With the cost of a college education continuing to rise, tuition reimbursement is more important today than ever before. While a fast food job may not sound like the best way to pay for college, many restaurants now provide some serious tuition benefits. Keep reading to see which five employers offer the best college-savings perks.


McDonald’s’ “Archway to Opportunity” program provides hourly employees with up to $2,500 a year in tuition reimbursement (and managers up to $3,000) towards either on-campus or online degree programs. Employees must work a minimum of 15 hours a week and have been employed with the company for at least 90 days to qualify.


Taco Bell

Taco Bell’s partnership with Guild Education allows them to provide tuition discounts for more than 200,000 team members. All corporate and franchise employees have access to academic and financial aid coaches and discounts for a network of over 80 online non-profit universities and education providers. In addition, team members can receive up to $5,250 annually in tuition assistance.


In what is likely the most generous program on this list, Starbucks has partnered with Arizona State University to give all employees the chance to earn a Bachelor’s Degree free-of-charge. Employees are eligible from the first day of employment, but must work at least 20 hours a week. It is estimated that for each employee that completes a full four years, the company spends roughly $47,000.


The chain, known for its fresh menu items and ethically-sourced ingredients, has more than just great food going for them: they reimburse employees’ tuition up to the $5,250 IRS limit each year. Employees are able to submit costs from two- and four-year colleges as well as technology and vocational schools. Hourly crew members must be employed for a year to qualify.


More than 100 colleges and universities partner with Chick-fil-a to provide discounts on tuition to employees (and sometimes their families). Savings range anywhere from 5 percent to 10 percent, depending on the institution. In addition, the company awards more than 3,000 scholarships to employees every year, some for as much as $25,000.