Undergraduate Franchise Employees
Excelsior College offers degrees, certificates, and career development opportunities in a wide range of disciplines.
We offer high-quality academics in a convenient, affordable online format. With degrees and certificates in more than 30 disciplines, Excelsior is the perfect place to get the education you need to move forward in your career—and your life.
Excelsior offers more than 14 business and technology degrees, including business, accounting, nuclear technology, computer technology, and cybersecurity.
Excelsior offers multiple degrees in liberal arts. Our general liberal arts degree is your shortest, straightest path to a degree.
A national leader in nursing education, Excelsior is recognized for excellence by the National League for Nursing, a preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders and nurse educators.
Bachelor's degrees in health sciences equip Excelsior graduates to become leaders in a dynamic industry.
Excelsior offers degrees in criminal justice and military studies designed to help leaders prepare for careers in criminal justice, government, not-for-profit management, public administration, and the military.
College Credit Guidelines
As a Taco Bell employee, you may be eligible to receive college credit for your on the job training completed via the Learning Zone Training Programs. See below to determine how many college credits you are eligible to receive.
Excelsior College would like to see you take full advantage of the credits you have earned through the Learning Zone Training Programs. Therefore we have identified both associates and bachelors degree programs that will accept all of the college credits earned through your Learning Zone Training.
Please review the degree charts below to see how your Learning Zone Training credits apply and how many credits would be required for degree completion.
View the Transfer Credit details for each level of training:
Team Member Training
Shift Lead Training
Tuition & Financial Aid
Taco Bell is committed to offering its employees affordable options to degree completion. Excelsior College and Taco Bell have partnered to provide significant discounts on Tuition and Fees for Taco Bell employees, their spouses and domestic partners, in addition to admissible dependent children. As part of the “Graduate College” program, both the Application and Enrollment Fees have been waived to remove any financial obstacles restricting entry into our programs. Tuition per credit has also been reduced 40%.
Please review the “Graduate College” Partner Pricing chart for a detailed breakdown of tuition and fee rates.
To be considered for many of the options listed below you must complete the United States Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). With it and along with a study plan and course approval, you can work with your Excelsior College financial aid advisor to determine the best options for you. The process may take up to several weeks. Your advisor will keep you apprised of the status of your financial aid application.
Find financial aid information and tools at our FA Support Center
Log in (or register if you haven't yet) for more resources:
Attention Financial Aid Students
The deadline to register for trimester courses for financial aid is as follows:
Fall Trimester: 9/12/2014
Exceptions apply for students receiving military tuition assistance.
Please note an admissible dependent child is defined by The Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 which states the following: Relationship, the taxpayer's child or stepchild (whether by blood or adoption), foster child, sibling or stepsibling, or a descendant of one of these. Residence, has the same principal residence as the taxpayer for more than half the tax year. Exceptions apply, in certain cases, for children of divorced or separated parents, kidnapped children, temporary Absences, and for children who were born or died during the year. Age, must be under the age of 19 at the end of the tax year, or under the age of 24 if a full-time student for at least five months of the year, or be permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year. Support, did not provide more than one-half of his/her own support for the year � and having successfully completed a high school diploma or GED) ("Student" or "Students") seek enrollment will apply.
Excelsior's educational partnership with Taco Bell entitles you to significant discounts on tuition and student fees.
In addition, you may be eligible for federal and New York State loans, as well as grants, scholarships, GI Bill tuition assistance, and other forms of financial support. Excelsior's financial aid advisors will work with you to obtain all the forms of support for which you're eligible. We also offer flexible payment plans and budgeting assistance to help keep your education affordable.
Please note that the partnership benefits apply to all associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.
Course Dates and Deadlines
Apply & Enroll
By following the proceeding steps in the order outlined below, you will establish a MyExcelsior account by creating a Username and Password, identify the degree program that is “Right for You”, submit an Undergraduate Application for Admissions, and ultimately enroll into an Excelsior College degree program.
By successfully completing the 6 steps required for enrollment and matriculation into an Excelsior College degree program, you are embarking upon an intellectual journey which will foster significant growth in both your personal and professional life.
Taking an online course for the first time can be an uneasy experience, specifically for Taco Bell employees who have completed the majority of their college courses within traditional classroom settings. It is our goal at Excelsior College to create a learning environment which promotes academic success through online instruction. Therefore, to better prepare you for the academic journey ahead, we suggest that you view the Excelsior College Course Demonstration videos.
Step 1: Create a “MyExcelsior” Account
A MyExcelsior account gives you access to customized resources and services that help guide you to your educational goals. By creating a MyExcelsior account through the link below, you are notifying Excelsior that you are a Taco Bell employee, spouse/domestic partner, or dependent child of a Taco Bell employee.
Only through this process will you be eligible to receive a waiver of the Undergraduate Application Fee ($80) and the Enrollment Fee ($1065).
To create your very own MyExcelsior account, click the “Create an Account Now” link below:
Step 2: Apply
Found the perfect Undergraduate Degree program? The next step is to apply! You can do this by clicking the "Apply or Enroll" button at the top of any program page, or by clicking the button below.
Excelsior admissions counselors will go through a thorough evaluation of your application, Learning Zone Training transcript, and college/university transcripts. Within 2-3 weeks, Excelsior College will contact you via email and the message center within your MyExcelsior account regarding the status of your application. Continue to check your MyExcelsior account for up to date information!
Admissions procedures may vary slightly, depending on the degree program, the student's status, and other factors. Please visit the Admission Requirements page (if you have not done so already) for more detailed information on the specific admissions steps you should follow.
Excelsior admissions counselors are ready to provide any help you may need during the admissions process. Contact us toll-free at 888-647-2388, ext. 22, or email email@example.com
Step 3: Request Transcripts
Learning Zone Training Program Transcript Submission:
Taco Bell employees will receive a notification within their MyExcelsior account requesting the submission of your Learning Zone ID. Please reply to the notification by providing your Learning Zone ID within 24hrs of receiving this message.
College and University Transcripts
Upon successful completion of the Online Undergraduate Degree Application, Taco Bell employees are encouraged to immediately contact all previously attended academic institutions to have official transcripts, examination score reports, and/or military documentation you listed on your application sent to the Registration and Records Office.
Some or all of the following types of documentation may be required for your application:
For further information about documentation, see the Transcripts and Documentation page. Please send all Official documents to the following address:
Note: The issuance date of the transcript must be 3 weeks or less.
Official transcripts must include:
Do not send unofficial copies. We cannot use unofficial transcripts or documents in our evaluation.
Please provide us with the name by which you are identified on your official transcripts.
Step 4: Enrollment
Once you have received official notification that you have been admitted into the undergraduate degree/certificate program of choice, you can enroll by clicking the "Apply or Enroll" button at the top of any program page, or by clicking the button below.
If you would like assistance with the enrollment process, contact an admissions counselor toll-free at 888-647-2388 ext. 22, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 5: Contact Your Academic Advisor (Course Registration)
We strongly encourage you to connect with your Academic Advisor soon after your enrollment status has been confirmed. Excelsior College advisors will be your guide throughout your academic career at Excelsior College. As an expert in your desired program, your advisor will provide tailored guidance on how to reach your academic milestones by forecasting what courses you should be taking and creating your course roadmap to success! A team of academic advisors will work with you to:
Now that you are an Excelsior College student, you can begin the course registration process. Start by selecting “Already an Excelsior College Student” on the “Graduate College” home page.