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First Competency-Based Degree Program to Be Offered to All Federal Employees and Their Families

Manchester, N.H. (March 14, 2017) - College for America at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is teaming up with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to offer low-cost, competency-based degree programs to all Federal employees and their family members. This alliance provides every Federal worker and their eligible family members with the opportunity to access College for America degree programs that are offered at $3,000 tuition annually.

College for America is a competency-based degree program, directly applicable in the workplace, and designed to accommodate the busy lives of working adults. College for America students can earn an associate or bachelor's degree, online and at their own pace, from Southern New Hampshire University, a fully accredited, nonprofit university based in New Hampshire.

"We are proud to be working with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to offer low-cost, competency-based degree programs to all Federal employees and their families for the first time," said Paul LeBlanc, SNHU president. "This alliance will open the doors to higher education for thousands of Federal workers and their families, and will allow them to develop skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace."

Through the alliance, Federal employees and their families will have the opportunity to pursue an associate or bachelor's degree at their own self-directed pace in subjects including healthcare management, communications, and general studies.

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SNHU is a nonprofit, institutionally accredited university with a mission to make high-quality education more accessible and affordable for everyone.

Founded in 1932, and online since 1995, we’ve helped countless students reach their goals with flexible, career-focused programs. Our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH is home to over 3,000 students, and we serve over 135,000 students online. Visit our about SNHU page to learn more about our mission, accreditations, leadership team, national recognitions and awards.