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Chipotle pledges to pay 100% of college tuition costs for its employees

[File Art: AP]
[File Art: AP]

If workers at Chipotle have a little extra pep in their step next time you visit, there’s a good reason.

The restaurant chain, known for its enormous burritos, has announced it will pay 100% of tuition costs for its employees.

Chipotle has teamed with Guild Education for the program, which will offer 75  different degrees, ranging from high school diplomas to bachelor’s  degrees in business and technology. Five national universities —  University of Arizona, Bellevue University, Brandman University,  Southern New Hampshire University and Wilmington University — are  participating, offering in-person and online courses.

To qualify,  employees must work a minimum of just 15 hours each week. The benefit  kicks in after a worker has been with the company for 120 days.

 Previously, Chipotle had offered employees tuition reimbursement up  to $5,250 per year at any college. The chain says it paid $20 million in tuition assistance in just the past two years.