Uber, CCAC partner to give drivers $500 toward tuition, books

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Uber drivers also taking classes at the Community College of Allegheny College could receive $500 to use toward tuition, textbooks or other school fees under a new partnership the college and company announced Tuesday.

The money could cover a semester's worth of books or a portion of full tuition, according to CCAC.

Financial aid programs budget $500 for books per semester but that could increase depending on what courses a student takes. Tuition at CCAC is $107.75 per credit and a full-time student typically takes 12 to 18 credits per semester resulting in a bill of nearly $1,300 to nearly $2,000.

“Teaming up with CCAC will empower drivers and help them attain their goals through access to higher education,” Brian Hughes, General Manager for Uber Pennsylvania, said in a statement.

Fifty students will receive the money for the Spring 2018 semester and another 50 will receive it for the Summer 2018 semester.

Only drivers in the Pittsburgh area who have given at least one trip in the last month and at least 300 in six months or more are eligible. The 50 drivers awarded the money each semester will be randomly selected from the pool of all eligible drivers interested in the program.

CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock said students enrolled online or at any campus in Allegheny and Washington counties are eligible.

“CCAC and Uber are expanding educational opportunities for industry professionals — providing the region's driver-partners the chance to increase their knowledge and skills in order to continue to succeed in today's increasingly competitive workplace,” Bullock said in a statement.

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