When it comes to funding college, grants and scholarships will only go so far and nobody wants to graduate $100K in debt. So why not consider working for one of the many companies that will pay for your college while you earn money?
Lots of companies have great tuition reimbursement jobs that’ll help you get ahead in life, while you’re already getting ahead in life.
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Here’s our list of some of the biggest tuition-friendly companies out there that’ll help you pay for college:
1. Work for a college full time and go to college for free!
If you work as full-time staff for any of the 677 worldwide private universities that are part of the tuition exchange network, you get full tuition and fees covered for yourself, your partner or spouse, and your dependents at not just the university where you work, but at any of the universities in the program!
You qualify with any full-time staff job, not just faculty, so you could work as an office assistant or on the grounds crew full time and go to school 100% FREE at some of the most expensive and exclusive private schools in the world.
Some colleges in the program: Pepperdine University, University of San Diego, Syracuse University, Gonzaga University, Tulane University, George Washington University, and Franklin University in Switzerland.
2. The Home Depot offers up to $5,000 per year in tuition assistance.
Tuition reimbursement is offered to Home Depot associates after 90 days of service. Part-time hourly employees in this program receive up to $1,500 per year, full-time hourly employees receive up to $3,000 per year, and salaried employees up to $5,000 per year.
Half of their reimbursement goes toward books and course fees, and the other half covers tuition-related fees.
3. Raytheon gives full-time employees up to $10,000 in tuition assistance each year.
Raytheon’s educational assistance program provides employees reimbursement for approved courses and accredited certificate/degree programs relevant to their position within the company.
Full-time employees are eligible for up to $10,000 in assistance each year.
Raytheon also provides scholarships for employees’ children through their Raytheon Scholars Program.
4. UPS offers up to $25,000 in tuition assistance.
By 2014, UPS provided $16 million in tuition support to about 14,000 students, and since the program started in 1997, they have given over $620 million in tuition assistance.
In a part-time position, you can get tuition help, thanks to the UPS Education Assistance program earning $5,250 per calendar year with a lifetime maximum of $25,000 in assistance. Eligibility begins the day you’re hired.
Additionally, employees can take advantage of UPS training programs for career advancement within the company.
5. Starbucks offers full tuition coverage for employees’ bachelor’s degrees.
In June 2014, Starbucks launched their Starbucks College Achievement Plan (SCAP) in partnership with Arizona State University.
Both eligible full- and part-time employees who have worked for three months and at least 20 hours per week can receive full tuition reimbursement for every year of college to earn their first bachelor’s degree.
Full tuition coverage is available for all four years of study with no commitment to stay with Starbucks after graduation. How awesome is that?!
Bonus: If the employee happens to be a military member or veteran, Starbucks will offer the same SCAP benefit to a qualifying family member of their choice — aka send your child to college for free!
6. Amazon will pre-pay 95% of tuition and fees for high-demand degrees.
After you work just one year at the company, Amazon’s Career Choice program will pre-pay up to 95% of your tuition and fees if you earn a degree or certificate in an in-demand occupation, such as nursing, aircraft mechanics, and computer-aided design. (It doesn’t even have to be Amazon-related work!) The classes are offered on site AT AMAZON, to make your transition into your next job easier.
They’ll also reimburse you for up to $12,000 of all your tuition, textbooks, and fees for up to four years. Those are some great employee benefits, right?
7. Target will pay up to $5,250 for MBA coursework.
Target’s tuition reimbursement program will pay up to $3,000 for undergraduate coursework, $4,000 for graduate coursework, and $5,250 for MBA coursework. To be eligible, you need to be employed when your course begins and when the reimbursement is processed and paid.
8. Wells Fargo reimburses eligible tuition expenses up to $5,000 annually.
While there’s not much information as to the maximum limit or what is considered “eligible tuition expenses,” we do know Wells Fargo will offer up to $5,000 annually as well as scholarship opportunities for your children of up to $3,000.
9. AT&T offers $20,000 – $25,000 maximum in tuition reimbursement after one year of work.
After one year with the company, non-management employees are eligible for numerous degree programs including management, human resources, marketing, business, communications, economics and more.
AT&T will pay up to $3,500 per year for approved courses and other related expenses. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 in tuition assistance in a lifetime, and those obtaining a graduate degree can receive up to $25,000 during their time with the company.
10. Bank of America will cover 100% of tuition- related expenses.
Associates who have been employed for six months and work at least 20 hours a week are eligible for these perks. Students must attend an accredited school listed in the American Council on Education publication.
Under this program, 100% of tuition-related expenses — up to $2,000 per year — will be reimbursed for both undergraduate and graduate programs.
