Congrats, grads! Starbucks College Achievement Plan celebrates 10 years

Introduced in June 2014, the Starbucks College Achievement Plan (SCAP) is a first-of-its-kind partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) that creates opportunity for all eligible U.S. partners (employees) to earn their first-time bachelor’s degree through ASU’s top-ranked online degree program with 100% upfront tuition coverage.

Building a bridge to a better future

    13,000+ graduates since program's inception in 2014 (and 25,000+ partners are current participants!)

    75% of participants show career growth after graduation

    20% of SCAP graduates are first-generation college students

    Nearly 90% of stores in the U.S. have at least one partner in the program

    Top 5 majors among partners include Psychology, Liberal Studies, Business, Organizational Leadership and English


Our partners can apply for SCAP on day one, and there is no commitment to stay with Starbucks after they graduate. While many companies offer tuition benefits up to a limit of $5,250 a year, we offer full tuition coverage, all upfront.

Caps off to the class of 2024

We are proud to celebrate our partners in this year's graduating class as they achieve their goals and aspirations.


spring class of 2024
SCAP graduates


states represented
(top states: California,
Texas and Arizona)


of spring graduates are
retail hourly partners
(barista or shift supervisor)

20% are first-generation college students

65+ graduates started in Pathway to Admission

Top majors among this class include Psychology, Business Administration and Communications


SCAP graduates continue career growth outside of Starbucks in top industries, such as Healthcare, Education, Internet & Software and Non-profit.

An industry-leading benefit with meaningful impact

We support our partners on every step of the journey, like helping gain access to admission and offering an additional benefit to Military families.

3,500+ partners have leveraged Pathway to Admission, a program for those who do not initially qualify for college admission. Eligible partners can take up to ten college-level courses to earn their admission at ASU, with credit conversion costs fully covered.

200+ Military and Veteran partners have graduated and 300+ are currently participating in SCAP. Additionally, we are the only employer to offer an extended education benefit to a military family member.


Continued post-graduation success

Beyond graduation, partners are continuing their career and education journeys. Nearly 90% of partners believe SCAP had a positive impact on their future career.


of all SCAP scholars are in U.S. retail and are promoted at 3X the rate of their peers


of graduates report they intend to continue their education further


of graduates surveyed were able to get a job they were not previously qualified for

"I never thought I would go to university. Starbucks has made this dream a reality."

Melina, Starbucks College Achievement Plan graduate

Interested? Learn about ASU's degree offerings or find out more about our education benefits and becoming a partner.

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