The Office of Personnel Management has announced two new partnerships for federal employees, their spouses, and their qualified dependents to take online university courses.
In May, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced an agreement with Central Michigan University (CMU) that provides a 15 percent tuition discount and waives the application fee for certificate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees for qualified individuals. This week, OPM announced a program with the Penn State World Campus for federal government workers, their spouses and legal dependents to receive a 5 percent reduction of the competitive Penn State World Campus tuition rates, with no program exclusions or out-of-state rates. The agreement provides for a 5 percent tuition reduction on programs and courses offered online.
The benefit takes effect immediately and is available to all federal employees, their spouses and legal dependents. Students in undergraduate programs offered through Penn State World Campus pay the equivalent in-state tuition rate of Pennsylvania residents who attend one of the University’s campuses. Tuition rates for graduate programs vary.
OPM has similar agreements with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), which provides a 25 percent discount on courses, certificates and degree programs, as well as with Champlain College. Since launching the program called truED with the federal government in April 2015, Champlain College has worked closely with OPM and other federal agencies to adapt and expand its online academic portfolio in order to ensure its relevance to the federal workforce. During the past year, a new Master of Science in Information Security Operations was launched, and the online Master of Business Administration was reconceived to allow for specializations in areas like leadership, accounting, and supply chain management.
To find out more, please contact the universities directly.