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Starbucks College Achievement Plan

Our partners take care of you. We’re taking care of them.

Nearly half of Americans who begin college today will not actually finish, largely due to skyrocketing costs and work/life balance. We know more than 70% of our U.S. partners (employees) are students or aspiring students. We want to help.

Supporting our partners’ ambitions is the very best investment Starbucks can make. Read more about what investing in our partners personally means to CEO Howard Schultz.

Introducing the Starbucks College Achievement Plan

Starbucks believes in the promise and pursuit of the American Dream. This fall, we're making it possible for thousands of part- and full-time U.S. partners to complete a college degree. In a first of its kind collaboration with Arizona State University, we’re offering partners the opportunity to finish their bachelor’s degree with full tuition reimbursement. Partners may choose from 40 undergraduate degree programs through ASU's research driven and top-ranked program, delivered online.

How it Works

We’re proud to help thousands of our partners build a bright future—whether they aspire to build a career at Starbucks, or beyond.

All benefits–eligible partners who are based in the U.S., working in our support centers, plants or at any of our company-operated stores (including Teavana, La Boulange, Evolution Fresh and Seattle's Best Coffee stores), and do not yet have a bachelor's degree can apply. Partners admitted as a junior or senior, according to ASU’s admission requirements, will earn full tuition reimbursement for each year of coursework they complete toward a bachelor’s degree. Freshmen and sophomores will receive a partial scholarship and need-based financial aid toward the foundational work of completing their degree. Partners will have no commitment to remain at Starbucks past graduation.

We know that money is not the only barrier to getting a college education. That's why we've designed this program to ensure that our partners receive a personal level of support, custom-built for each partner, including a dedicated enrollment coach, financial aid counselor and academic advisor. Above all, we want our partners to have the support they need to graduate from college.

Partners, explore the Starbucks College Achievement Plan to decide if this program is right for you.

About Arizona State University

Based in a culture of inclusion, Arizona State University is among the most forward-looking universities in the country. We share ASU’s vision that inclusion is no barrier to excellence; everyone deserves the opportunity to get a great education and finish a bachelor’s degree. It is ranked the second most innovative school in the country by U.S. News & World Report and ranks 5th in the nation in producing the best-qualified graduates, according to a Wall Street Journal survey of campus recruiters. Today, almost half of college students in the U.S. drop out before finishing a bachelor's degree while nearly half of all ASU Online students graduate in under three years. 

To Be a Partner

No matter what your dreams and goals are, we know a lifetime of achievement awaits you. Our Starbucks College Achievement Plan is just one way we’re committed to the success of our partners (employees). From growing as a person, as a partner, in your career and in your community – the opportunity is here for you to shape and make your own. That’s why when you launch a career inspired by human connection and the opportunity to become your personal best, the possibilities are endless.

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Partner Discounts

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Are you a current partner who is in school or looking to go back to school? Learn more about discounts on computers, textbooks and more.

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I want to become a partner (employee)

A lifetime of achievement awaits you. Launch a career at Starbucks. Our family of emerging retail brands includes Evolution Fresh, La Boulange, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Tazo and Teavana.

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Hear from Howard

Learn more about the Starbucks College Achievement Plan by watching the June 16 webcast with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Dr. Crow, President of ASU.

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Learn about ASU Online

ASU is among the most forward-looking universities in the country providing a high-quality education taught by top-ranked faculty.

Personal stories of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan

Discover how the Starbucks College Achievement Plan is putting the American dream within reach for Starbucks partners and their families. Why is offering this first-of its-kind education benefit personally important to leaders at Starbucks and ASU? And, what are 10 Reasons to finish a College Degree? Read more and join the discussion through the Starbucks Newsroom.

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