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Could your employer pay your fees?

A masters degree can increase your lifetime earning potential by more than £200,000, making it time (and money) well spent.

Would you employer pay for your study?

Employers recognise the value of Open University graduates and their qualifications. It’s one of the reasons why a third of FTSE 100 companies have sponsored their own staff to study with us, and why we regularly train staff at more than 1,300 employers, including IBM and Oxford University.

More than one in ten of our students are sponsored by their employer, which means their employer pays for their studies.

If you’re working, and your modules and qualifications are relevant to your job or your career development, you could approach your employer to see if they’ll sponsor you by paying some or all of your course fees.

My employers offered to sponsor me to study for a degree with The Open University. I jumped at the chance, especially as The Open University’s flexibility appealed to me. On a personal level, my self-confidence has increased. In the workplace, the knowledge I’ve gained has been essential for my role and I’ve had more opportunities career-wise: I believe that having the degrees places me ahead of other candidates when applying for posts.

Suzanne Smith, BEng (Hons); MSc Engineering

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