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Work at Starbucks, go to college at Arizona State nearly for free

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Starbucks, in partnership with Arizona State University, is announcing a program Monday that helps its baristas earn an college degree online. The program will be available to 135,000 U.S. workers at Starbucks-owned stores who work at least 20 hours a week.

Freshman and sophomore students would pay a reduced tuition after including a scholarship from Starbucks, ASU and financial aid. Starbucks would pay out-of-pocket for junior and senior students, meaning employees that already have two years of college complete would finish school at no cost. Employees have to meet the same standards as other ASU applicants.

Tuition costs $10,000 a year for an online degree at ASU. Many employees could qualify for a Pell grant, which can be worth nearly $6,000.

By 2015, Starbucks will phase out their current program that reimburses workers for up to $1,000 a year at City University of Seattle or Strayer University.

Starbucks hasn’t announced how many employees from its 8,200 company-operated stores intend to apply, and hasn’t said how much the program might cost.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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