It’s Like Magic: Disney Will Pay Full Tuition Upfront for Hourly Workers

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Hourly Disney employees looking to further their education received some magical news this week.

On Tuesday, The Walt Disney Company launched Disney Aspire. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the initial $50 million investment into the program back in January. This benefit is available to all hourly employees and offers a wide array of diplomas and courses with tuition paid upfront.

The program includes a network of schools offering college and master’s degrees, high school equivalency, vocational training and English-language classes. Plus, employees won’t have to worry about startup costs as Disney Aspire covers 100% of tuition upfront and reimburses application fees, books and materials.

The launch announcement states that the program is designed with working adults in mind, offering flexibility with their education. Disney Aspire does not require that the courses selected be tied to the employee’s role with the company.

So now is the time for the more than 80,000 hourly Disney workers and cast members in the U.S. to hit the books — Mickey’s picking up the bill.

Matt Reinstetle is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.