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Starbucks Partner Benefits Pay for IVF, Coffee, Spotify Premium, & More

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If you ever thought about working for Starbucks just for the free coffee, that’s not the only Starbucks benefit you’d be receiving. Starbucks offers tons of benefits for their employees (called “partners”), with many that are eligible on your very first day of employment.

But does Starbucks give benefits to part-time employees? Yes indeed. Their benefits are very generous, such as paying for IVF treatment, tuition reimbursement for your Bachelor’s degree, and did we mention the free coffee?!

There are many individuals who become Starbucks Partners mainly for the benefits. One of the major benefits is the Family Expansion Reimbursement. With infertility becoming more and more of a challenge, at least Starbucks can help remove the financial stress portion of it.

Not a partner yet? Here are some Starbucks coupons and Starbucks hacks to help you out!


Starbucks benefits cover IVF and adoption costs.

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If starting a family is something you’re dreaming of, Starbucks benefits will help you. They’ll provide up to $25,000 for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments and up to $10,000 for IVF medication or reimbursement for adoption or surrogacy. In addition to helping you start a family, Starbucks offers six weeks of paid parental leave once you have your new bundle of joy. You can also extend your leave to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.


Partners can get 100% of their college tuition covered.

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Angela Henson Dome

Eligible Starbucks employees can earn their bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University if they’ve never earned one before — and Starbucks pays 100% of the tuition. The Starbucks benefits won’t cover your cost of books or supplies, but ASU does say you can use additional financial aid sources for those items.


Enjoy free coffee and food as Starbucks benefits.

Molly Barr

As a Starbucks employee, you’ll get any handcrafted beverage free of charge while working and seven free food items per week for free. In addition, you will get a weekly partner “markout,” which means you can choose one of these products every week:

  • One pound of whole bean coffee
  • One box of 12 VIA ready brew packets
  • One box of six flavored VIA ready brew packets
  • One box of five Iced VIA ready brew packets
  • One box of five or six VIA Refreshers brew packets

If you don’t think you’ll go through that much product at home, bags of coffee or tea make for a great little gift. Slap a bow on it and you just made someone’s day.



Employees enjoy free app subscriptions like Spotify Premium.

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Annelise Woodward

As a Starbucks Partner, you’ll get free subscriptions to apps like Headspace and Spotify Premium on the day you start. Spotify Premium is normally $9.99 a month and gives you access to millions of songs (ad-free) and exclusive podcasts.



Partners save 30% on Starbucks merchandise.

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Lucis Poppenger

If you have an eye on a new Starbucks tumbler, don’t forget to use your Starbucks employee benefits, which will save you 30%. In addition to merchandise, you’ll save 30% on all food and drinks outside of your shift.

Even better, during the holidays, Starbucks has Partner Days where you’ll get 40% off instead of the standard 30% off. In 2021, Starbucks Partner Days were from Nov. 12 – 19. This is a great time to grab a few holiday gifts for your friends and family that love Starbucks too.


How do you become eligible for Starbucks Benefits?

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Eligibility for Starbucks Benefits will vary based on whether you’re at a Hawaii store or U.S. mainland, your role, and your hours. If you’re a full-time U.S. mainland partner, you’ll become eligible on the first day of the month following 60 calendar days of employment. If you’re a part-time U.S. mainland partner, you’ll become eligible on the first day of the second month after working at least 240 total hours over three full consecutive months.

To continue to be eligible for benefits, you must have at least 520 total hours in a 6-month period.

Starbucks Benefits once you’re eligible:

  • Medical, Dental ,& Vision
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Family Expansion Reimbursement
  • Starbucks College Achievement Plan

Starbucks Benefits available upon hire:

  • Lyra Health
  • Care@Work
  • Headspace
  • Spotify premium membership
  • Sick time
  • Food and beverage benefit (all store partners)
  • Weekly coffee markout and in-store discount
  • Starbucks Global Academy
  • Partner matching gifts
  • Commuter benefits (excludes Seattle Support Center and Kent Flexible Plant)
  • Caring Unites Partners (CUP) Fund
  • Coffeegear
  • Discounts at various retailers

Keep in mind that these benefits are for Starbucks Corporate partners only. So if you work at a Starbucks inside a grocery store like Target or Kroger, you may not be eligible for all of the same benefits.




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