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Walmart to pay for 100% of college tuition, books for employees taking classes at select universities

It plans to invest nearly $1 billion over the next five years

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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Walmart announced in a press release on Tuesday that it will cover the full cost of college tuition and books for nearly 1.5 million of its full-time and part-time employees who attend 10 universities.

Those academic institutions, which were selected due to their “history of success with adult and working learner programs as well as their focus on degree completion,” include:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Denver
  • Pathstream
  • Brandman University
  • Penn Foster
  • Purdue University Global
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Wilmington University
  • Voxy EnGen

Walmart will pay for the college expenses through its Live Better U (LBU) program, which offers college prep resources, free language learning programs and more. Starting on Aug. 16, Walmart will also remove its $1/day fee for this program, making all of its education programs free and at Walmart’s expense.

Launched in 2018, LBU has had more than 52,000 associates involved in it, with 8,000 who have already graduated.

This summer, nearly 28,000 workers are involved in the program.

About the Author:

Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.