Starbucks degree programme not as simple as it seems

The scholarship portion of a new education programme offered by Starbucks in the United States to help workers pay for an online degree consists of a discount from Arizona State University, not money from the chain, reports Associated Press.

The Seattle-based company last week unveiled a benefit that is designed to let college juniors and seniors complete their degrees at Arizona State, with all of the costs covered. For the freshman and sophomores years, workers would pay reduced tuition fees.

A major aspect of the programme is an upfront scholarship that Starbucks said is an investment between itself and Arizona State. Following the announcement, however, Arizona State University President Michael Crow told The Chronicle of Higher Education that Starbucks is not contributing any money toward the scholarship portion. Instead, Arizona State will essentially charge workers less than the sticker price for online tuition.
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