While attending a local Community College, I accepted an internship with a company.
Fast Forward 6 months the company offered me a full time position. (w00t w00t)
This is where things get tricky. My company is part of a larger corporation that has a hiring freeze. Therefore there is no capacity for my company to hire full time employees. To get past this, they hired me as a contractor as of January 3, 2017. They increased my pay rate to match what would of been my salary pay. UNFORTUNATELY I do not get benefits. My company has an amazing 100% tuition reimbursement program after you work full-time for 1 year.
I'm in my last semester at the community college and want to continue my education at a much larger university that is ($$$$). However I can't afford it unless I can access the Tuition Assistance Program that my company has.
I have talked to HR multiple times about using my time as a intern, then as a contractor towards the "1 year full time" requirement so that I can continue my education. However H.R. says my time as an intern and a contractor will NOT count towards the hours needed to access the Tuition Assistance Program.
I have also heard whispers of other employees using this program before working for 1 complete year.
- Is it worth going over her head to the H.R. Branch Manager?
- Should I just suck it up and wait the extra year?
What should I do? I'm not sure what the best path is.
EDIT: There is no guarantee WHEN I will be transferred to full-time. H.R. just tells me they continue to send my requests each month. They project it will happen January of 2018.