If you are looking for an affordable way to get a college education, you may want to consider working for Starbucks. The company partnered with Arizona State University’s online program in 2014 and has sent more than 4,000 baristas to school for free. Both full and part-time Starbucks’ employees who do not have a bachelor’s degree are eligible to enroll in ASU’s online program. This means that 66% of the company’s 150,000 employees can go to college for free and study anything they want.
Once they graduate, they can continue to work with the company or move on to other endeavors. For those who want a career at Starbucks, ASU offers a customized retail business degree.
ASU picks up 42% of the tuition cost and Starbucks covers the rest. Depending on the program, tuition at the ASU can cost up to $15,000 a year.
Initially, Starbucks offered two free years of college when the partnership was established in 2014, but have since extended it to the full four. By 2025, Starbucks plans to spend roughly $250 million and send 25,000 of the employees through college.
More than 200 of the company’s employees are expected to graduate in May.