Disney has announced that they will offer free tuition for some 80,000 full and part-time hourly workers. This is not a tuition reimbursement, but is paid upfront with a reimbursement for textbooks.

Disney Cast Members will get full tuition assistance starting this fall!

Disney Cast Members will get full tuition assistance starting this fall!

The program is initially funded at $50 million dollars, but Disney plans to invest $25 million more annually to continually fund the program. They partnered with Guild Education (who also worked with Wal-Mart and Chipotle) to offer online courses throughout a network of schools. Guild will provide Cast Members with a personal coach to help navigate the process.

The tuition assistance program is called Disney Aspire and will launch this fall.

Disney offers free tuition to Cast Members: good idea?