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UMUC to Offer Federal Employees a Tuition Discount

To deal with skills gaps in the federal government, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has formed a partnership with the University of Maryland University College to offer discounted tuition for federal employees and their families.

The agreement will give those employees living outside Maryland a 25-percent discount on tuition. UMUC’s current out-of-state tuition rates are $499 per undergraduate credit hour and $659 per credit hour for graduate programs before the discount.

UMUC will be wo…


Report Proposes Another Way to Raise State Spending on Higher Education

With state spending on public colleges recovering slowly and tuition rates still rising, a policy-advocacy group has proposed creating a competitive federal grant program to give states incentives to increase spending on and reduce the cost of higher education.

The group, the Center for American Progress, on Tuesday released a report exploring the effects of what it called state disinvestment in public colleges and universities. In the report, the group proposed a program through which the feder…


Hampton U. President Helps Raise Its Minimum Wage With a Personal Gift

When Hampton University’s lowest-paid employees received their first paychecks of the year, their wages had increased to a minimum of $9 an hour, thanks in part to a donation by the Virginia college’s president.

William R. Harvey and his wife, Norma, who also own the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton, Mich., donated $108,403 to Hampton to support a wage increase for the 121 permanent, full-time staff members working for less than $9 an hour. Those receiving increased compensation are prima…