So your four years of college are up, it’s time to graduate and your life is at a fork in the road. There’s a lot of talk about a bachelor’s degree being a dime a dozen, so how do you set yourself apart? Do you pursue a master’s degree or go right into the working world? Well, thankfully, there’s a third option: go for both. Apply for jobs at your alma mater or apply in an area you are interested in at another university. Not only will you be getting real work experience, but most universities will give you a huge discount on tuition toward your degree. Not sure exactly what type of job you’re looking for? No big deal because the options are virtually limitless.
Colleges and universities are businesses too. Just like McDonald’s or Merck or KPMG, they have many different departments that all need employees to keep the company running smoothly. This means loads of employment opportunities, especially at large state schools. Perhaps you’re interested in campus life, or technology, or finance, or marketing. Chances are, if your university has a department for it, they could use a good hand around the office. So many students take their work study jobs for granted. However, even if you choose not to pursue a university job post graduation, it will look a lot better on your resume to say you processed disbursements for the director of finance than poured the house blend for the local coffeehouse.
Like mentioned earlier, one of the added bonuses to working on campus is that you can essentially get a degree for free. If you know which graduate program you’d like to pursue, the first step is to apply to that program as an employee of the university and cross your fingers you get accepted. After that each school has their own way of applying tuition benefits. You need to be a full-time employee to receive them and the time period for eligibility differs from school to school. Here are some examples:
• American University, Tufts University, University of Miami , Carnegie Melon, University of Louisville, Temple University and University of Maryland all offer two courses (8 credits) per semester at 100 percent tuition remission.
• New York University offers 9 credits per semester and 27 credits a year at 100 percent remission.
• Rutgers University gives a 100 percent tuition remission to full time employees who make less than 95K per year.
• Penn State and University of Chicago give a 75 percent discount on tuition.
• Boston University offers 100 percent tuition remission for the first four credit hours and 90 percent tuition remission for the next four credit hours per semester.
• Try searching for “Tuition Remission for University Employees” and browse the results
For even more discounts, explore the options at Tuition Exchange. This program allows employees of member schools to take courses at other member schools for a reduced fee. With over 600 member institutions, there’s a lot to choose from. Plus, that’s not all.
If saving 25 to 50K on a master’s degree isn’t enough to convince you, it gets even better. Being an employee at an accredited university has a lot of the same benefits as being a student. Some of the perks such as free wireless Internet capability, your own university account and ID, access to the library and access to the gym usually come standard, but each university has its own set of special privileges as well. And, because this is a full-time job, a lot of those perks come in the form of health coverage, paid sick days and paid vacation.
Getting your undergraduate degree was mostly class with some work or an internship mixed in. Making the grade was priority number one. In the world of higher education, the opposite is true. Being a full-time employee means being a responsible adult. Your employer will have high expectations for you which will help you gain more real world experience. It means growing up. But there’s no reason why you can’t mature and educate yourself at the same time. Success on this path means a shiny new master’s degree, a glowing recommendation from your boss and maybe even a promotion or two if you choose to make higher education your lifelong career.
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