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Pursue a tuition-free online bachelor's or master's degree

Tuition-Free College

Pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree through Western Governors University (WGU), an accredited online university dedicated to making higher education accessible for as many people as possible.

The KFC Foundation will cover 100% of your tuition and required fees while you’re employed at a participating KFC.*

Choose from more than 60 different degrees within the following programs:

  • Business
  • IT
  • Teaching
  • Healthcare

Flexible, competency-based courses measure learning, not class time.

Admissions are rolling—Apply at any time of the year and get started at the start of each month.

Non-competitive—Every employee at a participating restaurant who completes the application and required steps will be enrolled.

When asked for your employer name in the application, please enter KFC. 


How It Works:

  1. Complete the application
  2. An Enrollment Counselor will contact you
  3. Complete the FAFSA

Note: The FAFSA is not a federal loan. It is a grant that the student does not need to pay back.

Eligibility Requirements

  • I’ve graduated from high school or earned my high school equivalency/GED
  • I’m a restaurant general manager, assistant manager, shift supervisor or team member in good standing at a KFC restaurant participating in the KFC Foundation’s Annual Franchise Donation Program
  • To continue receiving 100% tuition coverage at WGU through the KFC Foundation, you must remain employed and in good standing at a participating KFC restaurant. Employment will be verified at the beginning of each six-month term.


The KFC Foundation, an independent 501c3 organization, has provided over $28 million to support and empower more than 9,600 KFC restaurant employees, students and community non-profits across the U.S. The KFC Foundation’s charitable programs include GED achievement, college scholarships, tuition coverage, community giving, savings matching and financial hardship assistance, all made possible by at-register Round-Up donations, purchases of KFC’s Secret Recipe Fries and other donations.


Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 135,000 students nationwide and has more than 300,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 25 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at and

References to “KFC” refer to corporate and independently owned KFC restaurants. KFC Corporation has no involvement in hiring decisions, orientation, staffing or the setting of wage rates and benefits for employees of independently owned and operated franchised locations. Benefits vary by location.

The KFC Foundation has partnered with Crisis Text Line® to provide free 24/7 text-based mental health support and crisis intervention for the KFC family.

Need someone to talk to?
Text "Fries" to 741741 to text confidentially with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor.

To be eligible for the KFC Foundation’s programs, you must work at a KFC restaurant in the U.S. that participates in the KFC Foundation’s Franchise Donation Program.