Tuition Assistance Guide for Mastercard Employees

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A Step-by-Step Tuition Assistance Guide for Mastercard Employees

The SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu) offers regionally accredited undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity programs that are eligible for the Mastercard Tuition Assistance Program. We are proud to count Mastercard employees among our alumni and current students. Here's a step-by-step guide to using your tuition assistance benefits at SANS.edu.


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STEP 1: Complete the Mastercard Tuition Assistance Process

The Mastercard Tuition Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible employees for undergraduate and graduate coursework at regionally accredited institutions recognized by the US Department of Education, like the SANS Technology Institute, for college-level credit related to the business of Mastercard. You can use the Tuition Assistance Program in the pursuit of a degree or a certificate at SANS.edu.

Mastercard’s Tuition Assistance Program is administered through International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS). ISTS reviews all requests for policy eligibility, completeness, and accuracy prior to forwarding the request to the manager for review. Please allow 5 business days for this review to be completed. If your request is not eligible, complete, or accurate, you will be informed that changes to your request are required. Mastercard's Tuition Assistance Program will not reimburse an employee for classes started or completed prior to the employee becoming eligible for the benefit.

Students should not request their Letter of Credit (LOC) until after they have been admitted and met with their student advisor.

For questions regarding Mastercard’s reimbursement policy:

For answers to your questions about the Tuition Assistance policy guidelines, or to request support from the Learning and Development team, please submit an Ask People Services ticket. To request support with a Tuition Assistance request submission or to follow up on a pending request already submitted, please contact ISTS: mastercard@applyists.com

Note that SANS.edu is not held responsible for tuition assistance. Tuition assistance and reimbursement is between Mastercard and the student. Any tuition not paid by Mastercard is the responsibility of the student.

STEP 2: Consider the available enrollment options

SANS.edu Tuition and Mastercard Tuition Assistance by Program

Master of Science in Information Security Engineering

$11,000 per year in MC employee TA, $54,000 program total. Includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests. Students must be prepared to make up the difference in tuition costs and be committed to maintaining an 8-credit minimum per year.

Graduate Certificate Programs

$5,000 per year in MC employee TA, $22,800 to $28,500 program total. Includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests. SANS.edu has partnered with Mastercard to provide an in-kind scholarship that will enable MC employees to use their tuition assistance to take courses without an out of pocket expense. MC employees may take one class per year (as an exception to the SANS.edu policy) for a total of 4 or 5 years in the graduate certificate programs.

Graduate Certificate Programs:

  • Cloud Security
  • Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Cyber Defense Operations
  • Incident Response
  • Industrial Control Systems Security
  • Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking
  • Purple Team Operations

Bachelor's Degrees in Applied Cyber Security (BACS)

$7,500 per year in MC employee TA, $40,500 program total. Includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests. MC employees must pay out of pocket to maintain the 4 class per year academic requirement.

Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cyber Security (ACS)

$5,000 per year in MC employee TA, $18,600 program total. Includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests. SANS.edu has partnered with Mastercard to provide an in-kind scholarship that will enable MC employees to use their tuition assistance to take courses without an out of pocket expense. MC employees may take one class per year (as an exception to the SANS.edu policy) for a total of 4 years in the undergraduate certificate program.

Individual Courses as a Non-degree Seeking Student

Single courses are available through the college at a cost of $6,500 per course. Students must apply through the college as a Non-matriculated Student (NMS) to receive this rate.


Full program descriptions and single course information can be found online at SANS.edu.

The Mastercard Tuition Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible employees for undergraduate and graduate coursework at regionally accredited institutions recognized by the US Department of Education, like the SANS Technology Institute, for college-level credit related to the business of Mastercard. You can use the Tuition Assistance Program in the pursuit of a degree or a certificate at SANS.edu.

STEP 4: Complete the New Student Orientation

    • Students are notified of admissions decisions by email.
    • If admitted, you will be prompted to accept your offer of admission and instructed to register for and participate in New Student Orientation, which begins the first of every month.
    • Following New Student Orientation, you will meet with your dedicated student advisor.

STEP 5: Meet with your student advisor

Please do not register for your course until the Office of Admissions has confirmed your admission to the SANS Technology Institute and you have completed New Student Orientation. Failure to follow these instructions may result in the course being ineligible for tuition reimbursement.

STEP 6: Register for your course

Please do not register for your course until the Office of Admissions has confirmed your admission to the SANS Technology Institute and you have completed New Student Orientation.

  1. Your student advisor will provide you with a course description letter that you can use to obtain a letter of credit from ISTS. 
  2. Once you have obtained a letter of credit from ISTS, your student advisor will give you specific instructions to register for your course. Inaccurate information on your letter of credit will require you to obtain a new, accurate letter of credit before you are able to register for your course.
  3. The letter of credit allows SANS to directly bill Mastercard.  This means there is no need for employees to pay first and ask for reimbursement later.

You should follow the process outlined in Mastercard’s Tuition Assistance policy following this path:

From The HUB:

  • People Place
    • Learning
      • Tuition Assistance

STEP 7: Complete your course

After you have successfully completed your course(s), your advisor will send you a grade report that lists your grade, the payment date, amount, and general payment method.

    Important Distinctions

    Please Read Carefully

    • The SANS Technology Institute (www.sans.edu) is a regionally accredited educational institution and our courses are eligible for tuition reimbursement, while SANS Institute (www.sans.org) training classes are not eligible.
    • It is also important that you apply specifically to take only a course offered by the SANS Technology Institute rather than specific SANS Institute training classes. Graduate courses at the SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu) begin with "ISE" and have four digits, undergraduate courses at SANS.edu begin with "ACS" or "BACS" and have four digits, while training classes at the SANS Institute (sans.org) never use "ISE," "ACS," or "BACS" and have only three digits. As an example, graduate students would apply to take ISE 5101, not SEC 401, even though ISE 5101 incorporates SEC 401 class material and GSEC exam. (see chart below)
    • Students must pass the associated GIAC exam within the specified course timeline in order to pass the class. If the student does not pass the exam on his/her first attempt, they will need to purchase a re-take exam out of pocket.
    SANS InstituteSANS Technology Institute
    URL www.sans.org www.sans.edu
    Course Numbers Three digits
    Example: SEC504
    Four digits
    Example: ISE 5201
    GIAC Exam Optional Not Optional
    Outcome Certificate of Completion Grade Report, Letter Grade

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