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What to Ask About Tuition Reimbursement

By Tory Johnson, CEO of Women For Hire

Tuition reimbursement can be a very valuable benefit if you are planning to go back to school. In addition to salary and benefits, it is something to keep in mind when evaluating a job offer if continuing your education is a priority.

Companies'  tuition assistance programs vary widely, in how much they will reimburse, when you will be eligible, and what programs qualify for reimbursement. To understand your tuition reimbursement benefits, make sure you ask the right questions.


  • How long must I work with the company before I qualify?
  • How do I take advantage of the benefit?
  • What kinds of programs will the company reimburse me for?
  • What is covered under the policy, such as books or registration fees?
  • Do continuing education courses qualify for tuition reimbursement?
  • Do I need to get prior approval to take advantage of the program?
  • How far in advance do I have to ask for tuition reimbursement?
  • How many credits can I be reimbursed for?
  • Does tuition reimbursement depend on my grades?
  • How much will I be reimbursed?
  • When will I be reimbursed?
  • Is there a monetary ceiling to my reimbursement dollars?

In addition to tuition reimbursement, many companies offer scholarships for employees or their families. Ask your human resource department what is available and how to apply.


Tory Johnson is the CEO of Women For Hire and the Workplace Contributor on ABC's Good Morning America.  She co-authored Take This Book to Work: How to Ask For (and Get) Money, Fulfillment and Advancement, which was released in paperback in September 2007. Connect with her at

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