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Starbucks to help pay for employees’ educations at ASU

June 27th, 2014 Posted in Education, In The Spotlight

Starbucks has announced plans to help pay for the cost of an education at Arizona State University Online for its employees. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan will be available to 135,000 employees who work at least 20 hours a week and who enrol as full-time students at the junior or senior level (third or fourth year). Participants will be reimbursed upon the successful completion of 21 credits. They will also have access to an enrollment counselor. Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz said there will be “no strings attached”: employees will not be required to stay with the company after graduation and will be free to choose from any of ASU Online’s more than 40 online bachelor’s programs. Students will have to apply for any available federal funding before they will be eligible for the program. A Starbucks spokesperson told CBC that Starbucks already offers its  benefits-eligible Canadian employees a tuition reimbursement program worth between $500 and $1000 per year.

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