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Starbucks offering to pay university tuition fees for their U.K. staff


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Starbucks has launched a scheme to pay tuition fees for UK staff interested in gaining a degree from an American university.

The coffee chain are offering to pay for their staff’s tuition fees for online courses from Arizona State University while they continue to work for the company.

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This incentive would benefit both employer and employee, giving workers the opportunity to gain a degree while Starbucks retains its staff. With tuition fees currently set at £9,000 for a three-year-degree at the majority of U.K. institutions, Starbucks' offer to help out their staff is certainly an enticing prospect.


According to the BBC, Michael Crow, president of the Arizona State University, said the arrangement was a step towards providing "an education to all who desire to learn".


Starbucks already runs a similar scheme in the US which has been a success, so far helping 18,000 staff with their tuition fees and seeing 2,400 staff graduate.


The first courses for U.K. members of the scheme will start from October 2019. However, applications are currently open and will close on 30 June 2019. In order to be eligible employees must not already have an undergraduate degree and need to have worked for Starbucks for a minimum of three months.

Those who decide to enrol for a degree will receive a qualification from a highly regarded higher education institution. Arizona State University is currently ranked 123rd in the World University Rankings and in 2016 was rated the most innovative university in the U.S.




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