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How to Get Tuition Reimbursement

Instructor: Jessica Lyons
Tuition reimbursement is a benefit offered by some employers to help pay for their employee's educational pursuits. Keep reading to learn about how you can get tuition reimbursement.

What Is Tuition Reimbursement?

Many companies offer tuition reimbursement as a benefit to their employees. Although tuition reimbursement policies vary by company, they typically give an employee the opportunity to pursue continuing education and receive partial or full reimbursement for the tuition, textbooks, or other educational costs.

But actually taking advantage of this opportunity can be a confusing process. If you want your employer to help support education, here are some steps you can take.

Step 1: Talk to Your HR Department

By talking to someone in the human resources department, you can find out if your company does offer this benefit or not. There are many ways in which tuition reimbursement benefits companies as well as employees, so it might be worth advocating for such a program if your company doesn't already have one.

Step 2: Understand All the Program Requirements

It's important to know the tuition reimbursement program's guidelines and expectations. Your employer may specify that you have to complete your studies at particular schools or that you have to take courses directly related to your job. Understanding which courses will qualify for tuition reimbursement in advance will ensure that you don't end up taking a course that you can't actually get reimbursed for.

Employer tuition reimbursement programs may also include defined expectations about your academic progress and success. For instance, you may need to maintain a satisfactory GPA or take a certain number of courses. Again, you want to know this in advance so you can meet all of the expectations.

Step 3: Research Your Options

Once you understand your company's tuition reimbursement guidelines, you can start finding a course or program that's right for you. If your employer has specific schools you're able to enroll in, you'll want to start by looking at their offerings and start dates.

If your employer doesn't offer a lot of specifics about where you can enroll, you can begin by looking online for providers that fit your needs. Those who prefer studying online may consider earning college credit with Study.com's online courses.

Step 4: Decide on the Program or Courses You Want

Once you've done your research, choose the program or courses that meet your needs. In addition to verifying that these courses meet your company's program requirements, consider factors such as your educational and career goals as well as how taking these courses will fit in your day-to-day schedule.

Before you officially enroll in any program or course, talk to your HR department to confirm that the program you selected meets the requirements of employer's tuition reimbursement policy.

Step 5: Do Well in School

You'll want to pay close attention to your grades and how you're doing--especially if your employer's tuition reimbursement program has grade requirements. If you need additional help or resources to make the grade, Study.com's thousands of online video and text lessons can help you learn and practice concepts you might be struggling with.

Using Study.com for Tuition Reimbursement

Study.com's online courses are ideal for busy professionals wanting to continue their education. Our bite-size video and text lessons explain difficult concepts in easy-to-understand ways, and are accessible at any time on any computer, tablet, or mobile device. Our online college courses are the perfect fit for those wanting to earn real college credit, while workers seeking professional development will benefit from our library of career skills courses.

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Click here to search the full list of courses. To learn more about how Study.com can help with your tuition reimbursement, reach out to us at sales@email.study.com.

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