Employment and Jobs

Chipotle Offers Debt-Free Degrees to Employees

October 16, 2019  • UpSkill America

UpSkill America is an employer-led movement to expand opportunity for America’s workers and allow our economy and communities to thrive. As part of our mission to advance the upskilling movement, we are pleased to share the following news featuring one of our partners.

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced it will provide the opportunity for all eligible employees to pursue a debt-free college degree through an expansion of the Chipotle Cultivate Education benefits program.

Chipotle is covering 100% of tuition costs up front for 75 different types of business and technology degrees through their partnership with Guild Education, one of the leading education benefits companies in the country. After 120 days of employment, employees are eligible to pursue degrees from leading nonprofit, accredited universities, including The University of Arizona, Bellevue University, Brandman University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Wilmington University.

The launch of the debt-free degree is the latest addition to Chipotle’s Cultivate Education program, which includes an existing tuition reimbursement program, allowing eligible employees to be reimbursed for tuition up to $5,250 a year at the school of their choice. Click here to learn more.



Hungry for #upskilling? @ChipotleTweets employees (in partnership with @GuildEducation) can now earn one of 75 degrees through @uarizona, @BellevueU, @BrandmanU, @SNHU, and @WilmU.

“We are proud to launch this opportunity… to help our employees excel in all areas in their lives.” -Marissa Andrada, Chief People Officer @ChipotleTweets

“This expansion [by @ChipotleTweets] represents the company’s commitment to #upskilling its workforce and helping employees achieve their professional goals.” @RachelRCarlson @GuildEducation


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Chipotle is frequently recognized for its upskilling efforts and is a featured player in our UpSkilling Playbook for Employers. Learn more in our section on Models of Upskilling: College Degrees.


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