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Requesting a revision to Education Reimbursement [closed]

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Liza Sain

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( 7 months ago )

I am interested in requesting a revision to my company’s policy on tuition reimbursement. At present there is a budget set aside for employees to continue their education but it must be at an accredited university and towards a related degree program.

This restricts individuals from taking online courses, like Coursera, as well as attending conferences and events which actually offer more relevant knowledge. This policy also prevents individuals who are interested in complementing their skills by taking courses in unrelated disciplines which can help broaden and enrich their contributions.

Does anyone have any experience or advice in pursuing such a change?

Edit: I work for a medium sized product/consulting company. Most of our employees work based out of HQ.

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Priyanka Chadda

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( 7 months ago )

... online courses, like Coursera, as well as attending conferences and events which actually offer more relevant knowledge ...

Does anyone have any experience or advice in pursuing such a change?

I did talk to HR at one company about expanding their tuition reimbursement policy to cover courses at accredited universities that were NOT in pursuit of a related degree. After much discussion, they eventually declined.

I heard later that their annual survey to which they subscribed, didn't show this as a common benefit at the time, and that formed the basis of their decision.

Consider approaching your boss to use his Training budget to fund these sorts of online courses and conferences, rather than the Tuition Reimbursement budget.

What you are describing seems to fit nicely in the Training category, and your boss often has lots more leeway in spending that budget.

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