Disneyland Adds Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College to Free Aspire Education Program – Orange County Register


The $150 million Disney Aspire program that allowed thousands of Disneyland employees to get free college education while taking online classes is now offering something new: in-person classes.

Disneyland has added California State University Fullerton and Fullerton College to its network of schools that offer free in-person training to hourly Disneyland employees through Disney’s Aspire program.

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The Disney Aspire program covers 100% of tuition, fees, and books at network schools for full-time and part-time Disneyland hourly cast members, Disney-speak for employees.

Disneyland employees requested classroom training with face-to-face interaction with professors and classmates in an on-campus setting. Now they will be able to take in-person classes at Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College.

Disney Aspire covers the cost of 200 college degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels and 80 certificates in apprenticeship and commerce programs. Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College are bringing nearly 70 new degree and certificate programs to Disney Aspire.

Since the program began in 2018, thousands of Disney cast members have enrolled in Aspire Network Schools that include online programs at the University of Arizona, University of Florida and the University of Central Florida. Disneyland currently has more than 13,000 employees enrolled in the program.

Earlier this year, Disney Aspire added its first historically black college and university (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University) and its first food-focused school (Johnson & Wales University) to the free education program.

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Other big companies have similar programs like Disney Aspire. Papa John’s offers free tuition at Purdue University Global for 20,000 corporate employees. Starbucks offers full tuition coverage for employees pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University’s online program.


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