Will Next Employer Reimburse Tuition?


Elsa writes:
I recently completed my MBA program which has been partially reimbursed
by my current employer. Part of the reimbursement agreement is to stay with
the company for 12 months following graduation. The current job I’m in is
extremely limiting and stressful and I’m not sure I can endure it for another
11 months. How likely is it that a new employer will cover any higher education
expenses that may not be reimbursed if I leave my current employer? Thanks!


The Career Doctor responds:
You are experiencing the double-edged sword of employer educational support.
While many employers value and encourage their employees to get additional
education or training it usually comes with strings attached — and often the
strings are just dumb. While I see nothing wrong with employers requiring an
employee to stay for a certain period of time — after all they contributed to the
financing of the education — I do have an issue with employers who do not give
increased job responsibilities (and a new salary to match) to those employees.
I would encourage you to read the fine print of the reimbursement agreement –
and tread carefully. A better solution than trying to leave the company causing
bad feelings and taking a huge chunk from your bank account is to approach
the employer with a proposal for a new position — or at least a position with more
responsibility. Better employers will realize the benefit of using their investment
in you to its fullest rather than losing it to you quitting or shutting down on the job.
And a cautionary note to all job-seekers considering an employer-sponsored
education reimbursement program: take your time and know all the guidelines.
Another job-seeker recently emailed me about a similar situation where he received
his MBA from a prestigious university — after the strong encouragement of his
employer — only to receive no change in job status and a token $1000 raise
while his classmates were all receiving job offers almost double his current salary.

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Elsa writes:
I recently completed my MBA program which has been partially reimbursed
by my current employer. Part of the reimbursement agreement is to stay with
the company for 12 months following graduation. The current job I’m in is
extremely limiting and stressful and I’m not sure I can endure it for another
11 months. How likely is it that a new employer will cover any higher education
expenses that may not be reimbursed if I leave my current employer? Thanks!


The Career Doctor responds:
You are experiencing the double-edged sword of employer educational support.
While many employers value and encourage their employees to get additional
education or training it usually comes with strings attached — and often the
strings are just dumb. While I see nothing wrong with employers requiring an
employee to stay for a certain period of time — after all they contributed to the
financing of the education — I do have an issue with employers who do not give
increased job responsibilities (and a new salary to match) to those employees.
I would encourage you to read the fine print of the reimbursement agreement –
and tread carefully. A better solution than trying to leave the company causing
bad feelings and taking a huge chunk from your bank account is to approach
the employer with a proposal for a new position — or at least a position with more
responsibility. Better employers will realize the benefit of using their investment
in you to its fullest rather than losing it to you quitting or shutting down on the job.
And a cautionary note to all job-seekers considering an employer-sponsored
education reimbursement program: take your time and know all the guidelines.
Another job-seeker recently emailed me about a similar situation where he received
his MBA from a prestigious university — after the strong encouragement of his
employer — only to receive no change in job status and a token $1000 raise
while his classmates were all receiving job offers almost double his current salary.


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