Career Advice

Jobs That Pay Your Tuition While You’re Studying

By: Melanie Bacallao
Jun 8, 2020 • 3 min read

Earn Extra Money While Still In School

Higher education can be expensive, even if attending a local community college. Doubled by the fact that you need to pay the bills? Financial burden can become a real source of stress for students. Fortunately, some companies are willing to offer tuition reimbursement so that their employees can grow professionally and study without worries. However, there can be factors that students must meet to qualify for their program. These can include, but not limited to, GPA, work performance, major, and college choice. Regardless, working with any of the following companies can relieve you of some financial burden, while also gaining extra money in the process. 

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Home Depot

A convenient place to buy building supplies or a new fridge, Home Depot also offers generous tuition reimbursement for their student employees. To qualify, you must have worked for them for at least 90 days. Depending on your status (part-time, full-time, or salaried), they determine the amount of aid you can receive from their program. 

Tuition Reimbursement Aid:

  • Part-time = $1,500 per year
  • Full-time = $3,000 per year
  • Salaried = $5,000 per year

Home Depot offers a wide branch of jobs for those with different tastes. Freight, customer service, and merchandising are the most popular jobs that students tend to pick. If you wish to apply to Home Depot, please ascertain that they are willing to offer tuition reimbursement for students. The qualifications can differ from each store, but generally, any student employee has to meet the 90-day requirement.


A company dedicated to mail delivery, they have already offered $620 million in tuition assistance since 1997 — thanks to the UPS Education Assistance Program. If you are a student, regardless of GPA or employment status, you are automatically eligible for their tuition reimbursement program. There are no restrictions when it comes to getting qualified, meaning you are allowed to work as little or as many hours and still get the same amount of aid.

Tuition Reimbursement Aid:

  • Part-time = $5,250 per year
    • Lifetime cap at $25,000

The abundant tuition aid and automatic eligibility can make any student employee sigh in relief. However, UPS offers a more narrow branch of job offers, including customer service and delivery. 

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A grocery chain dedicated to providing quality goods, it comes to no surprise that Publix also provides tuition assistance. To qualify, you must have worked for Publix for at least 6 months. You are eligible regardless of your employment status, allowing you to work as little as 10 hours per week to be given tuition aid, as long as you are providing continuous service. Their aid caps at a certain threshold, depending on what type of school you go to.

Tuition Reimbursement Aid:

  • Two-year community college = $1,700 annually
    • Lifetime cap at $3,400
  • Four-year college or university = $3,200 annually
    • Lifetime cap at $12,800

Publix stores are more popularly located within southern states but offer a variety of customer service roles for any student to adapt. 

These three enterprises are growing rapidly and offer a generous sum of tuition coverage so that their student employees do not need to fear a substantial financial burden. Also, these companies offer flexible hours and can help you grow professionally in any career. What are your tips for working while earning your degree? Tweet us and share! For more helpful content, check out our blog. 

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