Starbucks to help pay for employees’ educations at ASU

June 17, 2014

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 enrolment 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. CBC | The Chronicle of Higher Education | ASU | Inside Higher Ed

Postscript: September 3 2014

Nearly 4,000 Starbucks employees have applied to complete their college degrees online through Arizona State University under the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. The initiative offered free college tuition to Starbucks employees with no requirement to repay the company or to stay on as an employee post-graduation. ASU President Michael Crow said that the program has been a hot topic of conversation on campus so far this semester. Admissions decisions are still pending, but Crow said he expects several thousands of students to participate in the program each year. AZ Central