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Federal Governmentwide Academic Alliances

U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) Government-wide mission is to recruit, retain and honor a world class workforce to serve the American people.  Our Governmentwide talent development focus is to ensure Federal employees have access to high-quality talent development opportunities in the identified Governmentwide mission critical occupations and leverage resources to increase impact.

The Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council and OPM established a joint initiative to address critical skills gaps, and identified the following Governmentwide mission critical occupations:  Economists, Human Resources, Cybersecurity, Auditors, Acquisition and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Additionally, OPM forecasts of future hiring trends suggest that healthcare be included under the STEM workforce.  By developing formal relationships with learning institutions, OPM can lead the effort to help agencies address current skill needs.

OPM is partnering with colleges and universities as a part of the continuing efforts to provide higher educational opportunities to the Federal workforce by providing current Federal employees with the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education at reduced tuition rates.  This program is a benefit that Federal employees can take advantage of at their own pace to pursue or enhance their higher academic education.  Some of the agreements extend the benefits to spouses and legal dependents.

The academic alliances are an additional educational resource for Federal employees and Federal agencies.  The alliances address the demand for high-quality learning and development as well as the extremely fast pace of change in the learning industry. 

With the endorsement of the CHCO Council, OPM began this leading effort to create relationships with colleges and universities to:

  • Address current Governmentwide and agency-specific skills gaps
  • Support career development for Federal employee
  • Provide greater opportunities for Federal employees to obtain college degrees, certificates and/or college credits
  • Provide this opportunity with colleges and universities that offer an online component to address our worldwide workforce.
  • Provide current college students with a greater understanding of the Federal Government

Federal Government-wide Academic Alliances

College Benefit Who is eligible? Online/On-Campus Website Admissions
Central Michigan University 15% discount and application fee waiver All Federal Employees, Spouses and Dependents Online, Face-to-Face, and Hybrid Central Michigan University Federal Portal

Phone: (877) 268-4636
Fax: (989) 774-1998

Mailing Address:
Central Michigan University
Global Campus
802 Industrial Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Champlain College up to 70% off and no application fee All Federal Employees, Spouses and Adult dependents Online Champlain College Federal Portal

Phone: (877) 887-3960
Contact Form

College for America at Southern New Hampshire University

Six-month term tuition rate is currently $1,500. CfA reserves the right to adjust tuition costs for subsequent years. This model provides an “all you can learn” approach. Graduation fee of $150.00 waived.

There is no applicant fee to enroll in CfA.

Federal employees and their family members.

  • Family members are defined as the following;
  • Spouse, and parents thereof;
  • Sons and daughters, and spouses thereof;
  • Parents, and spouses thereof;
  • Brothers and sisters, and spouses thereof;
  • Grandparents and grandchildren, and spouses thereof;

Phone: 1-855-764-8232, option 2

Drexel University Online The tuition will be discounted 10 to 40% Federal Government employees and their spouses and dependents Online


Phone: 877-215-0009

Excelsior College

20% Undergraduate
15% Graduate

Federal employees, their spouses and domestic partners Online, hybrid Excelsior College Federal Portal Toll-free at 888-647-2388 ext. 2 or via Email at
Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies 10% scholarship applied to Georgetown’s published tuition rate for the relevant SCS Program each academic semester. Federal Employees On-Campus and Online Email:
Penn State University World Campus 5% tuition reduction on competitive Penn State World Campus tuition rates, with no program exclusions or out-of-state rates. Federal employees, their spouses and legal dependents Online, hybrid Penn State World Campus Federal Portal

Contact Form
World Campus Contacts
Call or Email
Toll Free: 800-252-3592
Local/International: 814- 865-5403
Fax: 814-865-3290

Penn State World Campus
The Pennsylvania State University
128 Outreach Building
University Park PA 16802

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

10% Tuition Grant, making ONLINE tuition range $405- $571.50
Waived Application Fee. Online courses range in credit hours from 1-4.

ON CAMPUS tuition range $310.50 - $711.00
Waived Application Fee. On campus courses range in credit hours from 1-5

Federal employees, their spouses and legal dependents Online, On-Campus, Hybrid St. Mary’s University of Minnesota Federal Portal

Admissions Contact Information
University Admissions: 877-308-9954

University of Maryland
Francis King Carey School of Law
Federal Employee (FEDEM) Grant equivalent to a 10 percent tuition discount Federal Employees and/or their legal Spouses On Campus, some programs online

Admissions counselor by telephone at
(410) 706-3492, or via email to

University of Maryland (UMD),
Robert H. Smith School of Business (Smith)
FEDEM Grant in the form of a 30% credit to their student tuition. The dollar amount of the Grant will vary based on which Eligible Smith Program the participants enroll in and whether the tuition rate is in­state or out­of­state or per semester or per credit. Federal Government employees and/or their spouses On campus and Online

SUBJECT LINE: Federal Employee

University of Maryland
University College

Application fee waiver

25% discount on out-of-state tuition for most programs

5% discount on tuition for graduate specialty programs

Federal employees, their spouses and legal dependents Online, hybrid UMUC Federal Portal


Contact Information:

Federal Contact Form

Online Application for Admission

Mailing Address:
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, MD 20783

Academic Center at Largo (Student Services):
1616 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774

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