Penn State World Campus to Offer Discounted Tuition for Federal Employees

Federal employees will now be eligible for discounted tuition rates at Penn State World Campus thanks to a new agreement just announced by the Office of Personnel Management.

Federal employees will now be eligible for discounted tuition rates at another college thanks to a new agreement the Office of Personnel Management announced today.

Federal workers, their spouses and legal dependents can immediately start receiving a 5 percent reduction on tuition rates at the Penn State World Campus with no program exclusions or out-of-state rates.

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.

Penn State World Campus, which has been offering programs online since 1998, has a portfolio of more than 125 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. The portfolio includes programs that teach what the Federal Government considers mission-critical occupation skills in the areas of cybersecurity, acquisition, human resources, auditing, economics, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

“The agreement we have with the Penn State World Campus benefits us all,” said Beth F. Cobert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. “In particular, it allows Federal employees to obtain the education they need to meet today’s workplace challenges. This effort will also help agencies across government close critical skills gaps, enabling the federal workforce to fulfill its mission to serve the American people more efficiently and effectively every single day.”

Federal employees who plan to enroll as undergraduates and have completed college courses at other institutions can have their transcripts evaluated to see how many credits will transfer.

For details, see the Penn State World Campus website.

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