How Metro College and UPS Are Changing the Way We Think About Higher Education
It’s no secret that two of today’s greatest challenges for young adults are paying for a college education and finding a sustainable career. Prospective students of the University of Louisville and Jefferson Community & Technical College have a unique opportunity to accomplish both of these hurdles through one innovative award-winning program.
For two decades, Metropolitan College has partnered with UPS to help students earn free college tuition along with a number of other exciting benefits. Metropolitan College is a joint education-workforce-economic development initiative between the University of Louisville, Jefferson Community & Technical College, Louisville Metro and State of Kentucky governments, and charter employer UPS and is available to all students who meet the requirements. This virtually unknown program has helped thousands of students graduate debt free.
How It Works
Students earn free college tuition by working 3rd shift at UPS’s Worldport in Louisville. This is not an unpaid internship; students are paid hourly and receive full benefits from UPS. Students enrolled in either University of Louisville or Jefferson Community & Technical College must sign the Metro College agreement which defers tuition payment. These are not long-term contracts either; each Metro College agreement lasts for the current semester and can be renewed as long as students remain employed by UPS and meet certain academic requirements. In addition to 100% undergraduate Kentucky resident tuition, the Metro College program offers students up to $65 for books or software per class per semester as well as the opportunity to receive academic bonuses each semester totaling $13,850 over the course of their college career.
Who Can Participate
The Metropolitan College benefit applies only to UPS employees who are actively working as Next Day Air part-time hub, ramp, and freight employees in the Louisville Air District (2265) and whose shifts start between 9:00 PM and 4:00 AM. Furthermore, the student must have scored a 21 or better on the ACT as well as maintain a C average during the course of the agreement.
For any perspective participant in the Metro College program, the first step is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Then go on to the Metro College website and fill out an interest form. This will help keep you up to date on important deadlines, program requirements and benefits.
Next, it’s time to get hired! Head to upsjobs.com and select “Search by Radius.” Enter “40213” as the zip code and “Package Handler” as the keyword. Keep in mind, you’ll want to allow 30-40 days for the application process in order to get hired.From here, go through the normal application process with either University of Louisville or Jefferson Community & Technical College. Lastly, sign your Metro College agreement. If your first day of employment comes before your tuition fee deadline, you’re all set. If it comes after, the MC program will reimburse the participant for all qualifying fees.
Through Metropolitan College and UPS, a fulfilling, affordable college experience is possible. You’ll gain valuable real-world work experience as well as the support you need to manage a successful educational career. Head to www.metro-college.com to learn more, read testimonials from actual students, and find out if this revolutionary program is right for you!