UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Fast food giant McDonald’s is taking advantage of U.S. tax law changes to triple the amount of tuition aid it provides for its 400,000 American restaurant workers.
The tuition assistance program, known as Archways to Opportunity, helps workers pay for courses at community colleges, four-year universities and trade schools.
McDonald’s said March 29 that it will provide up to $2,500 a year for staff at U.S. restaurants, up from a previous $700.
Managers can get up to $3,000 a year, up from about $1,000.
The company also lowered the requirements for eligibility.
Employees who work at least 15 hours a week will be eligible, rather than the current 20 hours.
Also, workers will be eligible after 90 days of employment, down from nine months.