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    How to Get Papa John’s Tuition Reimbursement

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    Updated: November 2nd, 2023
    How to Get Papa John’s Tuition Reimbursement

    Papa Johns is one of the many restaurants jumping on board to help its employees pay for school. Their tuition assistance program offers access to many universities and over a hundred different degree options. Papa Johns hopes to aid its corporate and franchise team members in obtaining an education by offering full and partial assistance programs.

    How does Papa Johns tuition reimbursement work?

    The Dough & Degrees Program gives Papa Johns employees the option to attend any of the universities and organizations listed below:

    Through these universities and organizations, students can earn anything from a high school diploma all the way to a masters degree!

    Eligibility requirements

    In order to participate in the Dough and Degrees program, employees must work a minimum of ten hours per week and be employed for at least 60 days. 

    How to start the process of gaining tuition assistance

    Since Papa Johns partners with several different universities and organizations, there may be different paths to enrollment at each place. Unfortunately, this means that we can’t outline the enrollment process for every one of their partners. We encourage you to ask your manager or superior about this program if it is something you are interested in. Even if you do not meet the eligibility right now, stating your interest may be a great thing to do anyway, so that when you do meet the eligibility requirements, your employer is aware that it is something you’ll be pursuing. 

    What Dough and Degrees covers

    All costs, including tuition and fees and textbooks, are paid upfront by Papa Johns. This means that when you begin your education, there will be no upfront costs to you! 

    Are you obligated to continue working at Papa Johns when you graduate?

    Papa Johns employees are not obligated to continue working at Papa Johns once they graduate from school. In fact, team members are also not obligated to use their degree either! Papa Johns simply wants to support their employees as best they can. 

    How to choose what to study

    Unfortunately, we don’t have a magic formula to tell you what to study, but we do have some questions you can answer that might help get you closer to the answer. 

    First, what is currently your highest level of education? If you haven’t received your high school diploma, then starting there is your first step. If you’ve received an associates degree before, then it might be time to use that to help you complete your bachelors degree. Take a few minutes to assess where you’re at. 

    Second, what is it that you want to do? Do you want to receive your education degree and begin teaching? Do you want to become a doctor? Does earning a technical degree excite you? Again, this is something that you will need to assess on your own.

    Finally, take a look at the programs that the organizations and universities Papa Johns partners with offers. Sometimes being able to look through pre-designed programs can help you better understand what you want to study. Ask yourself if there are any programs that particularly excite you and if they are something you could see yourself doing for a future career.

    Franchise and corporate locations

    We should note that of course not all Papa Johns are owned by Papa Johns themselves. Some locations will be privately owned franchises of the restaurant. If you are applying to work at Papa Johns in hopes of gaining entry into their Dough and Degrees program, you should be sure to understand how the Dough and Degree programs may look slightly different at a franchise location.

    Prior college credit

    If you have any prior college credit, don’t be afraid to mention that, as you never know what credits that you already have may transfer towards a new degree! Papa Johns partners with several different schools, so we can’t say for sure what will and will not transfer. However, we can say that it is always worth asking! 

    Next Steps

    Next Steps

    • If you think Papa Johns may be a place you would enjoy working, your first step is to begin looking for a job at one of their locations
    • Once you have a job, or if you were already employed, you’ll need to meet the eligibility requirements, which specify that employees must work for 60 days and a minimum of 10 hrs. per week
    • Now that your eligible, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to study and at what participating university or organization you want to study it at
    • Finally, if Papa Johns isn’t for you, don’t forget that there are plenty of other companies like Apple, Amazon, McDonalds and Best Buy that also offer tuition reimbursement

    Frequently asked questions about Papa Johns tuition reimbursement

    Does Papa Johns offer college scholarships?

    Yes, Papa Johns does offer a college scholarship that is funded by the UNCF. The aim of this scholarship is specifically to help underrepresented students in the areas of STEM and business. You can read more about this scholarship on our website!

    What jobs can you get at Papa Johns?

    Papa Johns is more than just making pizzas. They also offer jobs on the corporate side of things. Using Papa Johns job search tool, you can find jobs that are available near you! 

    What if you’re on the fence about going back to school?

    If you’re not sure that you can commit to completing a full degree right now, that’s okay. Many people who work don’t have time to also attend school full time. Look into programs that will allow you to take classes part time or even one at a time. Additionally, you should speak to an advisor at a college or another trusted person in your life who knows your situation and can help you make this decision.

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