Starbucks Has an Awesome New Perk for Military Families

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Earlier this year, Starbucks announced it would offer free college tuition for employees.

In honor of Veterans Day, the offer now includes the spouses and children of active-duty or former members of the U.S. military working at Starbucks.

Want to get a free college education through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan for Veteran and Military Families? Here’s what you need to know.

Who Is Eligible?

If you’re a Starbucks employee and a U.S. military veteran or active military reservist, you qualify.

You must work at least 20 hours per week and be a “benefits-eligible partner” to take advantage of this offer. You also must also be in good standing with the military or be honorably discharged.

Eligible Starbucks employees can designate one family member to receive free tuition. It can be a spouse, domestic partner or child of any age, but only one person can use the benefit.

The participating family member can’t already hold a bachelor’s degree, and must fill out some paperwork, including the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

How Does It Work?

Starbucks partners with the well-respected and accredited Arizona State University to provide four years of tuition-free online education. Don’t worry about showing up to a classroom each day.

If you’re an eligible employee, just follow the company’s step-by-step process to help your loved one apply.

Starbucks Wants to Hire More Veterans

If you’re a veteran looking for a job, consider applying at Starbucks.

The chain is actively recruiting veterans, and just announced they’ve already hired more than 5,500 vets and their spouses.

Their goal is to employ 10,000 former service members by 2018 — so nearly 4,500 more jobs are still available. Look for Starbucks recruiters at military bases and job fairs, or just apply at your local store.

The company also recently announced a number of other benefits for U.S. military members and veterans.

Plus, they’re giving out free coffee to celebrate Veterans Day. If you’re an active-duty service member or vet, stop by your local Starbucks today and pick up a free hot coffee as a small thank you for your service.

Kristen Pope is a freelance writer and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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