How to Get the Boss to Pay for Your Education

Organize Your Information

Before you ask for help paying for tuition, you'll want to make sure you know where you are going to school, how much you'll need to pay for tuition and other costs, what degree you'll be earning and how long it will take you. Having this information ready to present to your boss can help you be taken seriously when you make your pitch.

Research Existing Programs

You'll next need to find out if your company has an existing tuition reimbursement or education assistance program for employees. You can usually find this information in the employee handbook or by asking your human resources department. If you work for a small company, you may have to go directly to your boss.

Make a Proposal

If no program exists currently, you can propose one. Plan your proposal carefully and make sure that it provides a win-win opportunity for you and for your employer. You should be able to explain why further education will help you do your job better. You should also be prepared to provide a list of benefits for your employer and solid financial information about the cost of your desired education program.

Consider the Drawbacks

Having someone else pay for your tuition may sound like a great idea. However, there are certain strings attached. To start, tuition reimbursement is just that: reimbursement. You will have to pay your out-of-pocket costs up front unless your employer pays your tuition directly or provides a scholarship.

Know What's Expected of You

Many employers will also expect a return for their generosity. You may be required to continue working for the employer while you attend school and for a specified number of years after graduation. You may also be asked to take on additional responsibilities or accept a promotion that utilizes your new education.

Be sure to consider all of the stipulations carefully before you accept any sort of tuition assistance from your boss. You may not be able to change your mind later without legal repercussions.

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