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Tuition Assistance

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What is Tuition Assistance?

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. Tuition Assistance is money from McDonald’s Corporation to help pay for college courses that are taken at an “approved school” such as a two or four year public or private college or university; business, technical or vocational school; graduate or post-graduate school that is accredited by the Department of Education.

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. Tuition Assistance is money from McDonald’s Corporation to help pay for college courses that are taken at an “approved school” such as a two or four year public or private college or university; business, technical or vocational school; graduate or post -graduate school that is accredited by the Department of Education.

Who’s eligible?

McOpCo full-time Store Manager Trainee, Certified Swing Manager, Department Manager, or General Manager

You are eligible for $5,250 in Tuition Assistance if:

  • You have a performance rating of “significant performance” or better, maintained throughout the course/program.
  • Notify your Supervisor of your participation

McOpCo restaurant Crew, Floor Supervisor, Shift Manager Trainee, Primary Maintenance, or other part-time employee

You are eligible for $2,500 in Tuition Assistance each year if:

  • You are employed by McDonald’s for at least 3 cumulative months.
  • You work an average of 15 hours per week or more.
  • You have a performance rating of “significant performance” or better, maintained throughout the course/program.

Full-time restaurant manager or staff of a participating Franchise Owner/Operator

You are eligible for $3,000 in Tuition Assistance each year if:

  • You work a minimum of 30 hours per week for that Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You are in good standing as determined by the Franchise Owner/Operator.

Restaurant crew (including maintenance), part-time manager or part-time office staff of a participating Franchise Owner/Operator

You are eligible for $2,500 in Tuition Assistance each year if:

  • You are employed by the same Franchise Owner/Operator at least 3 cumulative months as of the time of the Tuition Assistance Request application completion.
  • You work an average of 15 hours per week for that Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • You are in good standing as determined by the Franchise Owner/Operator.

What should I know about Tuition Assistance?

Important things you should know:

  • Tuition Assistance: McDonald's Tuition Assistance covers eligible course expenses (such as your tuition and fees) that are not covered by scholarships or grants.
  • Tuition Assistance also covers eligible books and course supplies.
    • Eligible supplies are defined as mandatory purchases per the course syllabus, excluding computer hardware and software.

    Example tuition assistance scenarios:

    • Ron receives financial aid that he must repay. He is eligible to use McDonald’s tuition assistance to cover eligible course expenses to avoid out of pocket costs.
    • Ron receives a grant that covers 100% of his tuition. The grant does not need to be repaid. He is not eligible to use McDonald’s tuition assistance because he has no out of pocket costs for eligible course expenses.
    • Ron receives a grant that covers 50% of his tuition. The grant does not need to be repaid. However, Ron is eligible to use McDonald’s tuition assistance to cover the remaining eligible course expenses that he would have to pay out of pocket.
  • Tuition Assistance Approval: To get Tuition Assistance, your eligibility must be confirmed.
  • School Requirements: Courses must be at a degree or certificate granting college or university, accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Tuition Bill: You will need to submit a copy of your tuition bill to request Tuition Assistance. This bill must have your name, your school’s name, the academic term, tuition, fees and financial aid listed as line items. You will upload or email your tuition bill as part of your online application. Your bill must be in the right format (.pdf, .tif, .png, .jpeg, .bmp or .xps) when you upload or email it. You can also take a photo of your tuition bill with your phone and upload or email the image as long as it is clear enough to read. Or, you can mail in your tuition bill but this will take longer. To mail your tuition bill, follow the instructions on the tuition bill tab of the Tuition Assistance application.
  • Timeline: Once you submit your acceptable request, it will take up to 7 days for your eligibility to be confirmed. When it is approved, it can take up to 13 days before the tuition check is sent to you. The check will be sent to you, but will be made out to the college/university listed in your application.
  • Transcripts: Managers only — You must upload your transcript showing grades within 3 months of the last day of your class to avoid repayment. If you received Tuition Assistance for 2017, transcripts should be sent to the McDonald’s Service Center.
  • Tuition Assistance: McDonald's Tuition Assistance covers eligible course expenses (such as your tuition and fees) that are not covered by scholarships or grants.
  • Example tuition assistance scenarios:

    • Ron receives financial aid that he must repay. He is eligible to use McDonald’s tuition assistance to cover eligible course expenses to avoid out of pocket costs.
    • Ron receives a grant that covers 100% of his tuition. The grant does not need to be repaid. He is not eligible to use McDonald’s tuition assistance because he has no out of pocket costs for eligible course expenses.
    • Ron receives a grant that covers 50% of his tuition. The grant does not need to be repaid. However, Ron is eligible to use McDonald’s tuition assistance to cover the remaining eligible course expenses that he would have to pay out of pocket.
  • Tuition Assistance Approval: To get Tuition Assistance, your Tuition Assistance application must be approved by your Franchise Owner/Operator.
  • School Requirements: Courses must be at a degree or certificate granting college or university, accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Tuition Bill: You will need to submit a copy of your tuition bill to request Tuition Assistance. This bill must have your name, your school’s name, the academic term, and tuition and fees listed as line items. You will upload or email your tuition bill as part of your online application. Your bill must be in the right format (.pdf, .tif, .png, .jpeg, .bmp or .xps) when you upload or email it. You can also take a photo of your tuition bill with your phone and upload or email the image as long as it is clear enough to read. Or, you can mail in your tuition bill but this will take longer. To mail your tuition bill, follow the instructions on the tuition bill tab of the Tuition Assistance application.
  • Timeline: Once you submit your acceptable request, it will take up to 7 days for your Owner/Operator to get the information for approval. Once your Owner/Operator approves your request, it can take up to 13 days before the tuition check is sent to you. The check will be sent to you, but will be made out to the college/university.

