Tuition assistance questions

Discussion in 'Introductions and Welcomes' started by pencils, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. pencils

    pencils New Member

    Hi. Sorry if this might be in the wrong forum. Wasn't sure which would be a good one.
    Anyway, I recently got hired as a package handler and wanted to know about the tuition assistance. The thing is, the website only mentions the 4AM-9AM shift and the 10PM-3AM shift, and I got hired for the 4:30PM-9:30PM shift, so now I'm freaking out about whether I'm eligible to receive the tuition assistance or not. I don't see why I wouldn't be able to, but I thought I'd check to be sure anyway. I don't see why they'd only limit the assistance to those shifts only.

    Also, does the $300 bonus actually mean I get to spend it on whatever expenses? Because it'd be awesome if I could save that to take more classes if I wanted to.
  2. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    You only get the tuition reimbursement for the sorts they say, most likely they have a hard time keeping employees for those shifts. Check to see if you can change shifts and reasons why with your FT sup, and with HR if you want to change.

    You only get $300 tuition assistance? Here it is up to $5000+/year. Yes, you can spend it on anything.
  3. pencils

    pencils New Member

    Really? Bummer. Well then, I'll ask them! They just did a mass hiring here anyway in the past couple weeks, so we'll see!
    I meant the allowance. We get $300/month, or $500 a month if you're a veteran.
    Anyway, cool! Thank you!
  4. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    What is that allowance for?
  5. pencils

    pencils New Member

    Lol that's what I want to know. We get around $2600 a semester, max around $5200 a year, and they also mention you get a $300/month bonus and a transportation allowance of $100 a month. The transportation part is obvious, but the extra $300 a month apparently can be used for whatever you want.
  6. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    Never heard about an allowance, but the tuition reimbursement can be used for anything. It is paid after the semester, if you get your grades up.
  7. New Member

    Is this a company-wide thing? I'm looking at UPS as a potential employer when I move to Seattle next year.
  8. Turdferguson

    Turdferguson Guest

    No depends on where it is. We have two buildings in our city one of them just now started getting tuition reimbursement
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Tuition reimbursement is used as an incentive in those buildings where it is hard to attract and retain PT employees.
  10. New Member

    That doesn't sound too good...
  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Think about it for a minute. Tuition reimbursement is not an investment in the company's future as very few, if any, of those who take advantage of it go on to a career in management w/UPS. They use it to attract and retain PT hourlies in those facilities where it is hard to maintain staffing.
  12. New Member

    True. So aside from TA, is there much else to inspire a PT worker to stick around? Do they like to promote from within?
  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    PTers have three choices, each based on their personal situation:

    1. Work at UPS PT for the benefits while working at their primary FT job for the money.

    2. Go in to management.

    3. Become a driver.
  14. New Member

    That sounds incredibly limited. So, not much of a future on the ramp? I would love to work on company's cargo aircraft as a mechanic or avionics technician. Any company willing to invest in me would more than likely keep me around (to a point).
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    You want to work on the planes? You would need to go to A&P school.
  16. New Member

    I'm currently registered to start in the fall. After reading some threads on here regarding maintenance, I am unsure what to think. Sounds like a bunch of union drama. Mostly alluding to 2727 threads.