More than 4,000 baristas are now attending college for free. One year ago Starbucks partnered with Arizona State University’s online program to cover the cost of their tuition.
Full- and part-time employees who don’t yet have a bachelor’s degree are eligible. That’s about 100,000 out of its 150,000 U.S. workers.
Workers are free to choose whatever program they want and they don’t have to make an after college commitment to the company.
Among popular degrees for Starbucks workers are Psychology, Organizational Leadership, Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies and Business.
As part of the program, the University is offering a customized retail business degree for those who do want to continue their career at Starbucks.
Depending on the program at ASU, a degree can cost upwards of $15,000 per year.
A business degree at ASU can run $523 per credit.
For eligible workers, ASU covers 42% of that cost and Starbucks picks up the rest, minus any other scholarships the employee receives.
Approximately 200 Starbucks are scheduled to finish their bachelor’s degrees in May and about a dozen have already graduated thanks to credits that transferred from other programs.
Starbucks says it will spend $250 million to help 25,000 employees graduate by 2025.