Burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill said Monday it will cover 100 percent of tuition costs for employees pursuing a college degree at higher education institutions.
The Long Beach, Calif.-based chain of more than 2,500 restaurants said after 120 days of employment, employees are eligible to pursue degrees from nonprofit, accredited universities, including the University of Arizona, Bellevue University, Brandman University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Wilmington University.
Chipotle said it will pay the tuition costs up front for 75 different types of business and technology degrees through its partnership with Guild Education, a leading education benefits company.
The new program is part of Chipotle’s Cultivate Education program, which includes an existing tuition reimbursement program, allowing eligible employees to be reimbursed for tuition up to $5,250 a year at the school of their choice.
“Chipotle recognizes that financial barriers can be one of the biggest obstacles that impede our employees from achieving their fullest potential,” said Marissa Andrada, chief people officer at Chipotle. “We are proud to launch this opportunity for debt-free degrees by providing free tuition to help our employees excel in all areas in their lives, both in and out of Chipotle.”