Walmart Now Offers Education Benefit for its Employees for $1/day

Walmart unveiled a new associate education benefit designed to remove barriers to college enrollment and graduation. The program includes free college credit for Walmart Academy training and options for associates to earn a college degree without incurring student loan debt. Associates can take online classes toward associates’ or bachelors’ degrees in business or supply-chain management at one of three non-profit universities —the University of Florida, Brandman University, and Bellevue University.  

Walmart joins the list of companies who offer education assistance to employees. Pizza Hut offers $5,250 per year towards tuition as well as a 50 percent discount on undergraduate tuition and 15 percent for graduate programs at Excelsior College. McDonald's employees with at least 90 days of employment and 15 hours working shift per week have access to $2,500 a year, with managers getting $3,000 per year. Taco Bell offers its employees $5,250 per year towards tuition, books and supplies as well as college credit for on-the-job restaurant training, and employees can sign up on their first day with the company. Chipotle also offers employees $5,250 toward tuition each year as well as discounted tuition. KFC offers a free GED program in both English and Spanish as well as grants through the KFC Foundation. 

Companies mentioned (YTD): Walmart (-16%), McDonald's (-8%), Yum Brands (0%), Chipotle (+52%)


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