Disney Offers Free Tuition for Cast Members Attending UCF
Today, Disney announced the addition of the University of Central Florida to its groundbreaking Disney Aspire education investment program, which offers 100 percent free tuition to eligible employees and Cast Members. Disney and UCF are teaming up to expand educational opportunities for Disney’s hourly workforce, making it easier for them to pursue their dreams and fulfill their career ambitions.
Since launching last August, approximately 40 percent of Disney’s 85,000 full-time and part-time hourly employees with 90 days of service have signed up for Disney Aspire and more than 6,000 are actively taking classes. Disney’s investment of $150 million enables its employees to gain confidence and grow their careers – including potential new roles at Disney and careers outside of the company.
The most comprehensive program of its kind, Disney Aspire covers 100 percent of tuition upfront, and will also reimburse application fees and required books and course materials, removing the worry of paying to start or continue school.
“Adding UCF to this prestigious network of schools will provide our Cast Members with even more options to create the futures they imagine.” — George A. Kalogridis ’76, president of Walt Disney World Resort.
Since its launch, Disney Aspire has enabled thousands of Cast Members to dream bigger and reach higher,” says George A. Kalogridis ’76, president of Walt Disney World Resort and a UCF sociology graduate. “Adding UCF to this prestigious network of schools will provide our Cast Members with even more options to create the futures they imagine.”
The collaboration is a natural fit between UCF and Disney since both institutions are powerful economic engines in Orlando and across Florida. It also strengthens UCF’s already recognized position as one of the nation’s most affordable and best-value universities.
“We could not be more excited to be working with Disney to make a high-quality college degree even more accessible,” UCF Interim President Thad Seymour Jr. says. “Many of our students already are Disney employees who will immediately benefit, and this program has the potential to change lives in our community for generations.”
“Many of our students already are Disney employees who will immediately benefit, and this program has the potential to change lives in our community for generations.” — Thad Seymour Jr., UCF interim president.
To sign up or learn more, Disney employees can visit aspire.disney.com.
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