As if we needed another reason to love Target. Our favorite store — land of popcorn-scented shopping for cute-yet-affordable clothes, Pinterest-worth holiday decor, and the promised land: the $1 bins — is doing it again. In addition to being a major retailer actually committed to social justice, Target just announced another stan-worthy stance: It’s launching a “debt-free education initiative” that means the company will pay for tuition and textbooks for any of its employees who go to school.
Target is partnering with Guild Education to give employees the ability to choose from 250 programs at more than 40 U.S. schools and universities where they can study, including historically Black colleges and universities such as Morehouse College and Paul Quinn College. Target will foot the entire bill, including tuition fees and textbook costs, for any of its more than 340,000 employees — whether they work full- or part-time. The program is available to employees at stores, distribution centers and headquarters locations.