Originally, this article was going to be titled “Why I Love Starbucks.” As a former barista, the company was good to me. Not only did I get cheap health insurance, great hours, and a flexible schedule but I got something that really helped me graduate college debt free: tuition reimbursement.
Yes, Starbucks gave me money to go to college.
It wasn’t much, but when you’re an Unbound student, like I was, $1,000 goes a long way in saving you from college debt. Between my paycheck, tuition reimbursement, Unbound savings, and some money from my parents (which I quickly paid back), I was able to graduate without a single student loan hanging over my head.
I could wax poetic, proclaiming the virtues of Starbucks—why it’s the perfect job for a college student, especially an Unbound student. But I’ll save that for another post.
For now, it’s time to get smart about your job. If you want to graduate college debt-free, you’ll have to work hard. And here are 33 companies that will gladly help you do it.
Some of them hand out big bucks to employees while others just pay $500 towards school, and some offer scholarships to children of their employees. Each program varies! If you really want to be strategic about saving money, check them out.
Best of luck!
(Update: Now there are 45 companies in the list!)
- Ann Taylor
- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
- Applied Materials
- Bank of America
- Barnes and Noble
- Best Buy
- Capital One
- Discover Card
- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
- Home Depot
- J.M. Smucker Co.
- Johnson & Johnson
- Lane Bryant
- Lockheed Martin
- Proctor and Gamble
- Starbucks via ASU Online
- Verizon Wireless
- Wells Fargo
Save money no matter where you work.
“But wait,” you may say. “I already have a job, and it’s not one of these companies! What about me?”
Never fear, there are always options for saving money on college, no matter where you work!
If you’ve already got a job, ask your employer about tuition reimbursement—your company may have a program you simply don’t know about.
And if you’re really interested in living the debt-free lifestyle, consider completing college through an affordable college program like Unbound. Unbound is an exciting way to approach your college education—one that doesn’t tie you down with a location, schedule, or debt—giving you more freedom and flexibility than any traditional college campus has to offer.
Do you know of any other companies that offer tuition reimbursement/assistance programs? Share below!
Caitlin Anderson believes in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. A former Unbound employee, she now works as Lois Lane for a major tech company. She lives in Portland with her husband and their puppy.Read more by Caitlin