Disney Aspire: No Cost Education Program Launches for Hourly Cast Members


The Walt Disney Company has introduced Disney Aspire, a new education program designed to make it easier for hourly cast members to pursue higher education or vocational training. The $50 million initiative, with up to $25 million in annual funding going forward, includes a full range of programs and certificates that do not need to be related to cast members’ current roles at Disney. The program opened enrollment this week.

With Disney Aspire, 100 percent of Cast Members’ tuition will be paid by the company up front and costs for books and materials are reimbursable. A variety of online educational courses will be offered across a network of schools, including multiple education and degree options, vocational training, high school equivalency and more. The program also includes individual coaching to ensure participants have the support and guidance they need through each step of the program, from enrollment all the way to graduation.

This education investment program is available to all eligible US-based regular full-time and regular part-time hourly Disney Cast Members and employees. For more information visit the official website.

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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