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50 Companies that Offer Tuition Reimburement
See which companies help you pay for college

So my fellow college students will definitely agree that paying college is no easy feat. I mean even with help from parents, grants, scholarships, it's still possible to come up short on your tuition. One of the ways to help pay for college is through tuition reimbursement. 

Tuition Reimbursement is an often overlooked form of financial aid available to many to help decrease the costs of earning your degree. Higher Education has over the years become a necessity, opening doors for many to gain access to jobs that offer a higher salary and excellent benefits. Tuition costs have unfortunately been on a steady increase year over year, with one year costing as much as $40,000 at some institutions. 

Fortunately there are many companies out there that place a high value on a college education, and express this through offering tuition assistance. Tuition assistance can include tuition reimbursements, student loans at extremely low rates, tuition discounts, and college credits for courses taken at work. Below you will find a list of companies that should be on every college students list because of their tuition assistance programs, which in some cases are even given to Part Time team members. Some of the companies on the list may surprise you and feel free to add to the list.


Banking:


The Banking/ Financial Industry on a whole is extremely generous when it comes to offering tuition  reimbursement and it is pretty much considered a standard benefit by most.

Bank of America

BB&T

Capital One

Wells Fargo

PNC Bank

Jp Morgan Chase- Tuition Reimbursement tied to performance

Suntrust Bank

TD Bank

Citi Bank

Discover

American Express

Deloitte

Space Coast Credit Union


Technology/Wireless:


Sprint

AT&T

T Mobile

Verizon

Best Buy- Full Time Team Members Only

Apple

Amazon- Select majors only

Ebay


Retail/Services/ Food and Beverage:


Starbucks- They announced that they will offer free 4 year degrees in partnership with the Arizona State University to all employees, this makes Starbucks one of the most generous companies where tuition reimbursement is concerned.

Aeropostale

Nordstrom

Toys R Us

Ross/ DDs Discounts- Limited tuition reimbursement in the form of a scholarship based on academic performance

Publix Supermarkets

Safeway

Costco

Walmart - Tuition Discounts

Home Depot

TJX Stores (Marshalls etc)- Tuition reimbursement available only for those at the Corporate Home Office

Target

Fedex

UPS

Convergys

Macy's-Tuition Reimbursement available to select employees

Bloomingdales- Tuition Reimbursement available to select employees

Saks Fifth Avenue

Hollister

Gap Inc. (Stores include Old Navy)- Limited Tuition Reimbursement for Full Time employees and only for select courses

Limited Brands (Stores in Include Victoria Secrets)- Tuition Reimbursement available only for Full Time Employees for select majors

Office Depot

Office Max

Ikea

Wegmans Food Market

Men's Warehouse


Airline Industry


American Airlines

US Airways

Spirit

Are there any companies we forgot to add to the list? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

50 Companies that Offer Tuition Reimburement
How to Ace an Open Book Test


So it's syllabus week, and the professor states that all the exams will be open book tests. At this point you're probably thinking wow, what a time to be alive! Don't get too excited, at least not just yet. The truth is open book tests can be just as challenging, and depending on the material it can actually be harder than traditional tests. Here are 3 must follow tips for acing an open book test. Good luck!


Actually Study

 
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You should prepare for an open book test like you would any other

One of the biggest mistakes students make when it comes to open book tests is to not study. Many students incorrectly assume that studying is a waste of time since the answers will be just a page turn away. Big mistake!

As I mentioned before open book tests can be just as challenging, so you'll want to ensure you're very prepared. Also if you're not familiar with the book, you could end up spending more time searching for answers instead of actually doing the test. So it's best to prepare for an open book test like you would any other test.

Use You Index and Glossary


How to Ace an Open Book Test
Your index and glossary makes finding info during an exam faster and easier


In an open book test, a lot of time can be spent searching for answers, especially if you're not familiar with the book. One of the best ways to prevent this is to make use of index and glossary.

