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How to Get CVS Tuition Reimbursement

CVS is one more company that we can add to the list of companies that provide tuition assistance to their employees! They provide their employees with multiple options that make it easy for part time and full time employees to gain a higher education. Let’s jump in!

What they offer

Through partnerships with various schools (listed below), CVS offers you the chance to receive both associate and bachelor degrees. However, if a degree isn’t what you’re in the market for, CVS also wants to help you earn technical certificates and certifications

Who is eligible 

Full-time CVS employees are eligible to use their educational benefits following the first day of the month after their hire date. Part-time employees are eligible to participate in these programs one year after their hire date. A full-time employee is defined as someone who works 30 or more hours a week, while part-time employees are defined as working less than 30 hours a week.

6 steps to tuition reimbursement

CVS makes it easy for you to take advantage of their education program by laying out the steps for you. Take a look below to see what your first step is! 

1. Become an employee at CVS

CVS does not specify that employees need to hold any certain jobs in order to qualify for tuition reimbursement. Employees just need to meet the hours requirements stipulated for full-time and part-time positions based on whichever category they fit. 

2. Schedule a meeting with an advisor

Your next step is to schedule an appointment with EdAssist to help you assess what your academic goals are. Ed Assist is available through Bright Horizons Ed Assist, an online education platform that helps students navigate their education from start to finish. You can schedule your EdAssist meeting by logging in to your CVS account going to MyHR > Colleague Education Program > Schedule Free Education Coaching. 

3. Contact your college and apply

After you’ve figured out what your educational goals are, it’s time to take real steps toward achieving those goals! Your job now is to contact the college or institution you’ve decided to attend by submitting an application

4. Apply for tuition reimbursement 

Once you are accepted, you can officially apply for tuition reimbursement on the EdAssist website prior to beginning your courses. It’s important to make sure you sign up for tuition reimbursement before attending your courses! 

5. Complete your courses

You’re doing it! You are completing your courses and your job now is to complete your coursework and get that education! 

6. Apply for tuition reimbursement again 

You might be wondering why this step is listed again, but let us explain. You do need to apply for tuition reimbursement again after completing your courses. This time you will need to supply supporting documentation that shows you have successfully completed your courses. Once your reimbursement is approved, you will see the cost of your courses repaid through your next one to two paychecks. 

CVS partnerships

CVS offers you several universities to choose from, all with varying levels of tuition coverage. The main partnerships and their tuition coverage through CVS are laid out below!

Colorado Technical University (CTU)

  • $0 out of pocket after $3,000 annual tuition reimbursement from CVS Health Reimbursement 
  • All degrees under the Commitment Grant are available to students, which includes focuses in Business Administrations, IT, Healthcare Management, and Criminal Justice
  • For degrees outside of the Commitment Grant, CTU offers a 20% grant towards all other degrees, as well as a 10% grant for immediate family members of all CVS colleagues 

University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC)

  • $2,000 out of pocket annually after $3,000 CVS Health Reimbursement 
  • Access to over 40 of their undergraduate and graduate degree programs for $5,000, which is reduced to $2,000 after your $3,000 tuition reimbursement goes through
  • For those who do not qualify for the CVS Health Colleague Education Program, UAGC offers a 35% discount to colleagues and their immediate family members 

Strategies Education Inc (Capella University, Strayer University, and Sophia Learning)

  • Strategies Education Inc. offers access to programs at Capella University, Strayer University, and Sophia Learning
  • They offer access to both undergraduate and graduate programs that include Business, IT, Psychology, Nursing, and Health Care
  • Other programs not covered under tuition reimbursement will receive a 10% discount and access to additional scholarships if available 

Bright Horizons Education Network

Bright Horizons Education Network is a network of over 200+ colleges and universities that you have access to as an eligible member of the CVS Health Colleague program. If none of the programs that CVS offers are for you, there is sure to be something for you through the Bright Horizons EdAssist program! Speak with an EdAssist team member to help you assess whether this is the right route for you! 

CVS scholarships for dependents 

In addition to CVS’s tuition reimbursement, they also offer scholarships for dependents of CVS colleagues. These scholarships are only available to dependents whose parent works full-time at CVS. Scholarships range in value from $1,000 – $5,000! 

CVS jobs

When you think of CVS, you may just think of the jobs that you see in a CVS store, such as retail associates, pharmacy technicians, Minute Clinic employees, and others. As a CVS employee though, you can get a job in a plethora of other areas as well! CVS also hires employees to work in corporate, marketing, distribution, information technology, and more! Use the CVS job locator to help you find the right job for you! 

Frequently asked questions

What benefits does CVS offer?

In addition to tuition reimbursement, CVS also offers employees insurance plans, discounts in store and at the pharmacy, 401(k) savings plans and other career development opportunities!

How much do CVS retail employees make?

The average salary in the United States for a CVS retail associate is $15.36. This is subject to vary depending on what state you live in, the job you hold and at what specific store you are working.

What other companies offer tuition reimbursement?

There are so many companies out there that offer tuition reimbursement to their employees! Companies like Apple, Walmart, Chipotle, Amazon and more all offer their employees the opportunity to work and earn their education. Check them out today to see if you could be eligible for one of these programs!