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ASU Teams Up With PayPal, Non-Profit To Help Students Pay For College

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Graduating with as little debt as possible is a goal of most college students. Arizona State University has teamed up with PayPal and Education at Work, a non-profit, to try and make this dream a reality.

By working in a PayPal call center on the ASU campus, students have the chance to earn up to $6,000 of tax-free tuition assistance based completely off of their GPA.

As students increase their GPA, they increase the amount of tuition assistance they earn. GPAs between 2.5 and 3.0 earn $1,000 a semester, 3.0-3.5 earns $1,500 a semester, and anyone with a 3.5 or higher earns $3,000 a semester, totaling to $6,000 in a year.

Arizona State is the first college in the West to join this partnership. University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph University and Kentucky University have all participated with Education at Work. Founder and CEO, Dave Dougherty, said that ASU reached out to them to join.

"Dr. Crow and any administration is really focused on trying to eliminate any financial barriers for any student going to Arizona State," he said.

The up to 400 students in the program will work for PayPal at a location on campus. Their duties will include responding to emails and social media from PayPay customers. In addition to the tuition assistance, student workers will be paid $9 hourly with room to advance.

PayPal is paying Education at Work a fee to find students for them, and with that money, they're able to pay students.

"About 75 cents of every $1 we get from a client goes into the pocket of the student," Dougherty said.

In the other locations, Dougherty said all students have increased their GPA during their time with Education at Work, going from a 3.26 average to 3.46. Students are asked to work a minimum of 15 hours a week, factoring in their school schedule.

Amanda Luberto was born in California but considers herself a native to the Valley of the Sun. She started as a producer at KJZZ in October 2017, but also interned in the newsroom as a student. She is a proud alumna of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.She has been interested in radio since starting school in 2013. She spent two years as the music director for ASU’s college station, Blaze Radio, and one year as station manager. She spent time as a music programming intern in Washington, D.C., at Sirius XM and as a tech broadcaster for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS. Luberto is dedicated and passionate about quality local storytelling and original content broadcasting.Luberto also spent years as the co-founder and chapter leader of Arizona State University’s chapter of I Am That Girl, an international women’s empowerment organization focused on the collaboration of women and building self-love. She believes in the strength of women supporting women.Her favorite podcast episode is This American Life’s “Fermi’s Paradox,” and she highly suggests you listen to it. Off air, you can find Luberto adding to her list of concerts attended, sipping at a local coffee shop or cheering on the Arizona Coyotes.