The REACH Educational Grant Program® helps employees at participating KFC U.S. restaurants pursue their dreams of going to college. Employees of any age, any position, pursuing any degree can receive money to help them attend the accredited four-year or two-year college of their choice. The money can also be used at trade/vocational schools and for graduate study.

KFC Restaurant General Managers, Assistant Managers, Shift Supervisors and Team Members may apply for college tuition assistance funds. Managers who are selected will receive $3,000 for the academic year; previous REACH Grant recipients receive $2,500 and first-time winners receive $2,000. Employee-students can reapply for the money each year.


  • I’m a Restaurant General Manager, Assistant Manager, Shift Supervisors or Team Member at a participating KFC U.S. Restaurant
  • I’m currently enrolled in college or I plan to enroll in the next year
  • I have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale

*See application for more details.

For KFC restaurant employees who didn’t graduate from high school, Rise with GEDWorks™ is a pathway to achieving their dreams. Offered in both English and Spanish, this free program, in partnership with GED Testing Service, provides unlimited access to GED® preparation and testing.

Rise includes a test pass guarantee and a personal GED Advisor™ who is with the employee-student every step of the way! The program is open to all restaurant employees-- Restaurant General Managers, Assistant Managers and hourly Team Members-- at participating restaurants.


  • A FREE all-inclusive program from start to finish! Unlimited access to prep and testing
  • A test pass guarantee*
  • Your personal GED Advisor™ with you every step of the way
  • Exclusive Facebook group where you can get the support of others participating in the program


  • I’m not enrolled in high school
  • I’m at least 16 years old
  • I have not graduated from high school or received a GED® credential or equivalent
  • I’m a Restaurant General Manager, Assistant Manager, Shift Supervisor or hourly Team Member at a participating KFC U.S. Restaurant*

*Your restaurant must currently be participating in the Cole Slaw Donation Program. All KFC Equity restaurants participate. If you work at a franchise/licensed restaurant, please see your RGM for more information.


  • Get started now by creating an account.
  • We’ll verify your employment status via Learning Zone and/or with your RGM or franchisee.
  • Once verified, you'll take a practice test.
  • Then, your GED Advisor™ will contact you by phone to go over the program and create a plan just for you.
  • Simply start your study plan.
  • Your GED Advisor™ will continue to guide you through the program until you get your GED® credential.

The KFC Family Fund is available to employees at participating KFC U.S. restaurants who have been directly impacted by a severe hardship, crisis or catastrophic incident that was beyond their control. While money can’t eliminate the sorrow, it can hopefully eliminate some of the added stress that often accompanies it.

KFC Family Fund resources are designated for crisis situations, including fire, natural disasters, funeral costs, serious illness, personal injury (away from work), theft or loss of essential personal property, military deployment and other financial hardships. The purpose of the program is to provide temporary, limited financial relief.

All current employees at participating KFC restaurants are eligible for assistance from the KFC Family Fund, provided that they complete an application demonstrating how they have been impacted by a qualifying event, substantiate their expenses and prove their lack of financial resources.

An application must be made within ninety (90) days of the hardship to be considered. Only one application may be submitted for a qualifying event. You can only receive financial assistance from the KFC Family Fund once every 12 months. If you are in crisis or are experiencing a hardship, apply via the link below. Be advised, your eligibility will be verified.

MyChange is a financial wellness service, in partnership with Sum180, that pairs a powerfully simple and completely confidential app with a personal coach to empower users to take charge of their money right away. MyChange with Sum180 is available for free to employees at KFC U.S. restaurants participating in the Cole Slaw Donation Program.


Program features include:

  • Easy to use budgeting tools and weekly budgeting tips
  • Personalized, actionable next steps
  • Fun challenges to help you save money
  • Ability to link your bank accounts to the app so you can…
    • View all finances—credit cards, checking and savings accounts—in one place
    • See spending broken down into categories in a graph
    • Compare actual spending to your budget and goals
  • Personal and private access to financial coaches
  • An online community for peer support and encouragement

If you’re an employee at a participating KFC restaurant*:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Create an Account”
  3. Enter Employer Code: KFCF218
  4. Complete profile
  5. Explore the online program, download the Sum180 by Flexwage app and get started toward a better tomorrow!

Kentucky Fried Wishes provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to nominate an eligible KFC U.S restaurant employee* who has overcome or is currently facing a hardship to receive a life-changing wish. The wish must alleviate the challenge of their hardship, enrich their life or fulfill a need that might not otherwise be met and make a profound and lasting impact on the recipient and/or their immediate family.

Read about the KFC restaurant employees who received a Kentucky Fried Wish in 2019.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky Fried Wishes will not take place in 2020. The next nomination period will open in 2021.

*To be eligible, the employee must work at a KFC U.S. restaurant participating in the current year’s Cole Slaw Donation Program

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