11. Publix will pay up to $12,800 in tuition reimbursement after six months.
Any employee with six months of continuous service who also works an average of 10 hours a week — as well as full-time employees — are eligible to participate in Publix’s tuition reimbursement program.
Classes that directly affect your ability to perform the current job and occupational or technical programs to help prepare you for a future role within the company are covered.
Employees enrolled in a four-year college or university may be reimbursed up to $3,200 annually, with a lifetime limit of $12,800.
Employees enrolled in undergraduate courses at a two-year community college, technical program, or individual course program may be reimbursed up to $1,700 annually, with a lifetime limit of $3,400.
12. Verizon Wireless will pay up to $8,000 a year in tuition assistance.
In 2015, Verizon provided $94.1 million in tuition assistance to their employees. According to Verizon’s Tuition Assistance Program, employees can get reimbursement and assistance for approved courses or degree programs taken through an accredited institution.
In partnership with Bellevue University, Verizon offers full-time employees $13,250 a year towards a degree or certificate to help further their career with Verizon, and part-time can get up to $8,000. Your immediate family members also qualify for up to $2,500 a year, which is awesome!
13. Walmart charges $1 a day to earn a degree and covers remaining costs.
Employees can also receive college credit for paid training at Walmart Academies, where associates have already earned over $317 million in college credits as of 2019.
14. Intel’s tuition assistance program offers 100% reimbursement.
Technology giant Intel provides its own in-house training organization called “Intel University” that offers over 7,000 courses to help foster workers’ career goals. Employees may also qualify for financial assistance for work-related courses outside of Intel as well.
Their tuition assistance program offers 100% of reimbursable costs ($50,000/program with no annual limit) including tuition, books and certain fees.
15. Fidelity offers 90% tuition reimbursement.
Full-time employees with at least six months of service are eligible for the Tuition Reimbursement Program, which reimburses 90% of certain costs up to $10,000 per year. These courses must be at an accredited college or university and be work related or part of a work-related degree or certification program.
16. Procter & Gamble will pay up to $40,000 in tuition and fees for pre-approved courses.
Employees wishing to expand their education can take advantage of Procter & Gamble’s tuition reimbursement program, which offers 80% reimbursement of pre-approved tuition and fees with a lifetime cap of $40,000 (wow!).
Courses/programs must be related to current or potential positions within the company.
17. Smucker’s offers up to $5,700 a year for company-approved college courses.
While the J.M. Smucker career & benefits page is somewhat sparse on the exact details and requirements as to how their tuition assistance program works, I talked to an HR representative who told me they reimburse up to $5,700 a year towards tuition for company-approved courses.
You must maintain a “B” or higher to get the reimbursement and apply for the program through your manager.
18. Deloitte offers full tuition reimbursement for graduate studies after two years of employment.
While their site provides little detail on their regular tuition reimbursement program, Glassdoor reports that the program offers up to $10,000 a year after one year of employment.
However, for “top performing professionals,” Deloitte offers a Graduate School Assistance Program that offers participants full tuition reimbursement after two years of employment — postgraduate school — along with a “technology allowance” for computer-related purchases, and an opportunity to return as a Senior Consultant. Deloitte also negotiates discounts for graduate school entrance exam preparation classes.
Bonus: Deloitte offers a student loan consolidation and refinancing program in which employees can combine their existing loans into a single loan with one monthly payment.
19. BP offers up to 90% reimbursement of tuition, books, and other fees.
BP’s educational assistance program assists employees with education that “benefits both the employee and the company.”
Full-time employees are eligible for education assistance immediately upon hire, and BP offers up to 90% reimbursement of tuition, books, and other qualified expenses through an accredited institution.
If you’re interested, keep in mind you must get approval before registering and must complete courses with a “C” or higher or a “Pass” grade to be eligible for reimbursement.
20. FedEx will pay up to $5,000 a year towards your degree.
FedEx’s tuition assistance program must be job related and in preparation for career advancement opportunities at FedEx. Glassdoor says they offer part-time employees up to $2,500 annually and full-time employees up to $5,000.
21. Lowe’s will pay $2,500 towards tuition, textbooks, and lab fees.
The tuition reimbursement program at Lowe’s helps employees improve their current job performance and prepares them for advancement for future roles at the company.
The program is available to full-time employees who’ve worked with the company for at least one year, and covers a maximum of $2,500 a year towards tuition, lab fees, and books. You need to get a “C” or better to get reimbursed for coursework.
22. CVS will pay up to $1,500 a year for full-time employees.
23. McDonald’s will pay $3,000 a year under its tuition assistance program.
If you’re an employee working a minimum of 30 hours a week and have the approval of your manager, you can get up to $3,000 a year in tuition assistance. Employees that work 15 hours a week and have been with the company at least 90 days can get up $2,500.
