March 25, 2022

Purdue part of alliance offering online programs to 1.8 million federal government employees

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University has joined a program to provide educational benefits to eligible federal government employees and immediate family members for a wide variety of online programs – from bachelor’s and master’s degrees to professional certifications and continuing education courses.

Purdue is now part of the Federal Academic Alliance overseen by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Federal Civil Service employees, their spouses and dependents are eligible for Purdue’s program, which includes an array of online educational offerings through Purdue’s flagship West Lafayette campus and Purdue University Global, the Purdue system’s adult learner-oriented virtual campus.

Federal government employees can access available online educational offerings from Purdue and get information on how to enroll and how to obtain educational benefits, such as scholarships and reduced tuition rates, at The amount varies by program.

In conjunction with Public Service Recognition Week, the Federal Academic Alliance will be holding a Virtual Education and Professional Development Symposium from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET May 5. For more information and to register, visit

Purdue, which will participate in the symposium, offers scholarships or tuition reductions on online undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and micro-credentials for educational advancement, professional development and career enhancement and to meet the needs of individuals’ organizations. Purdue's offerings are expected to grow substantially over time as the university adds online programs and its alliance with the federal government continues to develop.

Some examples of current offerings from Purdue include degrees and certifications in engineering, management, computer science, law, nursing and public health, as well as Agile and Lean methodologies, project management, and in-demand skills such as cybersecurity and data science and analytics that are applicable in numerous jobs.

The Federal Academic Alliance program serves federal government employees with high-quality educational resources that can further their careers while at the same time addressing federal workplace challenges and closing federal government skills gaps in mission-critical areas and in positions related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“Purdue University is pleased to be part of the Federal Academic Alliance and make rigorous, high-quality and career-enhancing educational opportunities more affordable for potentially thousands of federal employees and their families,” said Gary Bertoline, Purdue’s senior vice president for Purdue Online and learning innovation.

“This collaboration aligns with the Purdue Global mission to serve adult learners who have work experience and are looking to enhance their education and potentially bolster their career path,” Purdue Global Chancellor Frank Dooley said. “We welcome these federal employees and their families to the Purdue family.”

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the last four years as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit

Writer, Media contact: Greg Kline, 765-426-8545,

Sources: Gary Bertoline,

Frank Dooley,

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