Affordable Paths to College

If you are ready to get started working toward your college degree, we offer programs to help make your goals a reality – in a way that fits your lifestyle.

Our programs can help you explore educational opportunities while getting financial support to make your educational journey easier.

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How can I get money to help pay for college courses?

We know that the cost of your education can make it challenging to earn a college degree. That’s why we offer Tuition Assistance to eligible employees.

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How do I connect with a College Partner?

We know that pursuing your education can be challenging. In addition to offering Tuition Assistance to eligible restaurant employees, we have partnered with Colleges who:

  1. Recognize credits you have earned from McDonald’s training courses.
  2. Make it easy to reach your goals by mapping these credits to specific degree programs in the areas of Business and General Studies.
  3. Offer discounted tuition costs and other benefits.
  1. Recognize credits you have earned from McDonald’s training courses.
  2. Make it easy to reach your goal by mapping these credits to specific degree programs in the areas of Business and General Studies.
  3. Offer discounted tuition costs and other benefits.

Click on the College Partner that interests you to learn more.


Earn your degree at CTU with as little as $0 out-of-pocket tuition costs.
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$3,000 annual tuition fee at SNHU's online College for America.
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College Partners offering discounted tuition costs:
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*McDonald’s cannot recommend specific colleges to restaurant employees. We encourage you to research each school and connect with their admissions department.

Need to transfer credits you have earned from McDonald’s training courses to a college not listed here? Request transcripts (or official records of the classes you completed) at www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=REGISTRATION.main.

Success Story

Meet Desmond and Preston



Brothers Desmond and Preston Black began their McDonald’s journey in 2004 at the age of 15, with summer jobs at a franchisee restaurant. They quickly moved up to the crew trainer position, and both became swing managers when they graduated from high school.

In May 2009, Desmond and Preston began their McOpCo careers as swing managers, at different locations, while attending Florida State University full-time to pursue their Bachelors of Business Administration degrees. McOpCo supported their development with flexible scheduling in order to attend class two days a week. They learned of the Tuition Assistance program during their first semester and were awarded $5,250 on top of their annual salary to help with the costs of school. “We graduated from Florida State University in 2011 with zero school debt thanks to the assistance McDonald’s provided.”

Currently, they are both working as general managers in Orlando and pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Central Florida. “We have recently completed our first semester and still have no school debt! The Tuition Assistance benefit has been extremely helpful for both our personal and professional growth at McDonald’s.”

Meet Jennifer



Jennifer Rukas in the Midwest region is the first employee of a McDonald's Owner/Operator to utilize college Tuition Assistance and graduate from College for America. She recently celebrated her success with a surprise graduation hosted by Owner/Operator Greg Hall. “Earning a degree has been a goal of mine for almost 20 years. Utilizing the Archways to Opportunity Tuition Assistance program made my degree affordable. I am grateful to McDonald's for providing me with the opportunity to achieve my goals and proud to work for a company that values education and invests in its employees' futures.”

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