Anthem Inc. announced Tuesday that it will make an associate or bachelor’s degree available to employees at no cost through a partnership with College for America, an online program offered by Southern New Hampshire University.

The new benefit, a supplement to Anthem’s current college reimbursement program, is available to any Anthem full-time or part-time employee who works 20 or more hours per week and has been employed at least six months, according to a release from Anthem. The reimbursement plan allows those employees to get up to $5,000 tuition reimbursement a year attending any college.

The health insurance company employs more than 800 people in Maine.

“Anthem is committed to offering its associates a robust benefits package that goes beyond salary and health benefits,” said Jose Tomas, chief human resources officer at Anthem, which employs 55,000 nationally. “Our partnership with College for America has proven successful for our associates who participated in the pilot program in New Hampshire and we want to build on that success by providing opportunities for education, development and career advancement to all our associates.”

In 2014, 1,975 Anthem employees nationwide took advantage of the company’s tuition reimbursement benefit, including 41 employees in Maine, officials said.

College for America is the workforce development and competency-based education college at SNHU, a fully accredited university based in Manchester, New Hampshire. College for America partners with more than 65 employers nationwide to help their employees achieve a college degree through a program built for working adults. The curriculum is competency-based, flexibly scheduled, applicable to the workplace and costs $2,500 per year.