Dollar General’s Education Focus Highlighted During Back-to-School Season
Aug 04, 2022
As the new academic year approaches, Dollar General remains committed to serving its customers, employees and communities through its ardent support of literacy and education. Dollar General is highlighting back-to-school discounts, free employee education opportunities and grants awarded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to demonstrate that ongoing commitment.
Back to School Offers
Dollar General is excited to announce discounts to help educators and students save on supplies for the upcoming school year which include:
Now through September 9, 2022, Dollar General will provide verified teachers with a 30 percent discount on qualifying, in-store purchases of back-to-school and stationery items*.
Educators may take advantage of the promotion by registering and completing an educator verification process online here. Once verified, the discount can be added as a DG Digital Coupon within the Dollar General App or on the Dollar General website for each transition. To apply the discount at checkout, eligible customers should simply enter the phone number associated with the linked Dollar General Coupon account on the pin pad at the register. The discount can be applied on up to four shopping trips during the promotional period.
Dollar General also created an online Teacher’s Central to help educators shop for supplies, stay organized and find inspiration for classrooms, as well as provide teachers with a recurring monthly Teacher Appreciation Discount through the DG Digital Coupon platform.
Also through September 9, 2022, customers can save $3 on qualifying purchases of $15 or more in the stationery and houseware categories. Offers are available through DG Digital Coupons online and in the DG App, where customers may load coupons and rewards on an easy-to-use platform and redeem them at checkout.
In addition to special offers and coupons, customers can shop budget-friendly products at Dollar General with more than 100 back- to-school items priced at $1 or less during the back-to-school season.
Savings on school supply list items may include lunchboxes, notebooks, pens, markers and binders that are colorful and cost-effective. DG offers some of the most trusted national brands including Crayola®, BIC®, Elmer’s® and more as well as several private brands that offer a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee like iMagine or Office Hub for additional savings.
Students headed to campus this year can pick up essentials including a planner, reusable water bottle, décor pillows, bath towels, laundry detergent and foldable storage boxes.
Employee Education Opportunities
In living out Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, the Company is invested in the growth and development of its employees and believes everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their educational goals. Dollar General shows this through the below robust employee education opportunities.
- Workforce Edge Partnership: In April 2022, Dollar General announced full-time employees may utilize a yearly tuition assistance allocation through Workforce Edge to fund completing or starting a new degree program at a higher education institution of their choice. In addition to increased degree options and tuition assistance for full-time employees, all Dollar General employees and their immediate family members have access to Sophia Learning, an online, on-demand self-paced learning platform. This will provide general education courses to help members kick-start the education journey and pursue professional development.
- Tuition Reimbursement: Currently, full-time employees may receive up to $4,000 per calendar year to obtain reimbursement of approved programs at select universities for tuition in their associate’s or bachelor’s degree coursework, books, fees, certifications or certificate programs.
Employees may also be eligible for additional tuition discounts and other savings at hundreds of university partners. The program provides schools with both on campus and online courses including American University, Duke University Science and Society, Florida Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College and many more.
- ACE CREDIT® Recommendation: DG store managers who complete the Company’s Store Manager Training program are eligible to receive credit hours toward the completion of an undergraduate degree after an evaluation by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®).
- Turner Family Scholarship Fund: Created in 1999 to mark the 60th anniversary of Dollar General’s founding and to honor co-founder Cal Turner Sr.’s four children, all full-time and part-time DG employees who have served for one year and full-time employees’ children are eligible to receive a scholarship for any course work relating to the personal development of the applicant. This may include coursework striving towards a GED or high-school equivalency exam, adult basic education, or personal development, which can be completed at community college, vocational school or four-year university.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation plans to announce Youth Literacy Grants on September 8, 2022 that aim to support students K-12 taking the next step toward a bright future. The grants help fund new or expand existing literacy programs, purchase new technology, books, materials or software for literacy programs. Schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations who seek to help students that are below grade level or have trouble reading are eligible to apply here each January.
With the belief everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation (DGLF) was created in 1993 in honor of Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. For nearly 30 years, the DGLF has invested in and provided financial assistance to literacy programs increasing access, enhancing the quality of instruction and inspiring and advancing innovation. To date, DGLF has awarded $216M+ to support literacy and learning, enabling more than 15.4 million people to achieve their goals.
These offers and programs showcase Dollar General’s continued focus and investment in literacy initiatives and increased educational opportunities for the communities it calls home. More information, including how to sign up for savings, are available at dollargeneral.com.
*Qualifying purchases include pens, pencils, markers, crayons, paper, notebooks, scissors, binders, folders, glue, rulers, backpacks and lunch kits. The coupon should be available in the user’s DG Digital Coupon account approximately 24-48 hours after verification. Limit one use per day, up to four uses during the promotional period through September 9, 2022.