Education Programs

Whether you’re looking to finish your high school diploma, master English language skills, or earn your college degree, McDonald’s and its franchisees can help you plan for success with restaurant employee education programs.

With Archways to Opportunity, McDonald’s can meet you wherever you are on your education journey. As of May 2018, we are tripling our investment in the Archways to Opportunity education program. Over the next five years, we will invest $150 million to give restaurant employees more money for college and more flexibility to study and work at the same time. Restaurant employees are now eligible after just 90 days of service, working at least 15 hours per week. We’re even expanding the Career Online High School and College Advisory Services to restaurant employees’ family members.  

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Tuition Assistance Program

Get upfront money for courses at accredited colleges and universities through our tuition assistance program.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Help pay for college with McDonald’s Scholarships. 50 awards of $2,500 each (one per state) and 3 awards of $7,500 each are given to eligible restaurant employees.

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Finish High School Strong

Earn your high school diploma (not GED) with the nationally accredited Career Online High School program at no cost for eligible restaurant employees.

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Learn and Practice English

English Under the Arches offers free classes for English Language Learners that teach essential phrases, as well as reading and writing skills.

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Plan Your Future

Make a plan to succeed with academic advising services designed to save you time and money.

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Hamburger University

Build your career with a comprehensive management course taught in 28 different languages.

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Work your way up with management training and promotion opportunities.

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References to “we” and “our” include McDonald’s company-owned restaurants and independently owned and operated franchisees. McDonald’s independently owned and operated franchisees are the exclusive employer for their employees and as such are solely responsible for all employment-related matters in their restaurants. The benefits referenced may not be available at all McDonald’s restaurants. McDonald’s and its independent franchisees are equal opportunity employers committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.