Starbucks said this week it will extend its offer of freecollege tuition to full-and-part-time employees in itsnon-licensed retail stores.


The coffee company has an arrangement with ArizonaState University through which it already offers non-degreedemployees two years of free education via ASU's online educationportal. ASU gives scholarship money to qualifying Starbucksemployees that covers 42 percent of the cost of tuition; Starbuckspays the rest.


Now, reports CNN Money, the company will add two years to thatoffer to give employees the opportunity to earn a four-yearbachelor's degree from ASU. Students will nowbe reimbursed for tuition at the end of each semester. Previouslythey had been reimbursed at year-end.


As with other Starbucks programs, employees that work in the“licensed” stores, such as coffee stands inside supermarkets,aren't eligible for the offer. Such employees are also prohibitedfrom accepting tips from customers.


The offer is also not open to employees who have a collegedegree.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.