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Posted: Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:05AM

Starbucks Paying for College? First You Have to Work There



iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Starbucks says it's investing in the future by offering to pay tuition at Arizona State University so its employees can get a bachelor's degree online.

Starbucks workers who put in 20 hours or more weekly are eligible for a scholarship their first two years of college and study for free as college juniors and seniors.

It’s a great program if you’re lucky enough to be working at Starbucks. And by lucky, you have to be incredibly lucky, according to Business Insider.

Out of the four million people who filed an application to work at Starbucks in 2013, 50,000 got an hourly job at one of their locations.

That means an applicant’s odds are slightly better than one in 100 of getting hired by Starbucks.

Meanwhile, Melody Overton, who writes an unofficial Starbucks blog called Starbucks Melody, says that people who get jobs at the coffee shop, tend to stick around for a while, adding, "From what I can see, turnover is lower than any other similarly situated industries.”


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