This type of alimony is for a limited duration and is intended to provide assistance to a spouse who has been out of the workforce for a period of time. To obtain this type of alimony, a rehabilitative plan must be presented to the court. For example, returning to college to complete a degree or attending some type of training program that would enable the recipient spouse, upon completion of the program, to be employed and self-sufficient. Sometimes the money is paid directly to the college in the form of tuition to ensure the program is actually attended. This type of alimony is generally for a period of only a few years or the amount of time that is reasonably necessary to complete the program.