Grow your talent
We can help you recruit and retain talented employees through tuition assistance programs.

Tuition assistance experts

Your dedicated team
Let us manage your tuition assistance program for you, so you can attract the right kind of talent and allow your employees to focus on their primary responsibilities instead of managing a program.

We’ll take care of the details
Focus on building a quality workforce from within; let us handle the policies and procedures of your program.

Spread the word
If your employees don’t know about it, they won’t use it. We’ll help promote your program to help you retain your top employees. As a full-service partner, we provide program branding, marketing and everything in between to elevate your program to the next level. 

Reducing the economic burden
We have a growing number of schools involved in our Tuition Reduction Network. Schools within our network offer tuition savings to employees looking to achieve their educational goals with less debt. When you partner with us, you’ll get full access to the Tuition Reduction Network at no cost.

The tuition assistance process

It’s simple. Let us design, administer and manage your tuition assistance program for you.

Step 1: Program Setup
Step 1: Program Setup

We design and develop a company-branded website and all necessary materials for your employees to get the information they need about your tuition assistance program.

Step 2: Application Review<br/>
and Payments
Step 2: Application Review
and Payments

We take care of all the administrative duties for you, from reviewing employee applications and determining eligibility to sending out payments.

Step 3: Reports and Tracking
Step 3: Reports and Tracking

Access to standard reports and usage history are all available to help you to determine the success of your program.

Testimonials

Here’s what clients say about their experience with Scholarship Management Services.

  • Scholarship Management Services is an efficient, effective method
    for selecting scholarship winners in an unbiased manner. They are
    easy to work with, keep you on schedule, and made our
    program run as smoothly as possible.


    Shannon Gustafson       American Coalition for Ethanol
  • Our company has utilized Scholarship
    Management Services for several years
    to oversee our scholarship and tuition assistance programs.
    The individuals handling our account are incredibly responsive
    and professional. I have recommended Scholarship Management
    Services to several professional contacts as a result.


    Jerry Gilin       Diebold, Inc.
  • Scholarship Management Services
    is extremely efficient
    and has always helped us with special requests. I appreciate
    and value their staff's expertise.


    Jennifer Anderson       Deluxe Corporation - W.R. Hotchkiss Foundation

FAQs

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  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • What is a Tuition Assistance Program?

    A Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a benefit provided by employers for financial assistance to employees taking education courses that meet specified criteria. Tuition assistance is not only part of a corporate benefit package, but is also an effective tool to support strategic talent management and learning and development initiatives.

    There are two ways a company can provide financial assistance through a tuition assistance program:

    • Tuition Reimbursement: An employee pays for the course and then receives payment from the company once the course is completed and specified criteria are met.
    • Prepayment: A company pays for the course prior to the employee completing it.

    How long does it take to implement a tuition assistance program?

    The total implementation time of a tuition assistance program is dependent on the criteria required to manage the program. Once the program details are finalized and approved by an organization, the implementation time is generally 4-12 weeks.

    What is the average maximum reimbursement allowed per participant in tuition assistance programs?

    Maximum reimbursement allowed per participant in tuition assistance programs in the United States is on average just under $5,000.

  • How many employees take advantage of education opportunities when a tuition assistance program is offered?

    On average, 3-5% of employees participate in a tuition assistance program. In companies that view tuition assistance more strategically and as an investment in human capital, the number is higher. The number is also higher in industries that view tuition assistance as a requirement, such as in healthcare.

    Is tuition assistance for employees considered taxable income?

    The IRS states that any amounts received annually under an educational assistance program up to $5,250 are not considered taxable income to the employee. Any amounts received in excess of $5,250 may or may not be taxable depending on if the courses taken are job-related or not. Tax-free educational assistance benefits include payments for tuition, fees and similar expenses, supplies, books and equipment.

  • What is a Tuition Assistance Programme?

    A Tuition Assistance Programme (TAP) is a benefit provided by employers for financial assistance to employees taking education courses that meet specified criteria. Tuition assistance is not only part of a corporate benefit package, but is also an effective tool to support strategic talent management and learning and development initiatives.

    There are two ways a company can provide financial assistance through a tuition assistance programme:

    • Tuition Reimbursement: An employee pays for the course and then receives payment from the company once the course is completed and specified criteria are met.
    • Prepayment: A company pays for the course prior to the employee completing it.

    How long does it take to implement a tuition assistance programme?

    The total implementation time of a tuition assistance programme is dependent on the criteria required to manage the programme. Once the programme details are finalised and approved by an organisation, the implementation time is generally 4-12 weeks.

    What is the average maximum reimbursement allowed per participant in tuition assistance programmes?

    Maximum reimbursement allowed per participant in tuition assistance programmes is on average just under £3,000.

  • How many employees take advantage of education opportunities when a tuition assistance programme is offered?

    On average, 3-5% of employees participate in a tuition assistance programme. In companies that view tuition assistance more strategically and as an investment in human capital, the number is higher. The number is also higher in industries that view tuition assistance as a requirement, such as in healthcare.  

    Is tuition assistance for employees considered taxable income?

    To learn the tax implications for receiving tuition assistance, it is best to consult your tax advisor.

Featured employee

Our employees are dedicated to making the most of your program.

Santiago Escobar
Program Manager

Generous scholarship programs helped Santiago achieve his postsecondary goals, and now as a program manager for Scholarship Management Services, he’s helping prospective students do the same. In addition to managing various scholarship programs, Santiago assists with document translation and serves as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking students and parents. In his free time, Santiago is an avid sports fan, active ultimate frisbee player, and manager of the Minnesota pro-ultimate team. 

Santiago Escobar

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Scholarship Management Services and Scholarship America

For more than 35 years, Scholarship Management Services has been helping corporations, foundations, and
individuals create and manage education assistance programs for students around the world. We are proud to be
a division of  Scholarship America, the largest private, nonprofit scholarship and education assistance organization
in the United States.