Funding Your Education

Financial Aid

Professional and Continuing Education non-credit courses and programs do not qualify for federal financial aid, including student loans.  

For current Western students enrolled in Professional and Continuing Education credit courses; financial aid may be available. Check with Western’s Financial Aid Office for more information and eligibility requirements. 

Western is now offering an installment plan. You can get more info about installment plans from Student Business Online.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement or Assistance  

According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), half of U.S. employers provide education assistance to their employees. (2018 Employee Benefits Survey) and fewer than 10% of workers at companies that offer tuition reimbursement used the benefit (The Wall Street Journal, 2018)  

Contact your employer’s human resources department to check if you are eligible for tuition reimbursement or assistance for professional/career development education courses or programs. Many employers offer some form of financial support for employees pursuing professional development to keep skills current.  Outreach and Continuing Education will work with you and your employer on the wide variety of payment options such as:  

  • purchase orders and invoices 
  • credit cards 
  • checks 

Tuition Assistance Programs: The Secret Employee Benefit (Forbes)

Veteran’s Benefits/Assistance  

The federal government offers a variety of education programs to veterans and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. More information is available through the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): 

For a complete list of programs and benefits, visit ​the ​U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training site.​ 

Surviving/Dependent Spouse or Child of a Veteran 

Find out if you’re eligible for VA education benefits for dependents and survivors (also called Chapter 35 benefits). If you’re a dependent spouse or child—or the surviving spouse or child—of a Veteran, you may qualify for Chapter 35 benefits or job training through a GI Bill program.

Payments 

Payment in full is required at time of registration. Professional and Continuing Education is unable to accept multiple payments for our courses. 

Scholarships 

Check individual professional and continuing education programs for scholarship opportunities.  

AmeriCorps Education Awards 

Students who have completed their service in AmeriCorps qualify for a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. These funds can be used to cover educational expenses and, in some cases, living expenses and books and supplies. Full details can be found on the award website. 

Tax Credits and Benefits 

When considering the cost of higher education and the resources available to meet the cost, take into account the tax-related benefits available to you. Benefits include tax credits and tax deductions including the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. For more information see IRS Publication 970 for details and eligibility criteria or check with the IRS or a tax advisor.