Employment and Jobs

Upskilling in the News: Walmart to Pay 100% of College Tuition and Books for Associates

July 27, 2021  • 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 from one of our partners.

Photo source: Walmart

In a press release, Walmart announced it will pay 100% of college tuition and books for associates through its Live Better U (LBU) education program. Starting August 16, the $1 a day fee will be removed for associates, making all education programs paid for by Walmart. This means approximately 1.5 million part-time and full-time Walmart and Sam’s Club associates in the US can earn college degrees or learn trade skills without the burden of education debt. More than 52,000 associates have participated in LBU since launching in 2018, and 8,000 have graduated. As the largest private employer in the US, Walmart is committing to invest nearly $1 billion over the next five years in career-driven training and development. Read more.

Even as the global pandemic continues to impact our economy and society, we are pleased to see Walmart remain committed to advancing the upskilling movement. We hope other businesses find innovative ways to promote upskilling during this difficult time. Click here to learn more.

Walmart and Walmart.org are supporters of UpSkill America, an initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program.


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[email protected] is paying 100% of college tuition and books for associates through its #LiveBetterU education program, giving 1.5 million associates the opportunity to earn degrees or learn trade skills for free.


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