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Federal Governmentwide Academic Alliances

As a part of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) continuing efforts to provide higher educational opportunities to the Federal workforce by providing current Federal employees with the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education, OPM is partnering with colleges and universities.

With the endorsement of the CHCO Council, the main purpose of this program is to:

Build future Federal workforce
Address current Governmentwide and agency-specific skills gaps
Support career development for Federal employee
Provide affordable opportunities for Federal employees to obtain college degrees, certificates  and/or college credits
Provide subject matter expertise by developing and/or teaching courses that infuse the public sector perspective into the schools’ curriculums.
Provide current college students with a greater understanding of and access to the Federal Government.

The alliances are formalized with Governmentwide Memorandum of Agreements which include but are not limited to:

Discounted tuition rates on most college degree and certificate program.

Enhanced collaboration by allowing Federal subject matter experts to work with college curriculum developers to infuse a public sector perspective into their curriculum/programs. 
Opportunities to focus on targeted recruitment and developing and/or establishing a talent pipeline.
These agreements bear no financial obligation from the Government.

        Federal Government-wide
 Academic Alliances



Who is eligible?










Central Michigan University World Campus

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% and no application fee

All Federal Employees, Spouses and Adult dependents


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



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


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


Email: 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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