In June 2014, the largest public university in the country and the largest coffee brand in the world announced a first-of-its-kind partnership designed to expand access to higher education. Through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, Starbucks employees (known as partners) in the United States who work as little as 20 hours per week can achieve a bachelor’s degree with full tuition reimbursement through any of Arizona State University’s more than 50 undergraduate online degree programs. There is no obligation for partners to stay at Starbucks after they graduate from ASU.
A university degree opens doors to opportunity in the U.S., and yet half of college students across the country drop out before finishing a degree. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan provides a model whereby working professionals can complete their degrees while continuing to balance work, school and family responsibilities. Together, Starbucks and ASU share the vision that inclusion is no barrier to excellence -everyone deserves the opportunity to get a great education.