Starbucks Gives Back: Free Tuition For Veteran Employees

By Charissa Echavez | Nov 10, 2015 07:18 PM EST

Starbucks seems to be getting in a lot of news these days, aside from their amazing service for deaf-mute customers and the Holiday Red Cups, now they're at it again for the good. As Starbucks released their holiday flavors for the Christmas season, the Seattle-native company has amazing news to offer for its veteran employees just in time for the Veteran's Day, free tuition not just for the employees themselves but can be extended to their spouses and children. This amazing scholarship can be availed in partnership with Arizona State University's (ASU) Online Program, which would cover 100% tuition expenses for four years, an addition to the College Achievement Plan, which was introduced way back in June 2014.

The ASU and Starbucks' partnership in which the ASU will cover 42% and Starbucks will cover the remaining 52% for a four-year course, which was estimated to amount to about $15,000 a year, will be available to veteran employees and their immediate family.

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Since 2013 Starbucks has already employed 3,700 military veteran and 1.800 military spouses, which surpassed the halfway mark of 5,500 employees. The company aims to hire about 10,000 employees, veterans and current members of the United States armed forces by 2018, as its company spokeswoman Laurel Harper said in an email, "Our veterans shared with us that the benefit is generous, but many weren't taking advantage of it because they had already pursued a bachelor's degree. That's when we began the work with Arizona State University to enhance the benefit to make it more relevant to our veteran and active duty partners."

Currently more than 4,000 employees are already signed up for the program. The range of courses would be on the student's discretion and not tied to any contract with the company after earning their degree. This offer would be available to both full- and part-time employees of the company, and for ex and current members of the military. Starbucks also offered to pay for 80 hours within a year for the current members of the military.

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