours) registered nurse employee.
  • Must have completed at least 90 days as a regular KP employee and in good standing as an employee.
  • Must already be accepted into an accredited BSN or graduate degree program.

Note: If you are a KFH/HP employee looking for information about the Choice program, click here.

What degree programs qualify for support under the TPMG Choice program?

At present, the TPMG Choice program supports these degree programs:

  • Bachelor’s degrees: RN to BSN programs.
  • Master’s degrees: e.g. MSN, MS, MBA, CNS, etc.
  • Doctoral degrees: e.g. DNP, PhD, etc.

As part of the application review process, the Nurse Scholars Academy will determine if the applicant’s desired degree qualifies for the TPMG Choice program and is beneficial to KP nursing.

Does the TPMG Choice program cover Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) degree programs?

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) programs are not covered at this time.

I am a current nurse scholar in a Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholars Academy (NSA) degree program (RN-BSN, MSN-CNL, or ELDNP). Am I eligible to apply for the TPMG Choice program?

  • No, KP employees are only eligible for one Nurse Scholars Academy degree program at a time.

Note: Submitting information through the website Contact form is not an application. You must apply using the online application form for this program.

I would like to submit an application to the TPMG Choice program. How do I apply?

  • The application form will be available online at the Nurse Scholars Academy Website until October 31, 2019 at 11:45 pm.
  • Apply now!

What do I need to provide for the application?

  1. Résumé or CV
  2. A brief statement of purpose describing how the academic program will influence the applicant’s professional practice and leadership development at KP
  3. Proof of acceptance into the academic degree program (e.g. a letter of acceptance, registration, proof of enrollment, unofficial transcript)
  4. Applicant’s direct supervisor’s name, NUID, and KP email
  • The applicant should notify their direct supervisor that the Nurse Scholars Academy will send a reference form for the supervisor to complete and show his or her support for the applicant. The supervisor should know that the applicant is planning to apply for the TPMG Choice program.

What do I need to know if I am reapplying to the TPMG Choice program in subsequent years?

  • Applicants must apply to the TPMG Choice program annually to be considered for continued tuition assistance.
  • Compliance with TPMG Choice program obligations and expectations will be taken into consideration for those who reapply to the TPMG Choice program.
  • Applicants must provide a financial statement (from their academic institution) that shows tuition costs for the prior calendar year.
  • Maintain good standing as defined by the academic institution if you reapply to the TPMG Choice program.
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How is tuition defined for the TPMG Choice program?

Tuition assistance includes:

  • Course/class tuition fees
  • Required reading materials
  • Laboratory fees
  • Loans and financial aid that need to be repaid

Tuition assistance DOES NOT include:

  • Any scholarships, grants or stipends that do not need to be repaid
  • Hotels and travel costs

All financial items are subject to review and the discretion of the Nurse Scholars Academy.

What tuition assistance is available?

  • Eligible employees may apply for tuition assistance up to a maximum of $5,000 per year for bachelor’s degree programs, up to a maximum of $6,000 per year for master’s degree programs, and up to a maximum of $9,000 per year for doctoral degree programs.
  • Actual tuition assistance awarded is based on the applicant’s tuition need for the current calendar year:
Example Tuition Assistance Calculation
Maria is pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing
$7,000 Tuition Cost for 2019
-$3,000 National Tuition Reimbursement
=$4,000 Remaining Tuition Need
2019 TPMG Choice Master’s Degree Maximum: $6,000/year
Maria’s TPMG Choice Tuition Assistance: $4,000

Note: The maximum Kaiser Permanente tuition reimbursement amount (currently $3,000 for Northern California non-represented employees) will always be taken into consideration when evaluating the applicant’s annual tuition need (see example above).

Are there tax implications for this tuition assistance?

  • Annual funds from Qualified Educational Assistance Programs (e.g. National Tuition Reimbursement, TPMG Choice program) received from Kaiser Permanente amounting to more than $5,250 are taxable income.
  • Annual funds received from the National Tuition Reimbursement benefit continue to remain non-taxable income.
  • Annual funds received from the TPMG Choice program up to $2,250 will be non-taxable income. Funds received from the TPMG Choice program above $2,250 will be taxed.

Note: The employee’s paycheck will indicate which funds received are taxable income. As appropriate, taxes will be deducted on taxable income by National Payroll Services.

What other financial assistance programs are available?

  • The applicant’s college or university may have additional information about other financial aid and scholarships.
  • KP employees may also be eligible for tuition reimbursement benefits through MyHR. Kaiser Permanente employee tuition reimbursement policy: https://epf.kp.org/wps/myportal/hr/kpme/career/educationalassistance/
  • KP employees may also be eligible for employee discounts (e.g. computers) through MyHR. Go to https://epf.kp.org/wps/myportal/hr/kpme and click on “Employee Discount” under the “Benefits, Pay & Employment” section.

Can I apply for tuition assistance for tuition that I paid in a previous year, or that I will pay in a future calendar year?

  • No, tuition costs must be incurred during the same calendar year the applicant is applying for tuition assistance. Note: Applicants can apply for tuition assistance through the TPMG Choice program for tuition they paid earlier in the current calendar year.
  • For costs in a future calendar year, please wait until that year to apply for tuition assistance.
  • Tuition costs incurred in previous calendar years are not covered under the TPMG Choice program.

When will I be notified of the Nurse Scholars Academy’s decision on my TPMG Choice application?

  • The Nurse Scholars Academy will send an email informing the applicant of the selection committee’s decision in December.

How will I receive the tuition assistance from the TPMG Choice program?

  • If approved, applicants will receive a letter from the Nurse Scholars Academy with details on when they will receive the disbursement.
  • TPMG Choice program awards will be distributed through Payroll directly into the employee’s paycheck.

Note: tuition assistance disbursement will be a one-time payout per year in December.

What are other recommendations for me to continue to grow my professional practice at Kaiser Permanente?

  • Respond to calls for abstracts or posters from relevant conferences.
  • Obtain national certification in the employee’s area of specialty.
  • Complete (or update) the Talent Profile in MyHR.

Who do I contact for more information about the Nurse Scholars Academy?

To connect with resources in the KP Nurse Scholars Academy, please send your inquiries to KPNurseScholars@kp.org or call (510) 987-3621.