Papa John’s Offers Free Tuition for Employees

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LONDON, UK - MARCH 27TH 2018: A close-up of the Papa Johns Pizza logo on a menu leaflet, on 27th March 2018. Papa John's Pizza is an American restaurant franchise company. - Image (chrisdorney /

Papa John has teamed ups with Purdue University Global to provide free tuition for its 20,000 corporate employees as well as “significant” reductions for franchisees’ employees who enroll in the online degree program.

Employees at Papa Johns are eligible for free tuition at the online-only institution if they have worked more than 20 hours per week for at least 90 days. There are a number of different degrees including accounting, finance, cybersecurity, nursing, business, and psychology programs.

Textbooks and course materials are also included, and the application fee is waived. Employees can enroll in programs for associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

“People are our most important ingredient and we are always looking for new ways to make Papa John’s a better place to work,” Papa John’s president and CEO Steve Ritchie said in a press release. “We believe this is a truly unique tuition program in our industry. We’re excited to partner with such a well-respected institution to help us deliver on such a robust career growth opportunity for team members who want to pursue their goals and further their education.”

Papa John’s new chief people officer, Marvin Boakye, said in a statement that Papa John’s wants to be “an employer of choice in the marketplace.”

“This new tuition benefit program not only provides our team members with a tremendous career growth opportunity, but it gives us a competitive advantage in the marketplace that will make us better as an organization,” he added.