18 Boston Area Companies that will help you pay for college

FedEx789x438 LMany companies in the Boston area provide generous tuition reimbursement benefits.  This can range from $2000 to $10,000 a year and some companies even pay the entire tuition cost.  This can make a serious dent in your college bill without accumulating stifling loans. 

Please note that each company has different rules for their tuition reimbursement programs and with some companies it is possible to work part-time and attend college at the same time.


The following list is just a sampling of the most-well known companies in the area.  Many more companies have such such programs and it is a good idea to do  your research in your particular area of interest.

1. UPS - Up to $5,250 a year

With the UPS Earn & Learn Program you can earn earn up to $5,250 a year up to a maximum of $25,000 for your college education.

2. FedEX - Up to $5,000 a year

FedEx offers tuition reimbursement for courses that are job related They offer part-time employees up to $2,500 and full-time employees up to $5,000 a year.

3. VERIZON - Up to $13,500 a year 

Verizon offers full-time employees $13,250 a year and part-time employees $8,000 a year  towards a degree or certificate.  Immediate family members also qualify for $2,500 a year. The company partners with Bellevue University.

4. COMCAST - Up to $5,750 a Year

Comcast will reimburse you for books and other fees up to $5,750 a year. To receive this benefit you need to be employed for at least one year and you need to commit to stay with the company for one year. 

5. STARBUCKS - Full Tuition Coverage for Bachelor Degrees

Employees with 20 hours per week can earn full tuition for a Bachelor Degree with Arizona State University online program.

6. CVS - Up to $1,500 a year

CVS' will pay $1,500 a year for full-time employees as long as the degree is job related.

7. BEST BUY - Up to $5,250 a year

Best Buy  reimburses you for up to $3,500 per year for approved undergrad expenses and $5,250 for graduate-level courses. To benefit from the program you need tobe an active, full-time employee working at least 32 hours a week.

8. Home Depot - Up to $6,000 a year

Home Depot offers up $6,000 tuition assistance for full time employees, $3,000 per year for part-time associates and $2,500 per year for immediate family members. 

Home Depot partners with Bellevue Universityfor this program. 

9. LOWE'S - Up to $2,500 a year

Lowes offers up to  $2,500 tuition reimbursement per year.  All regular employees are eligible to take part in the tuition reimbursement program after one year of work. 

10. TARGET -  Up to $5,250 a year

Target will reimburse you up to $3,000 for undergraduate studies, $4,000 for graduate courses, and $5,250 for MBA courses. The company also offers GED reimbursement and student loan refinancing. 

11. WALMART- You pay $1 a day tuition cost

Wal-Mart partners with Guild Education and offers employees online courses.  Certificates and degree classes cost $1 a day to the employee and other courses such as High School Degrees, College Prep and Language classes are free. Walmart also offers degrees in business and supply chain management for $1 a day. 

12. CHIPOTLE - Up to 5,250 a year

Chipotle partners with Guild Education and offers up to $5,250 in tuition assistance. Employees qualify if they have worked at least 180 days.

13. MCDONALD'S - Up to  $3,000 a year

As a Mc Donalds employee you can get up to $3,000 if you  work 15 hours a week and have been with the company at least 90 days.

14. PAPA JOHN'S - 100%Tuition  Reimbursment

Papa John’s partners with Purdue Global and pays 100% of tuition of online undergraduate and graduate courses in business, business administration, and information technology. Employees qualify after working at least 20 hours per week for 90 days. 

15. RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES - Up To $10,000 a year

Raytheon is one of the largest employers in the Boston area and has a number of programs for tuition reimbursement.  It offers up to $10,000 of college tuition reimbursement for full-time employees.

16. BANK OF AMERICA - Up to $2000 per year

Employees who have been employed for six months and work at least 20 hours are eligible for up to $2,000 a year up to a total of 100%  of college tuition. 

17. FIDELITY - Up to 10,000 a year

Fidelity offers students 90% of tuition costs up to $10,000 per year. Courses must be taken at an accredited college or university and be work related.

18. The U.S. Government - Up to entire loan

The Federal Government has two programs that help students repay their federal loans.  

Through the Federal Student Loan Repayment program  you can be  awarded $10,000 a year, up to a total of $60,000, towards the payment of your student loans. In return, you have to work at that agency for at least 3 years.

Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, the government will forgive the remaining balance on your eligible student loans if you have worked in a public service job for at least 10 years.

Please note that not all government agencies provide this benefit, so research is required.