Employee-graduates encourage colleagues to ‘go for it!’

The University of Miami provides opportunities for faculty and staff members to advance their education by offering tuition remission, an employee benefit that covers the full or partial cost of taking undergraduate or graduate classes.
Employee-graduates encourage colleagues to ‘go for it!’

Every year, University of Miami employees walk the stage at commencement having earned an undergraduate or graduate degree. Eligible employees are encouraged to advance their education with tuition remission, an employee benefit that provides financial support for select degree and certificate programs. 

Two employee-graduates celebrate their achievements by sharing advice for colleagues who are considering the commitment of continuing their education. 

Xochil Ventura, physical therapy assistant in the Department of Physical Therapy, Miller School of Medicine, is graduating with a  Master of Science in Leadership this week. For her, the motivation and excitement of beginning her journey as a graduate student began at I am the U, the University’s new employee orientation. Now, she encourages all employees to explore tuition remission benefits to further their education. 

“Go for it! If not now, when,” Ventura asked. “It is a big sacrifice to work full time and go to school, but it is a great opportunity. The faculty members at the University are excellent. You will learn from the best of the best.”

Vanessa Velis Barbieri, a student accounts associate in the Office of Student Accounts, earned a Master of Public Administration this semester.

“Don’t hesitate to start your journey! Tuition remission offers an incredible opportunity to University employees. I am so grateful to have been able to complete my graduate degree at the U,” said Barbieri. 

Following the first 90 days of employment, full-time University employees may be eligible for 100 percent tuition remission for two courses per semester, up to 15 credits per calendar year. Learn more about tuition remission and your eligibility.