Many tuition reimbursement programs require the worker to pay tuition up-front and be reimbursed by the organization at the end of the course. This can be prohibitive for low-wage workers, as many lack the funds to pay this cost upfront. This can block them from taking advantage of opportunities to increase their education or certifications.


  • Tuition pre-payment programs can make furthering education possible. Some employers cover up-front costs like textbooks or equipment as well.
  • Designating a staff member to mentor and coach workers who have gone back to school can help with the inevitable bumps in the road and improve success.
  • You may have access to grants for worker training via government contracts or other sources. These can often be used to help with tuition and books.