Aspire Program

kc10family

<marquee><font color=cc00cc>Fly Chick</marquee><br
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
Tell me about this program please. Is anyone in it and in your first or second year of college? How is the work/school balance? Any other thoughts you like to share?
Thank you
 

mrsxsparrow

DIS Veteran
Joined
Aug 12, 2010
Tell me about this program please. Is anyone in it and in your first or second year of college? How is the work/school balance? Any other thoughts you like to share?
Thank you
I finished my Bachelor's degree while working full time with the previous tuition program Disney had. I have now started my Master's with the Aspire program. The work/school balance really depends on where you are working and the school schedule you decide to take. When I worked in the parks, my work hours were all over the place and I found it difficult to get into a routine and come up with a study schedule, but I have a lot of friends who are currently doing this -- and are successful. I've since transferred over into an office gig and I am finding it much easier.

The balance is really up to you, though. I took a lot of time off before finishing my degree, so I wanted to graduate as soon as possible and took a full-time course load while also working full-time. It was a lot. You have the option to take only one or two classes at a time though -- whatever is most comfortable with you.
 

kc10family

<marquee><font color=cc00cc>Fly Chick</marquee><br
Joined
Jun 21, 2005
I finished my Bachelor's degree while working full time with the previous tuition program Disney had. I have now started my Master's with the Aspire program. The work/school balance really depends on where you are working and the school schedule you decide to take. When I worked in the parks, my work hours were all over the place and I found it difficult to get into a routine and come up with a study schedule, but I have a lot of friends who are currently doing this -- and are successful. I've since transferred over into an office gig and I am finding it much easier.

The balance is really up to you, though. I took a lot of time off before finishing my degree, so I wanted to graduate as soon as possible and took a full-time course load while also working full-time. It was a lot. You have the option to take only one or two classes at a time though -- whatever is most comfortable with you.
Thank you mrsxsparrow, this was helpful. It sounds like it is dependent on where one works, the supervisor/ scheduler and school load. Are part time CM's allowed to participate in this program? I have googled the program but unless you are a current CM, you can't get much information on "the google" lol.
 

mrsxsparrow

DIS Veteran
Joined
Aug 12, 2010
Thank you mrsxsparrow, this was helpful. It sounds like it is dependent on where one works, the supervisor/ scheduler and school load. Are part time CM's allowed to participate in this program? I have googled the program but unless you are a current CM, you can't get much information on "the google" lol.
Yep, both full- and part-time hourly employees are eligible for the program after 90 days of employment. If you have any other questions let me know -- it's a pretty awesome program for those who can take advantage of it.
 

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