Target will provide free undergraduate degrees to its 340,000 American employees



 Starting this fall, Target will make it easier for employees based in the United States to obtain their degrees.

More than 340,000 full-time and part-time employees at stores, distribution centers, and headquarters locations will have access to free undergraduate and associates degrees, certificates, bootcamp programs, textbooks, and fees (among other things) thanks to a new debt-free education assistance benefit.

Target has partnered with Guild Education, an education and upskilling platform, to enable quick access to over 250 business-aligned programs from over 40 institutions, colleges, and universities. 

Target will pay up to $5,250 in direct payments to their academic institution for non-masters degree

It will also pay up to $10,000 a year for master's programs inside the network of colleges.

Target is investing $200 million in the initiative over the next four years to help its employees pay off college debt, as part of its Target Forward sustainability strategy pledge to encourage educational access. 

Members of the team will be able to choose from a variety of courses, including high school completion, college prep, and English language learning, as well as certificates, certifications, bootcamps, associate, and undergraduate degrees.

There will be plenty of opportunities to find something that fits staff members' interests, schedules, and career goals with schools, colleges, and universities like the University of Arizona, Oregon State University, and historically Black colleges and universities like Morehouse College and Paul Quinn College to choose from.

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