What's the best strategy for going back to school to advance your career? First, go to school online so you can more easily manage balancing school and your life. Second, get someone else to pay your tuition so you can avoid or minimize student loan debt.
Believe it or not, a surprising number of companies are willing to foot the bill for you.So how you can find those companies? Inc.com has created a searchable tool to help readers find top-ranked companies that offer tuition reimbursement.
But this year's list isn't just your regular old list. This year, Inc. has created a searchable tool to help readers investigate companies in their industries and their desired geographic locations. But there's more ...
The tool also allows you to search by other categories, including benefits such as tuition reimbursement.
Tuition reimbursement is a popular benefit
The good news: Out of the 346 companies featured, 140 offer tuition reimbursement. Nearly half! Surprised? Don't be.
That's right in line with data from the Society of Human Resources Management, which reports that up to 54% of companies offer some kind of tuition reimbursement.
It turns out, companies get a double benefit from tuition reimbursement:
It allows them to ensure they have a top-notch workforce by investing in their current employees, rather than spending money on recruitment.
They get a tax benefit, which can substantially lower the company's yearly tax burden.
Search by industry
Inc.'s tool allows you to search by industry, benefits, company size, or state.
The Inc. tool shows top-ranked companies in industries including:
Advertising & Marketing
Consumer Products & Services
Business Products & Services
While the tool only shows companies that made Inc.'s list, it's a great resource for finding excellent employers with great benefits. Of course, it's also worthwhile to search out other companies on LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and other search engines.
And don't forget: When you're applying for a new job, be sure to ask about tuition reimbursement policies.
Trish Sammer is Nitro's managing editor. Her work has appeared in Woman’s Day, Redbook, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Forbes. She has also written for various corporate clients, including the tech giant SAP, The Franklin Institute, and PSE&G. When Trish isn’t busy acting as a writing ninja for other people, you can find her … well, writing about other stuff, like divorce and blended family life. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, their combined brood, and the world’s laziest dog. Read more by Trish Sammer