The Archways to Opportunity program includes maintenance and restaurant staff, part-time managers, part-time office workers, and franchise owners. The program will reimburse you for tuition and fees not covered by scholarships or grants.
24. Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Scholarship pays up to $25,000 for higher education.
As part of their Remarkable Futures scholarship program, Chick-fil-A rewards over 6,000 team members every year with their Leadership Scholarship. In 2019, 6,016 employees across the U.S. received the scholarship for $2,500 each.
The scholarship can be applied to any area of study at any accredited university, including two- and four-year colleges, online programs, and technical or vocational schools.
25. CarMax will pay up to $5,250 a year for full-time associates.
Under CarMax’s tuition assistance program, full-time associates can get up to $5,250 a year reimbursed and part-time associates can get up to $2,500. The assistance covers tuition, books, and any course-related fees, and can be used towards any field of study as long as you get a “C” or better.
26. Capital One pays up to $5,000 with their Education Assistance program.
According to Glassdoor, Capital One’s Education Assistance program reimburses full-time employees up to $5,000 a year for both degree and non-degree courses taken at an accredited school for personal or career growth.
27. JetBlue’s scholar program pays crew members up to $30,000 towards a master’s program.
JetBlue’s Master’s Pathways program offers crew members a variety of benefits like tuition discounts and access to support services via their partnership with Thomas Edison State University.
The airline also offers online courses and personalized coaching to crew members seeking an undergraduate degree.
28. Chevron will pay up to 75% of tuition, books, and fees.
Chevron employees can receive educational support benefits up to 75% of the costs of tuition, books, and qualified fees for approved courses.
An employee writing on Glassdoor notes that to qualify for Chevron’s tuition support, your education must be relatable to your position or career plans for a future position within the Company.
Bonus: Chevron offers a college scholarship program for dependents.
29. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay up to $5,000 in tuition assistance for job-related courses.
The UAW-Chrysler Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) offers eligible, active employees tuition assistance when taking job-related courses through accredited educational institutions that have been pre-approved by the TAP committee. Payment for tuition and fees is made directly to the institution by voucher or as a reimbursement to the employee.
If qualified, employees receive up to $5,000 per year for tuition and fees, including a $200 book allowance for degree related books.
Bonus: Dependents of eligible Fiat Chrysler employees are also eligible for a scholarship.
30. Comcast will offer up to $5,750 per year in tuition assistance.
Comcast’s education assistance program will reimburse approved tuition, books, and other fees up to $5,000 per year. The program is offered to all full-time employees who have been employed for at least six months and who have completed a TAP-funded class.
Employees must stay with Comcast for at least one year or reimburse the company for the cost of the class.
31. Qualcomm offers up to $5,250 per year in tuition assistance.
Eligible Qualcomm employees may receive reimbursements based on the approved program of study. For continuing education, two-year degrees, four-year undergraduate degrees, or certified programs, employees may get up to $5,250 per year.
For graduate and post-graduate degree programs, employees may get $10,125 per year. Better grades mean more money back.
32. Best Buy offers up to $5,250 in tuition reimbursements.
To be eligible, you must be an active, full-time employee working at least 32 hours a week and have completed six months of employment.
Best Buy’s tuition assistance program will reimburse up to $3,500 per year for approved expenses and $5,250 for graduate-level coursework.
33. Chipotle offers up to 99% assistance for college costs.
Full-time and part-time employees at Chipotle are eligible for the educational assistance program offered through Guild Education. The program provides up to $5,250 in tuition assistance per year, or they might even cover 100% depending on the degree.
Plus, you can earn a third of your degree without going into a classroom, ever! Every time you get a promotion, you’ll earn credit hours towards the degree.
A full-time employee who has worked at least 180 days is eligible.
34. Baxter offers up to $5,250 per year in educational assistance.
Baxter’s educational assistance program will reimburse up to $5,250 per year for undergraduate courses at an accredited college.
They also offer another program, which requires a manager’s approval, that can provide tuition assistance for graduate coursework.
35. Oracle offers up to $5,250 per year in reimbursements.
All regular, full-time employees are eligible to participate in Oracle’s education tuition reimbursement program. The course of study must be related to your current job or anticipated job within the company, and you must pass the course with a grade of a “B-” or better.
36. Papa John’s offers 100% tuition reimbursement for corporate employees.
In partnership with Purdue University, Papa John’s Dough for Degrees tuition reimbursement program now reimburses 100% of any corporate employee’s tuition after working 90 days at 20+ hours a week. They will cover undergraduate and graduate courses in business, business administration, and information technology.
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