After reading the questions, highlight the keywords, then use the keywords to search the index for the relevant pages. For simple definitions, the glossary will prove helpful in finding words you may not understand, and may have trouble finding in the book.

Use Your Notes


How to Ace an Open Book Test
Your notes will be easier to navigate than your textbook
As a college student, you should always be taking notes. Note taking is a great way to retain info, and to ensure you actually understand the material. For open book tests, it may also be easier to navigate through your notes than say a 500 page textbook.

Using your syllabus or exam guidelines, make notes of relevant material, and categorize by heading. Then instead of using your textbook, use your notes.

Do you have any other tips for doing well on an open book test? Tell us in the comments below!



[caption id="attachment_861" align="aligncenter" width="485"]Phone Interview Tips Designed by Freepik[/caption]   Interviews have really evolved over the years. I don't know about you but it seems to me that hiring managers are always coming up with new ways to weed out the undersirables. While their tactics may work on other lame under achieving candidates, don't let it catch you. One such tactic is the phone interview. Once upon a time you could pretty much guarantee that an interview meant only a face to face encounter. Now with technology, changing job requirements (think work from home), and a super competitive work environment, phone interviews have become pretty commonplace as well. Before you get all excited, thinking that phone interviews are a walk in the park. Just know that phone interviews come pre-packed with it's own set of challenges. Here are the phone interview tips every college student should know.
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It is possible to have better Mondays[/caption]   Wouldn't you like to improve the way you feel on Mondays? Wake up feeling refreshed, and ready to conquer the week? Maybe even stop posting those anti-Monday memes on your social media for a change? It's no secret that Monday is the most hated day of the week. As a people we may not be able to agree on much, but basically everyone agrees that Mondays stink. Luckily it is possible to have better Mondays. It is possible to look forward to the start of the week just as much as you look forward to the end of it. You don't have to be stressed, and simply working for the weekend. Here are the steps to follow to make Mondays suck less. Who knows, you might actually start liking the day.
Back to College Essentials for a Successful Semester
The Back To College Essentials You're Going to Need




The Fall semester is finally here, and it's time to switch out our sunglasses and pool floats for textbooks and backpacks. Being that this is my senior year I'm looking to rock this year and leave with a bang. By this I mean I am looking to have my best academic year yet. Achieving this is going to require some hard work, late nights, and a few college essentials to keep me organized and stress free.

Shopping for my college essentials, and restocking throughout the year has always been a breeze for me. As an Amazon Prime Student subscriber, my college supplies are always a click away. I can easily browse through Amazon's broad collection of college essentials, order, and in just 2 days they are at my doorstep. Check out the back to college essentials I grabbed this year, and see how you too can have successful semester.


An Academic Planner

 

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An Academic Planner helps me to keep up with exams, and assignments

The key to a successful semester starts with getting organized and staying organized. Keeping track of multiple assignments for multiple classes, as well as extra curricular activities and events is not easy. My Bloom Daily Academic Planner helps me to stay on top of assignments, exams, and my other responsibilities.

It's dated from August 2016 to June 2017, so I can use it throughout the school year. I use my planner along with my syllabus to make note of due dates, office hours, and even expectations for my assignments. I can then refer to my planner when necessary, as opposed to searching through piles and piles of papers. It comes in very handy and every college student should own one.

The Right Stationery

 
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The right stationery includes pencils, sticky notes and file folders.

Okay so some of you are probably thinking "duh, of course you're going to need stationery for college", but you'd be surprised at how many people show up with all the essentials for their dorm room and none of the essential stationery.

You're going to need HB2 pencils for exams, as well as for making notes. Sticky notes, are a great study aid. I usually make note of points I'm most likely to forget, and stick it on my wall or desk. Thanks to sticky notes I can always review my class work, sometimes without even realizing it.

File folders help me to keep all my completed assignments in one central location and organized by class and due dates. You'd be shocked at the headaches I've saved myself just by stocking up on these items.

