Requesting Support From Your Employer
Gaining support for your graduate studies from your employer can be a valuable asset, both financially and from a time-management perspective. Many employers are eager to help their employees develop the leadership and technical skills to make a greater impact on their organization, and some provide significant resources toward higher education. As you are likely exploring the possibility of securing financial support from your current employer, we have developed some tips and resources that may be useful for you.
We encourage you to download a detailed Employer Benefit Guide for your program of choice below, which outlines the program features and requirements and highlights the benefits of supporting your education:
Download the Employer Benefit Guide for your program of choice:
If you are new to the process of requesting employer support for higher education or are interested in learning more about best practices, we encourage you to view our tips for securing employer support below:
Tips for Securing Employer Support
- Research Your Company's Policies
Reach out to your Human Resources Department or other employees who have requested support to see what precedents exist for your current pursuits.
- Know the Program
While our Employer Benefit Guide will help you outline the highlights of the program for your employer's consideration, demonstrating that you have taken the time to deeply familiarize yourself with Syracuse's offerings will help show your level of commitment to earning your degree. Be prepared to outline the full cost, credit structure, time commitments, and core benefits of the program.
- Frame Your Request
As you prepare your request for sponsorship, think about specific needs your organization has and how earning your degree will help you address them. Financial support is a significant investment, so be sure to demonstrate both the immediate and long-term returns your employer will be receiving when they fund your education.
- Understand the Implications
While employer support can be incredibly beneficial, it also carries with it a number of policies, regulations, and expectations that your employer may want to discuss. Your employer may have questions about tax implications, request information about additional funding available to you, or may even require you to commit to a minimum employment period with the organization.
- Be Flexible
Some organizations will be willing to fully fund an employee's education, while others may only provide partial support. Often, employers set guidelines, such as minimum GPA requirements or demonstration of new skills. They will want to understand how your studies will impact your ability to meet the expectations of your job and whether any time off will be required. We also encourage you to connect your employer with our team if they have questions about the program by either contacting our Director of Recruitment or attending an online information session.
For more information about funding your graduate education, contact an admissions counselor at 844-SYR-4622 or email us.
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