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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Wake up and smell the coffee, college is so expensive, it's out of reach for a lot of young people who want a higher education. Starbucks and ASU say they've got a unique solution for that.

Starbucks College Achievement Plan was introduced in a touching video on the Starbuck's company website.

In a unique partnership, ASU online and Starbucks are offering a program that allows it's employees across the country to get a free or deeply discounted college education online at ASU.

"Starbucks and ASU are two of the organizations coming together to find a new way of getting a college degree without financial barriers," said ASU President Michael Crow on the video.

A job as a Starbucks barista becomes more appealing.

"I kind of wish I worked at Starbucks right now," said a student.

Besides happier employees, what does Starbucks hope to gain from the investment?  

"They're also going to benefit from having employees stay longer at company that will reduce hiring costs training costs, and they're going to end up with a better educated workforce," said Dean Philip Regier.

ASU Online is based at Skysong in Scottsdale. It launched in 2010 and has about 10,000 online students in it's more than 40 curriculums, ASU gains thousands of new online students.

"This extends our ability to meet students online where they reside, provide them a flexible high quality vigorous program with one of the best brands in the world," said Regier.

The amount of tuition costs covered depends on what year you're completing. Juniors and Seniors would be fully reimbursed for classes. Tuition at ASU Online is about 10,000 a year, so this is a big perk.

For more information visit: http://www.starbucks.com/careers/college-plan

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