Many employers offer assistance to employees who attend outside educational programs, particularly in technical areas of study. These programs should have well-defined guidelines. Common policies include:
Prior approval by supervisor. Approval by a supervisor before a course is begun can ensure that the program will have some relationship to the employee's future within the company.
Time of payment. For programs lasting a year or more, most employers make reimbursement at the end of each term rather than at the end of the entire program. Some employers arrange to have schools bill the company directly, so the employee/student does not have to pay the tuition and then wait to be reimbursed.
Verification. Requiring the employee/student to obtain verification of successful completion of the program of study, and/or to submit receipts, is a prudent policy.
Performance standards. Many employers require employees to obtain a specified grade to be entitled to reimbursement.