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Starbucks offers full tuition for employees to complete a bachelor's degree

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Starbucks and Arizona State University (ASU) announced the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a first of its kind program designed to unleash lifetime opportunity for thousands of part-time and full-time U.S. employees.

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Employess based in the U.S. working an average of 20 hours per week at any company-operated store (including Teavana, La Boulange, Evolution Fresh and Seattle's Best Coffee stores) may choose from more than 40 undergraduate degree programs taught by ASU's award-winning faculty such as electrical engineering, education, business and retail management.

Partners admitted to ASU as a junior or senior will earn full tuition reimbursement for each semester of full-time coursework they complete toward a bachelor's degree. Freshmen and sophomores will be eligible for a partial tuition scholarship and need-based financial aid for two years of full-time study. Partners will have no commitment to remain at the company past graduation.

Starbucks investment is designed to support the nearly 50 percent of college students in the U.S. today who fail to complete their degrees due to mounting debt, a tenuous work-life balance and a lack of support. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan is created specifically for the company's partners and aims to provide an excellent academic foundation along with the flexibility, financing and comprehensive support that working students need to complete their degree.

ASU is gaining national attention for its efforts to increase access to high-quality, rigorous education with a focus on inclusion and impact. ASU is ranked the second most innovative school in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and ranks fifth in the nation in producing the best-qualified graduates, according to a Wall Street Journal survey of campus recruiters.

Additionally, ASU is among the top producers of students awarded Fulbright scholarships to study and teach abroad, now ranking third in the nation for research institutions, tied with Princeton and Rutgers, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

In addition to financial support, Starbucks and ASU have developed an innovative retention model to support the unique needs of working students. Partners will have a dedicated enrollment coach, financial aid counselor and academic advisor to support them through graduation. The program also will include adaptive learning services to help students progress at the right pace for them, networking and community-building opportunities and additional resources to help students plan their educations.

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