How do I request Tuition Assistance?

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Before you get started…

Make sure you gather the information you’ll need:

  • Your personal contact information.
  • Your employee number (found on the top, right corner of your pay stub).
  • Your store number, city, state and address.
  • Your course term (Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall).
  • Your school’s name and state.
  • The type of degree you are seeking.
  • How many courses you are taking.
  • For each course: course name, number, credits, start date and end date.
  • Your eligible book and course supply receipts.
  • Your tuition bill with your name, the school’s name, the term, tuition, fees, and financial aid listed as line items.
  • Your personal contact information.
  • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
  • Your store number, city, state and address.
  • Your course term (Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall).
  • Your school’s name and state.
  • The type of degree you are seeking.
  • How many courses you are taking.
  • For each course: course name, number, credits, start date and end date.
  • Your tuition bill with your name, the school’s name, the term, tuition, fees, and financial aid listed as line items.

To request help with the cost of your college education, you simply need to complete an application. To complete any online application:

  • Go to the ISTS website at https://mcdta.applyISTS.net/MCDTA.
  • Create an account (or log in if you have an existing account).
  • Enter your information.
    • Enter your employee position and store’s state, city, address and number.
  • Select the “Term” – Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.
    • The term you select here must match the term listed on the tuition bill you submit.
  • Click on "Create Application."
  • On the “Applicant” tab, input your name, address, contact information and last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
  • On the “Employment” tab, enter your length of employment and hours worked per week.
  • On the “Academic” tab, input your college/university information: the school’s state and name, the degree you are seeking, and how many courses you are taking in the term selected.
  • List the courses you are taking.
    • Include the course name, number, credits, start date and end date.
    • To add another course, click “Add Another Row.”

If you are requesting funds for eligible books and supplies:

  • Click “Yes” for requesting funds for books and supplies.
    • Enter your total book & supply charges.
    • Upload your book and course supply receipts.
  • Upload or email your tuition bill from your college course and click “Submit.”
    • The tuition bill must include your name, the school’s name, the term, tuition, fees and financial aid listed as line items.
    • Upload or email your tuition bill using one of the following formats: .pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .bmp, or .xps. You may also upload or email a legible photo of you tuition bill.
    • To upload the tuition bill click “Browse” to locate the file, then, click “Upload” and “Save/submit.”
  • Click on the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.

Once you have submitted your acceptable request, it will take up to 7 days for your eligibility to be confirmed. When it is approved, it can take up to 13 days for a check to be mailed to you. The check for eligible course expenses will be made to the college/university listed in your application. If you requested funds for eligible books and course supplies the check will be made out to you.

If your request cannot be processed, you will receive an email notification. If you have not heard anything after 10 days contact ISTS at (800) 287-1145 or email Customer Care at MCD-Tuition@applyISTS.com.

To request help with the cost of your college education, you simply need to complete an application. To complete any online application:

  • Go to the ISTS website at https://mcdta.applyISTS.net/MCDTA.
  • Create an account (or log in if you have an existing account).
  • Enter your store information.
    • Enter your store’s state, city, address and number.
  • Select the “Term” – Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.
    • The term you select here must match the term listed on the tuition bill you submit.
  • Click on "Create Application."
  • On the "Applicant" tab, input your name, address, contact information and last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
  • On the "Employment" tab, input your employee position, length of employment and hours worked per week.
  • On the “Academic” tab, input your college/university information: the school’s state and name, the degree you are seeking, and how many courses you are taking in the term selected.
  • List the courses you are taking.
    • Include the course name, number, credits, start date and end date.
    • To add another course, click “Add Another Row.”
  • Upload or email your tuition bill from your college course and click “Submit.”
    • The tuition bill must include your name, the school’s name, the term, tuition, fees and financial aid listed as line items.
    • Upload or email your tuition bill using one of the following formats: .pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .bmp, or .xps. You may also upload or email a legible photo of you tuition bill.
    • To upload the tuition bill click “Browse” to locate the file, then, click “Upload” and “Save/submit.”
  • Click on the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.

Once you have submitted your acceptable request, an email will be sent to your Owner/Operator for approval. It will take up to 7 days for your Owner/Operator to receive this email. When it is approved, it can take up to 13 days for the check to be mailed to you. The check will be made to the college/university listed in your application.

If your request cannot be processed, you will receive an email notification. If you have not heard anything after 10 days contact ISTS at (800) 287-1145 or email Customer Care at MCD-Tuition@applyISTS.com.



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