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September 08, 2010
Most Organizations Offer Tuition Assistance, BLR Poll Finds
Over 60 percent of employers offer some form of tuition assistance, according to a recent poll conducted on HR.BLR.com and Compensation.BLR.com.

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The poll question asked, “What percent of tuition does your organization reimburse?” There were 149 respondents to the poll. Here are the results:

We don't offer tuition reimbursement 
38%
100%
18%
Percentage depends on grade earned
17%
Less than 50%
15%
50% to less than 75%
4%
75% to less than 85%
4%
85% to less than 100%
3%

While 38 percent of respondents said their organization does not offer any form of tuition assistance, 18 percent reported their organization offers 100 percent reimbursement. Another popular way to offer this benefit is to reimburse depending on the grade the employee earns (17%).

Tuition Assistance Policy
Tuition assistance is a popular benefit and can help engage and retain employees. Employers who offer tuition assistance should have a clear policy on the benefit. Common policies include:

  • Prior approval by supervisor.
  • Time of payment.
  • Verification of course completion.
  • Performance standards.

In addition, tuition assistance may qualify for tax-free status if provided under an Internal Revenue Code Sec. 127 educational assistance program (EAP) or if the education program being paid for is directly work related.

Tuition Assistance Survey
BLR is conducting a brief employee benefits survey on tuition assistance plans to find out what HR and benefits professionals have seen in the past year and what they expect in the coming year. Results will be analyzed and presented in an analysis FREE to all respondents.

Find out more about the Tuition Assistance Plans survey.

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