Question about BSN tuition reimbursement from employer


Does anyone know if an employer will offer BSN tuition reimbursement AFTER you have completed your BSN? If I had the choice, I would have waited for a job where my employer would pay for some of my BSN courses, but with this economy, who knows how long until I find a job that does that. I started my BSN program right after graduating from an ADN program because I did not want too long for the reason I mentioned above, and I wanted to get it done ASAP. If you save all your receipts, will an employer reimburse you after you have received your BSN? Has anyone heard of this?


68 Posts

Specializes in CVICU. Has 4 years experience.

Some employers will reimburse student loans. Not sure about reimbursing directly to the employee who paid for school out right. You can ask the nurse recruiters at different hospitals/agencies that you are considering applying to.


369 Posts

Specializes in ICU, ER. Has 1 years experience.

Yes. My local hospital offered this for selected 2009 & 2010 graduates. I'm not sure if they did it again this year as nursing jobs kind of disappeared over the last year.


14,633 Posts

In my experience over many years (with many different employers), the employers I have had would only reimburse tuition (to whatever extent they did offer tuition reimbursement) for courses as you took them -- not after the fact.

Specializes in FNP. Has 25 years experience.

We stopped doing it at all as a BSN is now necessary for any nursing employment, so they no longer felt obliged to pay for it. I know some other places still do pay for it if you are already an employee in good standing. I have never heard of it being paid for after the fact, except by the NHSC.

roser13, ASN, RN

6,504 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

I have never, ever heard of an employer paying retroactive school expenses.

Specializes in ED, ICU, MS/MT, PCU, CM, House Sup, Frontline mgr. Has 15 years experience.

after??? you mean after you were hired with a bsn (probably because they preferred a bsn) or after you received a bsn while working and did not sign up for the re-embursement program while you were attending the school??? no, i have never heard of an employer paying for an employee's education after he/she earned the degree except in the form of sign on bonuses.

a long time ago employers gave employees hiring bonuses that were insane ($5000-20,000+relocation expenses) that an employee could then use to pay off his/her loans, but i do not hear of such things any more. in fact, it has been so long ago since i have heard nurses receiving such benefits, i am beginning to think it was a myth...:rolleyes:

on the other hand, some companies will provide reimbursement for some of the expenses incurred by the employee to complete his/her degree. one of my former employers required every semester to be approved by our department head and the employee owed the employer x number of years afterwards. i paid cash for my bsn so i would owe nobody my time or my financial future.


657 Posts

Specializes in Professional Development Specialist.

When I started nursing school in 2007, every hospital in the city offered tuition reimbursement and/or loan repayment benefits. If you were a CNA you could get your RN all the way to your MSN paid in full with just passing grades. Now a new grad is lucky to get a job in any field. Loan repayment or tuition reimburesement is a highly coveted benefit for only the most select people. If you want to be a nurse or further your education, do it because it's what you are drive. Repayment from your employer is a rare bonus.