Starbucks Offers Employees Free College Tuition

Jun 16, 2014

by Suada Kolovic

Have you heard the one about the English major that was so unemployable that their only viable option was becoming a barista at the local Starbucks? Well, the joke's on you because starting this fall, Starbucks employees will be eligible for a free college education: According to reports, Starbucks is rolling out a program that would allow its workers to earn online college degrees at Arizona State University at a steeply discounted rate. Thanks a latte!

The new initiative will offer Starbucks' 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week the option to graduate debt free from ASU with no requirement to repay tuition costs or stay with the company. Under this freshly-brewed program, employees will receive full tuition reimbursement if they enroll in ASU's online program as juniors or seniors; they can also pick from a wide range of educational programs that aren't related to their Starbucks work. And while it’s unclear how many employees with choose to participate in the new program or how much it will cost Starbucks Corp., the company isn't disclosing the financial terms of its agreement with ASU. In a news release, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz talked about “the fracturing of the American Dream”, saying: “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?" (For more on this story, click here.)

Do you think this partnership between Starbucks and ASU is a step in the right direction? Would you consider working for Starbucks given the promising initiative? Share your thoughts in the comment section and for more info on how to fund your college education, head over to

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Comments (4)

E-Ching C  on  6/29/2014 12:15:49 AM commented:

This is excellent news! I wish more companies did this.

Elizabeth H  on  6/25/2014 11:57:23 AM commented:

I would like to apply to this scholarship and I'm considering working for starbucks.

joel s  on  6/17/2014 11:02:43 PM commented:

I am definitely considering working for starbucks now. I want to go to tech but theres nothing wrong with saving a few hundred with online classes

Tami H  on  6/17/2014 9:12:04 PM commented:

This is fantastic!

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