Guild Education and Public Service Credit Union are partnering to make an education degree more available to Public Service Credit Union employees.
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Advance your education with help from Public Service Credit Union! 


We’re excited to let you know that as an employee at Public Service Credit Union, you’re eligible for a new pilot program allowing you to advance your education while working for Public Service Credit Union, with up to 100% of your tuition costs covered by Public Service Credit Union and federal grants. 

Public Service Credit Union has partnered Guild Education to offer a pathway to a variety of online classes, programs and degrees from top-ranked universities that you can complete while working at Public Service Credit Union. 

Benefits include: 
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost.
  • A personal college and career adviser to help you navigate the college programs.
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace. 
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career. 
  • Credit recognition for transferable past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees.

Program Benefits

Options
Options
A variety of classes, programs, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in addition to GED, ESL, and college preparatory courses to meet your goals—no matter where you are in your educational path.
Personal advisor
Support
A Guild advisor to help you find the right class, program or degree, navigate financial aid, and move forward in your education while advancing your career.
Online learning
Flexibility
Flexible academic schedules with morning, evening, and weekend classes and work-at-your-own pace programs to help you balance work and school.
Universities
Quality
Classes from top-ranked* online universities including Brandman University, University of Denver, Western Governors University, and Bellevue University.

* U.S. News and World Report, NCTQ

Public Service Credit Union Highlighted ProgramsGuild Education has a variety of classes, programs and degrees. The ones listed below are suggested for the employees of Public Service Credit Union.

Interested in applying? Get started today!

  1. Start by choosing the right class, program, or degree for you:
    • Research the options for classes, programs and degrees (listed above).
    • Select “Apply Now” for your educational opportunity of choice.
  2. If you're applying for a degree:
    • Get started on the Financial Aid process today by visiting https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and completing your FAFSA. Make sure to select the correct university for your specific degree:
      • Brandman University school code= 041618
      • Bellevue University school code = 002538
      • Western Governors University school code = 033394
  3. Submit your transcripts. Order your official transcripts from your previous colleges and other sources of credit to send along to your university. Chat with an education coach today to learn about both paper and electronic submissions. 
  4. If you're applying for a class or program:
    • Look out for a call and email from a Guild advisor who will help you get prepped before your first day

"Guild’s programs and services are practical and transformative. I am very thankful for Guild's on-going support and advice."

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Ming

Guild class alumna

San Jose, California

Frequently Asked Questions


Tell me more about Guild Education.
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Guild Education partners with employers to offer a variety of online classes, programs, and degrees from top-ranked universities that you can complete while working.

You will get support from an education coach, who will help you find the right program, navigate the financial aid process, and provide you with personal college and career advising to help you navigate the college process from day one to graduation.

To give employees a variety of options, Guild partners with a consortium of universities and learning providers, including Brandman University, Western Governors University, Bellevue University, and StraighterLine, in addition to offering custom content. 

Benefits of partnering with Guild include:
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost
  • A personal college and career adviser to help you navigate programs and offerings
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career
  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

What are Guild’s guiding principles?
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  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
  • We learn best by doing: Experimentation, learning by doing, feedback and reflection lay at the core of every learning experience with Guild.
  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
  • Reflection is a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have: Reflection allows us to digest the learnings and feedback we’ve received.
  • Community matters: We’re all in this together and we expect all Guild members to appreciate the role we play in each other’s learning experience.


Why should I partner with Guild and not just go through the university?
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PSCU believes in investing in our team, and Guild is a great partner in accomplishing that goal. In addition to offering tuition discounts for all of our employees, Guild offers coaching and advising for all of our employees, including support around admissions, financial aid, college success, and work life balance. Having a personalized coach will make your journey towards a degree much easier. Many schools and universities offer advising, however, many of these schools are tailored for full-time students. At Guild, we understand the need for flexibility and individualized support. You will be assigned a coach you work with throughout the duration of your program, at the times most convenient for you!

What does the average program cost?
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Thanks to discounts from our partners, most of the classes and degree programs at Guild are between $250 to $350 per credit hour, which amounts to approximately $3000 to $3500 per semester and between $675 to $2450 for other semester-long classes and programs.

Most students do not pay full tuition. Please see below for your eligibility for PSCU tuition assistance and federal financial aid.

Am I eligible for the PSCU tuition reimbursement program?
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All employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement the first of the month following 6-months of continuous employment. If you are within six weeks of your 6-month anniversary at PSCU, you will be able to apply for the tuition reimbursement program. Our partnerships with Brandman University, Western Governors University, and Bellevue University provide the opportunity to defer payments for eligible students until 30 days after the end of each term. Employees who end employment within 12 months of reimbursement must pay PSCU back any reimbursed tuition.

To apply for tuition reimbursement, submit the Tuition Reimbursement Form before the course start date (note this form is only accessible from your PSCU computer).  Upon approval, complete the course and submit the Tuition Reimbursement Form with your tuition statement and transcript with grade after the course end date. 
 
Additionally, employees are eligible for up to $5,920 in federal financial aid and $2,000 in education tax credits. Other options may be available as well. 

