Tuition Reimbursemnt

I had a tuition reimbursement agreement with my employer. They were assisting me
with some of my grad school costs. I had to leave the company because I received
an amazing career opportunity at the company of my choice. I received a letter
from my previous employer to pay them back 10,500 IMMEDIATELY or it will go on
my PERMANENT RECORD. That is a big sum of money and I cannot afford to pay it all
at once, but i also do not want it to go on my permanant record. i want to work
up a repayment plan, i just need 4-5 months to pay off the full-amount. is this
possible?

Asked on July 5, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Absent some agreement to the contrary, this reimbursement is due immediately. Granted this is a larege sum, however legally, this is your situaton. That having been said, you may well be able to negotiate a repayment plan that is acceptable to your former employer. The fact is that this would be to their benefit because if they demand a lump sum repayment, you are less likely to be able to pay.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It is possible, but it is voluntary on their part: legally, under the typical tuition reimbursement agreement, you owe all the money right away; the employer can choose to give you time to  pay, but does not need to do so. All you can is negotiate with them and try to come to a mutually acceptable plan. If you do, get its terms in writing and make sure you 100% honor it (if you miss a payment, the rest will come due immediately).


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