15 companies that help employees pay for college

USA TODAY College – April 17, 2017

Are you graduating –and facing both finding a job and paying off your student loan debt? Or are you juggling college and career simultaneously?

You may want to know about companies that offer tuition reimbursement for eligible employees. Some help you pay back your undergraduate or graduate student loans, others assist employees currently taking college courses. Nice perks.

1. AT&T

After being employed for at least one year, employees at AT&T may be eligible to receive up to $3,500 per year for approved courses and educational experience, with a lifetime maximum of $20,000 for undergraduate expenses and up to $25,000 for graduate expenses.


Bank of America employees of at least six months may be eligible to receive up to $5,250 for job-related courses, covering tuition, textbooks and other educational expenses.


Employees of this health care company are eligible for the educational assistance program, which allows up to $5,250 per year of tuition reimbursement for undergraduate courses. With manager approval, Baxter will assist with graduate coursework.


Active, full-time employees of at least six months who are working at least 32 hours per week may be eligible to receive up to $3,500 per year for undergraduate coursework and up to $5,250 for graduate coursework through Best Buy’s tuition assistance program.

5. BP

The BP educational assistance program will reimburse eligible full-time employees for up to 90% of educational expenses. Employees must receive company approval before registering for the course.


Employees of Comcast can be reimbursed up to $5,750 per year for undergraduate and graduate educational expenses. The company also has its Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, which awards students more than $1,000 per year.


Employees may receive up to $700 per college credit and the cost of textbooks.


The JetBlue scholars program covers the cost of JetBlue-approved online courses. Employees who have worked for JetBlue for at least two years and have at least 15 college credits are eligible for the program.


The tuition reimbursement program at Publix covers individual courses, occupational/technical programs and some undergraduate programs. Any associate who has worked for at least six months and works an average of 10 hours per week is eligible to receive up to $3,200 per year with a maximum of $12,800 of tuition reimbursement, with approval from a manager. To receive tuition reimbursement for a graduate degree, you must get higher approval.


This company says it will reimburse employees up to 100% of tuition for college courses approved by Smuckers. There is also a scholarship program for children of Smuckers employees, awarding recipients $3,000 per year for up to ten years.


Aside from learning how to make amazing espressos, Starbucks wants its employees to learn things in the classroom as well. The Starbucks U Program offers college credit for Starbucks training, student discounts on textbooks and supplies, tuition reimbursement from $500-$1,000 per year and scholarships at select schools.

12. UPS

The “Earn and Learn Program” with UPS allows you to get a career started and get help with paying for college. UPS says if you join the team as a part-time package handler, you can earn $5,250 for college each year with a lifetime maximum of $25,000. However, the program is only available at certain locations and only offered with the part-time package handler position.


All employees of Verizon are eligible to receive up to $8,000 per year of tuition reimbursement. Verizon says it provided $94.1 million in tuition assistance to employees in 2015.


Part-time and full-time Wal-Mart associates — and eligible family members of associates — may receive 15% tuition grants at American Public University, an online institution.


In addition to health plans, paid time off and special discounts on Wells Fargo products, employees can receive up to $5,000 per year of tuition reimbursement. The company also offers $1,000 to $3,000 educational scholarships to dependent children of employees.


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