Finding a Job with Tuition Assistance

For students

With the cost of college rising every year, students are constantly on the hunt for scholarships and grants to help them with the cost of tuition and books. Sure, you can take out loans, but who wants to be deep in debt when they graduate? Also, many grants and scholarships are aimed at traditional students, not those who are trying to get a degree through distance learning. But, there is another way of raising cash for your education: working for an employer who will pay for you to go to school.

Many companies now offer some type of reimbursement program, as detailed in a previous post.Getting your employer to pay for your education sounds like a great idea, but how do you find these sweet gigs? Hopefully, you already work for a company which offers some type of tuition reimbursement. Many of the larger corporations and companies in Canada do, as well as federal, provincial and local government employers.

But what if your company doesn’t offer tuition reimbursement? There are a few different possibilities: ask your employer to help with education costs anyway, find a new job in your chosen field which does offer tuition assistance, or work a part-time job which offers tuition benefits to part-time employees.

If you work for a smaller company with few benefits, or one that has benefits but no tuition reimbursement, consider asking for tuition assistance at your next job performance review. You could tell your employer than rather than give you a raise next time, they could reimburse you for the cost of tuition. Point out the benefits of having a more well-trained and knowledgeable worker on their staff. Most employers realize a well-educated worker is worth the investment.

Many employers advertise the fact that they offer tuition reimbursement as part of their benefits package, but not all do. If you are considering a job change, look for an employer which offers tuition reimbursement. A good place to start is our paid content which list of Top 100 Employers to Work For with best benefits!
From generous health-care plans to free grocery delivery, these companies are standouts when it comes to the great perks they offer employees.
• Health care
• Telecommuting
• Child care
• Sabbaticals
• Work-life balance
• Unusual perks

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