Starbucks To Offer Free College Education For All Employees

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Jun 25, 2014

Starbucks workers in need of a debt-free education just hit a pretty big windfall after Arizona State University’s online program opened up to allow the coffee shop employees a free ride starting in the fall. Funded by both Starbucks and ASU, the free education program will allow thousands of the current 135,000 workers to go to college without paying a dime.

USA Today reports about what’s being called the Starbucks College Achievement Plan that will allow employees who work at least 20 hours per week a full tuition reimbursement when they enroll in ASU as a junior or senior. Others who wish to apply as a freshman or sophomore will be awarded $6,500 scholarships and given further help applying for need-based financial aid.

Though online schools are often scrutinized due to their for-profit business model, ASU is a public school that has gained a high-ranking reputation for its online program. US News & World Report recently ranked ASU in the top ten online-bachelor’s degree programs.

In a recent interview ASU President Michael Crow explained why Starbucks has decided to partner with the school to offer its employees a chance to further their education. He said, “Starbucks decided human capital is one of the most important things they can invest in. Everybody is concerned about what are the ways to get through college.” He added, “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.”

What do you think of Starbucks’ new program offering employees a free online education?

Do you think more companies should think about offering programs like this?

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brentdicki by brentdicki | Pheonix, AZ
Apr 19, 2022

Yes, you read that right. Starbucks will pay for an online college education for their valued employees. The company is teaming up with Arizona State University's online program of study to provide Starbucks employees an affordable path to obtain a bachelor's degree in either business or supply chain management. I am so much impressed with their decision. So, I have decided to write an article on their business model along with the help of a writer which I hired based on his EduBirdie reviews. I started trusting EduBirdie after reading article. You should also read this article. It works for me whenever I need to find a reliable writer.

Burunduk by Burunduk | Alabaster, AL
Oct 21, 2020

very good offer, especially for students!  Even such things can make learning easier for a student, and a good help in writing personal statements can also make learning easier:
it helped me when entering the university.  now I'm studying for a scholarship!

ClarenceRainwater by ClarenceRainwater | Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 23, 2020

Thank you

lgodsey by lgodsey | kingsport, TN
Aug 10, 2014

That is great!!

GuessWho by GuessWho | PHILADELPHIA, PA
Jun 27, 2014

This is awesome. I hope more companies invest in their employees like this.

Kay3131 by Kay3131 | New York, NY
Jun 25, 2014

Really nice to see corporate America stepping up to the challenge! Howard Schultz for president!