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The Office of Personnel Management announced that it has entered into agreements with four additional schools to offer tuition discounts to federal employees.
The new academic institutions are The Catholic University of America Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, Pace University iPace Program, Park University, and Utica College. Under the terms of the agreements, reduced tuition rates and/or scholarships will be provided to federal employees, and some of the agreements extend the benefits to spouses and legal dependents.
The portfolio of these institutions include programs that address some of the Federal Government’s mission-critical occupation skills in the areas of Acquisition, Human Resources, Financial Auditing, Economics, Information Technology with an emphasis on Cybersecurity, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Federal Academic Alliance Program
The addition of the four new institutions brings the total number of colleges and universities under OPM’s Federal Academic Alliance to 15. Under this program, discounted tuition rates ranging anywhere from 5% to 70% and/or scholarships are provided to federal employees as a way to foster ongoing learning among the federal workforce.
“This Federal Academic Alliance provides Federal Government employees and their families with access to opportunities to earn a variety of bachelor and master degrees,” said OPM Acting Director Kathy McGettigan. “We will continue to work with colleges and universities to provide the Federal workforce with opportunities to obtain the education they need to meet today’s Federal workplace challenges. The Alliance will also help agencies close critical skills gaps, enabling the Federal workforce to fulfill its mission to serve the American people.”