10 Companies That Will Help Pay for Your College Degree

It almost sounds too good to be true: head to college to specialize with a degree...and have your employer pick up the tab. But for the following list of 10 companies -- just a handful in the United States -- it's not a dream, it's a reality.

1. BP

Yes, they had that disastrous oil spill in 2010 that spewed out 200 million gallons of crude oil, and yes, it's one of the worst -- if not the worst -- in American history. But the entire company can't be judged on just one aspect (no matter how bad it was), especially not with them footing up to 90% of the tuition bill at an accredited school.

2. Deloitte

While they only give up to $10,000 for your tuition bill, choosing a school smartly can make that go a long way. Or if you have your heart set on a specific college despite its higher tuition, use Deloitte's fund to complement scholarships and grants so you pay as little as possible.

3. UPS

One of the world's fastest couriers also believes in higher education, helping 14,000 college students achieve their dreams. And instead of just stopping there, they've even extended a hand to part-time students, a demographic frequently shut out of financial aid.

4. JP Morgan Chase

Work hard, and you'll get rewarded. At least, that's the attitude at JP Morgan Chase, where top performers get reimbursed for their tuition if it's for a job-related degree.

5. Gap

Not only did Gap just raise its own minimum wage past the federal level, setting itself apart from the crowd for good reasons, but they also offer a tuition reimbursement program. If full-time employees pursue a degree related to their job, Gap helps them out.

6. Google

It's hard to think of any perk Google doesn't give their employees, but tuition assistance isn't one of them. For employees who pursue a job-related degree AND earn either an A or B in each course, they'll get up to $12,000 a year from Google.

7. US Airways

Anytime this airline's name is mentioned, thoughts of lousy service, overpriced fees, and surly staff attitudes come to mind. But for students, it's a whole different story. But they, along with other major airlines, have a tuition reimbursement program in place for their employees.

8. Analog

The math is a bit tricky to remember -- full-time employees of at least 30h/week get 100% of undergrad tuition paid for up to $5,250, or $7,500 for grad school -- but the benefits sure aren't. Just make sure your degree is job-related or you're out of luck.

9. Hilton

The world's second biggest hotel chain in the whole world is also generous to its school-bound employees, giving full-time workers a leg up when it comes to paying for tuition.

10. Starbucks

They may be the most ubiquitous coffee brands ever introduced and they may be over-hyped as the place where hipster goes, but they don't differentiate between full- and part-time employees. Their tuition assistance ($500 to $1,000) won't be topping this list anytime soon, but it's a start in the right direction.