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Degree Attainment for Staff and Administrators

The College's compensation program supports the growth of employees and the contribution of each employee in achieving the College's Mission. Upon approval, an employees who earns  a progressively higher degree (Associate, Bachelors, Masters, and/or professional or terminal degrees) from a regionally accredited institution during the course of employment at the College will receive as a lump-sum payment equal to $1,500 not added to the employee’s base salary. Only two such awards may be granted during the course of an individual’s employment at the College.

In addition to completing the request form, the employee is responsible for contacting the educational institution (or National Student Clearing House) requesting that an official transcript be e-mailed directly to classification and compensation team within the Office of Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management (HRSTM). 

View the entire Procedure 35001CP, Section X (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Please note, in order for your degree to be verified, classification and compensation must receive an official transcript with the degree granting institution’s seal that indicates the degree was awarded/conferred. Upon receipt of the official transcript, your will receive confirmation that the transcript has been received. 

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FAQ's

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are intended to provide guidance concerning the Degree Attainment Award for qualifying staff and administrators.

Staff with benefits and Administrators are eligible for a degree attainment as outlined in College Policy and Procedure 35001 – Compensation Programs (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) , section X:

Subject to fiscal constraints, on or after July 1, 2013, where an associate staff, support staff, or administrator earns progressively higher degrees (Associate, Bachelors, Masters, and/or professional or terminal degrees) from a regionally accredited institution during the course of employment, the employee shall inform the Office of Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management of such accomplishment and request a degree attainment salary enhancement equal to $1,500.00. Only two such lump sum payments may be granted during the course of an individual’s employment at the College.

Qualifying employees are eligible to request a degree attainment award upon earning a progressively higher degree from a regionally accredited institution on or after July 1, 2013. The degree attainment award request form must be submitted within six (6) months of degree conferment. If a degree attainment award request is denied, subsequent requests for the same level degree will not be accepted.

No.  Employees who have obtained degrees prior to July 1, 2013, will not be eligible to receive a degree attainment award for an existing degree.

No, an employee’s position does not have to require a degree to receive a degree attainment award.

No, the degree does not have to be related to your current line of work to receive a degree attainment award.

No, the degree attainment award is only available to employees who earn a progressively higher degree than the degree that he or she has already attained.

No, the degree attainment award will only be awarded if the degree is issued from a regionally accredited institution.

The degree attainment award for staff and administrators is equal to $1,500.00 (lump sum), subject to fiscal constraints.

Yes, only two degree attainment awards may be granted to eligible staff and administrators during the course of an individual’s employment at Montgomery College.

Yes, employees who are at the maximum of their salary grade, if otherwise eligible, can receive a degree attainment award. This award does not increase base pay, but is paid via a lump sum.

The lump sum would appear the pay period following a review of the official transcripts and verification of the degree attainment. 

Complete the Degree Attainment Award Request Form. All correspondence related to a degree attainment award must be sent to Degree Attainment Award. 

Step 1

Upon completing the Degree Attainment Award request form, the requester should return it to the Office of Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management, 9221 Corporate Blvd., Suite E101, Central Services, Attention: Classification & Compensation Team.

Step 2

In addition to completing the form, the employee is responsible for contacting the educational institution from which they graduated to request that an official transcript be sent electronically or be mailed directly to HRSTM in a sealed envelope.  Please note, in order for your degree to be verified, HRSTM must receive an official transcript electronically or in a sealed envelope with the degree granting institution’s seal, indicating the degree was awarded/conferred.

The employee is responsible for contacting the educational institution (or National Student Clearing House) requesting that an official transcript be e-mailed directly to classification and compensation team within the Office of Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management (HRSTM).