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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Contact: Samuel Schumach
Tel: (202) 606-2402

Central Michigan University to offer discounted tuition for Federal employees

Agreement with Federal Government to strengthen workforce

A new agreement between Central Michigan University (CMU) and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) gives Federal employees, their spouses and qualified dependents discounted access to online programs and classes taken at CMU’s satellite locations.

The CMU Global Campus agreement provides a 15 percent tuition discount and waives the application fee for certificate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for qualified individuals.

More than 30 academic programs are available through the Federal Employee Discount agreement, with an emphasis on programs that focus on the Federal Government’s mission critical occupations.

“The agreement the Federal Government has with CMU will provide access to higher education and help individuals further their careers,” said OPM Acting Director Beth F. Cobert. “It will also help to close vital skills gaps that currently exist within the Federal Government - especially in fields such as Engineering Management, Human Resources, Cybersecurity and Acquisitions.”

“CMU is proud to partner with the Federal Government and to provide personal and intellectual growth opportunities to 1.8 million Federal employees,” said Pete Ross, CMU vice provost of academic development.

CMU students can earn credit for work and life experiences and have access to programs that accelerate bachelor’s and master’s degree attainment.

CMU offers academic programs in condensed eight-week formats. A leader in off-campus education since 1972, Central has nearly 40 locations in the United States and Canada, including at 20 military bases.

CMU, founded in 1892, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is among just 5 percent of U.S. universities in the highest two Carnegie research classifications. Its main campus is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and enrolls more than 20,000 students; Federal employee discounts do not apply in Mount Pleasant. CMU’s Global Campus serves 7,000 students.

For more information on the new Federal Employee Discount, visit or call 877-268-4636.

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