How to Request Tuition Reimbursement from Your Employer
Many employers provide tuition reimbursement to help their employees continue their education and update their skill set. We often find that you are more likely to be successful in your request for tuition reimbursement if you can convey the positive aspects of earning an advanced degree, especially for a program that involves no work interruption.
Employers have a vested interest in making sure employees have the knowledge and skills that will help them be successful. By earning an advanced degree in a field related to your job, you can become a more productive, valuable employee. If your employer does not have a tuition program in place, you may be able to present a compelling case for reimbursement.
Make a List, Check It Twice
It’s important to review your employer’s tuition reimbursement policy before you make your request. Companies often have specific conditions and requirements that must be met before they will provide this benefit. They may require that you work for the company for a certain period of time, and also may offer reimbursement only for classes related to your job.
If your company doesn’t offer tuition reimbursement, here are some suggestions that might help convince your employer to reimburse your tuition:
First, decide what degree you would like to obtain. You can choose from The University of Scranton’s Master of Business Administration program, delivered by the faculty of the Kania School of Management and accredited by AACSB International, or the Master of Science in Human Resources program, delivered by the faculty of the Panuska College of Professional Studies. We also offer a graduate-level certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning.
Second, create a list of ways your education will benefit your company. For example:
- Your new skills will make you more productive at work.
- You will be able to take on additional assignments.
- You will become a leader in the workplace.
- Your degree will improve the company’s professional image when you interact with clients.
Third, look at things from your employer’s perspective. Make a list of concerns your employer may raise, and think of responses to each. For example:
Concern: Your studies will take time away from work.
Reality: Online classes can be completed at your convenience without sacrificing time on the job.
Concern: Paying your tuition will be expensive for the company.
Reality: Actually, tuition costs may be less than hiring a new employee with the degree you are pursuing and training the new recruit. Your degree may help make the company money, and your employer will save by funding your education.
Finally, make an appointment to discuss tuition reimbursement with your employer. Practice what you want to say beforehand and come to the meeting with your lists in hand. If you are turned down this time, you can always make another request in a few months, or apply for financial aid.
What You Can Tell Your Employer about The University of Scranton
Before granting your request for tuition reimbursement, your employer will want to know about the type of degree you are pursuing and the quality of the educational institution granting the degree.
Your employer will be reassured about The University of Scranton’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Our business school, the Kania School of Management is among only 5 percent of educational institutions worldwide offering MBA programs that are accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). The curriculum of our Master of Science in Human Resources program was developed and is regularly updated using the most current human resources body of knowledge as our guide.
You will earn the same prestigious degree credential as students who attend classes on the Scranton campus; there is no distinction between online or on-campus diplomas. You will also benefit your company by learning business management from the values-based traditions of a Jesuit education, an important feature of a degree from Scranton. Your online degree from The University of Scranton is designed to prepare you for the challenges and uncertainties of current business realities using technology-enhanced management skills.
Because you can access your coursework anywhere via convenient, online courses supported by professional 24/7 technical assistance, your employer will receive your complete attention during regular business hours. The University of Scranton’s online degree programs enable you to study and complete assignments on your own timetable and schedule.
Scranton Scores High in Ranking Surveys
Your employer will respect your decision to attend Scranton, which is recognized by US News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" edition, and ranked for 18 consecutive years among the top 10 master's universities in the north, the largest and most competitive region surveyed. US News & World Report's 2012 edition of Top Online Business Programs also ranked The University of Scranton's Online MBA #1 for Student Engagement and Accreditation.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Princeton Review ranks Scranton's business school among the "Best Business Schools" in the United States, based on a survey of more than 19,000 current MBA students. In its profile of Scranton, the Princeton Review touted the University of Scranton's Jesuit influence for adding "an element of social responsibility" to the Kania School of Management while also noting the simulated stock trading floor, the "outstanding professors who take pride in teaching," and the "excellent learning atmosphere, where everyone is friendly and willing to help.
A 2010 national ranking of business schools published by Entrepreneur and The Princeton Review placed The University of Scranton's MBA program among the top 15 in the nation for general management. Just 80 schools were listed in total, including Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Virginia and The University of Scranton.
Complete Your Tuition Deferment Process
The University of Scranton makes it easy for you to complete the tuition deferment process for eligible students. To see if you qualify:
- Complete the Deferment of Tuition Payment form for each term you are seeking tuition deferment.
- Submit the Deferment of Tuition Payment form to the Bursar's Office no later than one week after the first day of classes for the term.
- Provide a copy of your employer's tuition policy.
- Pay all tuition and fees not covered by your employer by the normal due date.
- Pay deferred tuition in full within 14 days after the release of grades.