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News Release

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Contact: Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

Saint Mary’s University and Office of Personnel Management form Federal Employee Education Alliance

Federal Government Employees and their spouses and dependents will receive 10% tuition grant on university programs

Washington, DC -- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have signed an agreement to offer a waived application fee and 10% tuition grant for online and campus programs through the Schools of Graduate & Professional Programs to Federal Government employees and their spouses and dependents.* Eligible employees can begin to take advantage of the tuition grant starting with the upcoming fall term at Saint Mary’s. 

“This alliance provides Federal Government employees with access to opportunities for professional development through Saint Mary’s high-quality educational programs,” said OPM Acting Director Beth F. Cobert. “In particular, it allows Federal employees to obtain the education they need to meet today’s workplace challenges. This effort will also help agencies across government close critical skills gaps, enabling the Federal workforce to fulfill its mission to serve the American people more efficiently and effectively every single day.” 

The Saint Mary’s alliance allows for Federal Government employees and their spouses and dependents to enroll in any online or campus programs through the Schools of Graduate & Professional Programs. Students enrolling in Saint Mary’s programs may transfer credits and/or be awarded credit for prior learning if eligible under Saint Mary’s standard policies and procedures.

“We are pleased to be in agreement with OPM in this Federal educational alliance to enhance the abilities of the Federal Government’s workforce and further its talent,” said Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. “The variety of our fully online and on-campus program options aligns with the vast and diverse population of Federal Government employees who want to advance their skills and knowledge to grow in service and leadership -- hallmarks of Saint Mary's. Our programs are designed to complement the schedules of working professionals to ensure they can succeed in their studies while balancing work and family responsibilities. We are honored to be partnering with the Federal Government and the employees who serve our country.”

For more information about this Federal education alliance, or to enroll, please visit Saint Mary’s University at

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a global and diverse learning community welcoming students of every age, race, and nationality. The Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, one of the largest graduate schools in Minnesota, offers fully online and campus-based programs designed for adults seeking an affordable, convenient, and practitioner-based education that is known for being relationship driven and person centered. 

* Note: Pursuant to the Program Integrity Rules of the U.S. Department of Education and the regulations requiring registration in individual states, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is unable to accept students residing in the states of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania at this time.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom - whether in person or online - a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,800 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor's, bachelor's completion, master's, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at

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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the leader in workforce management for the federal government. Our agency builds, strengthens, and serves a federal workforce of 2.2 million employees with programs like hiring assistance, healthcare and insurance, retirement benefits, and much more. We provide agencies with policies, guidance, and best practices for supporting federal workers, so they can best serve the American people.

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