How to Discuss Tuition Reimbursement with Your Boss

April 30, 2010

Jamie Littlefield, member of the advisory board for the United States Distance Learning Association shares that if your company already has a tuition reimbursement program or business-college partnership in place, visit the human resources department to learn more….

BUT if your company does not have a tuition reimbursement program, you will need to convince your employer to design a personal program.

And she shares advice on how to earn employer’s support:

First, decide what classes you would like to take or what degree you would like to obtain. Second, create a list of ways your education will benefit the company. For example:

  • Your new skills will make you more productive at work.
  • You will be able to take on additional assignments.
  • You will be able to be a leader in the workplace.
  • Your degree will improve the company’s professional image when you work with clients.

Third, anticipate your employer’s possible concerns. Make a list of problems your employer may raise, and think of solutions to each. For example:

Problem: Your studies will take time away from work.
Solution: Online classes can be completed in your free time and will give you skills to help you do better work.

Problem: Paying your tuition will be expensive for the company.
Solution: Actually, paying your tuition may cost less than hiring a new employee with the degree you are working on and training the new recruit. Your degree will make the company money. In the long run, your employer will save by funding your education.

Finally, set an appointment to discuss tuition reimbursement with your employer. Practice your “why-you-should-pay spiel” beforehand and come to the meeting with your lists in hand. If you are turned down, keep in mind that you can always make another request in a few months.

Full story at: http://distancelearn.about.com/od/payingforschool/a/Tuition_Assist.htm

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