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Starbucks to start offering tuition help for employees

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A Starbucks worker is shown at one of its California stores. The coffee chain announced it will begin assisting employees with tuition costs. (Source: KCBS/CBS) A Starbucks worker is shown at one of its California stores. The coffee chain announced it will begin assisting employees with tuition costs. (Source: KCBS/CBS)

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA (KCBS/CBS) - Starbucks, already known for offering generous benefits, is planning a new perk for its employees in the form of college tuition assistance.

On Monday, the company announced its partnership with Arizona State University's online program, which offers degrees in 40 fields, to form the College Achievement Plan.

There's no obligation for workers to stay with the company, even after getting their degrees.

"We can't build a great company and a great, enduring country if we're constantly leaving people behind," said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

Employees working at least 20 hours in the U.S. would qualify. Freshmen and sophomores would get partly reduced tuition, and juniors and seniors would be fully reimbursed for their tuition.

Schultz said the plan is about more than positive attention for the company, it's about doing what's right.

Multiple patrons at one store in North Hollywood said the idea makes them feel good about shelling out their money at Starbucks.

"It's important to help with the rising cost," said customer Melody Stermel. "It's risen, I think, well over 100 percent in the past generation."

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