The Walt Disney Company has announced they are welcoming University of Arizona to its Disney Aspire program. University of Arizona will add 14 additional online bachelor’s degree options to the Disney Aspire program.

What’s happening:

  • The Walt Disney Company has announced they are welcoming the University of Arizona to the Disney Aspire program.
  • Launched in 2018, Disney Aspire provides 100% tuition-paid education plans for more than 90,000 hourly employees and Cast Members.
  • With University of Arizona joining the network of schools, now, eligible employees and Cast Members can pursue an additional 14 online bachelor’s degree programs including:
    • Public Health
    • Network Operations
    • Environmental Science
    • Business Administration
  • Disney Aspire network of universities and education providers currently includes:
    • University of Central Florida
    • Valencia College
    • Brandman University
    • University of Florida Online
    • University of Denver
    • Wilmington University
    • Bellevue University

About Disney Aspire:

  • Disney Aspire is the most comprehensive education investment program of its kind, offering nearly 300 total degrees and programs at 11 educational institutions nationwide.
  • The Walt Disney Company has committed $150 million to fund Disney Aspire over the first five years of the program and will add up to $25 million more each year after that.
  • Disney Aspire is designed to remove key barriers to enrollment in a multitude of ways, including:
    • Covers 100% of costs associated with tuition and required books and fees
    • Offers the choice and convenience of multiple programs, classes and schedule options
    • Provides individual coaching and support from application through graduation
    • Does not require employees and Cast Members to stay at Disney after the completion of their degree or certificate
  • Since its launch more than 40% of Disney’s eligible employees have signed up and more than 8,000 individuals have enrolled in education programs.

Jayne Parker

Jayne Parker

What they’re saying:

  • Jayne Parker, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer, The Walt Disney Company: “With Disney Aspire, we are helping employees create the futures they imagine for themselves. The addition of the University of Arizona to our growing list of Disney Aspire network schools helps us further our commitment to support our more than 90,000 eligible employees’ and Cast Members’ education and career goals.”

Liesl Folks

Liesl Folks

  • University of Arizona Senior Vice President and Provost Liesl Folks: “The University of Arizona has an impressive list of alumni already working for Disney worldwide. Through Disney Aspire, Arizona Online offers Disney employees and Cast Members that same high-quality education in flexible and innovative ways. Teaming up with a company like Disney to improve the lives of its team is a thrill and it’s part of a shared commitment and vision to the fulfillment of these people’s dreams, inside or outside of their current role.”

Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson

  • Rachel Carlson, CEO and Co-founder of Guild Education: “Since the launch of the Disney Aspire program, Guild Education has helped thousands of employees and Cast Members pursue their educational goals,” said. “The addition of the University of Arizona to the Disney Aspire network of learning providers will allow even more Disney employees and Cast Members the opportunity to gain valuable skills and education that will further enable their success in the 21st century economy.”

About University of Arizona:

  • University of Arizona has been named among the top 30 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by US News & World Report (2019).
  • The addition of University of Arizona to the Disney Aspire catalog also brings entirely new areas of study, including bachelor’s degrees in:
    • Care, Health & Society
    • Sustainable Built Environments
    • Information Science & eSociety
    • Global Information Security Technology

Guild Education:

  • To help administer the program, Disney has also partnered with Guild Education.
  • Guild Education is a leader in education benefits providing a technology platform and academic counseling to help employees find the programs that best fits their educational and professional development needs.
  • Disney Aspire offers convenience and flexibility, with individual coaching provided by Guild to help students every step of the way throughout their education journey.
  • For more information or to sign up, eligible Disney employees can visit
  • Guests attending the D23 Expo 2019 will also have the chance to learn more about the Disney Aspire program and all it has to offer to Cast Members.


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