A Tablet

 
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Use a tablet for all your textbooks


I used to be the girl on campus struggling to get to class with the huge back pack filled with textbooks. Thankfully that girl is no more, and I have now updated my look with a tablet. Getting a tablet is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I have the Amazon Fire Tablet and it has literally replaced over 4 textbooks (many of my textbooks are in eBook format). I also use it with my handy keyboard, to take notes, browse the internet, and keep myself entertained.

 

Amazon Prime Student 

 

My school year would not have had such a smooth start had it not been for Amazon Prime Student. I was able to shop for all my school supplies without having to contend with the crowds at the mall, or at my campus bookstore. With Amazon Prime Student I was able to get all my items, at a great low price, shipped right to my door in just two days. Restocking on my college necessities is also that easy.

Aside from the thousands of deals on college supplies, I love just how much my Amazon Prime Student subscription appeals to my lifestyle. After spending hours writing a paper I can just sit back,  and de-stress by catching up on my favorite TV shows and movies, which I can access through my Android phone and Fire tablet, for free! I have watched Interstellar so many times I can practically recite the lines.

You can sign up for Amazon Prime Student now and you will receive exclusive college deals, savings on textbooks, access to thousand of movies and TV shows, and to over a million songs, all free for six months. Yes that's right you'll get an entire semester and then some for free! After that you pay just $49 a year, which is half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership. To see how you can sign up visit: http://clvr.li/2b0l5oR

So apart from Amazon Prime Student, what else are you planning on getting to rock this semester?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


How To Start Being Productive

One of the biggest challenges I have is staying productive throughout the day. I am usually off to a good start in the mornings, but as the day progresses I find my productivity level slowly decreasing. I also have my "off" days where I'm not productive at all, and instead spend the entire day on my phone or laptop. Keeping up with school and work can also take up a lot time, so once that's done, it can feel easier to just lay around rather than get started on something else. After spending time with friends and colleagues, I realized this is a challenge for a lot of other people as well. So here are 3 tips to help you get jump started on your goals, and start being more productive.


1. What are you spending your time on?

 

This one question will put you in the position to analyze how you are using the 24 hours you get everyday. I had to ask myself this question, because I felt like I couldn't keep up with school and get everything else done. When I asked myself this question, it didn't even take me long to realize where I'm wasting my time. MY PHONE! Now, I'm not saying I don't use my phone anymore, or that I deleted all the social media apps because I didn't. What I did was I looked at how many hours of my day was spent laid down on my bed on Instagram. Once I realized I was spending hours on Instagram and other distractions, I limited those distractions by putting away my cell phone, and shifting that time to my work instead.


How To Start Being Productive

2. Find your drive

 

There are certain things that pushes you to get motivated, get out of that cozy bed in the mornings, and get stuff done. For me, its my "JUST DO IT" painting that I painted myself and placed on my wall. Whenever I wake up feeling lazy, I see it and get moving. Motivation doesn't have to be tangible thing, however, it can also be a passion for the task at hand that gets you going. Find what motivates you to complete a task, keep it in mind, and use it to push you to operate at your productive best.

3. Clearing out the cutter

 

I think we underestimate the power of our environment, and how much it can actually affect our productivity. One thing I find extremely important is keeping my surroundings clean and tidy, this motivates me in a strange way so I try to clean my room every morning. From time to time I go into my closet, and get rid of the clothes I don't wear or no longer fit. I get rid of books, makeup, and beauty products that just take up space, and in turn clutter my mind, preventing me from jump starting my projects. This might seem so insignificant but when you actually do it, your mind feels clearer and you feel more productive.


Accept the unaccepted and take charge of your time. These three tips will surely increase your productivity everyday, and you'll feel more than satisfied with where you time is going at the end of each day.

So do you have any tips for getting productive for 2016? Feel free to comment below.


