Employers encourage staff members and employees to acquire additional education and training, but paying for it is sometimes a different story. Classes are expensive, as are the required books and supplies. Employers may not want to pay for education if they can't see how it will benefit their business. Justify reimbursement for a course by presenting your case in a timely manner, with a complete package of supporting evidence. Show the boss how paying for your education will actually save the business money.

Show your employer how the course is directly related to your job requirements and responsibility by explaining in a brief essay how it contributes to your professional development.

Tell your employer how the course will benefit the company and improve your job performance. Explain how the course will bring education that can't be received only by working in your position.

Assure your employer that the time required to take the course will not impact your job performance negatively. If the course requires you to miss work, explain how you will make up the missed time.

Provide copies of all necessary documentation regarding tuition expenses, enrollment fees, school or course accreditation, and the content covered in the course.

Present your complete case in a timely manner, preferably before you take the course, so that if your claim is denied, you can decide to withdraw.

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  • Unless you are prepared to cover the cost of the course whether or not the request for reimbursement is approved, wait until you have written approval to sign up for and take the course.

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Jennifer Dermody started writing in 1992. She has been published in "Running Wild Magazine," "The Green Book" environmental bid journal and local publications in the areas that she has lived all over the world. She is currently a licensed Florida real estate agent. Dermody earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Regis College in 1993.