Student Tuition Employment Program

Student Tuition Employment Program

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The Student Tuition Employment Program was created in 1986 with just two employees participating.

The program reimburses students for a percentage of their tuition based on the number of peak shifts (lunch or late night) that they are available to work. In order to qualify to be on the S.T.E.P. program each semester, employees must be employed at the start of the semester, make themselves available to work qualifying peak shifts consistently throughout the school term, and work a minimum number of hours a week.

The program is based on a point system and participants earn points for number of years worked and for working our busiest times. The point system determines the percentage of tuition that the employee is reimbursed. The maximum amount available to an employee on S.T.E.P. during a school year is $4,000.

Conditions and Qualifying Criteria for STEP

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between S.T.E.P. and S.T.E.P. Lite?

·       S.T.E.P. - if you work an average of 30 hours/week and make yourself available for 40, you can get up to $4,000/year.

·       S.T.E.P. Lite - if you work an average of 15 hours/week and make yourself available for 25, you can get up to $2,000/year.


How long must I work for Amigos before I can enroll in S.T.E.P.?

You can enroll in S.T.E.P. right away -- no waiting period.


What kind of school or college does this program apply to?

Any post-secondary school where you attend classes and pay tuition. This includes universities, state and community colleges, business/trade schools, and even online colleges.


Are there any GPA or major requirements?
No -- we only require that you pass your class.


Does my parents’ income, my income, or my other scholarships disqualify me?
No -- your finances do not affect your S.T.E.P. eligibility.


How do I collect my S.T.E.P. money?
Your S.T.E.P. check is written directly to you after the corporate office receives your report card. It is separate from your paycheck and is not taxed.


If I am only 15 or 16 years old, should I be thinking about S.T.E.P.?
Yes! If you start working with Amigos/Kings Classic while you are in high school, you will earn credit for your time with us. It will then be easier to meet your S.T.E.P. level’s requirements when you are finally enrolled in the program.


What if I move to another city for college?
You should be able to transfer to work in another Amigos/Kings Classic store provided there is one in or near your college’s city.