How To Start Being Productive



College Ave Student Loans


Many people often think of the college experience as being about books, parties, and relationships. Money management is generally thought to be better left until after graduation, and finding gainful employment. The truth is with the high costs of college, many of the decisions we make now, will have a lasting impact on our financial future. This is something I quickly realized after being faced with covering the costs of tuition, books, and transportation (among other expenses). I realized that I had to take a proactive approach to managing my money, and securing my financial future.  I had to be smart, change many of my lifestyle habits, and arm myself with the right tools. Here are some lifelong habits to start developing in college:


Budget Your Expenses


With all that's going on around you, being in college makes it extremely easy to lose track of your spending. Trust me, between textbooks, lab fees, club dues and not to mention the occasional visit to the local Mexican Restaurant for Taco Tuesdays, constantly spending money might just feel like the 
norm.

Budgeting is a great way to truly gain an understanding of your spending habits. Budgeting allowed me to see exactly how my earnings were being spent, and allowed me to differentiate between my needs and my wants.  I became a less impulsive shopper, and I never found myself in a situation where I overspent. Budgeting is extremely easy, and for me all it took was a pen, a $2 notebook, and a monthly review of receipts. If you prefer to be more tech savvy, you can use your computer or smartphone. Find what best works for you.


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Budgeting is a great way to understand your spending habits and make the necessary changes.

Save Whatever You Can


Saving is one of the best habits you can develop in college, and like budgeting, the benefits will last a lifetime. Saving ensures that you are always prepared in the event your source of funding dries up, and the earlier you start saving, the more you will accumulate in the long run. There really isn't any rule that dictates the minimum amount one should save. There have been months where I have saved as little as $50.

If you work, set aside a portion of your paycheck. If you don't work, consider putting aside portions of money you receive as gifts or grants. I would advise opening a savings account to make tracking your savings easier. Many banks actually offer free savings account to college students.

Have the Right Approach to Credit Cards


I'll never forget my first credit card offer... when I first applied, got approved, when I activated it, and, then went straight to the mall. While it was fun at the time, I now know that I have to manage my credit cards if I hope to be financially secure. Managing credit cards include not only using it when you need to (and no, flash sales do not count), but also always paying on time, and being aware of your outstanding balance.

While many people argue against college students having credit cards, I am of a different view. Credit cards allow you to start building credit, which makes getting student loans easier. It also helps you to be disciplined, which will prove useful later in life. Also if you think about it credit cards actually teaches you a lot about managing loans, and as college students we need to know how to manage loans. Speaking of loans...

Manage Student Loans the Smart Way


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College Ave Student Loans is revolutionizing the industry by making it faster and easier to apply for and manage your loans.



Like credit cards, student loans are often on the receiving end of bad publicity. The truth is student loans are a valuable option for covering college costs, and you can actually maximize the benefits with the right resources. One of the best resources I have discovered is College Ave Student Loans. They take the headache out of managing student loans by making it easier to apply, and providing the one on one support so many of us often need.

They provide a mobile friendly application, that like the website, is straightforward and very easy to use. Best of all you can expect a credit decision in less than 3 minutes. How's that for fast!


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Between work and school, free time tends to be really scarce. The mobile friendly application means I can apply for a student loan even when I'm on the go.

What I love the most about College Ave Student Loans, are the tools that make good financial management, and achieving financial security easy. The Student Loan Calculator and Credit Pre-Qualification Tool lets you to know before applying, what your rates and costs will be, which makes budgeting your expenses easier. Also perks like lower interest rates for making payments while in school, means you can pay down your loans and still have money left over for savings.    

As if all this wasn't amazing enough, College Ave has partnered with Chegg for the #Collegegoals Instagram contest. Between now and June 30th, you can win a $5000 scholarship and $50 worth of Chegg textbook credits. That's $5050 worth of college expenses you won't have to worry about, so visit Chegg's blog for more details on how to enter.

Are there any other tips you can share for staying financially stable in college? Tell me in the comments section below, I would love to hear.


Thank you to College Ave Student Loans and Her Campus Media for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.
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