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Pathway to Admission
Pathway to Admission is an expansion of our Starbucks College Achievement Plan benefit. Through this program, Starbucks and Arizona State University provide an admissions pathway for benefits-eligible partners (employees) who do not initially qualify for academic enrollment. Through Pathway to Admission, eligible partners (employees) can take up to 10 college-level courses to earn their admission into the university, with credit conversion costs fully covered.
Starbucks believes in the promise and pursuit of the American Dream. We know that only half of Americans who begin college today will actually finish according to the U.S. Department of Education, largely due to financial and work / life barriers. In the U.S., we are on the verge of seeing an entire generation of young people left behind due in part to skyrocketing tuition costs in the thousands of dollars that prevents more and more people from starting or finishing their undergraduate degree. To address this growing inequality in America, Starbucks believes it is the right time to partner with a like-minded university who recognizes the need to do something to address one of the single most important challenges facing young adults—and our U.S. partners—today, earning a bachelor’s degree. We’re in a position to help. Investing in our partners and education is one of the very best investments Starbucks can make.
We spent considerable time looking for the right collaboration for our partners. Arizona State University’s mission, values and brand are a good match to our own. Arizona State University could stand side-by-side with Starbucks to offer a high-quality education, at scale, to all of our benefits-eligible U.S. partners. In addition, ASU is ranked as one of America’s Top Colleges since 2015 by Forbes magazine and is ranked as the #1 most innovative school in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Starbucks is proud to join with an academic institution that recognizes the need for innovation to offer more people an opportunity of a quality higher education, and the freedom to pursue their passions in any field.
To participate in the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, partners (employees) must be benefits-eligible. Part-time partners establish initial benefits eligibility the first day of the second month after receiving a minimum of 240 total hours over three full, consecutive months. There are six ASU start dates every year—two sessions in the fall semester, two in the spring semester and two in the summer semester. It is recommended you complete the application process at least one month before your preferred start date.
All U.S.-based, benefits-eligible partners employed by Starbucks-owned businesses—including Evolution Fresh—regardless of role, who do not yet have a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply.
Apply to ASU: You must complete an application, supply needed documentation such as prior transcripts and meet ASU’s acceptance criteria. Your enrollment counselor can walk you through each step along the way. Secure financing: You will receive an automatic, up-front 42% College Achievement Plan (CAP) scholarship applied toward the cost of your tuition once you enroll. You will also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and may qualify for need-based financial aid through ASU, federal Pell Grants or other student aid. Your financial-aid counselor can help you apply. Visit fafsa.ed.gov to get started, and be sure to request that a copy be sent to ASU (school code 001081). Register for classes: Once you’re admitted to your major, an academic advisor will help you choose classes and make an academic plan to carry you all the way to graduation. Get ready: Before classes start complete ASU 10: Connect–ASU Orientation (created just for Starbucks partners!). This is a brief orientation to ASU and online learning that gives you the tools to succeed in achieving your academic goals. Start classes: Now you’re set up for success—it’s time to focus on the rigorous and rewarding classes you are taking with ASU’s award-winning faculty. Get your reimbursement in your Starbucks paycheck. Your reimbursements will automatically appear in your paycheck before the end of the semester—you don’t have to fill out additional forms or take extra steps to make it happen. Please see the program document for what’s included in your reimbursement. A few words of friendly advice: Be smart with your money. Remember that your reimbursements just cover the portion of your tuition and mandatory fees that was left for you to pay above aid from ASU and the federal government—you can take student loans to cover other expenses, including textbooks, class fees, laptops, and living expenses, but you won’t be reimbursed for those and the loan will be your responsibility. We encourage you to apply each reimbursement toward the next semester’s tuition or anything you owe in student loans.
You can transfer to ASU at any time—we recommend sooner to get the most benefit from the program—provided you meet their admissions criteria. We encourage you to discuss your options with an ASU counselor, with no obligation to apply or transfer.
What you may pay out-of-pocket will vary and depends on your specific situation. Your ASU enrollment counselor can help you estimate costs based on your major, course load and financial-aid profile, and can help you decide how best to finance your portion until you are reimbursed.
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