Distance Learning Funding

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So you have made the decision to further your education online. You know that a Master’s Degree related to your current occupation will pave your way to the top. But, how will you finance that graduate degree? Fortunately, today, many employers offer educational assistance for those employees that have the desire to return to school to achieve a degree that is related to their current profession or an executive position in the company that they currently work for. In most instances, tuition reimbursement is part of an employee’s benefit package. If that is not the case in your place of employment, don’t give up. There are still ways of approaching the boss for tuition assistance.

moneyPlead Your Case

Sit down and write a plan. What are your short term goals and what are your long term goals? How will an advanced degree improve your productivity or function in your current role? Do you strive for a leadership position? These are some of the questions that you will want to have an answer for as these are the vary topics that will be discussed when you meet with your boss. In addition, think about where you see yourself in the next 15 years.

Prior to meeting with your boss you will want to research your current benefit package to see what is and what is not currently offered in relationship to tuition. Research and be prepared.

Planning Your Meeting

Make an appointment to meet with your boss. Be prepared to discuss your plan and have information related to the online university that you have selected. Bring a breakdown of the cost of tuition, books and other fees and plead your case. Prepare a folder with all of the information placed in it in an orderly fashion. Leave the folder with your boss so that he can review it later. This is your chance to let him know that you are serious about an advanced degree and that you are dedicated to the company. Be sincere.

Plan “B”

Keep in mind that due to the current economic strain in our country and within various businesses, tuition reimbursement may not be a possibility at the current time. Do not stop there. Many universities have payment plans and can also provide information to you as it relates to Federal Student loan, Grants and various scholarships that are available. Make sure that when you are speaking to the recruiter from the school that you wish to attend that you let him know that you are interested in all available information as it relates to tuition assistance. In addition, here are some links to websites that can be very helpful:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Student Aid on the Web

Federal Pell Grant Program

Furthering your education via an online degree is one of the best decisions that you can make for yourself. Employment today is very competitive. With an advanced degree you will be able to obtain the professional position that you strive for. Reach for your goals and let nothing stand in your way.

deannaDeanna Miller
RN MSN/Ed HCE graduated in 1995 from the University of New York, Albany and later went on to obtain her BSN and MSN with a certification in Health Care Education from the University of Phoenix, Online. Ms. Miller currently works as a Manager of Intensive Care in a University Hospital. She is also a published author and content expert for several educational publishing companies.
Degree Jungle Staff

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