Starbucks is Offering Workers Free College Tuition

The company is partnering with ASU.

Most Popular
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Starbucks employees nationwide will soon be eligible for a free college education through Arizona State University's online program. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, set to launch this fall, will allow many of Starbucks' 135,000 workers to graduate debt free from ASU with no requirement to repay or stay on with the company.

Most Popular

About 70 percent of Starbucks workers — including those at Teavana, La Boulange, Evolution Fresh and Seattle's Best Coffee — are students or aspiring students, according to Starbucks spokeswoman Laurel Harper.

Under the new program, Starbucks employees who work at least 20 hours a week will receive full tuition reimbursement if they enroll in ASU's online program as juniors or seniors. Other employees can apply for scholarships worth $6,500, on average, if they enroll as freshmen or sophomores, and then ASU advisers will help them apply for additional need-based financial aid.

In a news release, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said, "There's no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind. The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it."

With student debt weighing down our generation and many college students already working as baristas to pay off their loans, this partnership makes perfect sense.

GIF
Politics
Share
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer React to Hillary's Nomination, Diss Ben Franklin
Politics
Share
Just Try Not to Tear Up at This Photo of Hillary Clinton Watching Chelsea's Speech
Politics
Share
Hillary Clinton Just Gave the Speech of Her Life—Here's the Full Transcript
Politics
Share
What Will It Be Like to Have a "First Gentleman"? Here, a Preview
Politics
Share
The 10 Best Quotes from President Barack Obama's Historic Speech at the DNC
Erica Smegielski, Hillary Clinton
Politics
Share
Daughter of Sandy Hook Victim Says This Is the Reason You Should Vote for Hillary Clinton
Politics
Share
Major Newspapers Put Bill, Not Hillary, on Their Front Pages Announcing Historic Nomination
Politics
Share
How Michelle Obama Transformed the DNC in One Fell Swoop
Politics
Share
The 10 Best Lines from Michelle Obama's DNC Speech
Politics
Share
Lena Headey on Her Life-Changing Journey to Greece, and the Heartbreak That Awaited Her There