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Selective: Target's Education Assistance Program

Tracy Davenport Tracy Davenport
10th August 2021
Selective: Target's Education Assistance Program
Target is partnering with Guild Education (Getty Images).

The Claim

Target will pay 100% tuition for its employees.

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Some on social media are reporting that retailer Target is offering to pay 100% of college tuition for both full and part time employees. 

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Misbar’s Analysis

We discovered that Target is offering a new debt-free education assistance benefit. Employees at stores, distribution centers, and headquarters will have access to free undergraduate and associate degrees, certificates, bootcamp programs, textbooks, and course fees according to corporate.target.com

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However, the benefit will not cover all colleges and universities. Rather, Target will be partnering with education platform Guild Education to provide access to more than 250 business-aligned programs from over 40 schools, colleges and universities. Target will also fund advanced degrees within the network of schools, paying up to $10,000 annually for master’s programs.

According to a Target Community Service Specialist from the Target headquarters: "There are 47 academic institutions to choose from that include debt-free and capped educational assistance. We plan to continue to expand on the various programs and schools offered as we gauge feedback from our team members."

The list so far of academic institutions include: Bellevue University, Brandman, Colorado State University College of Business, eCornell, Johnson & Wales University, Morehouse College, Oregon State University, Pathstream, Paul Quinn College, Penn Foster, Purdue University Global, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Arizona, University of Denver, Voxy EnGen, and Wilmington University. 

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