If you aren't having luck getting any of these jobs or don't like them here is where to look for scholarships and the best websites to start!
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UPS will provide full and part time workers up to $5,250 per year. This total will max out at $25,000 over your lifetime and can begin as soon as you start work! Yes, this means you can work 12-15 hours a week as a package handler and get tuition assistance.
2. Home Depot
Home Depot offers part-time hourly employees up to $1,500 per year, full-time hourly employees 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.
Approved courses can help employees working toward an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, or Technical degree.
PUBLIX employees with at least six months of continued work and an average of 10 hours per week are eligible for tuition reimbursement. You can use the money for not only traditional degree programs, but also some individual courses and online programs. If you are enrolled in a four-year college or university you can get up to $3,200 annually, with a lifetime limit of $12,800 for the 15 undergraduate degree programs that qualify. Look into what qualifies as "other majors may be approved if related to an associates' current position or established career path."
If you take undergraduate courses at a two-year community college, technical program or individual course program you can get up to $1,700 annually, with a lifetime limit of $3,400.
4. Wells Fargo
WELLS FARGO offers several scholarships to children of employees, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each. In addition, they offer their employees up to $5,000 in tuition reimbursement annually, for eligible tuition expenses.
STARBUCKS employees who have worked for the company for at least 3 months, averaged 20 hours per week at any company-operated store and don't have a bachelor’s degree yet are eligible for The Starbucks College Achievement Plan (SCAP). The plan offers all eligible U.S. employees the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s top-ranked online degree program. Employees with get full tuition coverage through graduation and have 80 online degree programs to choose from. Shout out to my undergraduate alma mater, ASU!
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!
VERIZON offers full-time employees $13,250 a year towards a degree or certificate to help further their career with the company. If you work part-time you can get up to $8,000 a year. Your immediate family members also qualify for up to $2,500 a year, which is awesome!
7. Bank of America
BANK OF AMERICA offers employees who have been employed for six months and work a minimum of 20 hours a week up to $5,250 per calendar year for both undergraduate and graduate programs. They do have stipulations to how relevant the course is to your field.
After a year of work Amazon’s Career Choice program will pre-pay up to 95% of your tuition and fees if you earn a degree or certificate in an in-demand occupation. This would be things like nursing, aircraft mechanics, and computer-aided design - It doesn’t even have to be Amazon related!
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.
Target’s tuition reimbursement program will pay up to $3,000 for undergraduate coursework, $4,000 for graduate coursework, and $5,250 for MBA coursework. To be eligible you need to be employed when your course begins and when the reimbursement is processed and paid.
After one year with the company, non-management employees are eligible for numerous degree programs including management, human resources, marketing, business, communications, economics and more.
AT&T will pay up to $3,500 per year for approved courses and other related expenses. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 in tuition assistance in a lifetime, and those obtaining a graduate degree can receive up to $25,000 during their time with the company.
While the J.M. Smucker career & benefits page doesn't provide exact details and requirements to how their tuition assistance program works, I read somewhere else they'll reimburse up to $5,700 a year towards tuition for company-approved courses.
The do require you to maintain a “B” or higher to get the reimbursement.
Glassdoor says FedEx offers part-time employees up to $2,500 annually and full-time employees up to $5,000. FedEx’s tuition assistance program must be job related and in preparation for career advancement opportunities at FedEx.
The tuition reimbursement program at Lowe’s is available to full-time employees who’ve worked with the company for at least one year. It'll cover a maximum of $2,500 a year towards tuition, lab fees, and books. You need to get a “C” or better to get reimbursed for coursework.
According to employees on Glassdoor, CVS’s tuition reimbursement program will pay $1,500 a year for full-time employees as long as the degree is job related.
As part of their Remarkable Futures scholarship program, Chick-fil-A rewards over 6,000 team members every year with their $2,500 Leadership Scholarship. 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.
16. Best Buy
Best Buy’s tuition assistance program is for full time employees who have been working 32 hours a week for 6 months. You can be reimbursed up to $3,500 per year for approved expenses and $5,250 for graduate-level coursework.
Full-time and part-time employees at Chipotle are eligible for the educational assistance program offered through Guild Education. The program provides up to $5,250 in tuition assistance per year, or they might cover 100% depending on the degree.
Eligible employees can work toward an Associate's and Bachelor's degree through The University of Arizona, Bellevue University, Brandman University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Wilmington University.
18. Papa John's
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.
19. Fiat Chrysler
Glassdoor says any salesperson who works at a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck, or Fiat dealership will be eligible for up to $7,000 per year for tuition and fees and up to $200 in textbooks. Children of employees are also eligible to apply for a company-sponsored scholarship.
Apple pays up to $5,250 a year of any employees' tuition.
You can get up to $12,000 in tuition reimbursement per year, as long as you get a B or higher in all your courses from Google.
After 90 days of employment, employees can enroll in online college classes through Live Better U–Guild Education program. Employees can take courses at any one of the following six participating universities: University of Florida, Brandman University, Bellevue University, Southern New Hampshire University, Purdue University Global, or Wilmington University for $1.00 a day.
Walmart's college program pays the colleges directly meaning you don't need to wait for reimbursement!
Resident Assistant - These jobs can be competitive and vary depending on the college but may provide free housing or tuition.
Graduate Degrees - Companies like JetBlue, Farmers, and Fidelity offer aid for those who are trying to get a Master's.
Listed above are some EXCELLENT options that I wish were around, or I knew about, when I was in college. I would have been able to not only earn money but also got some tuition help as well. If you combined this with looking for scholarships you will be in a good situation!
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