The Town of Hempstead, Molloy College and CSEA Local 880 have forged an agreement regarding discounted tuition for town employees. The new program, which is now in effect, offers all employees a 30 percent discount on tuition costs. One dependent child per employee will also be eligible for the benefit.
To take advantage of the tuition discount, eligible employees must meet the admission requirements for the academic program they are applying for. According to the agreement, the application fee will be waived for interested parties and all comprehensive support services traditionally provided to Molloy students will be included.
“We are delighted to be forging this unique partnership with Molloy College, which will bring an incredible benefit to our Hempstead Town workforce,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “Given the challenge of paying for higher education, the tuition discount program will enable hard-working families serving our town to pursue academic goals and enrich their lives. Employees of the town are truly deserving of an educational financial benefit that would help them, and their families, stay and thrive in our town. I am grateful to the leadership at Molloy College and for their visionary investment in Hempstead, and for the support of the hardworking men and women of CSEA Local 880 who serve our residents diligently every day.”
The partnership was championed by CSEA Local 880 President Charlie Sellitto, who represents Town of Hempstead’s workforce—the largest of any town, village or city on Long Island.
“Our members take pride in our community and are grateful for this unique opportunity that will afford them the ability to access a quality education, conveniently located only a stone’s throw away from where they live and work,” said Sellitto. “With the vast majority of Hempstead Town employees and their families living within the town, this agreement will undoubtedly benefit not only our hardworking men and women, but also the taxpaying residents that they service each and every day.”
“Molloy College and the Town of Hempstead have a shared vision for our community,” said Molloy College president Drew Bogner, PhD. “Both entities have a deep commitment to the people of the town, to the importance of a highly educated workforce and to the belief that an educated population is best able to fully participate in civic life.”
“Molloy College was founded on principles which stress service to the community,” added Molloy’s vice president for Advancement Edward Thompson. “We recognize the value of service-minded individuals and we are proud to make tuition more affordable for them.”