15 Employers That Shell Out for School

15 Employers That Shell Out for School

If you notice your Starbucks barista has an extra pep in his step tomorrow, it might be because of this: Earlier this week, the coffee giant unveiled a new college achievement plan, giving all 135,000 employees who work at least 20 hours a week the opportunity to attend online classes at Arizona State University—for free.

Of course, there’s a little bit of fine print, like the fact that Starbucks’ partnership is with just one school or that only juniors and seniors will receive full reimbursement. (Students with less than two years of credit will still receive some assistance.) Still, for many, it’s a big opportunity to finish college with minimal student loan debt.


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Starbucks isn’t the first—or only—employer to offer tuition assistance, either. Business Insider rounded up another 15 big businesses that have similarly generous programs for workers.

Topping the list as one of the most valuable programs, Intel pays for 100% of reimbursable costs, such as tuition and even books for class—and that’s in addition to their in-house training program, Intel University, that offers thousands of courses.

Disney is another big spender when it comes to employees’ education. The tuition assistance program offers 100% reimbursement for textbooks and up to $700 per credit and $100 per course for the cost of materials.

Other companies like Ford, Gap and Wells Fargo provide employees with up to $5,000 per year. For the full list of Business Insider’s most generous college assistance plans, click here.


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