Employment and Jobs

Companies Help Employees Pay Tuition—but Few Accept the Offer

June 10, 2018  • Jillian Berman

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Companies can offer workers as much as $5,250 tax-free annually to use for their education. Photo: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Companies are stepping up efforts to help employees get academic degrees. So why aren’t more employees taking advantage?

McDonald’s Corp. recently announced it would expand the eligibility requirements for its tuition-assistance program. Walmart Inc., Yum Brands Inc.’s Taco Bell, Kroger Co., meanwhile, all have announced new tuition-assistance programs in recent months. The trend reflects efforts to attract and retain workers in a competitive labor market and to help them meet the changing demands of their jobs, says Jaime Fall, the director of UpSkill America at the Aspen Institute.

But there is a disconnect here. While about 90% of midsize and large employers offer some kind of tuition-reimbursement, less than 10% of workers at companies that offer the initiatives use them annually.

This piece was excerpted from “Companies Help Employees Pay Tuition—but Few Accept the Offer” by MarketWatch’s Jillian Berman. Click here to read more.

Walmart and Walmart.org are supporters of UpSkill America, an initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program.

 

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Companies are stepping up efforts to help employees get academic degrees. So why aren’t more employees taking advantage? @JillianBerman spoke with @Jaimen8r & others to get some answers.

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