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Mueller Family McDonald's is proud to offer a partnership with Lackawanna College to provide our employees with free tuition.   

Please read through this page for all important details to take advantage of this amazing benefit. It is extremely important to read through carefully.

 If any portion of the scholarship terms are not met, you could become ineligible for the partnership and be responsible for your tuition bill. 

PARTNERSHIP TERMS & DETAILS

To become eligible, employees must work for Mueller Family McDonald's restaurants for a minimum of 90 days before the semester begins at a minimum of 16 hours per week.  Employees must sign an agreement before utilizing this benefit.   Once the agreement is in place, Lackawanna will defer the tuition balance.  Students will see this balance on their account until the end of the semester.  If, at this time, they are still eligible for the scholarship, Lackawanna will send the bill to Mueller Family McDonald's for payment.    If at any point in the semester, or in the 90 days following the semester, the employee becomes ineligible, they will be responsible for their tuition payment.

Employees must complete ALL steps of the process described in the agreement to remain eligible.

To remain eligible for this benefit, employees must satisfy all obligations of the partnership agreement. This means that employees must continue to average a minimum of 16 hours each week (including during the semester) to remain eligible.   Each semester, around the halfway point,  you will be notified if you are not currently satisfying the hours requirement.  If you are only working exactly 16 hours each week and take a day off, you must make it up to remain eligible as this will reduce your average weekly hours.

IMPORTANT:

  • Employees must reach 90 days of employment and average 16 hours per week prior to signing the agreement.

  • Agreements signed prior to reaching eligibility will be processed the following semester if employee becomes eligible in that time. 

  • Fall Semester Deadlines:

    • All partnership agreements must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on October 15.​

    • All partnership obligations must be satisfied no later than 11:59 PM on October 31. 

      • Archways to Opportunity submitted ​

      • Letter of Credit submitted to Lackawanna College 

      • FAFSA completed and all FAFSA obligations satisfied

      • Maintaining 2.5 GPA or higher 

      • Working 16+ hours each week 

  • Spring Semester Deadlines:

    • All partnership agreements must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on February 15.​

    • All partnership obligations must be satisfied no later than 11:59 PM on February 28.

      • Archways to Opportunity submitted​

      • Letter of Credit submitted to Lackawanna College

      • FAFSA completed and all FAFSA obligations satisfied

      • Maintaining 2.5 GPA or higher

      • Working 16+ hours each week

  • The employee/student is responsible for completing each step in a timely manner.   

    • There is no guarantee that FAFSA/Archways/etc. can be processed in time if you wait until the deadline to submit the information.  Processing is subject to regular business hours and can take time to process.   Please be sure to stay on top of deadlines in order to remain eligible.

    • Employees are responsible for working with their GM/scheduling manager to ensure they are meeting hourly requirements.  If employee availability or performance does not merit scheduling them for 16 hours per week, the restaurant is not obligated to do so.   If this is an opportunity, please work through your GM or scheduling manager to resolve this.

  • If you become ineligible for the partnership,  you will be obligated to either pay your tuition balance or repay Mueller Family McDonald's for the semester paid (if you become ineligible less than 90 days after semester is paid).   Mueller Family McDonald's reserves the right to collect the funds through payroll deductions or legal avenues as necessary.

On December 7, 2023, we held a virtual information session explaining all of the terms of this partnership in detail. 

You can access the information by clicking here and entering the password Lackawanna2023.

Terms & Details

WHAT MAJORS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PARTNERSHIP?

Most degree-seeking programs are eligible for the partnership. 

Participating degree programs are set by Lackawanna College.

Please review the slides posted and reach out to your advisor directly with any questions regarding academics.

Program Eligibiity

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:

Important Info

The cost of the tuition will remain on your account balance throughout the end of the semester.  You will not be penalized for this balance.   At the end of the semester, if you are still eligible for the scholarship, Lackawanna will send the tuition bill to Mueller Family McDonald's for payment.   In the past, some students experienced an issue with registering for or accessing classes because of the balance on their account. This is a glitch within Lackawanna's system.  Please contact Sharon Banks from Financial Aid (email linked below) for assistance if you find yourself in this situation.  

NEXT STEPS

Please reach out to Taylor Noldy (McDonald's) or Sharon Danks (Lackawanna Financial Aid) with any questions after reviewing the information available on this page.

Application Process
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