Florida-based Disney workers will be eligible to attend UCF for free in the fall semester


On Thursday, Disney announced it's adding the University of Central Florida to its Disney Aspire education investment program, which provides 100 percent free tuition to eligible employees and Disney cast members.

The Disney Aspire program originally launched in August. Roughly 40 percent of the company's 85,000 full-time and part-time hourly employees with at least 90 days on the job are currently signed up for the program, with more than 6,000 already having enrolled in classes.

Disney's program came to fruition last year, when the company announced it would contribute $150 million to cover tuition costs, application fees and books for employees, as a means of helping educate its workforce, according to a joint news release from the university and company.

"Since its launch, Disney Aspire has enabled thousands of Cast Members to dream bigger and reach higher," says Georgia Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort and a UCF alumni, in the release. "Adding UCF to this prestigious network of schools will provide our Cast Members even more options to create the futures they imagine."

The release says the addition of UCF to the program allows more than 53,000 Florida-based Disney employees to be eligible for enrollment, if they're admitted into the university, when it begins in the fall semester,.

According to the university's website, the average GPA was 4.12 for the 2018 freshman class, and their average ACT score was 28.3.

The program also allows Disney employees to enroll in Valencia College, which provides a pathway to enrollment at UCF after a student earns their associate's degree.

"We could not be more excited to be working with Disney to make a high-quality college degree even more accessible," Seymour says in the release. "Many of our students already are Disney employees who will immediately benefit, and this program has the potential to change lives in our community for generations."

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