BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) — Sheetz is more than doubling the amount of tuition assistance it offers to employees, the convenience store chain said Tuesday.

Moving forward, employees enrolled in the company’s college tuition reimbursement program can get reimbursed up to $5,250 a year, or $2,625 each semester.

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The tuition assistance increase, $3,750 more than the amount previously offered, takes effect this semester.

Stephanie Doliveira, vice president of human resources for Sheetz, said investing in employees’ personal and professional success is a key part of the company’s culture.

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“Through this tuition reimbursement investment, we hope to lighten the financial burden of attending college for our employees, while also encouraging them to grow their careers with Sheetz,” Doliveira said.

All of Sheetz’s more than 23,000 employees are eligible to participate in the program, which has seen over 7,000 applications since 2012. An estimated 400 employees are expected to apply this semester.

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The company said its tuition reimbursement program was launched nearly three decades ago.

CBS Baltimore Staff