I normally don't subscribe to conspiracy theories, but I'm convinced that the "tuition reimbursement" benefits that employers offer are really a bunch of crap, because no one will utilize it. Why?
Explain to me how I am supposed to come up with $3,000 cash
, which, my employer will kindly reimburse
once the course is finished with a passing grade. What's wrong with paying the tuition and then billing me if I fail? Or how about cutting your losses and not offering it again the following semester if I fail?
Forgive me, as I am so upset. On top of my university being an administrative hellhole, and taking away my financial aid because I'm not a full time
grad student this semester (> 9 credits), they don't send me a bill and instead tell me that I haven't paid tuition and I will be administratively dropped.
My employer offers tuition reimbursement as well as annual funds(called an ADF account) to be applied to conferences, books, airfare for professional expenses: anything that you wish. You submit a bill and BOOM they pay it. So, I submit my tuition bill (that I finally got well after it was already due - idiots!) to be paid via that ADF account as the HR manager told me to do when I accepted this position, as I don't qualify for "tuition reimbursement" per se until my year anniversary. So now I get a letter stating that this goes under the tuition reimbursement program and thus, have to fork over to the university $3,000 and then get paid back at the end of Spring term.
Um, I don't have
$3,000 that can be immediately liquidated! I've talked with several other people too who don't use tuition reimbursement because they also can't front the cash and wait for reimbursement. It's all a sham. It's figured into your salary as a "benefit" when really, hardly anyone can take advantage of it because not many people can front that kind of cash.
I'm probably already administratively dropped; I can't access the library, my first couple chapters of my practice thesis is coming due.....what do I do???