Academic Enrichment Fund

acad_enrich_pic3Academic Enrichment Fund is a need-based fund that helps union members’ with the costs of supplemental academic activities for the children ages 5 to 18. This includes activities such as tutoring, summer classes, SAT prep courses, and college application fees. Each award period covers September 1st of the previous year to August 31st of the current year (a year’s worth of expenses), so you are being reimbursed for costs that have already occurred. The 2015 – 2016 Fellowship will help with academic enrichment costs incurred between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016.

Eligibility

In order to apply for the Childcare Fellowship, you must: Be part of the HUCTW bargaining unit and have a child/children, aged 5-18 years of age enrolled in a supplemental academic program.

Eligible Programs

The types of programs that are eligible include things such as: academic tutoring or summer school classes, academic-based extra-curricular activities, academic summer camps, college prep classes or standardized test prep classes, college application fees or standardized test fees, etc. Unfortunately art, music, & sports programs are not eligible. If you would like to know if a particular program is eligible please email us and include link to a description of the program (huctw.childcare@huctw.org).

Award Amount

The 2015-2016 Fellowship will help with academic enrichment costs incurred between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. The awards are determined based on your household income and the total cost of your children’s academic enrichment programs. Fellowships only cover a portion of the expenses for each applicant. This portion may vary somewhat from year to year depending on the number of applicants in any given year. All eligible applicants who apply on time will receive an award.

By law, the award is considered “extra compensation” and will be taxed at approximately 38%, but a portion of the tax withheld can generally be recovered when award recipients submit their annual tax returns to the IRS.

Award Notification

Award letters will be emailed or mailed to you approximately one month after the deadline.

Award Delivery Method

Your award will be delivered to you by the HUCTW office through your paycheck. The award is considered “extra compensation” and will be taxed at approximately 38%, but a portion of the tax withheld can generally be recovered when award recipients submit their tax returns for the year to the IRS.

How to Apply

You need to complete three steps in order to apply for the Fellowship:

  • Complete one Academic Enrichment application per eligible child.
  • Attach copies of deposited checks/credit card statement(s) for each program to verify payment was made for the activities.
  • Along with your application materials, send us the first page of your latest 1040 federal tax return. Your child/children must be listed as a dependent on this form (unless your child is not yet born). Those married filing separately, please attach both tax return forms. Example of a 1040 tax form: http://www.huctw.org/fund_childcare/1040_sample.html

Send applications to the HUCTW Office by any of these methods:

Email: huctw.childcare@huctw.org (as a scan or cellphone photo of the form)
Fax: 617-661-9617
Mail: HUCTW Childcare Fellowship, 15 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Deadline:

Monday, August 26, 2016

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT FUND FORMS

For further information regarding the Academic Enrichment Fund you can email us at: huctw.childcare@huctw.org or call the HUCTW office at 617-661-8289.