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Earn a Degree for Less
with Papa John's & UMGC

Program Benefits
  • Special Tuition Pricing
    for Corporate Employees
  • Tuition Discount
    for Franchise Employees
  • $50 Savings
    with App Fee Waiver
  • $15 Per Credit Savings
    with Tech Fee Waiver


The Dough & Degrees Program

Papa John's International has teamed up with Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions® and University of Maryland Global Campus to provide you with an achievable and affordable path to a bachelor's or master's degree. The Bright Horizons Education Access™ program offers reduced pricing and waived application and technology fees for undergraduate degree programs. Papa John's corporate team members pursuing undergraduate degrees can take up to 18 credits per year at no cost.

In addition, Papa John's corporate and franchise employees, spouses, and dependents also receive a discount of up to 25 percent on non-specialty undergraduate and graduate programs. Plus, all UMGC students benefit from no-cost digital materials for most courses. To learn more about benefits available for franchise employees, spouses, and dependents, contact

Explore the Dough & Degrees Program

Available to Papa John's corporate employees, the Dough & Degrees Program offers

  • Online bachelor's and master's degrees in some of today's most in-demand fields
  • Up to 18 undergraduate credits at no cost to you per calendar year
    • $291 per credit for additional courses
    • $15 per credit savings with tech fee waiver for additional courses
  • $50 in savings with the UMGC application fee waiver
  • A career-focused curriculum you can complete entirely online
  • Enrollment support, including a virtual, streamlined admissions process that does not require the SAT®1 or ACT
  • A full suite of student services, including tutoring and mentoring
  • Flexible transfer credit policies, so you can earn your degree faster

Tuition and Billing for Dough & Degrees Students

Under the Dough & Degrees Program, Papa John's will cover a maximum of $5,250 per calendar year for undergraduate courses, calculated at a reduced tuition rate of $291 per credit. With the special Education Access tuition, this means you will be able to take up to 18 credits per year at no cost to you. You will be responsible for any charges not covered by your employer at the reduced Education Access rate.

If you enroll in Dough & Degrees, you must complete the EdAssist Letter of Credit for each term. Until this form is received and processed, you will be responsible for any charges.

Special Discount Program

Even if you’re not eligible for Dough & Degrees, you, your spouse, and your legal dependents may be eligible to receive a discount of up to 25 percent on out-of-state tuition for all undergraduate and standard graduate programs thanks to UMGC’s alliance with Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions.

If you are enrolled in Dough & Degrees, your spouse and your legal dependents may still take advantage of the up to 25 percent out-of-state tuition discount. If you are not eligible for or choose not to enroll in Dough & Degrees, you can still take advantage of the discount program for eligible employees.

Tuition Discount Details

This discount will be applied to out-of-state tuition for eligible students in most programs.* This discount cannot be combined with certain scholarships or discount programs, including the Maryland Completion Scholarship, the Military New Graduate Student Savings Program, the Alumni Succeed Again Scholarship, and the discount for out-of-state community college alliances. Discounted tuition rates may not fall below the standard in-state rate or any special tuition rate offered to eligible activity-duty military servicemembers, their spouses, or dependents.

Boost Your Career Potential

Choose from a variety of career-focused online degree programs in these subject areas.

Get Started


Apply for admission to UMGC: Complete the online application for admission. It typically takes about 10 minutes. Select "Papa John's" as your employer on the application form.


Complete the FAFSA: You must complete a FAFSA to be eligible for the Papa John's Dough & Degrees Program.


Provide your letter of credit: This step is for Dough & Degrees participants. Submit a Letter of Credit to before you start your courses each term. Be sure to use the $291 per credit tuition rate. If you are using tuition reimbursement, you do not need to submit a letter of credit.


Verify your eligibility: This step is for non-Dough & Degrees students only. Complete a tuition benefits verification form for each term that you plan to enroll in courses. Be sure to fill out the proper form. UMGC has a separate verification form for employees/members and spouses/dependents.


Register for classes: Once you're admitted to UMGC, you will receive a student ID (EmplID) so you can register for courses online. Check the schedule of classes to view courses, and then register for classes online using the MyUMGC Student Portal.


Complete the EdAssist tuition application: Complete and submit the tuition assistance application to EdAssist after enrolling in UMGC courses. In addition, you must submit your grades to EdAssist at the completion of each course. You may access your grades in your MyUMGC Student Portal.

About UMGC

We were founded more than 70 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults and servicemembers. Today, we continue our global tradition with online and hybrid courses, more than 175 classroom and service locations worldwide, and more than 125 degrees and certificates backed by the reputation of a state university and the University System of Maryland.

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* The tuition discount will not be applied to the following graduate programs and related courses: Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in data analytics; Master of Science in digital forensics and cyber investigation; Master of Science in cybersecurity management and policy; Master of Science in cybersecurity technology; graduate certificates in cybersecurity management and policy, cybersecurity technology, digital forensics and cyber investigation, and foundations in business analytics; all doctoral programs; and select legacy programs. The tuition discount will apply beginning in the term in which you notify UMGC of your eligibility. Tuition discounts will not be applied to previous terms.

Additional discounts may be available for Federal employees and their spouses and eligible dependents. Undergraduate and standard graduate program tuition for students who meet the criteria for Maryland residency will be the applicable in-state rate. Tuition for active-duty military; members of the Selected Reserves, National Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the spouses and dependents of these student groups will be the applicable military or specialty rate. If you are a student using Post 9/11 benefits, please contact an advisor at 800-939-8682 to determine if you can apply both benefits.