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New partnership offers Fraternal Order of Police members a discount on higher education

Adelphi, Md. (Sept. 25, 2018) — University of Maryland University College (UMUC) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States with more than 330,000 members, to offer its members more affordable options to complete degrees or pursue higher education at UMUC. Through this agreement, members are eligible for a 25-percent discount on out-of-state tuition rates for most programs.

“We are pleased and excited to form this alliance with the Fraternal Order of Police,” said Blakely Pomietto, deputy chief academic officer at UMUC. “We are proud to broaden our mission—and long history—of educating military service members around the world to members of law enforcement around the nation.”

Through the partnership, FOP members can take individual courses or enroll in any of UMUC’s 95 undergraduate and graduate degree or certificate programs, most of which are available fully online. Students enrolling in UMUC’s undergraduate school may transfer credits from other universities and/or be awarded credit for prior learning if eligible under UMUC’s standard policies and procedures.

National FOP President Chuck Canterbury said, “We are absolutely delighted to have UMUC as our newest partner in the FOP University Consortium.  Education plays a tremendous role in career development, better policies and improved policing.  I always encourage our police officers to continue their formal education and with the many demands of the job, that’s not an easy thing to do. I believe this partnership, and the generous discounts afforded to our members, will encourage our officers to invest in their communities, in part, by investing in themselves.”

About University of Maryland University College

University of Maryland University College (UMUC), headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, is the largest public online university in the United States, serving 88,000 students and offering 95 certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. UMUC recently celebrated its 70th anniversary and takes pride in its history of service to the military, currently enrolling an estimated 50,000 military service members, veterans, and their dependents each year. The university offers face-to-face instruction at 20 locations throughout Maryland and educational services in 28 countries and territories and more than 150 locations worldwide. UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland.

About Fraternal Order of Police

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), is a fraternal and labor organization headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, consisting of sworn law enforcement officers. The organization attempts to improve the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those they serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement and employee representation.