Lyft is starting to offer drivers access to college advising and tuition discounts for classes, degrees, as well as certificates through Guild Education. Discounts for drivers can range between 5% to 20% off that can be put towards earning a degree that will save $4,220 a year. Majority of Lyft drivers are part time with 93% driving less than 20 hours a week. These drivers are mostly looking to achieve long term goals which often include continued learning and education.
Through this partnership with Guild, drivers can have access to thousands of classes from more than 80 online, non-profit universities. Programs include Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as certifications in GEDs, HTML, and many more. Providers include University of Denver, Wilmington University, Bellevue University, and many others.
Lyft already raised $21 million and works with other companies such as Taco Bell and Chipotle.
"Education has never been more important for working adults than it is today. An increasing number of post-recession jobs require a college education, but at the same time, student loan debt has risen to $1.3 trillion. Our partnership with Lyft is an opportunity to provide so many working adults with the flexibility, access, and support that will help them advance their education." Co-founder and CEO of Guild Education, Rachel Carlson said. "At Guild, we're thrilled to be working with a global leader like Lyft who's deeply committed to their drivers. This partnership marks the start of a new era for the modern workforce."