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Starbucks to offer new perk for employees

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Starbucks made the big announcement it wants to help its employees get a free education in Arizona.

Starbucks said on its website it will offer tuition reimbursement to full and part-time employees to take classes from Arizona State University.

The coffee chain is partnering with the school to offer the option to it's 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week.

Until now, Starbucks offered about $1,000 for a similar program. Now it covers two full years of online classes at ASU. Starbucks said each employee will get about $30,000 toward an education.

Many people took to Twitter on Monday in response to the new program.

Senator John McCain said, "Congrats on this innovative new partnership."

Chelsea Clinton commented it will give thousands of Starbucks employees a chance to get a free college education.

ASU also chimed in to say "Wear your Sun Devil shirt while drinking a latte."

If you are a Starbucks employee and want to sign up or learn more about the program, click here.

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