New Program Will Give Feds a Break on the Cost of Higher Ed

Federal employees can pursue college degrees online starting this summer at up to 70 percent off regular tuition rates through a new partnership between the Office of Personnel Management and Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.

The benefit, offered through Champlain College’s online continuing professional studies division, will offer feds, their spouses and adult dependent children access to more than 60 certification, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in various areas, including cybersecurity, digital forensics, health care administration and human resources management.

There are no eligibility restrictions, but feds and family members “must meet the admissions requirements, apply, and be accepted into the degree or certificate program of interest before they can enroll,” said Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, OPM’s chief learning officer and deputy associate director of strategic workforce planning.  

The summer term begins on July 6, and the admissions deadline is June 5. Interested federal employees can begin submitting their applications now. Champlain College will hold webinars with more information on the program on April 21 at 10 a.m. EDT, and on April 23 at 2 p.m. EDT.

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