Starbucks to give workers full ride for college

In this Saturday, May 31, 2014 photo, the Starbucks logo is seen at one of the company's coffee shops in downtown Chicago. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

INDIANAPOLIS (CNN) — Starbucks is expanding its education program for employees.

The company says, starting this fall, workers can earn a bachelor’s degree — free.

Starbucks will offer full tuition at Arizona State University’s online program.

Full-time and part-time employees who do not already have a 4-year degree are eligible, unless they work at a licensed store, like ones located inside grocery stores.

The coffee chain already offers two years of undergraduate tuition with the university.

Starbucks says employees who graduate from the program will not be obligated to stay with the company after they earn their degree. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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