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 my list of some of the biggest tuition-friendly companies out there that’ll help you pay for college:
1. 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.
2. Walmart covers 100% of the cost of college through their Live Better U Program.
Through their Live Better U program, Walmart allows associates to earn debt-free degrees in business and supply chain management by covering 100% of the cost of tuition and books. This program begins on Aug 16, removes the $1 fee associated with the program, and includes new business administration and cybersecurity programs.
Employees can also receive college credit for paid training at Walmart Academies, where associates have already earned over $317 million in college credits.
3. Amazon will pre-pay 95% of tuition and fees for high-demand degrees, plus reimbursement.
After you work just one year at the company, Amazon’s Career Choice program will reimburse 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.
4. Chipotle offers up to $5,250 for college costs.
Full-time and part-time employees are eligible for the Chipotle 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.
5. Starbucks offers full tuition reimbursement 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. Best Buy offers up to $5,000 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.
According to Glassdoor, Best Buy’s tuition assistance program will reimburse up to $5,000 per year for approved expenses.
7. Target offers $5,250 to undergrad students and $10,000 to grad students.
Full-time and part-time employees are eligible for the Target Forward program. They are offering $5,250 for undergrad programs and $10,000 for graduate programs. The program covers business management, design, and data analytics programs. Plus, you can use the money for out of pocket expenses such as textbooks and course fees.
8. 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.
9. FedEx will pay up to $5,000 a year in tuition assistance.
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.
10. Kroger gives an ‘education benefit’ of up to $3,500/year.
You have to have worked for Kroger at least six months to qualify for the “Feed Your Future” program, but once you do, you’re able to receive $3,500 for up to eight years — that’s a total of $21,000 over the course of your Kroger career — to put towards educational opportunities.
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. Meijer offers a bunch of $4,000 & $10,000 scholarships.
While supermarket chain Meijer doesn’t have an across-the-board tuition assistance program, they do offer team members (and children of team members!) a chance to win one of “numerous” Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarships, which come in $4,000 and $10,000 increments.
Meijer likes your chances of winning; they encourage every eligible person to apply.
13. Lowe’s tuition assistance program covers up to $2,500 a year for any bachelor’s degree.
Full-time employees who have been with Lowe’s for at least a full year are eligible for Lowe’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. You must be pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree — the assistance won’t apply to any certificates outside of that. But if you qualify, you can get up to $2,500 per year in reimbursement of all tuition or lab fees and books.
14. CVS will pay up to $3,000 a year for full-time employees.
Glassdoor reports CVS’s tuition reimbursement program will pay $3,000 a year for full-time employees as long as the degree is job-related.
15. McDonald’s will pay $2,500-$5,250 a year under its tuition assistance program.
If you’re a full-time Store Manager Trainee, Certified Swing Manager, Department Manager, or General Manager and have the approval of your manager, you can get up to $5,250 a year in tuition assistance. If you work a minimum of 15 hours a week as a Floor Supervisor, Shift Manager Trainee, restaurant Crew, Primary Maintenance, or other part-time employee and have been with the company at least 90 days, you can get up to $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.
16. Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Scholarship pays up to $25,000 for higher education.
Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures scholarship program offers two yearly scholarships. The True Inspiration Scholarship is worth $25,000 and a Leadership Scholarship for $2,500. In March 2021 they awarded $19 million in total with 12 team members walking away with $25,000 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.
17. Apple offers tuition assistance — for good grades.
While Apple doesn’t make the specifics public, they do acknowledge that they do have a tuition assistance program.
Employees on Glassdoor say that employees who maintain a B grade average qualify for up to $5,000 in tuition per year.
18. Google will match student loan payments up to $2,500/year and help with tuition.
As of 2021, Google has introduced a new program to help reduce the amount of student loan debt their employees are carrying, by matching employees’ student loan payments up to $2,500/year.
That’s on top of Google’s existing tuition reimbursement benefits, which include up to $12,000/year for employee-students who earn grades of A or B.
19. Microsoft offers up to $10,000/year in tuition assistance.
Tuition assistance is part of Microsoft’s listed benefits, and although the official website doesn’t spell out what that looks like, employees say Microsoft will pay up to $10,000/year in tuition assistance. You have to have worked for Microsoft for two years before the benefit kicks in, though.
20. 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.
21. 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.
Intel’s tuition assistance program offers 100% of reimbursable costs ($50,000/program with no annual limit) including tuition, books, and certain fees.
22. Gap, Inc. reimburses up to $5,000/year.
Employees of Gap, Inc. — which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta — are eligible for the tuition reimbursement program after working for the company for a year.
Then, Gap will pay for two classes per term, plus two books per term — up to $5,000 per calendar year.
23. JetBlue’s scholar program pays crew members up to $30,000 towards a master’s program.
JetBlue’s tuition assistance, 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.
24. Chevron will reimburse up to 75% of tuition costs.
One of gas station Chevron’s big benefits is their tuition reimbursement program, which is pretty substantial (75%) if your course of study is related to your job track.
25. Pilot Flying J provides up to $18,000 of tuition assistance.
The chain of truck stops offers a hefty benefit of up to $18,000 to help pay for college after qualification — whether you’re a part-time or full-time employee.
Employees on Glassdoor say Pilot Flying J has contributed more than $5,000/year.
26. 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.
27. 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!
28. AT&T offers $8,000/year in tuition assistance to managers.
Part- and full-time employees who are managers at AT&T are eligible for $8,000 annually in tuition aid. That amount varies if you’re a union-represented employee.
29. 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 of up to $3,000 for your children.
30. 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 the Bank of America Tuition Assistance program, 100% of tuition-related expenses are paid— up to $5,200 per year — for job-related programs.
31. Fidelity offers 90% tuition reimbursement.
According to Glassdoor, full-time employees with at least six months of service are eligible for the Fidelity’s 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.
32. 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.
33. 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, according to Monster.com, offers 80% reimbursement of pre-approved tuition and fees with a lifetime cap of $40,000.
Courses/programs must be related to current or potential positions within the company.
34. 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.
35. Deloitte offers full tuition reimbursement for graduate studies after two years of employment.
Glassdoor reports that Deloitte’s tuition assistance 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.
36. 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.
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. 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. All classes are online.
40. Chili’s covers up to 25% of employees’ tuition.
If you’ve worked for Chili’s at least three months and are working toward a job-related certificate or degree, Chili’s will cover up to 25% of your tuition costs.
41. Work for a college full time and go to college for free!
If you work as full-time staff for any of the 672 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.