What’s the process for getting approved for this program?
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  1. Complete a Tuition Reimbursement Form (note this is only accessible from your PSCU computer) 
  2. If PSCU Management approves the request, return the signed form to PSCU's Human Resource Department
  3. The employee applies for the program, applies for financial aid and EITHER pays the initial course fees and/or has the payments deferred
  4. The employee must then fill out the Student Acceptance Agreement, which outlines coaching expectations
  5. Once the employee receives his or her grades, the employee should fill out the Tuition Reimbursement Form again and attach their Tuition Statement and their transcript with their final grade(s)
  6. Within 30 days of completed final grades and tuition bill, the employee will EITHER receive a reimbursement (if she paid upfront) or pay back the college for the deferred tuition (if she chose to defer the tuition cost)

How much am I eligible for as PSCU for the tuition reimbursement program?
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PSCU reimburses for tuition of business-related courses, student activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment if the fees and expenses that must be paid to the institution are a condition of enrollment or attendance.
PSCU provides 100% of reimbursement for A and B grades, and 70% for a C grade, up to $5,250 total in a calendar year.

Is there a criteria to receive full tuition reimbursement from PSCU?
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PSCU provides 100% of reimbursement for A and B grades, and 70% for a C grade, up to $5,250 total in a calendar year.

Can I apply for the tuition reimbursement program if I am a few months shy of my six months anniversary at PSCU?
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In order to receive full tuition reimbursement from PSCU an employee must have been employed for six months. If you have any questions regarding this policy please reach out to Carole in Human Resources.

What does PSCU reimburse?
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PSCU reimburses for tuition of business-related courses, student activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment if the fees and expenses that must be paid to the institution are a condition of enrollment or attendance. Employees who end employment within 12 months of reimbursement must pay PSCU back any reimbursed tuition.

How do I utilize this new education program?
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Reach out to the admissions team at Guild Education at 720-709-1751 or chat with us here on our site. Our admissions advisors will be able to provide you with more information on the different programs available under the partnership and speak to you about the admissions process.

What does it mean that my degree is offered in partnership with Brandman University, Bellevue University, or Guild Education?
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Here at Guild, we strive to offer excellent education that is flexible and affordably priced. We partner with universities and institutions that do the same. With this partnership, you will enroll as a student at Brandman University or Bellevue University, with the support of a Guild coach, as you navigate balancing work and school in pursuit of your degree.

Tell me more about Brandman University:
Brandman University offers the best of both worlds when it comes to education. Brandman is based in California and has brick and mortar campuses throughout the West Coast in addition to its online learning opportunities. It has been recognized by US News and World Report best for four consecutive years. They are a private, regionally accredited, nonprofit institution part of the Chapman University system.

What makes Brandman University unique?
Brandman University offers the diversity of programs that students like you are looking for. They are accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center,  the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Council on Social Work Education. They are a University focused on high student support, with only 150 students per advisor. They boast a high graduation rate of 72% (as compared to the national average of 59%) and they are heavily focused on providing great opportunities to support veterans. In addition, they are constantly looking for new ways to develop programs that reflect the needs of their students. They're on the cutting edge when it comes to technology and learning, and want to listen to your opinions and ideas to develop courses and learning opportunities that are of greatest interest or need to you!

Tell me more about Bellevue University:
Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a private, non-profit, regionally accredited institution with a beautiful 46-acre main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska. Both online and in-campus, Bellevue University has graduated over 48,000 students and serves nearly 10,000 students annually at a total of 15 campus locations in four states and everywhere online.

Why should I pursue a degree at Bellevue University?
Here are ten reasons:
  • Flexible - Whether you prefer to study online or in-class, during the day or at night, earning a degree can fit into your busy life. Our faculty and student coach/advisors will work closely with you to help manage your real life challenges.
  • Non-Profit - Bellevue University is a private, non-profit institution founded nearly 50 years ago. We are deeply committed to our mission of making higher education accessible so that regardless of circumstances, more people can achieve their hopes and dreams.
  • Accredited - Bellevue University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation provides assurance that we are committed to standards of excellence, core values, and to working for the common good of society.
  • Affordable - The combination of our generous credit transfers, reasonable tuition and minimal fees make Bellevue University an affordable choice.
  • Accelerated - Transferring your existing credits and selecting the program that's right for you eliminates unnecessary classes and helps ensure you can earn your degree as quickly as possible.
  • Real World-Focused - Our degrees are designed to help you learn and apply real world professional knowledge, and master the essential skills employers seek. Choose from more than 70 degrees in fields that offer potential for job growth.
  • Online - Online learning at Bellevue University is designed to be engaging, to help you become a confident professional through extensive faculty and peer-to-peer interaction.
  • Supportive - Our dedicated team of faculty and staff will help you get on the path that's right for you and stay with you every step of the way as you earn your degree and achieve your goals.
  • Military Friendly - Helping active duty military and veterans earn their degree has been core to our mission since our founding in 1966. With specific programs and support, such as our Military Veterans Service Center, we are ranked among the best in the nation for military students.

What is StraighterLine?
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StraighterLine is an educational provider that offers online higher education courses that are equivalent to general courses required for bachelor’s degrees. Their courses have been evaluated by American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) and are recommended for college credit. They have partnerships with a number of accredited colleges and universities, including our partner Colorado State University's Global Campus, that accept its courses for credit.

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