As a Chipotle Employee, you're eligible for up to $5,250 in tuition reimbursement, covering up to 90% of your tuition, books, and fees and you may be eligible for up to $5,920 in federal financial aid. Chipotle has partnered with Guild Education and their select university partners to make going back to school while working at Chipotle even easier.

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Want to further your education while working at Chipotle? 

Chipotle and Guild Education are partnering to offer you an opportunity to go back to school and continue your education or earn your degree.

As part of Chipotle’s Tuition Assistance program, you'll potentially have access to $5,250 and up to $5,920 in federal financial aid to help achieve your goals. 

Learn more about the Chipotle career path here.

Program Benefits

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Tuition Assistance & Grants
You can qualify for up to $5,250 from Chipotle and up to $5,920 in federal financial aid.
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College Credit
Earn up to 37 college credit hours for your on-the-job training in Crew, KM, SM and Apprentice positions.
A variety of classes, programs, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in addition to GED, ESL, and college preparatory courses to meet your goals—no matter where you are in your educational path.
Personal advisor
A Guild advisor to help you find the right class, program or degree, navigate financial aid, and move forward in your education while advancing your career.
Online learning
Flexible academic schedules with morning, evening, and weekend classes and work-at-your-own pace programs to help you balance work and school.
Classes from top-ranked* online universities including Colorado State University’s Global Campus, Western Governors University, and Bellevue University.

* U.S. News and World Report, NCTQ

Interested in applying? Get started today!

  1. Start by choosing the right class, program, or degree for you:
    • Research the options for classes, programs and degrees (listed above in "Education Programs")
    • Click the "chat" icon in the bottom right corner to chat with an admissions advisor or call us at 720-709-2871
    • Select “Apply Now” for your educational opportunity of choice
  2. If you're applying for a degree:
    • Get started on the Financial Aid process today by visiting and completing your FAFSA 
      Make sure to select the correct university for your specific degree:
      • Bellevue University school code = 002538
      • Brandman University school code = 041618
      • Western Governors University school code = 033394
  3. Submit your transcripts. Order your official transcripts from your previous colleges and other sources of credit to send along to your university. Chat with an admissions advisor today to learn about both paper and electronic submissions.                                                                                                                               
  4. If you're applying for a class or program:
    • Look out for a call and email from a Guild advisor who will help you get prepped before your first day

"My General Manager says that he's seen a lot of development and changes in how I manage... I would recommend this 10/10 to anyone."


Shania | Service Manager | Chipotle

Student in Guild's Management Training Program, starting her degree at CSU Global in 2017

Fife, Washington

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me more about Guild Education.
Guild Education partners with employers to offer a variety of online classes, programs, and degrees from top-ranked universities that you can complete while working.

You will get support from a Guild advisor, who will help you find the right program, navigate the financial aid process, and provide you with personal college and career advising to help you navigate the college process from day one to graduation.

To give employees a variety of options, Guild partners with a consortium of universities and learning providers, including Brandman University, Western Governors University, Bellevue University, and StraighterLine, in addition to offering custom content. 

Benefits of partnering with Guild include:
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost
  • A personal college and career advisor to help you navigate programs and offerings
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career
  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

What are Guild's guiding principles?
  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
  • We learn best by doing: Experimentation, learning by doing, feedback, and reflection lay at the core of every learning experience with Guild.
  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
  • Reflection is a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have: Reflection allows us to digest the learning and feedback we’ve received.
  • Community matters: We’re all in this together and we expect all Guild members to appreciate the role we play in each other’s learning experience.

Who at Chipotle is eligible for financial aid and tuition assistance?
All Chipotle employees may be eligible for up to $5,815 in federal financial aid (depending on household income and assets) and Guild's discounts at all of Guild's university partners. 

Crew who have 12 months of continuous employment in addition to all hourly and all salaried managers and staff, are eligible for up to $5,250 in Chipotle Tuition assistance, as well as up to $5,815 in federal financial aid (depending on household income and assets) and discounts at all of Guild's university partners. 

Lastly, spouses, partners, and children of Chipotle employees are also eligible for up to $5,815 in federal financial aid (depending on household income and assets) and discounts at all of Guild's university partners. 

What does the average program or degree cost?
Thanks to discounts from our partners, most of the classes and degree programs at Guild are between $250 to $350 per credit. That means $3,000 to $3,500 per semester for undergraduate degrees, which is much lower than the national average. 

If you're not yet ready for a degree program, other semester-long classes and programs cost between $675 and $2,450.

Graduate degrees are shorter (one to two years on average) but graduate classes cost more at $450 to $550 per credit. 

And remembermost students do not pay full tuitionsee below for your eligibility for Chipotle tuition assistance and federal financial aid.

What financial aid, discounts and tuition assistance is available? How do I qualify? 
There are three key areas of financial aid, discounts and tuition assistance available to Chipotle employees and their families:

1) Guild offers discounts for Chipotle employees on most of its classes, programs, and degrees. Speak with an admissions advisor to learn more about discounts for specific offerings.

2) Chipotle offers Tuition Assistance of up to $5,250 to cover 90% of tuition, books and fees for crew with 12 months of continuous employment, and all hourly and salaried managers at Chipotle who earn C grades or higher. 

3) Employees who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree may be eligible for up to $5,815 in federal grants for undergraduate classes, programs, and degrees, based on their household income and assets.

Additionally, Chipotle employees are eligible to apply for other scholarships and grants—speak with an admissions advisor about those potential opportunities. 

How does Tuition Assistance from Chipotle work? 
As one of the three funding sources and discounts available to Chipotle employees (see above for more details on all three), Tuition Assistance is available to Chipotle employees who meet the additional criteria below:

Do I qualify for the Tuition Assistance program?
• Hourly Crew: One year of service (12 months of continuous service) by end of course, rated ME or better on most recent performance review
• Hourly Managers: ME or better on most recent performance review
• Salaried Managers and Staff: Rated 3 or better on most recent performance review 

What courses are eligible?
To qualify for reimbursement, your course(s) need to be:
• Part of a program beginning, leading towards, or completing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
• Completed with a grade of C or better.
To qualify for Tuition Reimbursement Program, all courses need to be taken at a:
• Two or four year public or private institution that is accredited by the Department of Education, including colleges or universities and business, technical or vocational schools.
• Graduate or post-graduate school that is accredited by the Department of Education.
What expenses are covered? 
Chipotle reimburses 90% of the following up to a maximum annual reimbursement amount of $5,250. Any expenses covered by Scholarships and Grants are not eligible for reimbursement.
• Tuition, registration and mandatory fees
• Books
• Supplies (supplies are only eligible if they are specific to the course you are taking and are listed in the course syllabus)

What are the financial differences between working with Guild and using Chipotle Tuition Reimbursement on my own?
At Guild, we work with you to take care of the financial aid component of heading back to school. 

Instead of paying up front and filing the Chipotle tuition reimbursement documents, Guild will work with Chipotle to pay tuition directly for your classes, programs, and degrees. This means you don't have to pay up front and wait for your reimbursement, and you won't need to take out loans to pay for your education. By easing the financial and administrative burdens of paying for school, Guild can help you keep your focus on school! 

As a Guild student, you also have access to discounts on Guild's classes, programs, and degrees. Compared to the average student, you'll pay substantially less.

I don’t work at Chipotle yet, but am interested in applying. Where should I go?
Search jobs to apply to Chipotle or learn more about what it’s like to work at Chipotle.

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