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Is it possible to go to college for only $250 a year? It is if you work for Chipotle. Even better: That benefit is available for both part-time and full-time staffers. 

You may be surprised to learn that Chipotle has one of the most-generous tuition reimbursement programs in the country right now for people who would like to earn their degree. The program allows benefits-eligible workers to earn their bachelor's or master's degree, their GED, or to study English as a second language. And get this: Some benefits are even open to staffers' family members. Let's dig into the details. 

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What's the best strategy for going back to school to advance your career? First, go to school online so you can more easily manage balancing school and your life. Second, get someone else to pay your tuition so you can avoid or minimize student loan debt. 

Believe it or not, a surprising number of companies are willing to foot the bill for you.So how you can find those companies? Inc.com has created a searchable tool to help readers find top-ranked companies that offer tuition reimbursement. 

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Are you planning on working part-time while going to college? Were you considering going to college online? Then you really should know about the Starbucks tuition reimbursement program, because it may be one of the very best in the country. Why is that? Simple. You could go to college tuition-free. 

Not only does Starbucks offer generous tuition reimbursement to all benefits-eligible employees, there are are also few restrictions in what you can study—that is, as long as you choose something from Arizona State University's (ASU) extensive list of online offerings. Let's dig into the details of how this program works. 

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Lots of students who opt to pursue college online only go part-time. But does that mean you're disqualified from federal financial aid? No. In fact, you may be eligible for some forms of financial aid with as little as one credit hour. 

Here, we'll break down the different forms of financial aid and the minimum credit-hour requirements for each. 

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Online college can seem like a totally different beast than traditional college, especially when it comes to tuition. Do the regular rules apply in terms of financial aid and funding? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. 

One big question you may have is if you can get student loans for online college. The answer to that is yes. But just where you get those loans—through the government or through a private lender, depends on the school. Let's look at how to get federal and private student loans for online college.

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Online learning has come a long way in a short amount of time. In the past few years, the number of certificate and degree programs has exploded with a wide range of offerings. But any educational program has a price tag so it's important to research your financial aid options carefully.

One question you might have is whether federal financial aid covers certificate programs. The answer is sometimes yes, sometimes no. Eligibility depends on a few factors. Let's discuss what they are. 

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